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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.

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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

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

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

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is the central square and most popular public gathering place in Beijing.

Beijing - Tiananmen Square Flowers & Forbidden City - Oct'93

Beihai Park

Beihai Park is one of the oldest gardens in Beijing.

Beihai Park

Beijing National Stadium

The Beijing National Stadium is an iconic stadium and sports venue in Beijing.

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Lama Temple

The Lama Temple is a Tibetan-style temple in Beijing.

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Beijing Capital Museum

Beijing Capital Museum is a famous museum and center for performing arts in Beijing in a modern venue.

Beijing Capital Museum, China

Fayuan Temple

The Fayuan Temple is an ancient temple in Beijing.

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Coal Hill Park

Coal Hill Park is a popular park in Beijing with views of the city.

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Temple of Confucius

The Temple of Confucius is a famous temple in Beijing located near the Lama Temple that is dedicated to the great Chinese philosopher, Confucius.

Temple of Confucius, 孔庙

National Museum of China

The National Museum of China, located on Beijing's Tiananmen Square, is the second-most visited museum in the world.

National Museum of China, Beijing

Poly Art Museum

The Poly Art Museum is a museum of Chinese art and culture in Beijing.

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Beijing Museums

Beijing Capital Museum

Beijing Capital Museum is a famous museum and center for performing arts in Beijing in a modern venue.

Beijing Capital Museum, China

National Museum of China

The National Museum of China, located on Beijing's Tiananmen Square, is the second-most visited museum in the world.

National Museum of China, Beijing

China Art Gallery

The China Art Gallery is a popular museum and exhibition space in Beijing dedicated to Chinese art and culture.

Beijing 798 Art Zone

Zhengyang Gate

Zhengyang Gate is a historic gate in Beijing's city wall.

Zhengyang Gate

Palace Museum

The Palace Museum is a famous museum in the Forbidden City within Beijing's Dongcheng District.

Palace Museum

Poly Art Museum

The Poly Art Museum is a museum of Chinese art and culture in Beijing.

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Travel tips and general adivce

Visa and passport: Unless you are allowed to travel to China visa-free, you will need to get a visa from a Chinese embassy or consulate before arriving in the city. Carrying your passport at all times is advised by the government.

Climate and weather: Beijing has a continental climate and experiences all four seasons.

Business hours: In Beijing, government offices are open from 8 a.m to 5 p.m and most companies and shops are open from 9 a.m to 6 p.m.

Currency: The national currency of China is the yuan.


Ji according to historical records, in the 11th century BC, after King Wu of Zhou conquered the Shang Dynasty, he was granted the title of Emperor Yao to Ji and Zhao Gong to Yan. In addition, before the Zhou Dynasty, there was the state of Yan. Later, Yan merged with Ji, and Ji City was the capital of the state. This is the predecessor of Beijing. After Qin exterminated Yan, Jixian County was set up, and its former site was in today's Beijing city center.

Youzhou was one of the ancient Kyushu. The name of Youzhou was first seen in the book of Shang, Shun Dian. Youzhou was set up in the Han Dynasty, Wei Dynasty, Jin Dynasty and Tang Dynasty, in the area that is Beijing today.

In the Qin Dynasty, Jixian was the residence of Guangyang Prefecture. In the fifth year of emperor Gao of the Han Dynasty, it was designated as the jurisdiction of the state of Yan. In the first year of Yuanfeng, it was restored to Jixian County and Guangyang County merged with Youzhou. In the first year of this period, it was the capital of Guangyang state. During the reform of Guangwu in the Eastern Han Dynasty, Youzhou governor department was set up in Jixian. In the eighth year of Yongyuan reign, Youzhou returned to Guangyang county. From the two Jin Dynasties to the Sui, Tang, Five Dynasties to the Western Jin Dynasty, the Imperial Court changed Guangyang County into Yan state, and Youzhou moved to govern Fan Yang. In the later Zhao Dynasty, the residence of Youzhou was moved back to Jixian County, and the state of Yan was changed to Yan County, which was unchanged after the reign of the former Yan, the former Qin, the former Yan, the latter Yan and the Northern Wei Dynasty. Until the third year of kaihuang in Sui Dynasty, Yan County was abolished.

But in three years, Sui Dynasty changed Youzhou to Zhuo county. In the Wude period of the early Tang Dynasty, Zhuo county was called Youzhou again. In the first year of Zhenguan, Youzhou was under the jurisdiction of Hebei. After that, Beijing became the residence of Fan Yang's festival history. During the Anshi rebellion, Anlushan was once called emperor here, and Jianguo was called "Dayan". At the beginning of the Five Dynasties, warlord Liu Rengong established a separate regime here and called himself King Yan, which was later eliminated by the Tang Dynasty. Since the first year of Huitong, the Liao Dynasty established Nanjing in Beijing, changed Youzhou into Nanjing Xijin mansion, and changed its name to Yanjing in the first year of Kaitai. In the first year of Zhenyuan in the Jin Dynasty, Wan Yanliang, the king of Hailing, officially established his capital in Beijing, which is called Zhongdu.

Since then, the capitals of the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties were all established in Beijing. In the Yuan Dynasty, Genghis Khan conquered Beijing in 1216 and set up Daxing mansion on Yanjing road. From Shizu to the first year of the Yuan Dynasty, it was changed into Daxing mansion on Zhongdu road. In the fourth year of Zhiyuan Dynasty, the capital of Yuan Dynasty was built in the Northeast suburb of Jinzhongdu. In the ninth year of Zhiyuan Dynasty, Daxing Prefecture, the capital of China, was officially renamed as Dadu, with khanbalik in Mongolian and Hanbali and gambalik in Chinese transliteration. In the early years of the Ming Dynasty, Yingtianfu was taken as the capital. Dadu road was renamed beipingfu in August of the first year of Hongwu, and was transferred to Shandong Province in October of the same year.

In March of the second year of Hongwu's reign, it was changed to the post of Chengxuan political envoy in Beiping. After Zhu Di (Ming Chengzu), the king of Yan, launched the Jingnan war and won the throne, he was promoted to Beijing in the first year of Yongle, known as Xingzai. In the first month of the 19th year of Yongle, the Ming government officially moved its capital to Beijing, with shuntianfu Beijing as its capital and Nanjing as its remaining capital. The Qing Dynasty immediately occupied Beijing, also known as the capital shuntianfu, which belongs to Zhili Province. After the 1911 Revolution in modern times, the capital of the Republic of China was Nanjing. In 1912, it moved to Beijing until the collapse of the Beiyang Government in 1927. At this time, the local system of Beijing was still in accordance with the Qing system, which was still called shuntianfu. Until the third year of the Republic of China, shuntianfu was changed to Jingzhao, which was directly under the Beiyang government. After the northern expedition, the capital of China moved to Nanjing, Beijing was renamed as the special city of Beiping, and the place of Jingzhao was abolished. In June 1930, Beiping was reduced to a city under the jurisdiction of Hebei Province, and in December of the same year, it was upgraded to a city under the jurisdiction of the Yuan.

After the July 7th incident in 1937, Beiping was occupied by Japan, and the puppet regime "Provisional Government of the Republic of China" was established, which renamed Beiping as Beijing. On August 21, 1945, sun Lianzhong's Department of the 11th theater recovered Beijing and renamed Peking. On January 31, 1949, the Chinese Communist army gained control of Peiping. On September 27 of the same year, the first plenary session of the Chinese people's Political Consultative Conference adopted the resolution on the capital, calendar, national anthem and national flag of the People's Republic of China, and Beiping was renamed Beijing. On October 1, 1949, the People's Republic of China was founded in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

This text was translated and adapted into English from Baidu Zhidao, a division of Baidu Inc.


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"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

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