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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 visitors.

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.

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  • 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.
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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 for pollution.

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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Beijing History

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

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2011-05-25
The food street is located in Nanshi (southern city), where the city's hustle and bustle is. An exquisite parade of palace-like classic buildings house over one hundred restaurants that offer luxury dishes, snacks and flavors of styles from all around the ...Read More
2011-05-23
Huangyaguan Great Wall is situated in Jixian Country, 120 km away from Tianjin.and stands just in the middle of the Beijing, Tianjin, Tangshan and Chengde. Being 41 km in length, it is a section of the Great Wall, which is less known for foreigners. The ...Read More
2011-05-23
Overview Hancheng, an old city of Shaanxi province, has a history of over 3,000 years. As dynasty after dynasty added their own mark to Hancheng, the relics of old temples and tombs abound throughout the city and surrounding countryside. Besides, as the ...Read More

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