Things to see and do - Beijing
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Beijing Travel guide
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Capital of China since the 13C, Beijing has long expressed the political power and world influence of the country, the Communist regime simply taking the symbolic place of the Imperial authorities. From the Forbidden City to the recent Olympic buildings, exaggerated pomp and size are the hallmarks of Chinese architecture. Beijing is beyond all comprehension – it’s too lively, too big and drunk with change. As soon as you come across a human-sized traditional China in this city, it’s immediately followed by some of the most extreme examples of modernity. Meanwhile, the city’s young inhabitants are hedonistic, impatient and turning their backs on tradition. In short, Beijing is a shock to the system.
Tourist attractions Beijing : Things to see and do
This extraordinary urban complex of 800 palaces, temples and pavilions containing some 9 000 rooms presents a huge challenge for the millions of tourists who visit the Forbidden City. The seat of power and sacrarium of the Ming and Qing dynasties unt..
Built in the 12C, but sacked on several occasions, this summer palace was restored at great expense at the end of the 19C by the empress Cixi, whose megalomania remains legendary even to this day. Situated 12km northwest of Beijing, this enchanting s..
The affirmation of absolute power is embodied in this 20ha esplanade, a megalomaniac creation of Mao, whose portrait still features as a backdrop. Adorned with red flags, this is the heart of Beijing, where the past (the Forbidden City) and the prese..