I landed in Beijing on a cold and pleasant midnight at the new Beijing Capital International Airport that was recently completed to coincide with the 2008 olympics.
Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China is the nation’s political, cultural, and educational heart as well as a key transportation hub. The city has many places of historic interest and architectural/scenic beauty which made it as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Beijing became the focus of world attention in 2008 when it hosted the Olympics.
Beijing Railway Station
Some facts about Beijing from travelchinaguide.com:
'Beijing is one of the four ancient cities of China (together with Xian, Luoyang, Nanjing), the best preserved, and famous around the world. Beijing is also known as a cradle of humanity. As early as 700,000 years ago, Peking Man lived in Zhoukoudian area of Beijing.
Beijing City was established over 3,000 years ago and was called Jin City in the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC – 771 BC). Ever since Emperor Qin united China in 221 BC, Beijing has played an important role in north China. It was the capital city in the Liao (916-1125), Jin (1115-1234), Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. During these 800 years, 34 emperors lived and ruled here. The world renowned Forbidden City was built during this period. At the end of the Qing Dynasty, World War I broke out. Beijing became the focus of invaders. The war disrupted the society. Many residences of royal families were robbed and burned down. After that, the whole country was reduced to the status of semi-colonial and semi-feudal society. It wasn’t until October 1st, 1949 that the People’s Republic of China was founded. Beijing is known as the capital city of the prosperous new country which has flared into importance in Asia.'
Great wall of China
It is Beijing’s fascinating past that makes it such a captivating place to visit. Explore by metro, by taxi or in any areas on foot. Sites such as the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, nearby chunks of the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven provide glimpses into this great civilization’s staggering historical wealth.
Beijing is an old city that is culturally magical and enchanting. The infrastructure has always been developed very sensibly. I was enchanted with the healthy mix of tradition and modernity that this city offers.