Beijing is a city of contrasts; cosmopolitan and dynamic, yet deeply traditional and full of rich history. An ever-evolving, 21st century city rooted in ancient history.

The vast capital city, one of the biggest in the world, is the epicenter of the People's Republic and the natural starting point of your exploration in China. Beijing is a city of contrasts; cosmopolitan and dynamic, yet deeply traditional and full of rich history. An ever-evolving, 21st century city, rooted in ancient history, where the rooftops of the 500 hundred year old Forbidden City juxtapose with the gleaming skyscrapers of the downtown district.

Central Beijing spreads out from the Tiananmen Square, dominated by immense Communist-style architecture and the modern tomb of revolutionary leader Mao Zhedong. It is the world's biggest urban space and one of the most historically significant. Behind it lies the immense 15th century Forbidden City complex, home to 24 Chinese emperors. The Temple of Heaven is one of the most important temples in China, whilst the spectacular Yonghe (Lama) Temple is the biggest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet.

The traditional and cultural heart of Beijing is found in its timeless narrow hutong alleyways and in the exotic markets, which serve up authentic local street food and colourful crafts. To the north east of the city centre is the magnificent Summer Palace royal park, whilst just over 30 miles out of the city are some of the most spectacular sections of the Great Wall of China.

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