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Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China. It is China's political and cultural center as well as a center stage for the country's external relations and communication with the rest of the world. As China's second largest city, Beijing is a major hub for both domestic and international land and air transportation. Beijing's successful hosting of the 29th Olympic Games in 2008 has strengthened the city's position as one of the most favorite tourist destinations.

 

Beijing is also an ancient city with over 3,000 years of history, which includes over 850 years of being the capital of China for many dynasties. This has left the city with a great legacy of cultural heritages renowned worldwide. It is believed that Beijing is a city with the biggest number of cultural heritages recognized worldwide. As one of China's ancient cities, Beijing is a world-class historical and cultural city. You can easily find places of historical or cultural interest wherever you go in the city. No other city in the world has served as the capital of a nation for as long as Beijing does. Thanks to its splendid history and its rapid economic development, Beijing is now a metropolis with both unique ancient heritage and stylish modernity, opening arms to welcome tourists and visitors from all over the world.

 

Beijing has a growing number of modern shopping arcades and business centers. Many foreign and multinational companies have opened up offices or branches in the city to benefit from an expanding Chinese market. The famous business centers include Wangfujing, Xidan, Qianmen, the Financial Street, the Diplomatic Compound Zones and the Central Business District. You may also wish to visit Zhongguancun for IT and digital hardware or software, and tour the Panjiayuan Antique Market in search of antiques, family heirlooms or curios.

 

Beijing also stands as China's largest center for science and technology research. The Chinese Academy of Sciences, specialized research institutions and the Zhongguancun Science Park (which is widely regarded as a Chinese version of the Silicon Valley), have all contributed immensely to the development of science and technology in China.

 

Beijing is also China's champion in the field of education. The city hosts over 80 regular institutions of higher education, including three of China's top universities, Peking University, Tsinghua University and Renmin University of China. To meet the educational needs of foreign residents' children in Beijing, many private international schools as well as those organized by foreign embassies have been set up in Beijing.

 

In a word, Beijing is both an ancient and modern city where every visitor can have an exciting experience different from what other cities may offer. Please discover more about Beijing and seize the opportunity to witness the glory of this ancient capital and modern metropolis.

 

Visit Beijing 

The travel agencies in Beijing may provide information and assistance for your visit to Beijing. You can find outlets of travel agencies in your hotels. For further information, please visit the official website of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development (http://english.visitbeijing.com.cn/) and that of the Beijing Government (http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/Travel/).