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                      The Temple of Heaven
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                      The Temple of Heaven (tiān tán天壇) was the place where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship Heaven and pray for bumper crops.The Temple of Heaven
                      The northern part of the outer surrounding wall is semi-circular in shape while the southern part square, a pattern symbolic of the ancient belief that Heaven was round and the earth square. The double surrounding wall separates the temple into two parts—the inner and outer temples with the main structures in the inner one, covering a space of 273 hectares in all.
                      The inner temple is also partitioned by a wall into two groups of buildings. The north structure is the Altar of Praying for Bumper Crops with the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests as the principal building used to pray in spring for a bumper harvest in the year. The south structure is the Circular Mound Altar used to worship Heaven at the winter solstice where the principal construction is a large round marble terrace named the Circular Mound.

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                      Summer Palace
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                      Summer PalaceSituated in the western outskirts of Haidian District, the Summer Palace (yíhé yuán 頤和園) is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from central Beijing. Having the largest royal park and being well preserved, it was designated, in 1960 by the State Council, as a Key Cultural Relics Protection Site of China. Containing examples of the ancient arts, it also has graceful landscapes and magnificent constructions. The Summer Palace is the archetypal Chinese garden, and is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens of the world. In 1998, it was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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                      The Ming Tombs
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                      Ming Tombs
                      50 kilometers northwest from Beijing City lies the Ming Tombs (míng shí sān líng 明十三陵) - the general name given to the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The mausoleums (líng mù 陵墓) have been perfectly preserved, as has the necropolis (dà mù dì 大墓地) of each of the many emperors. Because of its long history, palatial and integrated architecture, the site has a high cultural and historic value. The layout and arrangement of all thirteen mausoleums are very similar but vary in size as well as in the complexity of their structures.

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                      The BaDaLing Great Wall
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                      Badaling (bā dá líng八達嶺 ) Great Wall is located at Yanqing (yánqìng 延慶) County, more than 70 kilometers northwest from the center of Beijing City. It is a mountain pass of the Jundu Mountain. Badaling is at the highest point of north end of the Guan'gou gorge, in which the Juyongguan Pass lies. In the history, the function of Badaling was to protect the Juyongguan Pass. Along with Guan'gou gorge, there are several interests and historic sites. Badaling is a rare ancient military defense project. The elevation of it is about 1,000 meters.

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                      Beautiful Dongjiang in Hunan
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                      Dongjiang Lake (dōng jiāng hú 東江湖) lies in the upper reaches of Dongjiang River (dōng jiāng 東江)?of Zixing? City (zī xīng shì 資興市), with a lake surface area of 160 sq. kilometers, and a water storage of 8.2 billion sq. kilometers, is equivalent to half a Dongting Lake (dòng tíng hú 洞庭湖), known as "South Dongting Lake of Hunan"; and is also praised as "Oriental Switzerland" for its picturesque scenery.

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