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Behai Park (Beijing)
Behai Park is a good example of a classic Chinese garden. There are several sights in the park, among others the Drum Tower from 1420. The drummers of the Drum Tower helped the inhabitants keeping track of time. Besides this, there's also the famous Wall of the Nine Dragons, as well as several temples and the circular city in the park. If you get up early, you'll see the Chinese street life unfolding in the park.
The Forbidden City (Beijing)
The Forbidden City was built in 1420, after emperor Yong Le had decided that Beijing once again should be the capital. The palace, surrounded by a high wall, is composed of buildings with more than 9,000 rooms where the emperor and his court lived in isolation from the outside world. Furthermore the palace has a large number of temples and official buildings.
The Ming burial place (Beijing)
Here rest 13 of the Ming-dynasty's 16 emperors. To get to the graves you drive down the Street of Immortality, which is an 800 metre long street flanked by 36 giant stone figures, guarding the graves. Many of the burial places have fallen into decay and are in very bad condition, but the oldest, Changling, has been restored and is in a decent state.
The Summer Palace in Beijing (Beijing)
The widowed empress Cixi started the building of the palace in 1888 and it was the last of the Quing-dynasty's buildings. The money for the building was supposed to be for the military, but empress Cixi would rather spend them on a secluded residence. The entire garden surrounding the palace is artificially constructed.
The underground city (Beijing)
In the late 1960s, when the Chinese were afraid of a Soviet invasion, the building of an entire city underground, with escape tunnels out of Beijing, was started. 2,000 volunteers worked on the project for ten years. The city has 90 ways down, hidden in the buildings along Qianmen's major streets.
Tiananmen Square (Beijing)
Tiananmen Square is the centre of Beijing and the largest square in the world. Mao's mausoleum is located on this square as well as the Great Hall of the People and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution. On the Gate of Heavenly Peace is a large portrait of Mao gazing over the square.
Shaanxi Museum of History (China)
The relatively new museum from 1991 is inspired by the Tang-dynasty style of building, and contains an exhibition of the history of the Shaanxi province and takes you through the various dynasties that have ruled the province. The buildings are worth the visit in themselves and consist of one main building, surrounded by a yard and four corner buildings.
The Chinese wall (China)
The construction is allegedly the only manmade construction visible from the moon. The wall is about 6,000 km long and it is said that a construction worker died for every meter. The building of the wall, which was supposed to protect China from the barbarians of the north, was commenced in the year 400 B.C. and continued for more than 2,000 years.
The landscape around Guilin (China)
The city of Guilin isn't as interesting as the nature surrounding it, where you'll find some peculiar green limestone mountains scattered around the area. Hidden inside the mountains are some fantastic stalactite caves, and the landscape is marvelous.
The Qin-emperors Mausoleum and the Terracotta Army (China)
This magnificent building is the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century. The huge mausoleum, constructed for Qin Shihuang, the first emperor for a united China, stretches for more than 8 sq km. During the excavations an army of stone of more than 6,000 men was found, each with individual shape and features. The men are known as the Terracotta Army.

Area and city attractions

• Beijing
• Guangzhou
• Harbin
• Shanghai
• Sian

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