Located about two hours away from Beijing, the Great Wall of China stood for hundreds of years here by the Luan River (Luán Hé, 滦河) until 1977 when the river was dammed and part of the wall became submerged under the newly formed Panjiakou Reservoir (Pānjiākǒu Shuǐkù, 潘家口水库). The trip below the waves is not for every traveler or even every diver—the water is cold and visibility is quite low. Luckily, the above-water ruins of the wall are much more easily accessible.
Only a 70 km (44 mi) drive from Beijing, Badaling (Bādálǐng, 八达岭) is the most visited section of the Great Wall. Constructed during the Ming Dynasty, Badaling..
Fragrant Hills Park (Xiāngshān Gōngyuán, 香山公园) is located some 20 km (12 mi) northwest of Beijing, not far from the Summer Palace. Though the name..
Home to the biggest bell in China, the Great Bell Temple (Dàzhōng Sì, 大钟寺) was built in 1733 during the Qing Dynasty. The bell itself, known as..
The Temple of Heaven (Tiāntán, 天坛), completed in 1420 during the reign of the Ming Emperor Yongle, was the most sacred space in which the..