Haidian is blessed. Without its precious northwest, Beijing could never be a capital city. An emperor soon grew bored tucked away inside the Forbidden City, and Haidian District was the natural destination for imperial distractions, recreation and enjoyment. The lengthy imperial retinue that journeyed regularly from city center to Summer Palace left its own permanent mark on history.
All emperors loved to build palaces and gardens in this northwestern suburb of Beijing. With its outstanding people, waters and hills, Haidian District abounds in natural and cultural resources. Imperial gardens were built from the Qing Dynasty Emperor Kangxi onwards including Changchun Garden, the Old Summer Palace, Jingyi Palace at Fragrant Hills, Jingming Garden at Yuquan Mountain and Qingyi Garden at Longevity Hill. There were also more than 100 gardens belonging to the imperial court or private gardens owned by princes and aristocrats. The imperial gardens embody rich traditional Chinese culture and represent the highest level of Chinese landscape design.
Located in Beijing’s northwest, Haidain District enjoys favorable geographical location, advantageous natural environment and beautiful scenery. Haidian won the favor of emperors, aristocrats, literati and was an ideal resort and amusement place in history. Therefore, it is home to a great number of various cultural relics. So far, there are 315 immoveable cultural relics in Haidian District, of which 18 are of national level, 23 municipal level and 109 district level. Besides, there are 152 registered cultural relics.
The modern Beijing has experienced about ten generation of operation, which had numerous illustrious Emperor City's sight and the world's largest imperial Palaces. What you see and feel in Beijing is not only the ancient empire's majestic solemnity, but also the modern city's trendy downtown, high-speed convenient. And the strong modern breath is blowing on your face when setting foot in Beijing. Beyond that, Haidian District also covers a numbers of nature sceneries, such as the Phoenix Range, the Fragrant Hills and Baiwangshan Forest Park.