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Welcome to Beijing

Beijing is the capital of China, as well as one of the most visited cities in East Asia. The city is home to icons like the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace.

Map of Beijing

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Basic Stats

Travel safety rating: 10/10

Targeted groups: No groups found

General Sanitation Rating: 7/10

Food Safety Rating for Foreigners: 5/10

Tourism Infrastructure Rating: 10/10

Fluency in English Rating: 3/10

Languages spoken: Mandarin

These stats were collected through general studies by prominent institutions that analyzed Beijing's tourism sector. They represent Beijing as a whole, not certain parts of the city that are either better or worse-off. These studies were then summarized into a given rating.

Top Attractions

Great Wall of China

Built primarily by the Ming Dynasty, the Great Wall of China protected Northern China from attacks from ancient times on. Today, the wall continues to stand strong, showing the world China's might.

Kineski zid, Badaling, Kina / The Great Wall of China, Badaling, China
Official Website

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is an area of Beijing home to the city's imperial palaces. The area is called "forbidden" because during Imperial China the area was off-limits to any non-staff of the palaces.

Forbidden city, Beijing
Official Website

Summer Palace

An imperial garden during the Qing Dynasty, today, the Summer Palace is one of the most beautiful places in Beijing with beautiful lakes, gardens, and palaces.

Summer Palace
Official Website

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is a religious complex which was where religious ceremonies took place during the Qing and Ming dynasties.

Temple of Heaven
Official Website

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History

Although Beijing could’ve been settled for several hundred years before the establishment of the Qing Dynasty, but it was during the Qing Dynasty and its eighteen provinces, that Beijing truly began to prosper. At the time, Beijing was known as Ji and was the capital of the Youzhou Dynasty which later became an independent country. The city was conquered by the Liao Dynasty in the 10th century, and the city was renamed Nanjing. The city was soon sacked and destroyed by the Mongols. In the 14th century, Beijing (finally renamed Beijing) became the capital of the Ming Dynasty. The city suffered greatly during the 18th and 19th centuries, when the French and English invaded China during the Opium Wars. In the 20th century, the city also suffered greatly during the Second World War. Today, Beijing is once again a rich city and the administrative capital of the People’s Republic of China.

Transportation

"The best ways to get around Beijing are on foot and by subway. As one of the largest, most populous cities in the world, Beijing has its fair share of traffic problems. During morning and evening rush hours, the roads are clogged with a mix of cars and bikes." - US News Travel

Things to know

Beijing is a very safe city so there aren't any travel warnings.

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