Beijing | China

Northern Capital

21 August 2017

After visiting China’s largest city, Shanghai, I went to check out its capital - Beijing, which translates as “Northern capital”. Soft sleeper bullet train took me overnight from one city center to another. It’s the best deal. You don’t have to pay for hotel, no wasted time on travelling to and from airport, no queues nor delays (China is famous for this). In the morning Beijing greeted me with very hot weather, white sky and pollution.

Tiananmen Square is one of the largest square in the world, located in the heart of Beijing. On this picture you can observe The Monument to the People’s Heroes and Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, who proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Tiananmen Square is the largest square I have been so far. On this shot is a gate to the Forbidden City, which used to be the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty, constructed in 1420. Gate to the Forbidden City with the picture of Mao Zedong as seen at night. Summer Palace is a recreational park, centered around a hill and a lake in the suburban area of Beijing. It is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The National Center for the Performing Arts was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. It has Opera Hall, Music Hall and Theatre with total of almost 5500 seats. Headquarter for China Central Television (CCTV) won the 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The building was built in three buildings that were joined to become one. Here I am in Olympic Park, constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympics. In front is The Beijing National Aquatics Center or "Water Cube". The Beijing National Stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics. Today you can visit stadium and even go up to the roof to enjoy a 360° view over Olympic Park. Stadium is also known as the "Bird's Nest" due to the shape. At night it’s full of lights that focused on its structure. The most famous place is The Great Wall of China but it is located 70 km (40 mi) away from the city, although it is definitely worth a visit. Here is me greeting my favorite historical place out of all Beijing and hoping to pay a visit in future.
Hi, I'm Anton! I've lived in Europe, Middle East, Asia, and recently I moved to South America. While global travel industry is on pause, I share memories from my past trips on Instagram, and can't wait to start posting in this blog about upcoming journeys. #StaySafe