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Top 10 places to visit in Beijing


Big Bell Temple
Among the numerous tourist attractions in Beijing in China, the Big Bell Temple (Da Zhong Si) is one of the must visit sites. Located to the north west of Beijing, the Big Bell Temple was built in 1733 AD and is today a big draw for tourists from across the world.
The Big Bell Temple (Da Zhong Si) in Beijing houses the largest bell in China besides an ancient bell museum that showcases a fine collection of Chinese bells that date back to the ancient times. It is indeed fascinating to tour this museum and relive the days gone by.
As mentioned earlier, a visit to the Big Bell Temple (Da Zhong Si) in Beijing will allow visitors to have a look at the largest bell in China. Weighing 46.5 tons in weight, the bell is 6.87 meters high, 3.3 meters in diameter and 0.22 meter thick.
It can be located at the back of the temple compound and the bell tower it hangs from stands at a height of 16.7 meters. Made during the Yongle period (1403 AD - 1424 AD) of the Ming Dynasty, this bell is called the Yongle Big Bell.
After rigorous tests conducted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it has been seen that the Yongle Bell's sound can reach up to a maximum of 120 decibels and can be heard even 50 kilometers away in the silence of night. It must also be mentioned that studies by the Chinese Acoustics Institute have found that the Yongle Bell has a frequency that ranges from 22 to 800 hertz.
Admission fee for the Big Bell Temple (Da Zhong Si), Beijing is 10 yuan. There is an extra charge of 2 yuan to climb the Bell Tower.

Olympic Green
The Olympic Green, a massive 1,135 hectares along the historic north-south central axis of Beijing, will be the heart of the Olympic games and the site of thirteen venues, including the stunning National Stadium and National Aquatics Center.
The Olympic Green features half of all competition venues for the games, including the National Stadium, National Aquatics Center, National Indoor Stadium, the Fencing Gymnasium, the Tennis Center, and fields for Hockey and Archery.

Sacred road
The most famous site at the Ming Imperial Tombs is the Sacred Road. It is the main road leading into the tomb complexes. It is 7 kilometers long and has consists of the huge Memorial Stone Archway, the Great Red Gate, the Stele Pavilion, the Stone Creatures and the Dragon and Phoenix Gate. Along the road are 18 pairs of stone creatures. They consist of animals, mythological creatures and imperial official who are to serve the emperor in the afterlife. Each type of creature has two pair, one pair standing and one pair sitting and they represent animals that could be found in the farthest reaches of the vast Ming Dynasty. There are three pairs of officials: civil, military, and meritorious, and fifteen pair of creatures. The Sacred Road was built for the Emperor's funeral processions and the annual visits of the reigning Emperor to perform rites for his ancestors.

Great Wall at Jinshanling
At the northeast end of Beijing City,there is a 6.5-mile section of the Great Wall called the Jinshanling Great Wall,so named because it is built on the Jinshan mountains.This part of the wall was initially built from 1368 to 1369 in the Ming Dynasty;in 1567 or 1570 General Qi Jiguang was in charge of rebuilding that part of the Wall.The great number of watch towers and battle platforms makes it second only to Badaling in its complexity and quality of construction.

Tanzhe Temple
The Tanzhe Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in a mountainous area in western Beijing. Built in the Jin Dynasty, it's around 16-hundred years old, eight hundred years older than the city of Beijing itself.

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