Beijing, the capital city of China, which is the most populous country in the world, is one of the most historical and legendary cities in the world. Not only some of the wealthiest, but the city is home to more than tens of millions of Chinese citizens and is one of the most iconic cities that Westerners refer to when talking about China and the Far East. With the administrative council of the country running all its affairs from Beijing, the city has a big reputation all over the world and has some of the most beautiful architecture that can be enjoyed by millions of tourists who visit the city every year. Some of the most important and famous landmarks in Beijing are:
Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City:
The Tiananmen Square is one of the most famous squares, not only in China, but also in the world. The gate is named after the Tiananmen gate, which carries a large portrait of Mao Zedong, one of the fathers of modern day China. The square was built in the year 1415 and is the site of many historical events in China. There are also mass military displays across the square to commemorate any national event. The Square was also known recently for the 1989 Protests, wherein hundreds of civilians were shot dead by Chinese military for protesting against martial law in the land.
Across Tiananmen Square lies the Forbidden City. This was built in the year 1406 and completed by 1420. The reason that the city gets its name is due to the fact that no one could enter or leave the city in the olden days without the permission of the emperor, who used to live on the other side. The practice soon wore out but the name still stuck on and this is another important tourist landmark in Beijing.
The Bird’s Nest Stadium:
Beijing in the year 2008, hosted the Olympics which some consider the best in the history of the Games. Get ready to be blown away by the sheer design beauty of the stadium. The Bird’s Nest Stadium, a piece of magnificent architecture that has intertwined steel structures that give it a look of a bird’s nest cost over $428 Million and has a retractable roof. The place is famous for hosting the greatest ever opening ceremony and also Usain Bolt’s then World Record breaking 100m run in a time of 9.68 seconds.