There’s more to China’s capital than modern architecture, skyscrapers and complex flyovers
Longqing Gorge in China.
THE 3,000-year-old city of Beijing is home to at least 21 million people. Standing as the capital city of China for over eight centuries, the third most populous city in the world is rich in history with the influences of modern architecture, civilisation, technology and centuries worth of culture.
Beijing is the fastest-changing city in the world with huge construction sites, skyscrapers and complex flyovers. Yet, the city hosts one of the oldest cultures and history that tourists should visit at least once in their lifetime. This means Beijing is more than just world-famous landmarks, such as Forbidden City or Tiananmen Square.
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Located 85km to the north of Beijing, Longqing Gorge is often likened to the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River. However, its mountains are much steeper and the water is clearer and cleaner than that of the Li River in Guilin.
Picturesque scenery aside, Longqing Gorge is also home to the world’s longest dragon-shaped outdoor escalator that spans to 258m to reach China’s largest dam, Longqing Dam. There, you can either choose to hop on a cable car or take a leisurely boat trip. If you are looking for something to pump up your adrenaline, try bungee jumping into the gorge!
Oh, and whilst you are there, check out the breathtaking attractions like the Comb Hill, Immortal Taoist Temple, Flowers Cave and Jingang Temple.
798 ART DISTRICT
Covering 60 hectares northeast of Beijing, 798 Art District is home to Chinese culture and art with a significant influence of modern art.
The place was named after the 798 factory built in the 1950s during the Cultural Revolution era. Some of the gallery
Qianhai lake in Shichahai area of Beijing . Artistic spray paint graffiti character Beijing 798 district.
spaces are bombarded with Maoist slogans inscribed in big red letters pleading the bourgeoisie to work hard for Mother China, giving visitors a true depiction of what dwellers in this area went through.
The best times to visit 798 Art District are during the two month-long annual art festivals — the 798 Art Festival (from end of April) and 798 Creative Art Festival (from the end of September) where artists from all over the world gather to display their works.
One of the pioneers in astronomy is defi-
The Ancient Observatory, Beijing.
nitely mighty China. Astronomy in China was first intended for timekeeping as the cycles of the sun and moon are distinct and calendars are often released by the astronomers. As it got more advanced, Chinese astronomers were even able to accurately predict eclipses back then!
Built in 1442, the Beijing Ancient Observatory is one of the world’s earliest royal observatories and an evolution of an older and smaller observatory dated back in 1227. You can find the original eight ancient instruments for star-gazing in the observatory.
However, the instruments have had a