- As the proud capital of modern China, is fast becoming a popular,
fashionable tourist destination, for good reason too.
Beijing is not only the modern political,
cultural and educational center of China, but holds
the biggest collection of ancient sites and relics in
whole China. Beijing has been at the center of China
- the heart and soul of politics and society for over
5000 years. If the pace of change in the city today
is anything to judge by, Beijing is determined to stay
at the forefront of Chinese civilization.
As you fly into Beijing, the most
famous site in all of China, the Great Wall, rises up
beneath, slithering its way like a dragon along the
tops of the surrounding mountains. Seen from above,
other city sites gradually appear, well ordered and
arranged in a grid, in keeping with the principles of
sheer size of the Beijing is reflected at almost every level. The
magnificent Forbidden City with the vast Tiananmen Square all add
to the feeling and atmosphere that Beijing is, always has been,
a city that means business.
Beijing is a city with a lot to offer.
Home to over 1000 years of imperial rule, and now the
hub of modern China's political system,
Any visit to this modern capital must
include a trip to the major historical sites. But it's
certainly worth getting to know Beijing a little deeper
than this. Take some time and make the effort to explore
the sites of Beijing that are less well known. The Hutongs
of Beijing, the small windy alleyways between the city's
main boulevards are delightful. Taking a stroll here,
you'll experience the more authentic parts of the city
and really get to grips with the old Beijing. The city
is ideally located too, for trips outside Beijing itself.
Follow the trend set by the emperors and take a retreat
away from hectic city life to the Summer Palace.
is now catching up on what it missed while dormant.
China has awakened like a lion from its slumber and
Skyscrapers are shooting up across the city at an unstoppable
pace. Five star hotels now provide excellent service,
restaurants offer some of the best food in the world,
from all over the world and the city's bar scene is
surprisingly trendy. The shops here too, rival those
of any large Western city.
Beijing is an international metropolis
and a melting pot of different cultures now inhabit
this traditionally Chinese city. So what are you waiting
for? Get out there and explore and experience, life
in this rapidly changing and exciting city!