Beijing, a modern capital city with a fantastic historical background, always gives you much more than you expected. There is so much to see, to do and to feel in Beijing that you really need to select. But anyway, that is already one reason to come back to Beijing for a next visit. This makes Beijing the No.1 tourist destination of China.
Beijing reflects, better than anywhere, the splendid culture of Chinese history. The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Ming Tomb, the Lama Temple, the Peking Opera and even the tiny Hutongs can offer a step back in time to the Beijing of a hundred or more years ago, guiding you to the inside of Chinese history and culture. They are so mysterious that the more is revealed, the less you understand.
Beijing shows, better than anywhere, the rapid development of Chinese society. The depth and breadth of Chinese civilization is laid before you every day in Beijing, neon lights, giant malls, and contemporary architectures. You can see a lot on one day, too little in a week, and not enough in a lifetime.
The granite of wall at Mutianyu
Every dynasty of China since the Qin has built, fortified and extended this mammoth rampart, but most structures visible today date from the Ming dynasty.
Temple of Heaven
Octagonal Imperial vault of Heaven
Best times are after a snowfall or on a spring morning; summer afternoons are brutal.
The hutongs are worth exploring by bike or on foot. The ancient hutongs preserve the distiled essence of old Beijing.
Recommended Multi-destination China Tours including Beijing
* Travel Throughout China - by Patricia and Marcela Campillay
* Wonderful holiday in China - by R. Sadagopan
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