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Beijing's famous Tiananmen Square is big enough to hold one million people, while the historic Forbidden City is home to thousands of imperial rooms – and Beijing is still growing. The capital has witnessed the emergence of ever-higher rising towers, new restaurants and see-and-be-seen nightclubs. But at the same time, the city has managed to retain its very individual charm. The small tea houses in the backyards, the traditional fabric shops, the old temples and the noisy street restaurants make this city special.

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Tian'anmen Square / 天安门广场
Dongcheng District, Beijing

The 400,000 square metres large area is the key historic centre of Beijing. It was here that the former Communist Party leader, Mao Zedong, declared the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1st October 1949. With the famous red building and the giant signature portrait of Mao, this place is definitely the first thing come to might when speaking of Beijing. There are national flag raising ceremonies every day at the time of sunrise. On the first day of every month, the ceremony is the most solemn with a military band.

The Forbidden City / 故宫
Gugong, Beijing

Built by Emperor Yongle in the early 15th century, the 720,000 square metres of Forbidden City was home to the imperial household. It was opened to the public in 1949. The well-preserved area boasts more than 800 buildings and 9,999 rooms. The Hall of Supreme Harmony, beautifully decorated with thousands of Dragons, was used to celebrate the Chinese emperor’s birthday. The Palace of Heavenly Purity served as the emperors’ living area and features several bedrooms.

Fangshan Restaurant / 仿膳饭庄
Dianmen Xi Dajie, North Gate of Beihai Park, Xicheng District, Beijing

Set up more than 90 years ago by royal chefs, the Fangshan serves Chinese dishes such as Beijing Duck and other specialities of the Chinese Imperial cuisine. It is based inside a grand mansion in a beautiful location next to Lake Beihai. The traditional royal style of decoration features a bright yellow theme and exquisite pieces of China.

China Grill / 亮
2 Jianguomen Wai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing

China Grill serves international cuisine with the best meat, fish and seafood. Here you will find Beijing-style breakfast dishes including lunch and dinner as well as a great wine selection and 360-degree views of Beijing. The restaurant is located inside the hotel Park Hyatt Beijing.

Beijing Oriental Plaza / 东方新天地
1Dong Chang'an Jie, Dong Cheng District, Beijing

Beijing’s top shopping centre boasts 120,000 square metres of shops and a modern ambience. It consists of shopping areas with different themes and the biggest music fountain in the city centre. It is home to well-known Western and Asian brands and houses a Sony Science Museum and a cinema.

China World Mall / 中国国际贸易中心
1 Chaoyangmen Wai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing

This is a premier choice for the city’s well-off, with all the famous designer brands from Christian Dior to Gucci represented. With an excellent array of choice in both luxury and affordable brand departments, as well as appliance boutiques and home decor shops, this is where you can fulfil all your (higher-end) shopping needs.

Beijing Capital International Airport / 北京首都国际机场
Shunyi, Beijing

The Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK/ZBAA) is located around 27 kilometres north of Beijing´s city centre. At present, the airport consists of three terminals. The cheapest way to into town is to take CAAC's airport shuttle bus. There are 18 shuttle routes. The ride takes between 40-90 minutes, depending on traffic and origin/destination. Tickets are available at the "Intracity & Inter - Provincial Shuttle Bus Ticket Vending Desk" for each terminal. The shuttles leave the airport from the 1st floor of each terminal. Buses depart every 15-30 minutes. There is also an airport express train called ABC or Airport to Beijing City. The airport express covers the 27.3 km distance between the airport and the city in 18 minutes, connecting Terminals 2 and 3, to Sanyuanxiao subway station in Line 10 and Dongzhimen subway station in Line 2. Taxi stops are located: T1: Outside Gate 1 on F1 T2: Outside Gate 5 to 9 on F1 T3: Please refer to the signs inside the terminal building

Best Time To Visit

Most of the attractions sites in Beijing consist of timeless architectures and intangible cultural heritage, so the change of seasons has little impact. However given the weather, it is recommended to visit in spring or autumn, for winter might get too cold and summer too hot for comfort. Try to avoid Chinese public holidays such as between October 1st and 7th, during which the city could be flooded by local tourists.

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