Some of the Great Historical Landmarks in Beijing

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China is a country many of us long to visit, with its rich history, inspiring natural landmarks and abundance of wildlife just some of the reasons why millions visit there each and every year.
A favourite location to visit during a holiday to the Middle Kingdom is Beijing, a bustling metropolis which serves up a plethora of different experiences.
If you plan on heading to the capital during your holidays to China, here are a few sights you may want to pencil into your plans.
Temple of Heaven Undoubtedly one of the most recognised sights of this great city, the Temple of Heaven is a complex of religious structures which date back to the 15th Century.
Playing a key role in the city's history, Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties paid annual visits to the sites to pray to heaven for a good harvest.
Described as a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design, the temple was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.
The Forbidden City A grand palace constructed between 1406 and 1420, the Forbidden City served as the home for emperors and their households for more than 500 years and has played an important role in the history of both Beijing and China as a whole.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a fine example of traditional Chinese palatial architecture and has influenced a host of other buildings throughout China and Asia, also standing as the largest preserved collection of ancient wooden structures in the world.
National Museum of China A landmark in its own right, the National Museum of China is designed to educate visitors in the arts and the lengthy history of this great nation.
With exhibits ranging from the Yuanmou Man of 1.
7 million years ago to the end of the Qing Dynasty, there are over one million permanent exhibits on display, with a Han Dynasty jade burial suit sewn with gold thread and a Tang Dynasty tri-coloured glazed sancai among the most popular of the permanent displays.
Tuan Cheng Fortress Found near the fragrant hills in the Haidan district, the Tuan Cheng Fortress is an 18th Century stronghold which again serves as a fine example of traditional architecture.
Constructed in the 14th year of Emperor Qianlong's reign, it served as a compound for emperors to train and inspect their troops.
Nowadays, it is a national museum and is also referred to as the Tuancheng Exhibition Hall.
At the time of writing, the fortress is currently closed, as it is undergoing a sizeable renovation project and is set to reopen in early 2014.
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