Duration: 2-3 hours
Price Guide: 2RMB
This is a underground tour. If you like underground adventures, it will be a good choice for you. Actually, this tour is quite fun because it can take you to many interesting attractions in Beijing (and it’s a great one when it’s too wet or too hot to face the outdoors). Oh, don’t forget! You only need 2 RMB for travelling.
Qianmen Station on Line 2
Take the subway two stations from Qianmen station in the Chonwenmen direction and disembark at Beijingzhan station.
Beijing subway line 2 was the first subway line in Beijing. It was begun in July 1965 and finished in October 1969. Beijing local citizens have given it the nickname the Loop Line. Beijing subway made a huge difference to Beijing’s traffic problem. Subway line 2 covers the Beijing inner-city circle.
You are now at Beijingzhan station. If you want visit Beijing’s oldest train station, you can come out from this station. Otherwise, keep traveling with Beijing subway.
Beijing Railway Station is the oldest train station in Beijing that is still in use. Please remember, it is not a museum, it is a functioning train station. Beijing Railway Station was built in 1901 during the late Qing Dynasty. In 1959, it was enlarged. Before the new West Railway Station was built, Beijing Railway Station was the most commonly used train station. Beijing Railway Station itself is a historical building. It is yellow brick structure. One huge clock hangs in the building of the building.
If you keep traveling with subway, do not panic to change subway line first, keep sticking with line 2 until you arrive at Yonghegong Station (La Ma Temple Station).
If you like religious temples, La Ma Temple is a good place to visit. La Ma Temple is the only royal Buddhist temple in the inner Beijing city. La Ma Temple was built in 1694, during the Ming dynasty. It is a typical Tibetan-style Buddhist temple. La Ma Temple is famous for its Buddha Maitreya in the Hall of Heavenly Kings. The whole Buddha is made from a single piece of sandalwood.
After visiting La Ma Temple, you need to change subway line from this station. Please do not panic about changing lines. Beijing subway is not as complex as the Russian subway or New York subway. Just simply follow the directions and you will easily change to Subway Line 5, the newest line.
Subway Line 5 is the newest subway line, having just opened in 2007. This subway line goes through Beijing city from north to south. It solved the traffic problem of people travelling through the city. The whole decoration style of subway line 5 is very modern and simple. The basic colour is warm pink. The two sides of the railway have glass walls to protect passengers. Now “Beijing Subway Fans” have a new line to travel through Beijing city.
Take subway line 5 to Tiantandongmen Station. You can visit Temple of Heaven here.
Temple of Heaven is one of the most important historical attractions in Beijing. It was built in 1420, during the Ming dynasty. It was built by ancient emperors for worshipping the sky. The size of Temple of Heaven is even bigger than the Forbidden City at 2,700,000 square metres.
If you change subway lines from Dongdan Station, you will travel with Subway Line 1. Local Beijing people call it Straight Line.
Subway Line 1 is the second oldest Beijing subway line. It covers the whole Changan Street, which is the “Axis Street”. This subway line covers many famous attractions, like Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing and Xidan Shopping Street.