Beijing, China

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Facts About Beijing, China

Regional Population: 7,480,601

Elevation: 180 meters

Time Zone: Asia/Harbin

Local Currency: CNY

Latitude: 39.9288889

Longitude: 116.3883333

Nearby Airports: PEK

Beijing is the capital of the most populous country in the world, the People’s Republic of China. It was also the seat of the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors until the formation of a republic in 1911. As such it is rich in historical sites and important government institutions.

Beijing hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008. Much of the city was in upheaval as infrastructure was being frenetically constructed and sights were being renovated for the Games. Post-Olympics visitors can look forward to some modern additions to the city’s attractions, including the “Water Cube” and the “Bird’s Nest.”

The Forbidden City is the spot to appreciate the might and grandeur of the Imperial Chinese court during the height of its power in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Despite the transformation of the city around it, the Forbidden City remains mercifully relatively untouched.

Hutongs are Beijing’s ancient alleyways, where you can find traditional Beijing architecture. Rent a bicycle and traverse some of the remaining hutongs. Visit the Temple of Heaven early in the morning to see thousands of people starting the day with tai chi. Or see a Beijing opera at the Laoshe Tea House near Qianmen station. There are always short shows in the afternoon. Admission is free, but you should buy a cup of tea.

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Articles About Beijing, China

Experience Beijing: The Local Perspective

Discover the best of China’s capital while staying off the tourist-trodden path.

Beijing’s Ancient and Modern Family-Friendly Attractions

Beijing sights offer cultural insights from old to new, from historical sites to futuristic Olympics venues.

Beijing Travel Tips

Landed in Beijing and not sure how to get around? Follow these tips to ensure an enjoyable and relaxing vacation.

Summer Olympics Bound? Book Your Beijing Hotel Rooms Now

Finding a hotel room during the 2008 Olympics is easier than you might think, but act fast.

Beijing’s Top 10 Sights

There are plenty of additional historic and cultural attractions worth your while, but if visiting Beijing for the first time, here are 10 must-see sights to get you on your way.

iJET Releases Beijing Olympics Travel Brief

Before you sprint to the finish line at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, review these potential travel risks and recommendations.

Zen and the Art of Travel in China

TravelMuse writers offer tips to help travelers stay balanced when facing potential cultural challenges on a first visit to China.

Family Adventure in the Middle Kingdom

If you think that travel in China isn’t family-friendly, think again. Just remember that you need a little bit of cultural understanding.

A Great Hike on the Great Wall

Walk along the world’s longest wall on a day trip from Beijing.

10 Top Natural History Museums

Explore everything from the evolution of the universe to 85 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons at exhibits offered at these natural history museums around the globe.

Hiking Along the Great Wall of China

One teen hikes the Great Wall on her family vacation and takes a memorable zip-line flight off its edge.

Family Deals: Disney, San Francisco, Beijing, New York

This week's specials range from an Orlando single-parent family deal to a package for the Beijing Olympics.

Let the Beijing Games Begin

Old meets new, East meets West in this ancient city that has been transforming itself for the XXIX Olympiad, just a week away.


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