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At the heart of China is Beijing; capital, cultural centre and historical treasure trove are just a few of the guises of this magnificent mega city. A progressive and modern place that is growing at an explosive rate, you may have to peel back to the layers of modernity to find the three millennia of a tumultuous but glorious past beneath.
Beijing has been a political centre for 800 years, the last of the 4 Great Ancient Capitals of China. Huge sights such as the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace perfectly illustrated the great wealth of China's old imperial families, whilst the stark austerity of Tiananmen Square and the executive buildings surrounding it are a monument to more recent history. With the Great Wall passing just to the north of the city, and an easy day trip, Beijing is an absolutely unmissable showcase of China, old and new.
No trip to Beijing would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.
China’s most iconic sight, the Great Wall of China winds its way through the stark landscapes of north China for over 4,000 miles.
The Forbidden City boasts over 180 acres of exquisite and ornate traditional Chinese palatial architecture.
The vast expanse of Tiananmen Square covers over 100 acres making it one of the largest public squares in the world.
A complex of magnificent religious buildings set within the 267 hectares of the Temple of Heaven Park.
Built in 1750 as a summertime playground for the royal family the Summer Palace is a masterpiece of traditional Chinese landscaping.
The Lama Temple, officially known as the Yonghe Temple, is the most renowned Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet.
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