Welcome to Beijing, one of the leading capitals of the world and the host of the 2008 Olympics. With a history that is more than 3000 years, Beijing is an amazing mix of old and new. For centuries Beijing has been the center for cultural and business activities and is today beyond doubt a truly world class and international city.
Beijing is the nation’s political, economic, cultural and educational center as well as China’s most important center for international trade and communications. It has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and consequently 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.
As the capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing is located in northern China. The city covers an area of more than 16,410 square kilometers and has a population of 14.93 million people.
Beijing is a city with four distinct seasons. Its best is late spring and autumn, but autumn is taken as the golden tourist season of the year. The best time to visit Beijing is the months of May, September, and October when people can enjoy bright sunshine and blue skies. If you like winter, you will have other chances to appreciate another landscape of Beijing. After skiing in Beihai and viewing the snowy sights on West Hill, enjoying the steaming hotpot is the best choice, which is really the fun of tour in Beijing.
Things to see in Beijing
The Great Wall
The Great Wall, symbolizing China’s ancient civilization, is one of the world’s most renowned projects. The Great Wall Badaling section is best known and well reserved. It is listed as one of the world heritages in 1987 by the United Nation’s Education, Science and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO).
As the biggest city center square in the world, Tian’anmen Square covering 44 hectares in the heart of Beijing. It is the place where history-changing events and ceremonies occurred.
The Forbidden City
It was the Imperial Palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is one of the largest and certainly the most completely restored ancient architectural complex in the world.
Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is decorated in blue, the color of the Heaven. The perfect harmony between the architectural environment and nature can be felt here; you could easily imaging the vivid spectacle of a great sacrifice to the Heaven for a good harvest.
Originally known as the “Garden of Clear Ripples”, the Summer Palace is a magnificent imperial garden located 15 km north of downtown Beijing. This is the largest ancient preserved garden in China and a former summer retreat for Emperors and the chosen few. The site includes more than 100 ancient style pavilions, mansions, towers, halls, temples, bridges and an enormous clear water lake.
The Olympic Venus
The National Stadium – The Bird’s Nest
The National Stadium is considered as the finest arena in the world and the center-piece of the most expensive Olympics in the History. It has well hosted the spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletic events, and football final of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
The National Aquatics Center – The Water Cube
The National Aquatics Center is one of the most dramatic and exciting venues to host sporting events for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The external appearance was inspired by the natural formation of soap bubbles. It utilized state-of-the-art technology and materials to achieve the visually exciting structure, but more than just a pretty place.
It is China national treasure. Expect performers convey powerful emotions to the audience through song, dance, facial make-up, exquisite masks and costume, skilled use of body language and sympathetically integrated musical accompaniment.