Beijing

Beijing

Multi-faceted Beijing, modern capital of China, is the country’s most important city and its political and historical center. A city of contradictions, Beijing’s skyscrapers overshadow traditional narrow alleys (hutongs), and the remnants of Imperial China sit alongside five star hotels and western brand-name stores.

Beijing’s numerous landmarks, ranging from the Temple of Heaven, site of Imperial prayer in the long-past Ming and Qing dynasties, to Tiananmen Square with its Great Hall of the People and mausoleum of Mao Zedong, tell the long history of China, as well as the short history of the People’s Republic.

PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013