Beijing reopens 30 percent of its major tourist sites

From ancient walled capital to showpiece megacity in barely a century, Beijing (Běijīng, 北京), spins a breathless yarn of triumph, tragedy, endurance and innovation

Beijing has reopened 73 major tourist sites, or 30.7 percent of the total in the municipality, as the novel coronavirus epidemic wanes.

All of them are outdoor landscape resorts as required by the Beijing municipal bureau of culture and tourism in a plan for the reopening of tourist sites. The reopening time of indoor sites is yet to be announced.

The Great Wall sites of Mutianyu, Simatai and Badaling were among those that have reopened to visitors, the bureau said Sunday.

Gubei Water Town, leaning against the Simatai Great Wall in Miyun District, is expected to reopen on April 23.

Jin Linsheng, vice president of the water town tourism company, said the resort will promote contactless services such as mobile payment, e-tickets and guide machines to avoid cross-infection.

According to an official with the bureau, the tourist sites that resume operation should receive no more than 30 percent of the maximum real-time number of visitors, and no more than 30 percent of the daily visitor capacity.

Some of the most visited Beijing tourist sites are:

  1. The Great Wall of China: The Great Wall of China is one of the most famous landmarks in the world and a must-visit attraction when in Beijing. The Great Wall is a series of fortifications built along the northern borders of China to protect against invading forces.
  2. The Forbidden City: The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is located in the center of Beijing and is the largest palace complex in the world.
  3. Tiananmen Square: Tiananmen Square is the world’s largest public square and a site of great historical significance. It is located in the heart of Beijing and is surrounded by important buildings such as the Forbidden City, the Great Hall of the People, and the National Museum of China.
  4. Temple of Heaven: The Temple of Heaven is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a masterpiece of Chinese architecture. It was built in the 15th century and was used by emperors to offer sacrifices to the gods.
  5. Summer Palace: The Summer Palace is a beautiful imperial garden and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located in the northwest of Beijing and was once the summer retreat of the emperors.
  6. Beihai Park: Beihai Park is a beautiful imperial garden located in the center of Beijing. It is one of the oldest and best-preserved imperial gardens in China.
  7. Lama Temple: The Lama Temple is a Buddhist temple located in the northeast of Beijing. It is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world.
  8. National Museum of China: The National Museum of China is one of the largest museums in the world and is located on Tiananmen Square. It has a vast collection of artifacts and exhibits that showcase the history and culture of China.
  9. Hutong neighborhoods: The Hutongs are narrow alleyways that are unique to Beijing. They offer a glimpse into the traditional way of life in the city and are home to many historical landmarks, shops, and restaurants.
  10. 798 Art District: The 798 Art District is a thriving arts and culture hub in Beijing. It is located in the northeast of the city and is home to many galleries, art studios, and cultural institutions.



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