Beijing Travel Guide
A Glimpse of the Municipality
Beijing is China's capital and political center. It is also
one of China's leading cultural and economic centers, as well
as a major transportation hub and magnet for tourism and international
exchange. These characteristics combine to give the city an
international cosmopolitan flavor.
Beijing is located at 39°56' north latitude
and 116°20' east longitude. It is bordered by Taihang
Mountain to the west and Yanshan Mountain in the north. The
Bohai Sea lies to the east, while North China Plain lies south
of the city. Beijing thus serves as a pivot, connecting the
northeast, the northwest and the central plain in China. Its
geographical shape resembles a bay, which is how it got its
ancient name, "Beijing Bay". The city consists of
16 districts and 2 counties and was China's first self-governing
municipality to come directly under central government authority.
Peking Cuisine and Local Snacks
dishes are cooked in various ways of tasty and inviting cooking
methods, such as baking, bursting, burning, stewing, and swilling.
Beijing's local specialties have a history of more than 600
years and include over 300 dishes, like Han Chinese and Hui
specialty snacks, special food prepared for the emperor, and
the like. All Beijing restaurants have a team of professional
chefs. There are also French, American, Italian, and Russian
restaurants, as well as Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian,
and Thai cuisine. If you want to save your time and money,
you can eat delicious snacks in the small stores on the street.
Such places always have lots of Beijing's buns, dumplings,
noodles and home-style dishes for sale. The local dishes and
snacks include roast meat, Wang Zhihe fermented bean curd,
Beijing grilled duck, swilled mutton, all fish dinner, Crystal
Palace pudding, shredded pork head in soy sauce, Haihong shark's
fins, jellied bean curd, spicy hare meat, and the like.
Cloud Taoist Temple
Center "Water Cube"
Stadium "Bird's Nest"