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Disembarking here, at first glance, the city can seem to have a bit of a rough edge. But once you look beneath this slightly gritty surface, there are endless delights to be discovered. Few visitors will not take the opportunity to visit one of the great wonders of the world, The Great Wall of China. Stretching from the Bo Hai Sea to the Gobi Desert, this unbelievable man-made structure is of huge historical importance to China, becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
Beijing sits as the grand capital in the north of China. Right at the heart of this fascinating port is the Forbidden City, a 720,000-square metre area laden with palaces, pavilions and courtyards. Cruise lovers and travel enthusiasts will experience an overwhelming sense of awe as they approach the City's surrounding, protective walls, to enter into this enigmatic world through the Meridian Gate.
For those looking to immerse themselves in the Chinese culture and to soak up the buzzing atmosphere, Panjiayuan Market, a giant flea market which sells everything, is the place to stop by. Offering everything from jewelry, furniture, antiques and reproductions, paintings and calligraphy, Buddhist statues, to porcelain and ceramics, this is the place to grab a bargain.
Anyone looking to visit Beijing, the best time to visit is in September and October when the weather is at its best - clear, blue sunny skies and warm days are highly likely. Spring is also a particularly pleasant time to visit the city, but be sure to avoid the winter months, unless you think you would be a fan of a bitterly cold stay in Beijing.
To discover more about a cruise to Asia, with a stopover in Beijing, contact our cruise experts on freephone 0808 168 6211. #LoveCruise
- 25th September 2014
- Louise Hopper