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SCIC Chinese Medicine Study Course and Silk Road Explorations is available in Easter Period. Special offer from USD$1980 per person. This 14 days fully exclusive trip that covers Beijing, Dunhuang, Turfan and Urumqi. Don't miss it. More trips are available including the Yangtze River Cruise, Yellow Mountain Painting Trip, Shaolin, Wudang Mt and Terracotta Warriors Trips.

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Historical Beijing

Beijing, as the capital of the People's Republic of China, is not only the nation's political, economic, cultural, and educational centre, but is also the most vital centre in China for international trade and communications. Now Beijing is a modern, fashionable and cosmopolitan city teeming with 21st century vitality, but with traditional Chinese values at its heart. Visitors can experience authentic Beijing life by travelling around tea houses, Hutongs, temples and historical attractions,  viewing the Peking Opera, and making an acquaintance with "old Beijing".

Reasons to visit:

Beijing has many cultural sites and places of interest - 7,309 in total! Many are under state protection and the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Ming Tombs and the Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, are all UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are also more than 200 spots of interest for visitors, such as the Forbidden City, Beihai Park, the Ming Tombs, the Ruins of the Yuanmingyuan, Lama Temple, the Fragrant Hills, Longqing Gorge, Shihua Cave and so on.

Tian'anmen Square:

Tian'anmen Square is the biggest square in China and covers 440,000 meters. It is the geographical heart of Beijing. Literally speaking, it means "Heavenly Peace Gate". It is surrounded by the Tian'an Gate which leads into the Forbidden City in the North, the Museum of Chinese History in the East, the Qian men Gate in the South and the Great Hall of the People in the West. There are also some grand monuments erected in the square, such as the Monument to the People' s Heroes and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.

Badaling Great Wall:

The Badaling section of the Great Wall is over 1000 meters above sea level and is situated over 70 kilometers northwest from the center of Beijing. Badaling is the best-preserved part of the Great Wall. 

Forbidden City:

The Forbidden city is located exactly in the heart of Beijing. Throughout China's history almost 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties have dwelt there. This magnificent palace was constructed from the fourth year of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1406) and finished in 1420. According to traditional Chinese belief the Emperor was considered the 'Son of Heaven' and entitled to wield supreme power on Earth. 

Summer Palace:

The Summer Palace is the completely preserved imperial garden in the world, and is situated in Haidian District, in the northwest of Beijing. It was the traditional summer living quarters of the Emperor and Empress when they were in Beijing. It comprises many beautiful gardens, temples and buildings, and a large open lake.

Temple of Heaven:

Among all temples in Beijing, the Temple of Heaven is the holiest. In ancient times the Emperor came here during winter to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. Since his rule was conferred by a heavenly mandate, a bad harvest could be deemed as a fall from grace and threaten the stability of his reign. Therefore, it is understandable that each Emperor fervently prayed for a good harvest!

Hutong Tour:

The "hutongs" are the narrow alleyways and lanes in Beijing. They can be spotted in many areas, especially around the Forbidden City. Mere built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming (1368-1628) and the Qing (1644-1908) Dynasties. Most of them are composed of four houses around a square courtyard. Depending on the social status of the inhabitants, many are different sizes. Older hutongs all face south for better lighting, while newer ones were constructed north-south for better passageways.




Beihai Park:

This park is situated to the northwest of the Forbidden City. Its original meaning is "North Lake". In its waters lies the 'Jade Island' (Qionghuadao). At its top is the White Pagoda, built in 1651, and inside there is a statue of Buddha made from white jade (a very precious stone). 

The 13 Ming Tombs:

The 13 Ming Tombs contain almost all the remains of the Ming Emperors. They are situated over 40 kilometers northwest from the centre of Beijing. This site was chosen according to traditional fengshui principles. The Dingling Underground Palace was built for Emperor Wanli (1563- 1620) and his two empresses.

Fragrant Hills:

The Fragrant Hills Park is a large park with lots of hills and luxurious forest covering over 390 acres. It is situated in the western hills, 17 miles of Beijing. Its highest peak is Xianglu Peak (Incense Burner Peak), which is over 1800 feet high.

Beijing Food Guides:

Visitors in Beijing can experience a wide variety of Chinese cuisine. For thousands of years people from all over China and the rest of the world have contributed to Beijing's distinctive character. The city nurtures a vibrant culinary atmosphere where many delicacies are available. Beijing's signature dish is Peking Duck, which every visitor should take the opportunity to taste. You should also try the various snacks in Beijing, which derive from scores of other diverse cuisines. Most of these snacks can be found throughout the city, but the most famous place is in the Qianmen Gate area. A dazzling array of food from every corner of the country is available there. Streets like Wangfujing, Donghuamen, Longfusi, and Gui Jie (Ghost Street) are well-known locations for these mouth-watering delights.

Shopping Tips:

In many business streets and markets, typical Chinese handicrafts are available. The four most traditional handiworks in Beijing are jade, silk, ivory carving, and lacquer. Local food such as fruits and confectionaries of all kinds can be easily found in supermarkets, as well as bottles of rice liquor, which make excellent souvenirs to take home for your family and friends. 

Trip and Tour Options in Beijing

3 Days Exploration of China's Capital

7 Days Relaxing Holiday in Beijing

8 Days Beijing & Xian Terracotta Warrior Trip

10 Days Beijing, Xian, Shanghai & Suzhou

12 Days Beijing, Xian & Shanghai, Suzhou, Hong Kong Trip

14 Days Whole China Tour (Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Suzhou

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