Discover Beijing II: Walk in the Footsteps of Emperors

Now thriving with modernity and growth, Beijing, China’s capital for the last 739 years, has evolved around the imperial culture it has always embodied. "Discover Beijing II: Walk in the Footsteps of Emperors" brings viewers to historical sites like the Forbidden City, home to China’s most storied rulers for five centuries, the Ming Tomb, a collection of imperial mausoleums, and the Temple of Heaven, an imperial ceremony hall. These landmarks show the lifestyle of ancient Beijing, situated in the ever thriving population of modern China.

Following the first episode that aired last December, this half hour special, aired on February 28, 2015 prime time, features the rich history of Beijing, and allows viewers to take a step back in time and experience life in Beijing hundreds of years ago. Viewers will truly be able to walk in the footsteps of emperors. Episode 2 in the "Visit Beijing" series, co-produced by WABC and Cimegine Media Group LLC brings stunning visual appeal and introduces audiences to numerous famed, imperial sites.

Viewers will get a chance to ‘tour’ The Forbidden City, spanning over 1.6 million square feet in the center of Beijing. Simone Bassous, Executive Director at Pacific Asia Travel Association, says, “The Forbidden City is mystical. There is a dimension to it that is beyond our imagination.” Come learn about the construction of the nearly one-thousand ornate buildings that comprise the palace, taking 14 years and over one million laborers and artisans.

Join us to explore the Summer Palace, which occupies 742 acres of land in the wealth and prosperity corner of Beijing. It is considered to be the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. Filled with manmade lakes, the Summer palace is home to the iconic Dragon King Temple, rising over Kunming Lake and connected by a 17 arch bridge.

Take a tour of the Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings where emperors worshipped the heavens with spectacular ceremonies. Now nearly six centuries old and occupying over six hundred square acres, the Temple of Heaven was the centerpiece for the emperor's blessings and prayers.

Experience the Ming tombs, a 30 thousand acre grand cemetery where 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty were buried. Built over 230 years, The Ming Tomb Park consists of mausoleums for each emperor built along a road that symbolizes the path to heaven. It is an amazing site to see according to Barry Goldsmith, Professor of Architecture at New York University. He says, “Every civilization celebrates the dead a different way. The British have Westminster Abbey. The Egyptians have the West Bank Tombs, and of course the pyramids. Well the Ming Tombs are kind of like all of them put together.” Come see the detail put into each mausoleum, which signifies each emperors their supreme power.

No showcase of Beijing would be complete without the inclusion of ancient cuisine. The food that delighted emperors is showcased at the Imperial Food Museum. Historians pay homage to the smells and tastes that emperors desired from all different regions.

Beijing has developed immensely in recent years, but every development is still influenced by its imperial culture and past. This showcase of Beijing’s ancient past and present day landmarks will bring the past to your living room, allowing every viewer to discover Beijing and walk in the footsteps of emperors.

If you missed the show, please watch the full episode at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGQqli-oRa0&t=317s .

More information about Beijing: http://english.visitbeijing.com.cn.

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