Standing side-by-side with old Beijing's crimson palace complexes
are the city's impressive skylines. Beijing is a fine example of
the great transformation China has undergone as it burst into the
21st century. The city boasts the most modern facilities, and is
able to provide all the comfort and enjoyment imaginable to Beijing
China's capital city, Beijing, is a must-see. As one of the world’s
great ancient capitals, it is home to some of the finest remnants
of China's imperial past. China Highlights provides a range of
tours to explore China's capital city. Follow the link for the most
popular tour packages.
Beijing has many places of historic interest and
architectural/scenic beauty, including: the Forbidden City, the
largest and best preserved ancient architectural complex in the
world; the Temple of Heaven, where Ming and Qing emperors performed
solemn rituals for bountiful harvests; the Summer Palace, the
emperors' magnificent garden retreat; the Ming Tombs, the majestic
mausoleums of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors; and the world-renowned and
genuinely inspiring Badaling section of the Great Wall.
Top Things to Do in Beijing
- Beijing is home to some of the finest remnants of China's imperial
past. The interest of visiting Beijing is at one side to explore
its glorious past, and at another side to feel its modernity as
well as an odd combination of the two.
- More Top Things to Do in Beijing
Beijing’s invaluable cultural heritage of imperial relics has drawn
millions of visitors every year for the past three decades, but
traveling around Beijing, one is struck by the city's modern
buildings, and the super-modern Olympic Village, with the Bird’s
Nest Stadium and Water Cube.The green areas in and around the city
are also inspiring, and are epitomized by Xiangshan (Fragrant
Hills) Park. The exhilarating greens of a Beijing Park add more
vitality and hue to visitors’ Beijing memories.
Beijing, China’s second largest city after Shanghai, dominates the
north of China, despite its proximity to the ports of Tianjin
Municipality, China’s third largest city. It is at approximately
the same latitude as Philadelphia in the U.S. (but drier in winter
and much wetter in summer) and Madrid in Spain (though colder in
winter). See Beijing Weather.
Beijing’s air pollution and traffic congestion are problems that
are being tackled with improved public transport, restrictions on
the use of vehicles and the relocation of factories. Great
improvements were made before the Olympics. Daily and localized
variations in airborne particle levels are great, with some days
below the WHO’s strictest targets, and days when a health warning
is issued are quite rare.
Beijing’s air quality, apart from pollutants, is greatly affected
by occasional dust storms in the spring, and humidity contributes
greatly to the haze in summer, which is the worst time of the year
Beijing's travel industry has forged forward after China's economic
reforms in 1978, and the city is now one of the most popular
tourist destinations in the world. Beijing became the focus of
world attention in 2008 when it hosted the Olympics. The games were
a symbol of both China’s progress and China’s tradition, with
high-class and eye-catching facilities and spectacular ceremonies.
People from all around the world were welcomed to travel to Beijing
under the slogan “One World, One Dream”.
Things to do with Kids in Beijing
- Beijing offers plenty of fun for your kids. They will marvel at the
sight of numerous historical monuments, and they also will be very
proud to tell their friends that they climbed the Great Wall.
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Some half a million years ago, Peking man lived in Zhoukoudian, in
the southwestern suburbs of Beijing. The climate of that time was
warmer and more humid than it is today. Forests and lakes in the
area supported large numbers of living creatures. The fossil
remains of Peking man, his stone tools and evidence of use of fire,
as well as later tools of 18,000 years ago, bone needles and
article of adornment from the age of Upper Cave Man are the
earliest cultural relics on record in China today. More about Beijing History