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Beijing is one of the oldest and largest cities in China. The Chinese capital is a mix of old and new with modern skyscrapers standing next to ancient landmarks, seven of which are inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Take a walk on the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China, try the Peking duck, visit the opera house and experience the city’s magnificence in the Tiananmen Square – the Gate of Heavenly Peace.

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Beijing is one of the oldest and largest cities in China. The Chinese capital is a mix of old and new with modern skyscrapers standing next to ancient landmarks, seven of which are inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Take a walk on the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China, try the Peking duck, visit the opera house and experience the city’s magnificence in the Tiananmen Square – the Gate of Heavenly Peace.

Weather averages in December

  • Day 4°C
  • Night -6°C
  • Rain 0

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A City with a Fascinating History

Many people think Beijing is China's most interesting city, largely due to its rich imperial history, which has resulted in many awe-inspiring sights. Beijing boasts no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Ming Tombs, the Peking Man Site, the Forbidden City and the Grand Canal. When visiting, make sure your itinerary includes at least some of the listed sights as this is the only way to really get a feel for the time when the city was ruled by the last three imperial dynasties – the Yuan, Ming and Qin Dynasties. One of the most special experiences is a walk around the hutongs, the narrow alleys in the old town.

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In addition to the imperial past, the city is marked by the communist present. In the southern part of the Tiananmen Square or the Gate of Heavenly Peace, stands the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, the final resting place of the former Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party. If you've got the patience to wait, you can see the embalmed body of Chairman Mao. If, however, you do not feel like waiting in the queue, you can learn about a part of China's modern history under the famous Gate of Heavenly Peace, where Mao proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. In the past, the square was the scene of some momentous events that went down in history.

Beijing boasts no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Ming Tombs, the Peking Man Site, the Forbidden City and the Grand Canal.

Before the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing was greatly modernised through several new iconic buildings, such as the CCTV Tower, the Beijing National Stadium also known as the Bird's Nest, and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, nicknamed the Water Cube. The city is without doubt driven by creativity, which is reflected not only in its architecture, but also in contemporary art, opera, music and technological advancements. Beijing's wonderful sights and wonders aside, make sure not to miss the opportunity to eat some good food. Beijing is a city that has attracted people from all over China, who brought along their own culinary specialities. Try the world-famous Peking roast duck and go on a culinary journey that you'll remember for years to come.

Sights in Beijing

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The Great Wall of China

A series of ancient fortifications, China’s main tourist attraction.

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The Forbidden City

The world’s largest palace complex, which consists of 980 buildings.

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The Tiananmen Square – Gate of Heavenly Peace

An enormous square in the city centre, the site of several important events in Chinese history.

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Summer Palace

The famous imperial complex, and a vast ensemble of palaces, gardens and lakes.

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Temple of Heaven

A wonderful temple complex, built during the Ming Dynasty era, is located in a popular park.

Airports

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Beijing Daxing

Beijing Daxing International Airport is a new and very modern airport, the second largest airport in Beijing and one of the largest airports in the world. The new airport is located in the city of Langfang, 45 kilometres from central Beijing and 65 kilometres from Beijing Capital International Airport. The airport has one terminal and four runways.

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Beijing Capital

Beijing Capital International Airport is the second largest airport in China, second only to Beijing Daxing International Airport. You can travel from the airport to central Beijing by public transport or taxi. The distance to the city centre is 30 kilometres and the car ride takes 45 minutes.

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