Beijing Region cultural capital of China, past, present and future of China

Beijing Region Travel Guide of China

Things to do in Beijing Region

  • Beijing Hutong

    Beijing Hutong

  • Tiananmen Square

    Tiananmen Square

  • Forbidden City

    Forbidden City

  • National Grand Theatre

    National Grand Theatre

  • Peking Opera

    Peking Opera

  • Mutianyu Great Wall

    Mutianyu Great Wall

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Beijing Overview  

Chinese citizens are surprised when some Westerners think Shanghai is the capital of China. Although Shanghai´s development makes it the country´s economic capital, Beijing remains the official capital of China, particularly in political and cultural matters. 
With traces of civilization dating back 300,000 years, the Beijing region inhabited one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The city itself was built for the first time almost 3,000 years ago. Nothing foreshadowed the then untold future of the city. Evolving over the Chinese dynasties, Beijing changed its name several times and was a capital city on several occasions. In total, Beijing has served as the capital of China for approximately 800 years. Each emperor or leader modeled the city in their own image, and Beijing consisted of several walled compounds before they were destroyed by the Chinese government during the last century.
Beijing is now the political center of the country but also an extremely rich cultural capital. The treasures that the city and its entire periphery contain are incomparable and make Beijing a must-see destination when traveling in China.

The Development of Beijing  

Beijing represents the past, present and future of China. From the city center to the city´s outskirts, there are a large variety of attractions to visit. There are huge parks, temples, sacred places and resorts dating back to a time long ago. By entering these sites in the present, you totally forget that you are in the Chinese capital. There are neither tall building blocking the sun nor loud noise from honking horns on busy streets–there is just serenity and enchantment.
In contrast, the rest of the city continues to develop. Cranes and jackhammers disturb the landscape and the tranquility of parts of the city, which also highlights the future development in these busy parts of Beijing. The numerous skyscrapers, nevertheless, are worth a drive by to see. But it does mean we can´t stop at there, in Beijing, world famous architectural works are also available to be visited. A stroll to the site of the 2008 Olympics or the business districts are all that is needed to experience a taste of Beijing modernity and exquisite style.

Beijing Specialties 

With its millenary past, Beijing has a rich culture. Having played an important role in different dynasties, Beijing specialties are numerous and often contain a mixture derived from other regions. Thus, to mention only the most important, Peking Roast Duck is an exceptional culinary specialty and a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. It is also quite delicious! The Peking Opera, which is the most famous of all Chinese operas, offers a truly unique experience, although the sounds may surprise many visitors.

Travelling by Public Transport

Beijing is a very modern city with an easy means of traveling by subway. For some outlying sites, it is always possible to take the bus or simply a taxi, which is very affordable in China. Most of our trips are available with private car but for the most economical experience, traveling by public transport is not unthinkable in a city like Beijing.

Must-see in Beijing 

There is so much to see that it would take at least a week to fully tour Beijing. The Great Wall, a little distance from Beijing, is a must-see attraction for any interested tourist in the area. No matter the season, the scenery offered will be a beauty.
Discover the Beijing Imperial Palace by visiting the huge palace of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. To visit a more sacred atmosphere, the Temple of Heaven is perfect, as well as a means to discover the daily life of Beijing locals. The Lama Temple is also part of the attractions.
For more authentic sides of the city, stroll in the Hutong (instead of a walk, how about taking the Hutong tour by bicycle or rickshaw).The Hutongs are some of the old quarters of Beijing streets, some of which now house bars and small shops.For modernity, it would be worthwhile to visit the site of the 2008 Olympics with the Water Cube and the Bird´s Nest. A passage in the central business district is also an option, especially if one is interested in surprisingly strange shapes rising into the sky.

Best Time to Visit Beijing

Beijing, in Chinese, means Northern Capital, which does well in foreshadowing the colder weather that could be experienced depending on the season. In a dry climate, temperatures are quite cold in the winter and they are reinforced by a dry wind. The thermometer displays an average temperature around -3℃, which are in the 20℉. This is the perfect opportunity to visit the Great Wall in the snow!
Spring enjoys a pleasant climate, but it may happen that clouds of sand from the desert become noticeable around the month of April. From May, thunderstorms are emerging in the late afternoon to cool some of the air of Beijing, which is easily in temperatures above 30℃, which are in the 80℉. As autumn is the ideal season to visit the capital at its best. Camping on the Great Wall becomes an extraordinary adventure and walking in Beijing parks to witness their colorful foliage becomes another experience of your Beijing tour.

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