Honeymoons in Beijing
Lying to the east if China, Beijing has attracted people from all over the world who go to drink in the culture and history of which this city has plenty of. A place where bustling vibrant streets meet breathtaking, unspoilt landscapes, this is an ideal destination for those who like to mix discovery with romance. This exciting destination has so much to offer, your honeymoon in Beijing will leave you with memories to cherish and experiences you’ll want to talk about for a long time to come…
One of the first places you will want to visit in China’s capital is the Forbidden City; one of Beijing’s most notable landmarks. Located north of Tiananmen Square, the city shows off its imperial palace which was home to 24 emperors dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Now open to the public, the Palace museum is made up of 800 buildings with a total of 9000 rooms. The museum sits on an impressive 250 acres of land and has the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world.
Leaving the city at the northern gate you will see the idyllic Jingshan Park. Climb to the top of the hill for a spectacular panoramic view of the city of Beijing. For the best view, go to the Pavilion of Everlasting Spring which is perched at the top of the middle peak. At night, the city is lit up with coloured lights offering a beautiful display of the metropolis below.
While on honeymoon in Beijing, why not rise early one morning and take a romantic wander through the parks surrounding the Temple of Heaven. Here you will see the locals start their day with a local custom – tai-chi. Many do perform this art in groups while some prefer to do it in private; the vision is touching, calming and inspiring at the same time. A visit to the Temple is certainly worthwhile too. Considered to be one of the most renowned, interesting and eye-catching in Beijing, the shrine opens at 8 in the morning for both tourists and worshippers.
Take a rickshaw through the vibrant streets of the city and allow the driver to give you a tour of Beijing and its many wonders. Then stop for refreshments at one of the many bars, cafes and restaurants at Lake Houhai, an old town brought to life since it has been recently developed. This is a great place for dinner and drinks with a stunning view of the lake, especially when it’s lit up at night.
You can’t honeymoon in Beijing without visiting one of the most amazing sites on earth; the Great Wall of China. Stretching for 5,500.3 miles (8,851.8km), sections of the wall are just a few hours drive away from Beijing. Trips are easy to arrange with many hotels doing this for their guests.
This truly wonderful destination will capture your hearts and minds as you spend your honeymoon in Beijing exploring and enjoying the history and culture and beauty that make it a city not to be overlooked.
Three must do’s while on Honeymoon in Beijing:
- Take a trip to the Great Wall of China – major hotels will organise day trips to the Beijing sections of the wall.
- Visit The Forbidden City – a fantastic sight to see while on honeymoon in Beijing – your hotel can help arrange transport to the heart of Beijing’s capital.
- The Temple of Heaven – a romantic feature for honeymoon couples in Beijing – there are many buses which take you here (look for numbers 6, 20 and 39). Taxis are also very cheap in Beijing.
Key Facts for Beijing
Currency: Yuan Renminbi
Flight time: 11 hours from Sydney
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When to go:
Autumn is considered the best time to visit Beijing with clear skies and comfortable climate. The seasons are temperate spring, wet summer, clear autumn and cold and white winter!
Qantas Airways and Cathay Pacific offer flights from Sydney via Hong Kong to Beijing taking just under 13 hours flying time.
Newlyweds from Australia require a visa for entry in to China
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Getting Married in Beijing
If you're looking for a destination which offers an exciting mix of the ancient and the new, then why not consider Beijing. This bustling and vibrant city, Capital of China, has some amazing historical sites to visit as well as the Olympic site of 2008 which now holds some spectacular state of the arts sports facilities. Beijing has many different venues all able to host your wedding ceremony including glitzy restaurants, chapels, parks and gardens and with some stunning backdrops for your wedding photography, weddings abroad in Beijing can suit the most discerning of couples.
It is usual for couples getting married in China that one is a Chinese citizen or one is a resident. They will need to apply to their local civil affairs office taking with them a completed marriage registration form and other documents which all need to be translated into the Chinese language. A Chinese citizen will need to produce a certificate of marriageability, birth certificate, household registration book, and a letter from their parents giving them permission to marry a foreigner. A foreign partner will need to produce a passport, Chinese residence permit, health certificate, 3 photos of the couple taken together, registration fee and a certificate of marriageability. It takes about an hour for the marriage registration office to review the documents before granting approval, after which they will issue a marriage certificate. For more information visit http://www.gowealthy.com/gowealthy/wcms/en/home/articles/entertainment/getting-married/Getting-Married-in-China-1217759427109.html
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