If the question truly is “what is unique about Beijing, China?” then the answer is likely too massive for a blog post. However, there are three things that I found unique to the capital city that immediately come to mind. Therefore, in this blog I will focus on bringing attention to those three differentiators.
The first is Tiananmen Square, located in the center of Beijing China. For very good reason it is promoted as “the must see” place to visit while in the city of Beijing. While there, my Kennesaw State University MAIGC Cohort 2016 had the opportunity to visit the Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People, and see the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall. Unfortunately, we arrived after the national flag raising ceremony had ended, but the ceremony does occur each day. The Square is heavily patrolled by the police, but they do it in a very non-threating way.
Next is the Forbidden City which was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It served as the home of 24 emperors (14 from the Ming Dynasty and 10 from the Qing Dynasty) and their families. During that time no common people were allowed to enter, thus it earned the name “Forbidden City”.
Lastly, recognition should be given to the existence of the Summer Palace. This is the location that the emperors used as their place of retreat during the summer months. It now serves as an ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces which has become a popular tourist destination and recreational park. The coverage area is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. The lake is entirely man-made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill.
Historical sites such as Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City , and the Summer Palace are three remarkable attractions that makes Beijing quite unique. The city offers a good learning experience as well as tourist destination. If the opportunity to visit ever presents itself I highly recommend you to take advantage of it. The experience will prove to be quite educational as well as enjoyable.
Please share your comments, thoughts, or experiences on the Beijing, China.
Daryl A. Renolds
The SoS Communicator