To discover the charm of Beijing ancient history and culture, visiting the historical sites like Great Wall, Forbidden city, Summer Palace, Siheyuan or Hutong, Guozijian Street and so on is a good ideal. All are very amazing and the people are so clever at that time.
Great Wall of China
There is a saying goes, who never climbs the Great Wall is not a real
man. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down
across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching
approximately 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of
China. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections are
now in ruins or have disappeared.
However, Great Wall is still one
of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its
architectural grandeur and historical significance. One must visit place
for people travelling to Beijing.
main Great Wall line stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop
Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge
of Inner Mongolia. Its historic and strategic importance is matched
only by its architectural significance.
One of the most striking
sections of the Ming Great Wall is where it climbs extremely steep
slopes. It runs 11 kilometers (6.8 mi) long, ranges from 5 to 8 meters
(16–26 ft) in height, and 6 meters (20 ft) across the bottom, narrowing
up to 5 meters (16 ft) across the top.
Wangjinglou is one of
Jinshanling's 67 watchtowers, 980 meters (3,220 ft) above sea level.
Southeast of Jinshanling, is the Mutianyu Great Wall which winds along
lofty, cragged mountains from the southeast to the northwest for
approximately 2.25 kilometers (about 1.3 miles). It is connected with
Juyongguan Pass to the west and Gubeikou to the east. This section was
one of the first to be renovated following the turmoil of the Cultural
At the edge of the Bohai Gulf is the Shanhai Pass, the
traditional end of the Great Wall known as the "Number One Pass Under
Heaven". The part of the wall that meets the sea is name the "Old Dragon
Head", within the Shanhai Pass complex. 3 km north of Shanhaiguan is
Jiaoshan Great Wall, the site of the first mountain of the Great Wall.
15 km northeast from Shanhaiguan, is Jiumenkou, which is the only portion of the wall that was built as a bridge.
Wall carries a considerable part of Chinese culture. It has long been
incorporated into Chinese mythology and symbolism. The most well-known
legend is about the collapse of a section of the Wall caused by Meng
Jiangnu, who cried bitterly over the death of her husband after he died
while building the wall. This legend has been spread widely through
textbooks, folk songs and traditional operas.
Siheyuan in Beijing's Hutong
The historical Siheyuan (Chinese courtyards) are a symbol of ancient
Chinese architecture that dates back 2,000 years. The layout of the
courtyards is prevalent as a template for many palaces, housing
complexes, temples and monasteries. To see the traditional buildings one
of the best places to visit is the Hutongs in Beijing.
Hutongs in Beijing consist of numerous courtyards joined together. The
histories of the Hutongs are interesting as it demonstrated the social
class status beginning from the Ming Dynasty where the Forbbiden Palace
was the center. Nobles and rich merchants lived in luxurious courtyards
situated in the east and west. Commoners were located to the north of
a whole family lives in a compound. The elder generation lives in the
main house, the younger generation lives n the side houses, and the
south house is usually their sitting room or study. All the houses have
large windows at the front and small windows high up in the back walls.
Some houses do not even have back windows.
Some larger residencies
have two or more courtyards, they are usually inhabited by a big
traditional extended family with several generations. There are still
some siheyuan in Beijing, mainly former mansions of princes, some of
which have been turned into museums, and others are used as government
offices.The typical Siheyuan consists of four buildings and the main
gate always faces the south. The Hutongs are a unique part of Beijing
culture. Although the most famous remaining Hutongs are residencies of
the rich and famous the most interesting part of visiting these areas is
catching a glimpse of the everyday life that still continues.
in winter is in another scenery, with snow, also very beautiful.
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