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Beijing Introduction

Beijing, as the capital city of China, is the political and cultural center of the country. The city's history can be traced back to the earliest inhabitation by Beijing Man in prehistoric times, 700,000 years ago. The city's history as an imperial capital dates from the Spring and Autumn Period (770 B.C. - 476 B.C.). It served as the political and cultural center in the successive dynasties of Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing in China's long history and consequently gave rise to a great number of historical and cultural relics and antiquities. Many visitors from all over the world come to explore the splendid history of both the capital and the country.

Beijing Attractions

Take a Beijing tour is absolutely worthwhile! The Great Wall of China, the grandest ancient military fortification in the world, is a must for every traveler to China. The sections near Beijing are Badaling, Mutianyu and Jinshanling. The Forbidden City, a splendid complex of imperial palaces from China's Ming and Qing dynasties in the center of the city, shows the luxurious life of the Chinese emperors. Other imperial structures that are worth visiting include Summer Palace, Beihai Park and Temple of Heaven. Parks like Beihai Park and Grand View Garden are worthwhile visiting as well.

Forbidden City, Beijing In addition to its historical wonders, Beijing's hutongs and courtyard complexes give visitors a feeling for the traditional daily life of the ordinary local people.

Beijing is a gourmand's paradise with a full range of delicious cuisines from different regions at home and abroad. Restaurants in the city provide everything including the well-known Roast Duck, the gourmet Imperial Court Cuisine, flavored Mongolia Hotpot and hundreds of local snacks. There are also numerous western food restaurants providing a range of American, Brazilian, French, German, Indian and other cuisines catering for those who miss their home dishes.

Today, it is becoming a sparkling metropolis with modern skyscrapers, shopping malls, efficient transport routes and numerous foreign investment enterprises.

Recommended China Tour with Beijing

  • 4 Days Beijing Tour

    Luxury tour to visit Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Badaling Great Wall, Summer Palace and more

  • 5 Days Beijing Tour

    Visit Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Badaling, Bird's Nest and more as well as enjoying Beijing Duck Dinner and Chinese Kungfu Show

  • 8 Days China Tour with Beijing

    Small group tour to Beijing, Shanghai and Xian

Beijing Travel Toolkits

Useful Telephone

Emergency Services
110 .....................Police
119 .....................Fire
120..................... Ambulance
6525 5486 ...........Foreigners Section of the Beijing Public Security Bureau
6513 0828 ...........Tourist Hotline
6590 3419 ...........International SOS Assistance
Telephone Service
114 .....................Local Telephone Information
117 .....................Time Check
121 .....................Weather Information
6303 7131 ...........Post Code Check

Telephone Numbers of Airlines

Capital Airport Information Tel:6456 3604 Air China Tel:6601 7755
China Eastern Airlines Tel: 95530 China Southern Airlines Tel: 400669553
FESCO Air Service Tel:6505 3330 Aeroflot Tel:6500 2412
All Nippon Airways Tel:6505 3311 Asiana Airlines Tel:6468 1118
Austrian Airlines Tel:6462 2161 British Airways Tel:6512 4070
Canadian Airlines Tel:6468 2001 Dragonair Hong Kong Tel:6505 4343
Finnair Tel:6512 7180 Garuda Indonesia Tel:6505 2901
Iran Air Tel:6512 4940 Israel Airlines Tel:6597 4512
Japan Airlines Tel:6513 0888 KLM Royal Dutch Tel:6505 3505
Korean Air Tel:6505 0088 Lufthansa Tel:6465 4488
Malaysia Airlines Tel:6505 2681 Mongolian Airlines Tel:6507 9297
Northwest Airlines Tel:6505 3505 Polish Airlines Tel:6500 7215
PIA Tel:6505 1681 Qantas Tel:6467 4794
SAS Tel:6518 3738 Singapore Airlines Tel:6505 2233
Swissair Tel:6512 3555 Thai International Tel:6460 8899
United Airlines Tel:6463 1111 Uzbekistan Airways Tel: 6500 6442