Posted November 14th, 2012 at 9:39 pmNo Comments Yet
Beijing has more attractions than you can attend to, so it’s advisable for those who just can spare one day for sightseeing in Beijing to design your itinerary as follows: Tiananmen Square – Confucius Temple – Southern Gong and Drum Lane.
Walking into Tiananmen Square in the morning, you’ll feel its profound cultural atmosphere. As the heart of Beijing, Tiananmen Square boasts the largest one of its kind in the world with Tianan Gate in the north, Zhengyang Gate in the south, the Chinese History Museum in the east and the People’s Congress Hall in the west, measuring 880 meters long and 500 meters wide, which can accommodate one million audiences for assemble.
Centered with the Monument to the People’s Heroes, Tiananmen Square is magnificent and splendid in style, and it served as an imperial court in the Ming and Qing dynasties, when the common people weren’t allowed to walk in the square, and it has been opened to the public since the collapse of the Qing dynasty and taken a new look after the foundation of the People’s Republic of China.
Now Tiananmen Square is a must-visit scenic spot in Beijing and highlighted by flag-raising ceremony every morning, where you’ll see it if you get up earlier, and it attracts millions of visitors every day.
Beijing Confucius Temple
As a holy site for offering sacrifices to Confucius in Beijing during the Yuan, the Ming and the Qing dynasties, Confucius Temple situates at Guozijian Street in Dongcheng District, where the sacrificial vessels and musical instruments are arranged as it was, fully recreating the magnificent screen of worshipping Confucius then.
Confucius Temple is made up four courtyards, namely, the Old Teacher Gate, the Great Achievement Gate, the Great Achievement Gate and the Worshipping Saint Memorial Hall, each of which are distributed along the central axis. Fourteen stone pavilions of Ming and Qing eras are available in the temple, inside of which are stone carvings of high historical and cultural values, highlighted by nominated Jinshi (former third degree candidate in the national civil service examination) steles.
Southern Gong and Drum Lane
As one of the oldest lanes in Beijing, the Southern Gong and Drum Lane is characterized by its well-preserved quadrangles with a length of 800 meters, and it’s actually composed of 16 hutongs. A number of unique bars are available on the lane, decorated in an antique and unsophisticated style and complementing with the nearby surrounding.
In addition, a number of famous Chinese figures have lived on he Southern Gong and Drum Lane since the Ming dynasty, including princes, general.