The Chinese city of Beijing was the latest host of the Olympic Games. The Forbidden City Palace is at the centre of the city, as is Tianenman Square. The Great Wall of China is also near to the city. Flights to Beijing are available with Air China, from cities including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The flight time from New York to Beijing is around 13 hours and 30 minutes, with flights from Los Angeles taking around 12 hours. www.visitbeijing.com.cn contains further information on the city.
The capital of the People's Republic of China,
Beijing (formerly Peking) is a very modern and exceedingly busy
city (nearly 14 million people call it home) with high-rise
buildings, international hotels and sprawling suburbs. The city is
abuzz and bristling with cranes on the skyline as construction
projects give rise to new skyscrapers and modernisation proceeds
apace. However, Beijing also encompasses numerous attractions of
cultural and historical interest, of which some, such as the Great
Wall, former Imperial palace (known as the Forbidden City), the
Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and the remains of Peking Man at
Zhoukoudian, are UNESCO-endorsed World Cultural Heritage Sites.
Tiananmen Square Beijing
The famous square at the heart of Beijing,
recently renovated, is still not much to look at, but it attracts
curious tourists simply because it was the scene of so many
historic events and is the largest city square in the world.
The Great Wall Beijing
Several sections of the Great Wall of China,
a man-made phenomenon that has become a symbol of Chinese
civilisation, can be viewed in the Beijing area.
The Summer Palace Beijing
The magnificent Summer Palace in northwest
Beijing at Kunming Lake was built in 1750 by the Emperor Qianlong,
and continued to be an imperial residence until the Empress Dowager
Cixi died in 1908.
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