Visiting the Wall of China can be done in different ways. We decided to take one of the tours that go near Tiananmen Square, of course, the tourists in the group and the guide were Chinese ... No one had mercy on us even though we were 8 people .... the tour was in Chinese (although the guide knew English) ... because of this ... we laughed a lot, it was like the immersion trips in Spain where they take you to shops to buy things ... in our case we went to a store that sold jade, and they also took us to eat .... it was like a soup kitchen ... in which people would speak with a megaphone to seat people at tables, haha it was great, and it was clear that the vast majority of our group of 8 refused to try any of this but it was pretty fun. What to say about the Wall, you have to see it. It's awesome, but you already know that and why should we tell you they same details you can read on Wikipedia, right?
While the most famous landmark in a country doesn't necessarily have to be our favorite, the Forbidden City is one of those places that exceeds all expectations. It's reachable by the subway line 1 (Tiananmen Dong or Tiananmen Xi stations). The main entrance is in the south gate, with most people exiting through the north gate to the Jingshan Park to see the five pavilions.
The best bet is to go early in the morning right when the ticket stands open. That way, you can spend all day exploring the Forbidden City then head up to Jingshan Park to view the city from above. The complex is made up of independent palaces with very evocative names, but the best part are the details: the roofs with figures to dispel evil spirits, the interior courtyards, the statues, the marble stairwells, the hues of the buildings, and the exterior walls and moat.
The Gate of Heavenly Peace is the main gate of Tiananmen Square and one of the most recognizable symbols of China. Above it is the famous portrait of the former leader of the Communist Party of China, Mao Zedong, and the gate leads to the Forbidden City, undoubtedly one of the most visited places in China. It was here that Mao proclaimed the People's Republic on October 1, 1949. Next to the large portrait of the former communist leader an enormous slogan reading "Long Live the Republic." Actually, both the hyper-political significance and the continued presence of the army and police in this square give it a decidedly uncomfortable atmosphere, at least for the western tourist. It was built in the fifteenth century and restored in the seventeenth. You can climb to the top of this gate, after passing through the inevitable searches, entrance fees and metal detectors.
The bridge of 17 arches is 150 meters long and is one point of interest of the Summer Palace. You have to cross part of Kunming Lake to go around it. Even though the bridge wasn´t my favorite part, I must recognize that it is spectacular.
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is undoubtedly the most emblematic building of the Temple of Heaven. Many, in fact, get confused and every time someone speaks of the Temple of Heaven they think of this building. Well, this room is just one more of the symbols that make up the complex of the Temple of Heaven. As its name indicates, this small temple is where rituals and sacrifices were made in hopes that the harvest was good in their small towns. In China rice is the staple food, and how good the year was is measured by the amount and quality of harvested rice. The building is round and blue because according to Chinese tradition, it symbolizes infinity, which is made up of the sky represented with the color blue, and the earthly life, represented by the color yellow.