Beijing, the home of the 2008 summer Olympics is a metropolis in northern China and the capital of the People’s Republic of China. This is the second largest city in China and a major transportation hub with railways, roads and motorways. Beijing is considered the cultural, educational and political center of the People’s Republic of China.
This elaborate city has played a very important role in China’s history for centuries. There is hardly a building to be found in Beijing that doesn’t have some sort of national historical significance. The city’s art and universities have made it a center of culture and art in China. Beijing is highly regarded for its palaces, temples and huge stone walls and gates.
One of the greatest wonders of the world, designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987, The Great Wall of China, runs through Beijing at the Badaling section of the wall. This great wall passes through grasslands, mountains, deserts and plateaus stretching a little over four thousand miles from east to west China. Other sites worth a look are the largest urban square in the world, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, built in 1406, which is the imperial palace complex located near the center of Beijing.
Other sites of interest include the Temple of Heaven; a marvelous architectural structure, the Sacred Way where 24 stone animal and 12 human statues reside and the unique Ming Tomb, which is very different from other tombs in the Tan and Sang dynasties.
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The InterContinental Beijing is a deluxe hotel situated in the business district, three miles from the center of town and 25 miles from the international airport. Traditional Chinese artwork, an 18 storey atrium and modern architecture set this luxury hotel apart from others. On-site restaurants, including a steakhouse and modern Chinese café, as well a New York style deli and bar are available for hotel guests. Other amenities the InterContinental offer are: fitness center and spa, recreation centers, business services and child care upon request.(more)
Grand Mercure Xidan
The 290 rooms of the Grand Mercure Xidan hotel feature city views and comfortable, elegant décor. Located in the heart of the shopping district of Beijing, the hotel is nearby to many attractions and subway lines to take travelers all over the city. The hotel also offers a café restaurant, lobby lounge, fitness center and pool.(more)
Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven
The Holiday Inn is located just steps from Beijing’s ancient landmark, the Temple of Heaven. Its 248 rooms and guest services are prefect for any traveler on a budget. The amenities include a swimming pool, sauna, recreation room, internet access and a business center. This clean, comfortable and reasonably priced hotel is minutes away from all the excitement Beijing has to offer.(more)
The Peninsula Beijing
Conveniently located in downtown Beijing, the Peninsula is a luxury five star hotel that is just a short walk from attractions like Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City. Just 19 miles from the airport, this premier hotel is not only ideally located, but its accommodations and amenities are world-class. The Peninsula is also home to two of Beijing’s finest restaurants, Jing and Huang Ting. They serve a full spectrum of gourmet Cantonese and international dishes that will tantalize your taste buds.(more)
Grand Hyatt Beijing
This luxurious 825 room hotel is steeped in Chinese tradition, while still very modern in design. The luxury style amenities include a Club Oasis fitness center and spa, along with two swimming pools and massage services, a grand ballroom, business facilities and three gourmet restaurants, as well as two bars and a café. The Beijing airport is 40 minutes by car and the hotel even offers guests their exclusive limousine service.(more)
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City, also called the Palace Museum, is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. Located in the heart of Beijing, The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The palace is made up of a 177.9 acre complex of 980 buildings with over eight thousand rooms. The beautiful palatial architecture combined with the rich history of China’s dynasties makes for an excellent attraction for the whole family to visit.
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China, or Changcheng, which means “long city/fortress,” is comprised of earth and stones to make up a four thousand mile long wall. Construction started in the 5th century to protect the northern boarders of the empire from attacks. Many stretches of the wall are in disrepair, but the parts around Beijing are maintained for the millions of travelers from all over the world who visit each year. While in Beijing, visiting the Great Wall is a must.(more)
The Beijing Zoo
Like several other of the city’s parks, the Beijing Zoo has a distinctive look of classical Chinese gardens. Many rare species of Chinese animals, such as the Panda or Golden Monkey, as well as thousands of others from all over the world are spread throughout the 50 thousand meters of zoo area. The zoo is also a world-renown center for zoological research, including public education and a breeding program. Families and tourists of all ages will enjoy this attraction and should leave over an hour to walk through all of the different areas.(more)
Cooks and Chinese food lovers of all skill level come to Hias Gourmet to take cooking classes and go on exciting and delicious gastro tours of Beijing. The cooking class takes guests into private homes and professional kitchens for a hands-on class about the secrets of authentic cuisine. Make and taste your own food under the supervision of professional Chinese master chefs. The food tours will take you behind the scenes of neighborhood food shops and restaurants, learning about and sampling some traditional and innovative cuisine.(more)
The Hongqiao Market is a vast, five floor indoor market that sells everything from food, to traditional Chinese clothing, to electronics and jewelry. This bustling market is most know for its’ exquisite selection of pearls that are sold for very reasonable prices. Bargaining is a must here; as shoppers can always find a lower price and the vendors expect it. Whether you’re in the market for everything from an exotic strand of black pearls to a silk Chinese fan, this Beijing staple is the place to go.