Beijing, the capital of the
People's Republic of China as well as the country's
political, economic, cultural and transportation
center, is located in the northwest part of the
North China Plain, covering an area of 16,800
square km. Beijing is the second largest city
in China with a population of more than 12 million.
The city consists of 18 districts and counties.
As a world-renowned ancient cultural city, it
was home to Peking Man about 500,000 years ago.
Beijing's history as a city goes back to 1045
BC. For a span of 800 years, Beijing was the capital
of China, or to be specific, the provisional capital
of Liao (907-1125) and capital for Jin (1115-1234),
Yuan (1279-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911).
For having served as a capital for several dynasties,
the city is boasting many world-famous architectural
wonders, precious artifacts and historical monuments
as follow :
- The Great Wall, one of the
most amazing wonders of man-made construction
- The Forbidden City , the
imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties,
now the largest and best preserved ancient architecture
- The Summer Palace, a royal
garden for the Qing court, a concentration of
the best of ancient buildings as well as styles
- The Ming tombs, the mausoleums
of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors
- The Temple of Heaven, where
the Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvests
Any visit to this modern capital
must include a trip to these major historical
sites. But it's certainly worth getting to know
Beijing a little deeper than this. Take some time
and make the effort to explore the sites that
are less well known. The Hutongs, the small windy
alleyways between the city's main boulevards are
delightful. Taking a stroll here, you'll experience
the more authentic parts of the city and really
get to grips with the old Beijing
A rich heritage in culture and art
brought to life by burgeoning urban development
has made Beijing the dream place to be for travelers
from around the world.
Yunnan is a perfect showpiece of China's
many natural wonders, rugged, wild, and unspoiled. The province
is famed for its multitude of ethnic groups, of China's fifty-five
officially recognized ethnic minorities, twenty-five can be
found in Yunnan. Here visitors could find snow-capped mountains,
mysterious deep valleys, peaceful highland lakes, magnificent
Karst hills, tropical rainforests, and torrential rivers.
As the capital of China, Beijing is the
political, cultural, and intellectual center of the country.
Beijing has so much to offer travelers. The celebrated tourist
center is filled with historical highlights, the most well known
ones are: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple
of Heaven, Ming Tombs...
Tibet Autonomous Region, a mystical land
called "the Roof of the World", more than 50 peaks in this area
are higher than 7,000 meters, and 11 peaks exceed 8,000 meters.
Mt. Everest - the world's highest peak is located in Tibet.
Tibet offers fabulous things to see, including unique Buddhist
monastery, breathtaking high-altitude lakes, stunning views
of the snow mountains and brilliant Tibetan culture.