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Beijing at a glance
Beijing lies in northern China, which belongs to the continental monsoon region in the warm temperature zone. Mountains snake round the city's north, west and northeast, while the southeast part of the city is a plain.
Since 1949, Beijing has been the national capital, the country's political and cultural center and center of the country's international exchange. The Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace are on the UNESCO List of World Heritage.
A city of history
Historic records and archeological findings prove that as a city, Beijing dates back to more than 3,000 years ago. It was the capital of five feudal dynasties - the Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing.
The city has many historical scenic spots of various types. They will present you with snapshots of Chinese history. For instance, the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, is the largest and most well preserved imperial residence in China today. Its construction was completed in 1420, and 24 emperors since then had lived in it.
A city of culture
Beijing has its own folk culture. Peking Opera is a graceful and consummate art which combines the best elements of literature, music and dance. One of the unique features ofBeijing is its numerous Hutongs which means small lanes. The residences of local Beijingers used to spread along Hutongs. Dwelling compounds or quadrangles (Siheyuan) in Beijing are also one important aspect of the city's architectural heritage.
Apart from Beijing local culture, you cannot miss the opportunity to experience authentic Chinese culture such as Chinese tea culture, Chinese calligraphy, silk, and Chinese cloisonne.
A city of food
In Beijing, people are now able to enjoy delicacies of any kind of Chinese cuisines and from any parts of the world. Beijing Roast duck is thought to be one of the most delicious dishes all over the world; most visitors coming to Beijing will never forget to have a try. Imperial Court Cuisine and Medicinal Cuisine are also special in Beijing.
Besides dishes, there are a great variety of Beijing snacks. Restaurants of Chinese regional characteristics and foreign restaurants provide more options for gourmets.
A city of modernity