Beijing was reborn for the 2008 Olympic Games: in addition to the stunning Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, an enormous number of hotels, shopping centres, restaurants and skyscrapers were built in the city. Beijing's historic attractions include the splendour of the Forbidden City and the imperial brilliance of the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and the centuries old hutong alleys lined with wooden houses.
Thousands of people line up to see the embalmed body of Chairman Mao at his mausoleum. The National Museum of China provides a comprehensive view of Chinese history from the imperial dynasties to the revolutions, while the Panjianyan Antiques Market and the Pearl and Silk Markets are perfect for honing your haggling skills. After a shopping trip, the lake scenery of Yuyuantan Park is an ideal location for taking a rest. The Great Wall of China and the imperial tombs from the Ming and Qing Dynasties are unforgettable destinations just a short bus ride away.