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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
Beijing grilled duckBeijing 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.

Beijing Attractions
Beijing
Forbidden City
Badaling Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Temple of Heaven
Summer Palace
Tiananmen Square
Beijing Opera
Ming Tombs
Underground Palace
Yonghegong Lamasery
Beijing Hutong
White Cloud Taoist Temple
Beihai Park
Jinshanling Great Wall
Simatai Great Wall
Juyongguan Great Wall
JianKou Great Wall
Beijing Zoo
Confucian Temple
Shichahai Hutong
Tanzhe Temple
Fragrant Hills Park
798 Art Zone
Aquatics Center "Water Cube"
National Stadium "Bird's Nest"
 
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