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Beijing Travel in Four Seasons

Last updated by meimeili at 2013/12/31; Destinations: Beijing

The Chinese capital Beijing is a world-famous historical and cultural city, which is suitable for sightseeing in four seasons owing to its rich and colorful tourist resources, including both natural scenery and human heritages. Beijing has more attractions than you can attend to, and you’re highly recommended to visit different attractions in different seasons to get the most out of your Beijing travel. Anytime you visit it, Beijing won’t let you down.

Spring in Beijing

Spring is rather short in Beijing and lasts from April to May, during which the temperature rises and falls alternately, and May is the best time for an outing. The Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, Global Flower Grand View Garden and Beijing Botanical Garden are ideal places to visit in Beijing during spring.

The Summer Palace

As the largest and best-retained imperial garden of China, the Beijing Summer Palace is modeled on the West Lake of Hangzhou, which is centered with Pavilion of the Fragrance of Buddha, and it’s composed of Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill.

With an area of over 70,000 square meters, the Beijing Summer Palace is dotted with pavilions, terraces, open halls and ancient trees, where the famous architectures include the Long Corridor, the Marble Boat, Suzhou Street, the Seventeen-Arch Bridge, Garden of Harmonious Interest and the Grand Theater

Location: No. 19, Gongmen Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Admission fee: 30 RMB /Person from April 1 to October 31; 20 RMB /Person from November 1 to March 31 the next year
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
Transport: bus No. 209, 220, 331, 332, 346, 394, 508, 579, 601, 608, 683, 696 and 718

Temple of Heaven

Built in the 18th year (1420) of the Emperor Yongle’s reign of the Ming dynasty, the Temple of Heaven was where the emperor of the Ming and the Qing dynasties offered sacrifices to the Heaven and pray for a good harvest, which was listed as a world heritage site by the UNESCO. 

Occupying an area of 2,700,000 square meters, the Temple of Heaven Park is famous all over the world for its rigorous architectural composition, unique architectural structure and glorious architectural decoration, where the main architectural buildings include Circular Mound Altar and Imperial Heavenly Vault in the south and Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and Imperial Heavenly Hall in the north. The south part and the north part are linked by a 360-meter long and 30-meter wide Red Stairway Bridge.

Location: No. 7, Dongli, Chongwen District, Beijing
Admission fee: 15 RMB /Person from April 1 to October 31; 10 RMB /Person from November 1 to March 31 the next year
Opening hours: 6:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m. from April 1 to October 31; 6:30 a.m. -10:00 p.m. from November 1 to March 31 the next year
Transport: bus No. 209, 220, 331, 332, 346, 394, 508, 579, 601, 608, 683, 696 and 718

Global Flower Grand View Garden

Beijing Global Flower Grand View Garden is a large botanical garden with sightseeing, science popularization, shopping and restaurants perfectly as one, where you can appreciate exotic flowers and rare herbs from all over the world.

It consists of 15 greenhouses and 15 square gardens, highlighted by Versailles Garden, German-style Garden, Water Garden, Japanese-style Garden and Dutch-style Garden. The plants in the greenhouses are of all kinds of strange shapes, and everywhere is a bed of flowers. The highlight is the statue of “the Heavenly Maiden Scattering Flowers” on Baihua Square, which is white-marble-structured with seven meters tall.

Location: No. 235, South 4th Ring Road, Fengtai District, Beijing
Admission fee: 50 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
Transport: bus No. 763, 740, 996, 381, 977, 993, 483, 943, 454, 474 and 529

Beijing Botanical Garden

As the biggest botanical garden of its kind in north China, Beijing Botanical Garden dedicates itself to collecting, exhibiting and retaining various kinds of plants, which consists of four areas, Plant Exhibit Area, Places of Interest & Human Landscape Area, Natural Reserve Area and Scientific Research Area.

The Plant Exhibit Area is divided into Ornamental Plant Section, Tree Garden Section and Greenhouse Section. The Places of Interest & Human Landscape Area is made up of the Crouching Buddha Temple, Cherry Ditch, the Memorial Hall of Cao Xueqin and the Tomb of Liang Qichao, of which the Crouching Buddha Temple was built in the Tang dynasty, and it was listed among the key cultural relics under China’s state protection.

Location: at the foot of the Fragrant Hill, Wofosi Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Admission fee: 10 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
Transport: bus No. 331, 634, 696, 112, 360, 318, 714 and 698

Summer in Beijing

Though summer doesn’t last long, however, it’s rather hot in Beijing during summer, especially at noon. Some places are really good for you to escape heat in Beijing, including Tian’anmen Square, Beihai Park, Tanzhe Temple and Candixia Village.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is the largest square in the world, which can accommodate 1,000,000 people. In the center of the square stands the magnificent Monument to the People's Heroes. In the west, east and south of the square stand the Great Hall of the People, China National Museum and Chairman Mao’s Memorial Hall respectively.

Location: Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Admission fee: free
Opening hours: all day long
Transport: bus No. 1, 2, 5, 22, 120, 126, 203 and 210

Beihai Park

Beihai Park used to be an imperial park during the Ming and the Qing dynasties, which is composed of Qionghua Islet (Jade Flowery Islet) and Beihai Lake. On the Qionghua Islet stands the 67-meter tall Tibetan-style White Pagoda, and it has become the symbol of the park. Along Beihai Lake are dotted with well-decorated pavilions, terraces, corridors and open halls, all of which are rich in poetic and artistic conception.

Location: No. 1, Wenjin Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Admission fee: 10 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from April to October; 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from November to March next year
Transport: bus No. 5, 101, 103, 109, 124, 609 and 685

Tanzhe Temple

With a history of over 1,700 years, Tanzhe Temple boasts of being the oldest temple in Beijing, and it holds 943 rooms now, 638 of which were built during the Ming and the Qing dynasties.

The architectural buildings are distributed along a central axis in Tanzhe Temple, and the main attractions include Hall of Heavenly King, Hall of the Grand Buddha, Kwan-yin Cave and the Dragon’s Pool.

Location: Tanzhesi Town, Mentougou District, Beijing
Admission fee: 55 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Transport: bus No. 931

Autumn in Beijing

Autumn is the best season to visit Beijing. As autumn comes near, some tree leaves turn yellow and some turn red, and it’s also the best time to appreciate maple leaves on the Fragrant Hill and Jingshan Park. Climbing Mutianyu Great Wall and visiting the Bird’s Nest are also highly recommended in Beijing during autumn.

Fragrance Hill Park

As a large-scale imperial park, the Fragrance Hill Park is very rich cultural relics, where airy pavilions, terraces and open halls are dotted like stars. The red leaves of the Fragrance Hill Park are famous all over the world, which usually lasts from mid-October to the first ten days of November.

The Mid-Hill Pavilion and the Jade Flower Villa are ideal places for appreciating the beauty of red leaves in the park.

Location: west suburb of Haidian District, Beijing
Admission fee: 10 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Transport: bus No. 563, 634, 333, 634, 733, 833, 714, 318, 904 and 331

Jingshan Park

With a history of over 800 years, Jingshan Park served as an imperial park during the Yuan, the Ming (1368 -1644) and Qing (1644 -1911) dynasties. Jingshan Mountain is 42.6 meters (140 feet) above the sea level, standing on the top of which offers visitors a panoramic view of the Forbidden City.

The main architectural buildings in the park include the Main Gate, Qiwang Tower (used for commemorating Confucius), Five Peak Pavilions, Shouhuang Hall (used for offering sacrifices to their ancestors by the emperors of the Ming and the Qing dynasties) and Guande Hall. The pony exhibit and lotus flower exhibit are held in the park each year, attracting thousands of visitors each time.

Location: No. 44, Jingshan West Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Admission fee: 10 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Transport: bus No. 101, 103, 109, 124, 202, 211, 609, 686 and 1

Mutianyu Great Wall

Serving as a protective screen of Beijing during the Ming (1368 -1644) and Qing (1644 -1911) dynasties, Mutianyu Great Wall was built in the Ming dynasty (1368 -1644) with Juyongguan Pass to the west and Gubeikou to the east, and it is thickly dotted with watchtowers, crenels, battlements and barracks.

Surrounded by mountains, Mutianyu Great Wall takes on various looks in different seasons, which is extremely beautiful in autumn as the tree leaves on the mountains turn yellow and red, and it’s accessible by taking a cable car. 

Location: Mutianyu Village, Huairou District, Beijing
Admission fee: 45 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Transport: a sightseeing bus from Beijing Bus Station will take you there

Winter in Beijing

Beijing takes on a new look as snow falls from the sky, and it’s really joy to appreciate the Forbidden City in snow. In addition, the Ming Tombs and Yonghe Palace are also worthy of your visit during winter.

The Forbidden City

Served as home to 24 emperors of the Ming (1368 -1644) and Qing (1644 -1911) dynasties, the Forbidden City is the largest and the most complete wood-structured architecture complex in the world.

The Forbidden City consists of the Outer Court and the Inner Court, of which the former is composed of Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony, and the latter is made up of Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Celestial Terrestrial Union and Palace of Earthly Tranquility. The Forbidden City take a new look when covered by snow, which seems like a palace in heaven.

Location: No. 4, Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Admission fee: 60 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Monday
Transport: bus No. 101, 103, 109, 124, 202, 211, 685, 810, 814 and 846

The Ming Tomb Cluster

Surrounded by mountains, the Ming Tomb Cluster is the final resting place for 13 emperors of the Ming dynasty (1368 -1644), which boasts the biggest and the most magnificent imperial tomb cluster in China now.

In addition to the emperors, 23 empresses, 2 princes, 30 imperial concubines and one eunuch were also buried in the Ming Tomb Cluster, which was listed among the world heritage sites by UNESCO in August of 2003.
Location: at the foot of the Heaven Longevity Hill, Beijing

Admission fee: 50 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except Monday
Transport: bus No. 925

 

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