Beijing Overview

Beijing, with literal meaning of "northern capital", is a metropolis in northern China and the capital of the People's Republic of China. As a major transportation hub, it is also the center of politics, education, and culture in China.

With a 3,000-year-long history, Beijing is one of the world's most ancient cities. Covering an area of 16,808 square kilometers, it is the second largest city in China next only to Shanghai. The city is divided into 16 districts and two rural counties, with about 13 million people.

With rich tourism resources, Beijing is renowned for its famous attractions, unique and delicious food, and abundant night life with colorful entertainments. Among the well-known attractions, some representatives such as Beijing National Stadium, Bystreets, and the temple of heaven will amaze and delight you. All kinds of Beijing snacks, including Beijing Roast Duck, Noodles with soybean paste, and so on, will leave you a special impression on this city. Furthermore, the interesting nightlife activities will offer you opportunities to experience the perfect combination of Beijing's traditional unique culture and modern prosperity.

Highlights
Nowadays, Beijing has become a dynamic city where the old and new intermingle. With the ancient traditional buildings and some new modern fashionable spots, it remains a magnet for visitors from around globe.

The Temple of Heaven is the largest temple and altar complex with a history of over 500 years, where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for abundant harvests.

The Great Wall is one of the most renowned construction works in the world, considered originally as a feudal states built walls for self-defense against nomadic tribes.

The Forbidden City is one of the largest and best preserved palace complexes in the world, which had been the imperial residence of 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Beijing National Stadium is a national stadium in China built for the 2008 Olympic Games and has become a famous attraction from then on.

2008 Beijing Olympic Village Sites is a group of constructions for the 2008 Olympic Games consisting of apartments for athletes, buildings for Olympic Committees, public facilities for residential districts, service centers and underground parking lots.

Water Cube is the National Aquatic Center in China, regarded as a construction of competition venues, training venues and auxiliary facilities for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where all the swimming of the 2008 Olympic Games had completed.