Beijing, China – Vacation Packages

By Miss Julie | December 24th, 2006

Stretching more than 3,000 miles from the western shore of the Pacific Ocean across the face of Asia, China is a country of immense size and variety. Situated in northeast China, Beijing adjoins the Inner Mongolian Highland to the northwest and the Great Northern Plain to the south. Five rivers run through the city, connecting it to the eastern Bohai Sea.

Beijing grew up around its mythic Forbidden City, once home to Chinese Emporers. Also central to the city is Tiananmen Square. Covering 98 acres, Tiananmen is the world’s largest, and perhaps most infamous, public square. Beijing is the most modern city of China and home to over 10 million people. It is the center of China’s politics and a busy capital-city. As the seat of power of Chinese emperors throughout the centuries, Beijing is steeped in history and the traditions of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911).

Reigning as both an ancient capital of Imperial China and the modern capital of a thriving nation, Beijing retains plenty of evidence of its royal past, with aristocratic parks, temples, and palaces (all open to the public). Beijing is home to an incredible cultural display of art and historical artifacts in more than 50 museums, folk traditions that flourish in theaters, delicious dining in exotic settings, and cultural centers with fascinating demonstrations of centuries-old art and craft-making.

Nowhere else can you get a more concentrated impression of the old and new China. Beijing is the treasure trove of Chinese culture, where many of the sights that make China a world-class destination are located. Make sure to visit before the 2008 Olympics change this city forever.

Why go to Beijing, China?

  • Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, “the Forbidden City,” 2-minute noodles – it’s all here
  • Experience the city as it changes into a modern marketplace and society
  • Not only explore Beijing, but use it as your starting point for all China
  • Experience the old colliding with the new
  • The Great Wall of China, of course

For more on Beijing, check out the Beijing Travel Guide on BootsnAll.

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