Continuing with our journey of exploring the UNESCO world heritage sites, from Australia we now move on to China.. and we start with Beijing! Located in northern China, Beijing is the capital of People’s Republic of China. Throughout history, this city served as the capital of China’s Jin, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. One of the world’s oldest civilisations, the city has a sheer number of historic and scenic sites and several remarkable World Heritage Sites, making it one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations.
Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties – Popularly known as the Forbidden City, the Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties was home to the imperial families and the political centre of the Chinese government for over five centuries. Situated at Dongcheng District and a 15 minute drive from Fraser Suites Beijing, the Imperial Palaces were given UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1987. The Imperial Palaces of Ming and Qing Dynasties are probably the most intact example of ancient Chinese palace architecture and provides important historical accounts of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, as well as cultural heritage of the Manchus and other tribes in Northern China. Today, it is used to display some of China’s largest collection of historical relics including paintings, bronze wares, toys, clocks, pottery, and court document. Constructed between 1406 and 1420, the world’s largest ancient palace complex consists of nearly 10,000 rooms and covers an extensive area of 74 hectares. Given the enormity of the attraction, we recommend setting aside at least a few hours to explore and take in what this impressive World Heritage Site has to offer.
Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian – Awarded the World Heritage Site status, Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian is the place where you can discover the primitive life of our human ancestors on the Asian continent. Located in Zhoukoudian, the site is a 40 minute drive from Fraser Suites Beijing. First excavations at this remarkable site that began in 1921 unveiled the prehistorical fossil remains of Peking Man, also known as the Sinanthropus pekinensis that dates back to 18,000–11,000 B.C. Subsequent excavations in and around the cave has led to the finding of the fragmented bones of 40 different individuals. Unfortunately, the excavated fossil remains of the Sinanthropus pekinensis were believed to have been either destroyed or stolen after the Sino-Japanese conflict. Peking Man Site is significant as a anthropological site because it sheds light on prehistorical human civilisations from the Middle Pleistocene to Palaeolithic, as well as the process of evolution. Visitors can learn more about the Peking Man through the exhibitions of cultural relics and its fossil remains at the Peking Man Site Museum. Located in Zhoukoudian, the Peking Man Site is about 40 minutes drive from our extensively equipped apartment, Fraser Suites CBD Beijing.
Admission Price: 30 RMB
8:30 – 16:00 (low season from November 1 – March 31)
8:30 – 16:30 (peak season from April 1 to October 31)
Temple of Heaven – As Buddhism is the main religion in China, the Temple of Heaven is regarded as a scared place of worship by many devotees. It is believed that the temple signifies a symbolic connection between Earth and Heaven, where prayers are heard by the deities. The Temple of Heaven is easily accessible by car from Fraser Suites Beijing. Listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Temple of Heaven is definitely worth visiting if you’re ever in Beijing. Built in the early 15th century, the temple has been visited regularly by the emperors of both Ming and Qing Dynasties during annual ceremonies to pray to the heavens for good harvests. Here visitors can notice the symbolic layout and distinct design of the temple with squares and circles representing Earth and Heaven respectively.
Opening hours: daily 8:30am-4:30pm
Summer Palace – Famous for its breath-taking and luxurious royal gardens, Summer Palace is another scenic attraction site in Beijing inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located in the northwest of Beijing, Summer Palace is a short 30 minute drive from our luxurious five-star Fraser Suites Beijing. The palace is set in a beautiful natural landscape, and comprises mainly of the Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. Visitors can also find man-made architectures such as bridges, pavilions, halls, palaces, and temples in Kunming Lake. First built in 1750, the Summer Palace is mainly divided into four areas: Court Area, Front Hill Area, Rear Hill Area and Lake Area. The Front Hill Area offers one of the most magnificent views with grandiose pavilions and halls. In contrast, the Rear Hill Area is dominated by the natural beauty and serenity. As this is a popular tourist attraction, we recommend going early to avoid the huge crowds and queues.
Admission Price: 20 RMB (Nov 1 to March 31), 30 RMB (Apr 1 to Oct 31)
Opening Hours: 7am to 5pm (Nov 1 to March 31), 630am to 6pm (Apr 1 to Oct 31)
This photo of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling) is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties – Built for the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Imperial Tombs serves as an important historical site that demonstrates the funerary architecture of the Qing dynasty. Located at Changlin town and a 60 minute drive from Fraser Suites Beijing, this location was chosen because of its good fengshui (Chinese geomancy theory dominant in the feudal China). Although there are numerous tombs in the site, there are currently only three tombs open to public. We recommend exploring this place with a guide so you can have a better understanding of the history behind the development of the imperial tombs
For a comfortable and luxurious stay in Beijing, choose Fraser Suites CBD Beijing for its comprehensive offerings and strategic location which makes it an ideal alternative for hotel accommodation in Beijing. The ultimate luxury in apartment living, Fraser Suites CBD Beijing epitomises style and comfort, that surpasses the service level of many Beijing hotels. The 357 Gold-Standard Beijing apartment features contemporary concepts designed for luxury living. Interior furnishings are international in appeal, complemented by Chinese motifs to reflect the rich heritage of the location.