China may be best known for its rich culture and value for tradition. It has seven major dialects ranging from various cities. When it comes to food, different styles of cooking exist depending on the geography and ethnicity. For arts in China, it is greatly influenced by calligraphy and paper cutting. And of course, customs and celebrations will never be gone in the picture. This aspect has been religiously commemorated and held from all over the country.
More than all these customs that are known to many, different places in China have also been home to tourists. One of which is its capital, Beijing City. This place helps showcase more the richness in the culture that lies in China with its historical sights. For many foreign travelers, one that is always included in their list of “must-go” places is The Great Wall of China. This should definitely be on the list. However, for those people who have already roamed around the famous tourist spots, there’s still much to see and do. Below is a top three list of the underrated attractions to rediscover Beijing once more.
For adrenaline junkies, Long Qing Gorge might be the perfect place. It is located in the northern part of Beijing which is also commuter friendly that will take about two to three hours from the main city. Specific busses can be taken to arrive at this place. Upon arriving, festive red lanterns, tall green pine trees, and gigantic green mountains surrounds the background. Near the entrance, a grand waterfall plunges down from the dam above.
A long, dragon-shaped escalator carries visitors to the dam, where there’s an option to take a boat ride. While riding the cruise, unique rock formations in different heights are seen all over. Besides the scenery of vast mountains and charming rivers, one of the main attractions there was to bungee jump. It is a 48-meter long tower that will just last for a few minutes. People who are contemplating on doing this or not could see people jumping as they journey on during the boat ride. For those who opt not to do the bungee jump, other attractions within the place could also be explored. These are the caves and temples.
When one chooses to have an art appreciation day, the 798 District in Beijing is the place to go. It is located in the northeast part of Beijing. One will learn more about the Chinese culture here in a more visual manner. Modern art that is appealing especially to the Millennials is cultivated as well. This now tourist attraction is named after the 798 factories built during the 1950’s.
Maoist slogans are evident in some of the galleries which depicted the lives of the people that dates back in the Cultural Revolution era. It is now home to artists showcasing their craft through galleries, studios, and even restaurants. It has a hip vibe that features modern and contemporary art that relays the history. More than a tourist attraction, this place also holds international art exhibitions and fashion shows.
For those who prefer seeing a touch of Chinese architecture, Lama Temple may be a fitting place to explore. Another name referred to this is Yonghe Temple. This is located in Dongcheng District and is considered the biggest temple in Beijing. Any individual who plans to visit this place will be welcomed with riveting roofs, a burst of colors, and precise architectural details.
This is a Tibetan Buddhist temple that served as the residence of Emperor Yong Zeng during the Qing Dynasty. What makes the experience even more cultivating is the existence of the Tibetan monks in the temple’s premises. On the streets, various Tibetan Buddhist charms, ornaments and souvenirs are also to be found.
More and more tourists find their way to Beijing. However, this might be an issue for Japan and China with their recent issue on the Rape of Nanking. This account to forming better relationships with other countries as well as it promotes more inbound tourism. Exploring doesn’t only stop with what is known to us, but also to rediscover a place that is off the beaten track.