Literally meaning the northern
capital, Beijing is not only the political, cultural
and educational center of China, but holds the
biggest collection of historical sites in the
As you fly into the city, the Great
Wall, the only architecture ever built on Earth
that can be seen from the outer space, is right
down below like a dancing dragon along the mountain
ridges. Seen from above, other city sites gradually
appear, well ordered and arranged in a grid, in
keeping with the principles of Feng Shui.
The sheer size of the city is reflected
at almost every level. The magnificent Forbidden
City and the world biggest Tiananmen Square all
add to the felling and atmosphere that Beijing
is, and always has been, a city of political and
cultural importance. Home to over 1000 years of
imperial rule, and now the hub of modern China's
political system, Beijing has a lot to offer.
For any visitors to this modern capital,
a trip to the major historical sites is a must.
But it's absolutely worth getting to know Brijing
a little deeper than this. Take some time and
make the effort to explore the sites that are
less well known. The Hutongs, the small windy
alleyways between the city's main boulevards are
delightful. Taking a stroll here, you'll experience
the authentic parts of the city and really get
to know the traditional life style that old Beijingers
still stick to.
With the surprising economic growth,
Beijing has become one of the world's leading
metropolises with restaurants, shopping malls
and bars, just to ensure you not to find boring
when you want to slow down a little bit during
The 2008 Olympic Games will
be held here, and Beijing is now busy getting
ready for this great event, as it is the first
time for China to host the Olympic Games.