Facts about Beijing

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Facts about Beijing

Beijing is an ancient city that has integrated its traditional history with contemporary flair and modernity.

It is a place where rich historical architecture and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites stand side by side with contemporary skyscrapers, making this city a must-visit destination.

From its grand temples and world-class museums to its wide culinary offering, Beijing provides visitors with a great number of things to discover and experience.

Some of Beijing's many highlights include:

• The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square – two of the city's most stunning sights, these iconic attractions should be visited not matter how long you are in Beijing for. Forbidden City is a palace complex that dates back to 1406, with construction lasting for 14 years. Tiananmen Square meanwhile, was named after Tiananmen (the Gate of Heavenly Peace), which was built during the Ming dynasty. Tiananmen was destroyed, and today the square is known for being one of the largest in the world - several historical events have taken place here.

• The Lama Temple – a magnificent and atmospheric example of Buddhist architecture, officially known as Yonghe Temple. It became a national monument in 1949, but still operates as a functioning temple for the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism in the Dongcheng District.

• The Temple of Heaven - with roots as far back as 1406, the Temple of Heaven is a huge complex of religious buildings based in Dongcheng. In the past, Emperors from both the Ming and Qing dynasties used to visit here to pray for a good harvest. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

• The Summer Palace – a stately, relaxing collection of palaces, gardens, and lakes, you will find the Summer Palace in Haidian. A breath-taking location that is perfect for escaping to, the two biggest features are Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake.

• The Great Wall – one of the world's most recognisable and best-loved ancient wonders. Beijing is a fantastic location to visit the historical site, with the Great Wall stretching 573km (or 356 miles) throughout the capital.

• Beijing National Stadium - the famous Bird's Nest that enthralled sports fans during the 2008 Olympics, and is set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. It is an incredible place to see, no matter what season.

• The 798 Art Zone – if you love art, the 798 Art Zone is something you should see. A place unlike any other, the complex is based in a decommissioned military factory and is the home of contemporary Chinese art. You will find lots of galleries, artist's studios, bookshops and cafes to explore here.

Beijing is a wonderful place for business meetings, celebrations and so much more. For enquiries, please contact us via email at meetings.beijing@kempinski.com, or call us on +86 10 64104072.

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