Beijing Travel Guide - Brief Information on Beijing

As the capital city of China, Beijing is the center of national politics and culture, and a hub of Chinese international interaction. Alongside Xian, Luoyang, Kaifeng, Nanjing and Hangzhou, Beijing is one of the Six Ancient Cities in China. In addition, Beijing was the host city of the 2008 Summer Olympics. With a population of about 17 million people, Beijing contains 18 districts and counties, which are further subdivided into 273 lower (third)-level administrative units at the township level.
 
Situated at the northwest edge of the North China Plain, Beijing City is next to Tianjin City, to its southeast. The landform of this city basically falls away from northwest to southeast.
 
Beijing was also known as Peking by the Western world before 1949. It is one of the famed ancient cities in the world. With more than two-thousand years of history, Beijing City is a place of military importance. It had consistently been the capital of the Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming  and Qing dynasties. In the early nineteen-twenties, Beijing became the cradle of Chinese new democratic revolution. The May Fourth Movement against imperialism and feudalism began here in 1919. And in Oct. 1, 1949, Beijing became the capital city of the PRC, which opened a new page in this ancient city.
 
Beijing boasts abundant tourist resources; ancient architecture, royal gardens, mansions, towers, temples, palaces, and modern structures, including the world-class Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and the Great Wall at Badaling. With such a mature ability in receiving tourists, Beijing will be an ideal tour destination to get more of an idea of China as a country, and moreover as a cultural gathering place for artists and musicians.
 
Airlines connect Beijing with more than 110 cities at home and abroad, while the city boasts a fine railroad and highway system for local travelers. Urban construction has brought new changes to Beijing, resulting in a unique combination of ancient civilization and modern metropolis.

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Despite the harsh climes of Beijing – freezing winters and hot, dry summers - the capital city does offer a delightful array of parks where its denizens gather to have a good time. A personal favorite is Ritan Park, nestled in the old embassy qua
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Chang He in Beijing, the Long River, has a history of over 700 years. The waterway conveyed the Empress Dowager Cixi and her household – including three emperors, all the from the Forbidden City to the Summer Palace each year. One hot summer day, we

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