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Beijing is the last of the great four Chinese cities, the 2nd largest city in China and the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Also known as Peking, the city is the heart of traditional and modern Chinese culture politics and politics. Once the seat of Qing and Ming dynasty emperors, the city has a mix of the old and then new that is sure to strike any traveler.

Beijing's extraordinary history is displayed by its many historical attractions. At the heart of the city is the impressive Forbidden City while the Great Wall can be found just north of Beijing. The Forbidden City is also home to the Palace Museum with its imperial Chinese art collection. Around it are many imperial gardens and parks like Zhongshan, Jingshan and Beihai. Among the various religious sites that can be found in Beijing, the Temple of Heaven is the best known. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where emperors visited for annual religious ceremonies.

Beijing has a bewildering number of museums. Other than the world class National Museum of China and Palace Museum, the National Art Museum, Capital Museum and Beijing Art Museum are also worth visiting.

Perhaps the highest achievement of the Chinese culture is the Peking or Beijing Opera. This traditional theatre form is known all over the world and is performed through spoken dialogue, song and actions involving acrobatics, fighting, movement and gestures.

Beijing takes its food very seriously and for visitors this means a dazzling variety of dishes that can be compared to no other place in the world. From its signature Peking duck to hotpot and dumplings, Beijing serves an array of dishes from every part of the country and beyond.

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1. Forbidden City
What is it? Lying at the centre of Beijing, the Forbidden City, called Gu Gong in Chinese, was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the biggest and best preserved complex of ancient buildings in China, and the largest palace complex in the world. Construction of the palace complex began in 1407 and for 500 years this inner sanctum was off-limits to most of the world as the emperors lived in luxury, secluded from the masses, surrounded by their families, court officials, servants, eunuchs, concubines and other members of court. The Forbidden City and its centrepiece, the magnificent palace, have a permanent restoration squad, which continually works to keep the 800 buildings and 9,999 rooms inside the Forbidden City complex in top repair. The once Forbidden City is now open to all visitors. Hours of Operation: Daily 8.30am to 4.30pm (16 October to 15 April); 8.30pm to 5pm (16 April to 15 October) Phone:



2. Tiananmen Square

What is it? The famous square at the heart of Beijing, recently renovated, is still not much to look at, but it attracts curious tourists simply because it was the scene of so many historic events and is the largest city square in the world. In the ancient imperial days it was a gathering place and the site of government offices, but more modern history, particularly the 1989 massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators, has made it a site of great political significance. Major rallies took place in the square during the Cultural Revolution when Mao Tse Tung reviewed military parades up to a million strong. The square is surrounded by several monuments, some ancient and some modern, including the former gates to the Forbidden City, the Gate of Heavenly Peace and Qianmen (the front gate); the Chinese Revolution Museum; and the Mao Mausoleum where China's former leader lays preserved in state. Hours of Operation: Phone:



3. The Great Wall

What is it? Several sections of the Great Wall of China, a man-made phenomenon that has become a symbol of Chinese civilisation, can be viewed in the Beijing area. In Yanqing county in northwest Beijing is the 600-year-old Badaling Fortification, representative of the Ming dynasty sections of the Great Wall. Other sections can be seen at Jinshanling, Mutianyu and Simatai. The Great Wall, 4,000 miles (6,350km) long, was built in stages from the 7th century BC onwards, snaking its way across the mountains and valleys of five provinces in northern China as a mammoth defence bulwark. Hours of Operation: Phone:



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1. Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival

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What is it? A magical winter wonderland provides a fun day out for locals and tourists alike at the three-day ice spectacle held annually north of Beijing. Try your hand at ice-fishing or one of numerous other ice or snow sports, and finish off the day marvelling at the intricately carved ice sculptures and ice lanterns on display, while fireworks turn the icy gorge into a colourful light show. Where is it? Longqing Gorge in Yanqing County, 56 miles (80km) north of Beijing




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