The Forbidden City

Along with the Great Wall, the Forbidden City (Zǐjìn Chéng, 紫禁城), or “former palace” (Gù Gōng, 故宫), is one of the must-see sights in Beijing. In the afternoon sunshine, the red walls and golden roof tiles cast a glow across the vast courtyards of this symbol of China’s mighty imperial past. If pressed for time, try to spend at least half a day exploring; if you have more time, consider return trips—the Forbidden City’s stately spaces and myriad treasures are best…

The Great Wall of China

There is an old saying in China that He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man. Unlike other Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites, the Great Wall Of China embraces such broad dimensions that nothing else can compare with. It runs across Northern China from east to west, providing protection to agricultural civilisation and ancient trading routes. It spans the history of China from past to present, witnessing the rise and fall of powers and…