A must see in Beijing is the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Located just next to each other a new world is entered.
Tiananmen Square is placed just outside the Forbidden City in Beijing and is the fourth largest city square in the world.
Both the Tiananmen Gate and the Forbidden City were built in 1415 during the Ming dynasty.
As you (might) see on the first picture the roof has animals on it. In China the roofs often have little guardians sitting on a line in each corner of the roof. The more guardians you have the safer you are! Dragons symbolize imperial power. And all of them are said to protect you against evil spirits.
First time visiting the Forbidden City I honestly thought it would be much smaller. But walking around felt endless – it’s huge! It was the imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty.
Back then it served as the home of the emperors and their household staff. Since 1925 it’s called Palace Museum.
As you see on this last picture, you can easily spend one day there. Unfortunately there was a lot of fog when I visited. But it was still worth it!
When visiting make sure to see everything. It can get a little boring when you’re just entering one building after another without a guide or reading about the history. With 980 building and more than 8,700 rooms there is enough to see!
I was visiting in November and fortunately I had a local guide with me who explained me everything about the place. Without a guide I would probably not know much about it today.