How To Doodle A Cities of Wonder Map
STEP #1 — JOT DOWN A LIST OF YOUR FAVORITE BEIJING LANDMARKS
Below includes a list of our top ten sites to see in Beijing! You may not have space on your map to include too many handwritten notes; however, researching interesting facts about your favorite sites in Iceland may turn out to be a separate fun project in itself.
1. GREAT WALL OF CHINA
The Great Wall of China is not just a wall, but an integrated military defensive system with watchtowers for surveillance, fortresses for command posts and logistics, beacon towers for communications and more. It is the longest man-made structure in the world, spanning 13,170.7 miles long. The height of the Great Wall is 5-8 meters, designed to be at least three times the height of any man. Learn more.
2. RED THEATRE
The Red Theatre is best known as the place to watch Kung Fu in Beijing. During an 80-minute show, the actors do not speak but present all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. The Kung Fu Legend creatively unifies Chinese traditional arts and modern dance. Learn more.
3. THE FORBIDDEN CITY
The Forbidden City is the palatial heart of China. Constructed in 1420, during the early Ming Dynasty, it is China's best-preserved imperial palace and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. The Forbidden City took 14 years to build, and it was built by over 1 million workers including nearly 100,000 craftsmen. It was the home of 24 emperors combined from both the Ming and Qing dynasties. Learn more.
4. TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
The Temple of Heaven was the most important of Beijing's imperial temples. It was the temple in which many emperors worshiped and prayed for good harvests from 1420 to 1900. It is well known as a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design. The temple area was turned into a park and opened to the public in 1918, and in 1998, the Temple of Heaven was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Learn more.
5. BEIJING'S NATIONAL STADIUM
Also famously known as the Bird's Nest, Beijing's National Stadium is the world's largest steel structure and the most complex stadium to have ever been constructed. It has been deemed one of the key engineering marvels of the world. Construction came to completion in March 2008, in preparation for the 2008 Olympic games. The total cost was more than 423 million dollars. Learn more.
6. WANGFUJING STREET
Wangfujing Street is one of the most famous shopping streets in both Beijing and in all of China. A few must-see stops to make are the Beijing Department Store, The Foreign Languages Bookstore, A Bronze Statue, St. Joseph's Cathedral, The Snack Street and more. Learn more.
7. TIAN'ANMEN SQUARE
Tian'anmen Square is named after the Tian'anmen gate to its north, which separates it from The Forbidden City. The gate's literal name translates to 'Heaven Peace Gate'. Tian'anmen Square is the world's largest famous city square, and it can hold nearly one million people for momentous events, such as the declaration of the People's Republic of China by Chairman Mao in 1949. Learn more.
8. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CHINA
Known to be one of China's best museums, and the world's third most visited museum, the National Museum of China hosts over 7.5 million visitors each year. The National Museum is also known for its collection of Qing era imperial treasure and ancient porcelain and cloisonne ware. The main emphasis of the museum is to teach visitors about China's imperial history, WWII, the Communist victory and China's modern history. The museum provides free entry to foreign tourists. Learn more.
9. HUTONG TOUR
A hutong is a street or alley bounded on both sides by old buildings in courtyard compounds. A hutong tour provides visitors of Beijing with a window to view the way of life of common Beijingers, which is a great opportunity for contrast during your visit from sites like the Forbidden City. Dongzijiaomin Xiang is the longest hutong spanning four miles long. Learn more.
10. SUMMER PALACE
Beijing's Summer Palace is said to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world, and the largest of its kind in all of China. The Summer Palace's landscaped gardens, temples and pavilions were designed to achieve harmony with nature, to soothe and please the eye, as it served as a summer retreat for the imperial families. Visitors recommend spending at least half of a day there, as there is so much to take in and enjoy. The Summer Palace is 268 years old, and popular activities include boating on Kunming Lake, walking the Long Corridor, watching a traditional Chinese performance in the ancient theater. Learn more.