Beijing, as the global knows it, is the heart of China. This city is rich with many years of cultural and historical attractions which evolved as a tourism perspective as years passed. Yes, we would not dare to argue with the fact that other cities in China are also impressive in terms of its charms, but the fact that Beijing is the thumping drum which keeps China going in so many ways makes it a more desirable place to be explored by avid wanderlusts. A city full of energy and mystery, it would be slightly unfair if you are told that you only have 24 hours to explore it. Well, don’t be too upset yet. This write up will lead you to the most exciting 24 hours guide in Beijing covering the utmost famous tourist attractions, leaving you with none other than satisfaction. With less time on your side, read on Tripfez’ 5 must-visit spots in Beijing that you can easily complete within 24 hours!
1) The Summer Palace
The Summer Palace (Chinese Pinyin: Yí Hé Yuán), located in the northwest of Beijing, is believed to be the best-preserved imperial garden in the world, and the largest of its kind still in existence in China. It is only a short drive (15 km) from central Beijing but seems like another world. The park area – which was once a playground for the imperial emperors is full of ponds, gardens, hill sights, and of course the lovely structures themselves. Here, you can do a little bit of hiking up to the Longevity Hill that has an extensive view of the whole area or be mesmerized by the spectacular Kunming Lake as you stroll around.
2) The Forbidden City
Did you know that the Forbidden City has 9999 Rooms for 14 Emperors? Now, you know it. This city is known as the best-preserved imperial palace in China, the largest ancient palatial structures worldwide and also the essence and culmination of traditional Chinese architectural achievement. It used to serve as the Imperial Court for two of China’s most vital dynasties namely the Ming and Qing, without a doubt, a visit to this city is a MUST. Surrounded by moat of 3,800 m long and 52 m wide, this palace is well-guarded. Back in the days, invaders were discouraged by watchful guards in watchtowers equipped with bows and arrows. When you visit the Forbidden City, be prepared to start off at the Meridien Gate and explore the Outer Court and Inner Court as well as the side gardens within the vicinity. Be ready to feel like you are transported to the ancient Dynasties of China!
3) Jingshan (Coal Hill) Park
Located right behind the Forbidden City, a visit to Jingshan (Coal Hill) Park is a must when you are in Beijing. It is a paradise full of trees and blooming flowers, perfect for snapping memories of you here in the city. Without being any close to subtle, it boasts a splendid view of the Palace right from the top of one of Beijing’s very few hills. It was built from earth and dug up to construct the moat of the infamous Forbidden City. If you were to visit this place in early mornings, I could guarantee that you will enjoy seeing middle-aged as well as older Chinese people who stay in groups while singing the revolutionary songs of their youth as well as embracing the slow yet graceful movements of Tai Chi. Perhaps, you might even get the chance to join in one of their Tai Chi sessions. If yes, please do not decline as it would be a lifetime experience!
4) The National Museum
Close to the Forbidden City which at the same district of Doncheng is the National Museum. This remarkable museum is worthy to be checked out as it will walk you through the long yet fascinating history of China. The museum’s goal is to teach visitors locally and internationally about the arts and history of their country. Directed by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, The National Museum is one of the biggest museums in the world.If you have more than in China, you might want to check out which museums in china is on our Top 6 best museums in the world!
5) Temple of Heaven
Located not too far from the Forbidden City, you should also find time to see the Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven, in particular, is extraordinary and one of the most vital spots in the city. The conical-shaped temple is not only fine-looking but a fun place to interact with the many local-Chinese visitors to the temple if you wish to socialize with the locals.
6) Lama Temple
This brilliant piece of architecture is a dazzling attraction in the Beijing;s Buddhist heavens. Well, since your time is very limited in Beijing, perhaps you can narrow down your visit and take a look at this temple as it possesses mesmeric roofs, marvelous frescoes, bravura decorative arches, embroideries, eye-catching woodwork, Tibetan prayer wheels, Tantric sculptures and a terrific pair of Chinese lions mingle with dense clouds of enrage, something definitely worth a visit.
Well, I’m sure it is quite intimidating to travel in a Non-Muslim country like China. Even though it is only for a short period of 24 hours, nevertheless, I’m sure as a Halal traveler, you would want to take care all Halal aspects of traveling especially food while enjoying your destination. So, if you ever wonder is Beijing is a tough cookie when it comes to delicacies, don’t worry. Here is a list of restaurants in Beijing which serve Halal cuisines: Halal Food List in Beijing
And, let’s not forget about the prayers. If you would like to perform your Solah or prayer, here is the list of 10 Mosques in Beijing: Top 10 Mosques in Beijing
So, we have reached the end of the 24 hours guide in Beijing. We have to affirm that 24 hours may be insufficient to do Beijing any justice and 6 places are a lot to cover in just 24 hours! But then again, it is not impossible and it is definitely doable. A visit to these places will give you a glimpse of what this city has got to offer and maybe on your next visit, you will have more than a short period of 24 hours to explore Beijing and that might cover the opportunity to visit the infamous Great Wall of China!