Beijing

Lotus Pond

Lotus Pond

Beijing's gardens are beautiful

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

Chinese tourists flock to the heart of Beijing

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Lucky charms

Lucky charms

Flag raising ceremony

Flag raising ceremony

Every dawn in Tiananmen Square people gather in their hundreds for the flag-raising ceremony

Chinese chess

Chinese chess

Leisure time for the brains trust

Dawn in Beijing

Dawn in Beijing

Looking towards the Gate of Heavenly Peace

Beijing Blue

Beijing Blue

Some days, the weather and the sky in Beijing is stunning

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Standing on the Great Wall is something for everyone's bucket list

Noodle Store

Noodle Store

The hutongs have great finds, here a small but excellent noodle restaurant

Keeping fit

Keeping fit

The Temple of Heaven Park draws in the locals for exercise

Chuan - shasliks

Chuan - shasliks

Love the Beijing meat skewers!

Beijing Roast Duck

Beijing Roast Duck

YES!

Beijing can be hard to describe, although that hasn't stopped people from trying!

 

For the thousands of years of its existence even until today, visitors have represented this massive city in books, paintings, movies, songs and postcards. At various times in its history it has been the imperial capital and one of the world's most powerful and largest cities, and at other times it has been eclipsed by other Chinese cities, like Nanjing or Hangzhou, and threatened by its northern neighbours. This ebb and flow is inscribed in the city's architecture, monuments and particular customs.

In addition to the must-see sites like the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven, other favourite places to go include the hutongs with their small shops and artisanal boutiques, the craft bars and restauratns and the little parks and corners where the locals play chess or cards or simply hang out with friends.

For an amazingly vast city, Beijing has so many places where one can relax and ponder, and simply immerse oneself in the delights of modern China. It is a favourite destination on Sino-Immersions tours.