Home to the Great Wall of China
Beijing is the capital city of the Peoples Republic of China and was formally known as Peking. It is situated in the north of China and its history dates back 3,000 years. It has an abundance of historic sites, such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.
The flights from Auckland to Beijing take over 13 hours, depending on the airline and transit points chosen. Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.
The Forbidden City was the residence of 14 Emperors of the Ming Dynasty from 1420 to 1644, then from October 1644 it served as the Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty, then in 1925 it became the Palace Museum and was titled a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Back during the Ming and Qing Dynasties commoners were denied entry to the Forbidden City without permission. Only Imperial families and invited high officials were granted entrance, which is how the city got it’s name.
The Forbidden City is China’s most popular tourist attraction, a masterpiece of Chinese architecture and one of the most well-preserved heritage site and the world’s largest Imperial Palace. It occupies 720,000 sq m and has more than 90 palace quarters and courtyards, 980 buildings and over 8728 rooms. The Palace Museum hosts about 14 million guests each year, more than any single section of the Great Wall.
The Great Wall of China has a long and extensive history of more than 2,700 years and was built on such a massive scale which is spectacular to visit and photograph. It is 21,196 kilometres long and is the symbol of China. One of the most famous sayings relating to the Great Wall is “he who does not reach the Great Wall is not a true man”. Only once you have visited the Great Wall can you gain insight into the dilligence and unity of the Chinese Nation. The Great Wall was functional as along with the watch towers, beacon towers and passes it formed a complete defensive structure against the invasion of the northern normadic people. The Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace are some of the other UNESCO World Heritage sites to visit.