Come and visit Dong Cheng on your next trip to China
. Right in the heart of Beijing
, this suburb is the political, commercial and cultural centre of the city, and offers every tourist a glimpse of rich Chinese history, fantastic temples and a taste of the local traditions. Have a look through our range of Dong Cheng hotels and come stay at this wonderful destination on your next holiday!
The Forbidden City is a must-do. Wander the grounds and the Imperial Chinese court, while you admiring a palace that was built for the rulers of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. You can relax in the beautiful courtyards or enjoy the grandeur of the temples and shrines. Just next door is Zhongshan Park, a peaceful park full of bamboo groves and ancient trees, and an ideal spot for tranquillity. For a unique view of the Forbidden City, rent a paddleboat and explore the moat, where you can see first-hand how impressive the palace is.
The most impressive temple in Beijing is the Lama Temple, which is dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism and famous for its massive statue of Maitreya Buddha. Don't miss the chance to check out the 18m-tall statue, which was carved from a single piece of sandalwood. The neighbourhood outside the temple is fantastic to explore; here you can see real living streets full of food stalls, tiny markets and delicious restaurants. These streets are called "Hutongs" and a walk through these is the best way to appreciate how the locals live.
Don't miss the Confucius Temple, which has unique architecture and is dedicated to the life of the man who is considered one of China's greatest thinkers. Afterwards, visit the world class National Museum of China, where you can browse through the best collection of ancient artefacts in the country, and understand the heritage and culture of China. Stop in at the Imperial City Art Museum and see some of the best Chinese artwork on display, as well as a scale model of both the Forbidden and Imperial Cities. If you're looking for more art, the CourtYard Gallery showcases the talents of artists using a wide range of media, while Soka Art Centre is the best modern art gallery.
No trip to Beijing is complete without a visit to Tiananmen Square. If you make it at dawn or dusk you can see the flag ceremony, while you give a minute to pay respect to those who lost their lives in the 1989 massacre. You can still see a bullet hole in the south-western marble lion in front of Tiananmen Gate.
Dong Cheng is a fantastic part of Beijing where visitors can experience the history, heritage and culture of China. It's just an easy flight to Beijing
away, so wot are you waiting for? Check out our great deals on Dong Cheng accommodation and make your next trip to China a fantastic holiday!