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Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and it is China's political and cultural center. It covers an area of 16,808 square kilometres and has a population of over 11 million, among which urban dwellers amount to 73.1 percent. Beijing is located on the west coast of the Pacific, stands at the northern tip of the North China plain. It is situated at 3956 north latitude and 11620east longitude, with the Shanxi and Inner Mongolian plateaus to the west and northwest, and with Bohai Sea to the east.

Beijing is surrounded by the Yanshan Mountains on the west, north and east while the small alluvial plain of the Yongding River lies to its southeast. Beijing stands on his terrain and faces the Bohai Sea, which is also called the Beijing Bay.

In China, Beijing is one of the four municipalities directly under the central government, and it is divided into 12 districts and 6 counties.

Beijing enjoys a moderate continental climate. The average yearly rainfall is about 600 to 700 millimetres. Much of it falls in the late June, July and August. Spring in Beijing is dry and dusty, summer rainy, winter long, sunny and dry. The best season to visit Beijing, as many other parts of China, is autumn.

Archaeological discovery has shown that Beijing is a cradle of the Chinese nation. It is here that the "Peking Man" -- an ancestor of the ancient Chinese nation -- multiplied about half a million years ago. About 3,000 years ago, Beijing became an important town in North China. In the 11th century B.C., a northern kingdom called Yan established its capital in Beijing, which was then known as "Yanjing". Later, the Kin, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties (1115-1911) all made Beijing their capital, so that it served as China's political center for 700 years. Construction during various feudal dynasties has left Beijing a host of historical and cultural relics, imperial palaces and gardens, imperial residences, temples, pavilions, archways and stone carvings. These, unique in the world, have earned Beijing the name of a historical and cultural treasure house. Since New China was founded in 1949, Beijing has undergone new changes and become a modern city.

Beijing Tourist Attractions

    The Forbidden City

    The Forbidden City was the imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing dynasties, k...
    The Great Wall

    The Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was enlist...
    Tian'anmen Square

    Tian'anmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) was and is considered as the centre of Be...
    Beihai Park

    Beihai is an extremely popular park among Beijingers and tourists alike. It i...
    Grand View Garden

     Lying by the city moat in southwestern Beijing, the garden was built in...
    Geomantic design

    The third Ming emperor, Yongle, is credited with the planning of the capital....
    Temple of Heaven

    As famous as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven i...
    Ming Tombs

     Located in Beijing's suburban Changping County, the place is where 13 e...
 

Tour Packages

Tour Code Tour Title Duration
(days)
Price
(USD)
RC-00001
Yangtze River Cruises and China Highlight Cities Exploration
13 On call
RC-02001
Rich Cultural Cities Tour
11 On call

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