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The Bell Tower 钟楼

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This brick and stone tower has the largest and the heaviest bell of China which is 7.02 meters (23 feet) high including the pendants, with a weight of 63 tons (138,891 pounds). Together with the drum tower they played an important role in helping people live and work regularly where there was no other means to keep track of the time since 1272. Opening Hours: 09:10 to 17:00

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The Drum Tower 鼓楼

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Together with the Bell Tower, they were used for telling time from 1272. It is 46.7 meters (153 feet) high, and is also a two-storey building; the first floor contains the China Committee for the Promotion of the Minority Art. The second floor contains the exhibition area. Every New Year Eve, the drum is beaten with the bell 108 times to send a blessing to the people. You can climb onto the drum tower to have a birds-eye view to admire the entire city. Opening Hour: 09:10-17:00. Fee: CNY 20

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The biggest catholic church in Beijing which is one of the favorite place to have a western wedding for the young people. In weekends you can easily find the happy moments of the newlyweds making photos outside this church. You just can't imagine that it'll cost 5000 CNY every half an hour for having an ceremony here.

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China's National Grand Theatre

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Located in the Chang'an Street, to the west of Tian’anmen Square, boasts three large halls — a 2,091-seat opera house, a 1,859-seat concert hall and a 957-seat theatre. Construction of the Theatre began in December 2001 and was completed in late September this year. Total investment was 3.1 billion yuan.

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The Forbidden City

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It was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the very centre of Beijing, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five centuries, it served as the home of the Emperor and his household, as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government. For it has 9999.5 rooms, it'll spend you days to visit all the palace, but you can easily make a morning tour along the central axis visiting the most important parts.

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