Beijing is the second largest city of China. However, if Shanghai, which occupies the first place, is an economical and entertainment centre of the country, Beijing is its cultural and political capital. The city is growing and changing at a fantastic speed. Sometimes the whole districts change their look at once; when Beijing got the status of the capital of Olympic Games, this process became even quicker. The combination of such a dynamic development and a three-thousand year history makes this city so attractive and truly unique.
1. It is not common to leave a tip to service personnel in Beijing hotels. If you definitely want to please a maid, a pair of Yuan would be enough. 2. Bargaining is natural on the local … Open
While in Beijing, don’t limit yourself to visiting cult landmarks and shopping as there are many ways of having an unusual holiday in this wonderful city. For example, you can attend a … Open
Tiananmen Square was built in 1652. During the reign of Mao the square was often used to host various performances. However, the square became really famous in Europe after the student unrest of 1989, which was cruelly settled by the government. Tiananmen Square is located in the centre of Beijing. If you cross the street in the direction of the Forbidden City, you will see the gates of the square. This is where visitors will find the marvellous image of Manchuria. Unfortunately, just a little has been left from the Old Summer Palace, that used to be one of the most fabulous and attractive buildings of China. It was almost completely ruined by French and British army during the Second Opium War in 1860. The palace was built in 12th century as a part of an enormously large park territory on the north-west of Beijing.
The Emperor Hotel is located in the building of the former club of Tsinghua University. Having left the façade of the building nearly untouched, designers decided to work thoroughly with … Open
The park near the palace is 294 hectares large. An interesting fact - almost three quarters of its territory is covered with water. It is situated on the north-west of Beijing near the West Mountains, approximately 15 kilometres away from the city centre. Since 1998 that place has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
The best time visiting Beijing. Winter is the coldest time in Beijing, in summer it's quite hot and dry there, in spring sandstorms are frequent in the city, so autumn remains the most suitable season for making a trip to Beijing.