Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS -

Bei­jing, a cra­dle of nu­mer­ous won­ders, boasts seven UNESCO (United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion) World Her­itage sites, sig­ni­fy­ing Chi­nese peo­ple's wis­dom and dili­gence and mag­nif­i­cent Chi­nese civil­i­sa­tion. They are not only land­marks of Bei­jing but also rep­re­sent the com­mon wealth of China and the world.

The seven sites in­clude Pek­ing Man Site at Zhouk­oudian, where the first skull of Pek­ing Man was dis­cov­ered; Im­pe­rial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Bei­jing (or the For­bid­den City) epit­o­mis­ing solem­nity and mag­nif­i­cence of Chi­nese im­pe­rial ar­chi­tec­ture in its hey­day; Tem­ple of Heaven re­flect­ing an­cient Chi­nese peo­ple's dream of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the heaven; the Great Wall in Bei­jing shield­ing the an­cient im­pe­rial city and nearby ar­eas as well as im­pe­rial tombs; The Ming Tombs cov­er­ing an area of more than 120 square kilo­me­tres; Sum­mer Palace, the last im­pe­rial gar­den in the 3,000-year gar­den con­struc­tion his­tory of China, rep­re­sent­ing the apex of tra­di­tional Chi­nese land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture; the Grand Canal in Bei­jing em­body­ing China's cre­ativ­ity and prag­ma­tism.

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