Forbidden City, Great Wall Named Two of Asia's Most Beautiful Places

Beijing's Forbidden City and the Great Wall have been named to Conde Nast Traveler's list of the 50 Most Beautiful Places in Asia.

"Asia is the largest continent both in terms of sheer size (17,139,445 square miles) and population (more than four billion), which means there's literally no shortage of things to see: think rice paddies in Bali, monasteries in Bhutan, bridges in Malaysia, and water palaces in India – and we're only just getting started. Here, a look at 50 of the most breathtaking sites across Asia," the magazine's editors write, introducing the feature.

China and Japan topped the list with seven sites each. Other places in China included Lhasa, Tibet, and the Reed Flute Cave near Guilin. Other major global sites include Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and the Taj Mahal in India.

We wonder if these are Beijing's two most beautiful places. What about the Temple of Heaven, or the Lama Temple/Confucius Temple? Are there more beautiful spots in Beijing that you would prefer to see recognized? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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Great Wall of China, a gigantic defensive projest, has played an important role in chinese history, ever since ancient times, china has been a multinational country with an unevenly develop culture and economy among different ethnic groups in the evolution of history.

After the Chinese Qin and Han dynasties, the backward nomadic tribes in the north often set harassment on, and undermined the advanced aculture and ecomomy of

How was the Great Wall Built?
the central of china. to prevent the advanced civilization from beijing destoryed, the Han people built this great wall, which played a very active role in the protection of the ancient chinese civilization.

Today the great wall as a means of defence,has already fulfilled its historic mission,however, the great wall as a symble of china's ancient culture,will remain proudly on the chinese soil for a long time to come,because it epitomizes the great achievemnets in the fiedld of civil engineering and building technique in ancient china, and it tells in a vivid way the hong history,the strong will-power,creative wisdom and talent of the chinese working people.the great wall is a real glory and pride of the chinese nation.
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