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Beijing

Meaning “northern capital,” Beijing has been China’s heart and soul for literally ages. The centuries of political and cultural dominance have left their mark on the city’s landscapes, from the ancient Great Wall to opulent palaces to crumbling hutongs.

Having undergone rapid modernization in recent decades, the sprawling metropolis is now studded with avant-garde architecture, gleaming skyscrapers and six-lane highways. However, few cities in the world can parallel Beijing’s rich blend of ancient history and modern development.

Hotels

The 2008 Olympics has greatly enhanced the development of Beijing’s accommodation scene. Boasting an impressive hotel collection, ranging from stylish urban retreats to...

Food & Drink

Food connoisseurs are in for a heavenly treat in Beijing, which boasts a rich culinary heritage that is as refined and varied as the country’s history. And as the capital grows, every type of Chinese cuisines, from Sichuan to...

Shopping

Shopping in Beijing is a diverse affair, a reflection of the Chinese capital's long-standing history as a cultural and commercial hub, as well as its increasing affluence. While international fashion boutiques and glitzy shopping malls are plentiful in this city, don't miss a chance to bargain shop in outdoor markets or historical hutongs, where roadside vendors offer all kinds of local knickknacks, from calligraphy brushes to opera masks to Mao memorabilia.

Nightlife

Beijing’s nightlife may be a little less dynamic than other Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Hong Kong, but it sure triumphs in terms of diversity and eclecticism. On one end, there are the traditional operas and acrobatic performances; on the other...

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