Being capital of the People’s Republic of China, it is the nation’s political, economic, cultural, educational and international trade and communication center. As one of the six ancient cities in China, it has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue tourists as they explore the city’s ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Beijing’s economy ranks among the most developed and prosperous in China. The Beijing central business district, centered on the Guomao area, has been identified as the city’s new central business district, and is home to a variety of corporate regional headquarters, shopping precincts, and high-end housing. Besides, it is also a major hub for the national highway, expressway, railway, and high-speed rail networks. Beijing is also the host of 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
With top-class museums, galleries galore, and an increasing number of music venues, there’s enough to keep you busy day and night. Beijing is also the centre for the traditional Chinese performing arts. Whether it’s the mystique of Peking opera, tumbling acrobats or the graceful lines of Chinese classical dance that entrances you, the capital has it and more.
The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, parks and gardens, tombs, walls and gates, and its art treasures and universities have made it a center of culture and art in China. It has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites:the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, Zhoukoudian, Great Wall, and the Grand Canal. For the modern architecture, The National Stadium, the CCTV Building and the World Trade Center Tower III, they are all outstanding examples of contemporary architecture.