Beijing is the capital of China, located in the northern
part of China. As the capital of China, Beijing stands
as the nation's social, economical, political, and
cultural center. Beijing has had a rich history of
enduring invasions by warlords and foreign powers,
devastating disasters, and has seen the rise and fall
of generations of imperial dynasties.
Since 1949, Beijing officially became the capital
of the People's Republic of china. This splendid city
attracts millions of visitors and tourists from all
over the world each year. Today, Beijing is the center
and home of the greatest repository of historical
landmarks and monuments from imperial China.
It is impossible to describe in words the wonders
and the beauties of this amazing city - the only way
to fully appreciate it is to experiences it for yourself!
Beijing City Guide - Touring Peking
Beijing has a fantastic blend of historical tourism
sites and modern 21st century technology and lifestyle.
From the world famous Great
Wall of China, Forbidden
City Palace, Summer Palace, and Ming Tombs to
WangFuJing, Tianmen Square, Beijing's West Railway
Station, and China Central Television Tower - Beijing
has it all and much more.
You will find everything from gigantic, western style
shopping malls, towering skyscrapers, modern hotels,
multinational department stores, to traditional style
housing, street markets, quaint little side streets
full of street vendors selling snack foods and all
sorts of merchandise, and more.
You'll also discover the wide variety of gourmet
cooking Beijing has to offer including the eight
most famous regional cuisines of China, ranging
from the hot and spicy Szechuan style cooking, to
light, non-greasy tasting ShangDong style, and the
Huaiyang cuisine with a history traceable back to
300 BC, and most famous of all, Peking Duck (Beijing
Duck). Peking Duck (Beijing Duck) history can be traced
back to more than 1,500 years ago; however it has
its roots in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Read
more about the world famous Peking
Duck (Beijing Duck) here.
Population of Beijing
Beijing city has a population of about 15 million
people. The city itself has a land area of 16,800
square kilometers (or 6,484 square miles). The average
household size in Beijing is 3.21, and urban population
accounts for 70% of the total population.
According to Beijing City municipal government, tourists
to Beijing China in 2005 reached a record high of
3.63 million from outside of the Chinese mainland.
This is a growth rate of 15% over the number of tourists
in 2004. United States, Japan, and Korea were are
the top three countries with highest number of tourists
With such wide variety of historical landmarks, and
cultural monuments, it's no wonder Beijing receives
so many tourists. Beijing is also the host city for
the 2008 Olympics. While I can try my best to describe
to you what it's like being in Beijing, but words
and pictures alone will not do. You really have to
experience the splendors of Beijing China yourself
to really appreciate its beauty.