One day in Beijing – 3 Must-See Places to Visit

The Great Wall

One day in Beijing may not be enough to cover even a fraction of its historic and heritage sites. But it should be enough to see at least three of China’s iconic attractions. Here are some of the must-see sights you can cover in a day in the city.

Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
Located in the heart of Beijing and with the front door of the Forbidden City conveniently sitting just north of the sprawling Square, Tiananmen is one of the city’s unmissable spots. It is the world’s largest city square and attractions millions of visitors from across the globe. This historic site is where Chairman Mao Zedong made the announcement on the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Highlights include the Monument to People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao, the National Museum of China, the Tiananmen Tower at the north end of the Square, and the raising of the flag by the guard of honor during the Flag-Raising Ceremony.

Forbidden City (Palace Museum)
Forbidden City
If there is one place you absolutely need to see when in Beijing, it would be the Forbidden City. Also known as the Palace Museum, it has been the imperial palace for over twenty emperors in the past. The massive palace complex is the largest in the world with roughly 9999 rooms. Some points of interest include the awe-inspiring architecture, the towering defensive walls, the Meridian Gate, the Outer Court (Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Hall of Central Harmony, and the Hall of Preserving Harmony), and the Inner Court ( Palace of Heavenly Peace, the Palace of Union and Peace, and the Palace of Terrestrial Tranquility).

The Great Wall
The Great Wall
The Great Wall is another must-see in all of China. And Beijing provides more than one excellent spot to visit a section of one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. You can choose from any of the Badaling, Jinshanling, Juyongguan, and Mutianyu, Simatai sections for your Great Wall sojourn. But if you have to pick from at least two choices, make it a toss between the well-preserved sections of Badaling and Mutianyu. Located in the city’s suburbs, an hour or two at most of the travel time is worth making the trip for. There is nothing quite like the experience of seeing the imposing and stunning Great Wall from up close and actually climbing the steps and taking a walk within it. Not to mention the breathtaking vista from the Wall.

5 Best Things To Do in Iran

Persepolis

Persepolis

Not many people have seen the wonders of Iran, a country teeming with historical sites and landmarks that date back to the Persian Empire. If you are thinking of visiting the place, now is the good time to start planning your trip. With so much to explore and experience, here are a few of the top things to do in Iran for the bucket list.

1. Visit the popular city destination of Isfahan and see its beautiful architecture and many other attractions like the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Naqsh-e Jahan Square (Imam Square), Jolfa (Armenian Quarter), Vank Church, and more.

2. See the fascinating sights at the country’s capital city – Tehran. Visit the opulent and stunning lavish Golestan Palace. Admire the glorious array of Persian carpets at the Carpet Museum of Iran and in the city’s Grand Bazaar.

3. Explore the awe-inspiring ancient city of Persepolis, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, that dates back to 518 BC. Experience the feeling of stepping back in time as you take in the magnificent sights of the capital of the Achaemenid Persian Empire.

4. Visit the tombs and pay homage to the famous Persian poets buried in Shiraz. Take a stroll at the city’s iconic Eram Garden. Visit the Pink Mosque and marvel at the breathtaking sight of the colors changing as the sunlight passes through the stained glass windows of the mosque.

5. Enjoy a traditional tea experience with locals and sample some of the scrumptious dishes the country has to offer. Some of the must-taste foods to try when in Iran are the dizi, kebabs, khorosht-e bademjan (eggplant stew with rice), and Halim bademjan (a kind of eggplant stew made with ingredients that include meat and yogurt).

Top Reasons to Visit Heritage Sites

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Acropolis_Athens

Visiting culture and heritage sites is a great way to discover new things. You get to see and do things as well as hear stories that enrich your knowledge and experience of the places you visit. Exploring the world’s greatest wonders make way for life-changing experiences and self-discoveries. You gain insights not just to a place’s past but how it continues to shape the lives of people who live there. With so many things to look forward to, here are just a few of the things why you need to visit heritage and historic sites in your travels.

Develop a greater appreciation of the past

Heritage sites connect people to the past. You gain a better understanding of the local culture, traditions, and customs from the remnants of the old days that you see as you explore a place. It is like being transported back in time as you imagine the daily life in towns or cities with well-preserved ancient buildings and structures.

Support the local economy

Heritage tourism can be a boon to the local economy. By choosing to spend your money on small and locally-owned businesses, you can contribute to a place’s economic growth. This could lead to more job and business opportunities that will benefit the locals.

Encourage preservation of heritage sites

The growth of culture and heritage tourism can raise awareness on the importance of heritage site preservation. It promotes protection of cultural attractions and the need to preserve traditions.

Promote understanding of different cultures

As Mark Twain succinctly said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” There is nothing like exploring the culture of people through its historic sites to gain a better appreciation of the beauty of diversity and the richness of the stories of people and places. It offers a unique opportunity to have meaningful encounters with the locals and see things from their perspective.