Currency: Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
Climate: Continental Monsoon
Language: Mandarin and in tourist areas limited English
Country: People's Republic of China
A history and culture dating back 3000 years, relatively untouched by outside influences, now the centre of China's trade, communication, economics, politics, culture and education, Beijing remains the countries capital and most popular tourist destination within China. This ancient city is rich with culture and history, filled with ancient architecture but is also quickly becoming the most modern of all of China's cities. This intriguing and captivating city draws you into a world of historical sights and modern architecture, throwing you quickly from the distant past to the emerging future of this great city. Located in the north of the China, Beijing is home to over 19 million people and is the entry point for many travellers to this country. You will not be disappointed by a visit to this enchanting, cosmopolitan and emerging city.
What to See:
A city filled with this much history offers you an infinite number of possibilities for your sight-seeing pleasure. There is more in this city to see than one trip can do justice to, from the well-known historical sites such as the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, Ming Tombs and Forbidden Palace to the little known temples and historical sites such as Longguan Monastery, Gong Palace Garden, White Cloud Temple and Zhangfang Ancient Battle Tunnel to name but a few. Due to the cities rich and long history it is bursting with astounding ancient architecture that will leave you breathless. Be sure to check out the new modern side to the city with a visit to the Beijing Olympic Site, Millenium Monument, Beijing International Sculpture Park and CCTV Launching Tower, which showcase the new Beijing in a glorious light. Don't forget to get some shopping in with the many old world markets and large modern malls on offer.
Where to Stay:
Beijing has grown up quickly from it past communist controlled accommodation options, with the 2008 Olympics increasing the number and quality of the accommodation options. Today you will find an endless choice of accommodation options to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as any. Accommodation ranging from home stays, B&B's, motels and luxury Hotels and apartments are available for you to choose from. When considering where to stay be sure to research the area in which the hotel you are looking at is located, especially for the convenience to transport and sites. Central Beijing is the historic centre and home to some of the main monuments, Houhai and North Beijing is a mixture of new and old situated close to the Olympic Park, South Beijing is not overly developed and will give you a look into the locals way of life, North-east Beijing is the business and embassy district, West Beijing finds you around museums and the finance district, finally North-west Beijing will place you near the gardens and universities.
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