Being the capital of China, Beijing is the heart and soul of politics and society of this great country throughout its long history. It is also home to a large number of natural wonders, manmade miracles and cultural heritage, which not only belongs to China, but also to the whole world. Functioning as a window for China to communicate with the outside world, Beijing is a dynamic city with a full range of industries and a place where many cultures meet and blend. There is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore Beijing's ancient past and enjoy its exciting modern development.
Beijing has served as the country's sociopolitical heart since the 13th century. Over the centuries, the city has survived the rise and fall of dynasties, the incursions of colonial powers, rebellions and world war, and the transition into a communist state, which after a challenging start, went on to oversee a period of economic boom that has become the envy of the world. Given its long and illustrious history, with the biggest central square in the world - Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City that is the largest and best-preserved imperial palace complex, a superbly preserved section of the Great Wall, as well as the largest sacrificial complex in the world - the Temple of Heaven, Beijing attracts both domestic and foreign visitors who all come to wonder at its century-old history and unique cultural relics.
Beyond the marquee attractions however, even seemingly small details take on their own unique significance. You can experience authentic Beijing life and become acquainted with 'old Beijing' by exploring its many teahouses, temple fairs, Beijing's Hutong and Courtyard and enjoy the Peking Opera. Add any or all of these to your Beijing tour and you will leave with a feeling of special appreciation in your heart for this ancient city that has truly seen it all and tells its story with matchless grace, charm and vigor. And the nighttime can hold other surprises for you. These can vary from traditional performances such as the Beijing Opera, acrobatics and martial arts to modern ones including concerts, ballroom dancing, pubs and clubs. Each and every one has its individual enchantment for the tourist.
Beijing is a combination of tradition and modern prosperity. Serving as the location of not only the central government, but also China's intellectual, academic and artistic movements, Beijing city culture has always followed the beat of its own drum. For visitors here, this means that alongside the staple of Chinese working and middle class, one will also find a lively cornucopia of political bourgeois, diplomats, businessmen, artisans, foreign teachers, students and the like. These diverse cross-sections of society come together to create a refreshing complexity that is all but absent in any other modern cities in China today, and give Beijing a flavor that is distinctly and entirely its own.
The Forbidden City, the most typical ancient imperial architecture in Beijing, was the home of 24 emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is the largest scale architectural cluster of its kind on this planet. Its typical Chinese architectural style and tradition are a bright pearl in the treasure house of Chinese cultural heritage.
The Summer Palace, boasts an elegance that was imported form southern China and the grandeur that typically seen in architecture in northern China. The clear water and green hills of the Summer Palace bring an international reputation to this great garden.
The Temple of Heaven is the biggest ancient architectural cluster for sacrificial purposes in China. It was also nominated as a world cultural heritage site. Being the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties paid their worship to the Heaven, the temple is known for its unique layout and beautiful environment.
The Great Wall is the largest military defense project in the human history. It is famous for its long history, and the hardship of building such a great architecture in different topographies. Nominated by the UNESCO as a world heritage site, the Great wall is often quoted among the Eight Wonders in the globe.
Journeys in Beijing:
5 Days Trekking the Great Wall
8 Days China Valuable Tour
9 Days Ancient and Modern cities Tour
11 Days Cooking Tour in China
12 Days Best selected China Tour
12 Days of China Culture and Religious Research Tour