Holiday in Beijing – the past and the present of China
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Temples and tea rooms, imperial palaces and delicious street food. China’s capital city Beijing is a shopper’s paradise and a culinary heaven for holidaymakers.
The most famous attraction in Beijing is the Forbidden City, the world’s largest imperial palace complex, from where China was ruled for 500 years. Next to the Forbidden City is Tienanmen Square and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. The National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, and the China Central TV headquarters are prime examples of contemporary “wow” architecture.
A visitor can see and experience the ordinary Beijing way of life in the old hutongs, where washing is hung out to dry and people are immersed in their game of mah-jong in the narrow residential alleys. One of the most beautiful hutongs is the listed Dongcheng, where the narrow streets are full of trendy bars, fashion boutiques and souvenir shops.
A spectacular holiday in Beijing won’t be complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China and a dinner of crisp Peking Duck.