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Beijing is the ancient and modern capital of the People's Republic of China and is the second largest city in China, after Shanghai. Here are some of the cultural highlights of the incredible city:
Tiananmen Square One of the most famous squares in the world. Home to many important buildings and monuments, this vast square was the site for major rallies during the Cultural Revolution.
Forbidden City Also known as the Palace Museum, this is China's most popular single-site tourist attraction and the largest imperial palace in the world. A must-see on any visit to China!
The Great Wall of China One of the wonders of the world, it dates back to the 7th century BC in certain sections and is more than 20,000 miles long! Emperor Qin employed the wall to protect the first unified kingdom of China.
Sacred Way Home to the Ming Dynasty Tombs, thirteen emperors are buried here and you begin the tour by walking through a magnificent gateway.
Summer Palace Featuring extensive gardens, the Summer Palace is a magnificent building perched on the edge of a lake, and was once the holiday destination of choice for emperors and dowager empresses.
Beijing Zoo & Olympic Village Enjoy a visit to Beijing Zoo to see an impressive collection of animals, including the famous pandas, before continuing to the park that hosted the 2008 Olympics.
Lama Temple or Yonghe Temple is a monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. It contains a 26 metre tall wooden statue of the Maitreya Buddha and unique bronze statues of the Buddhas of the Three Ages.
Sanlitun Village Shopping Centre A huge complex of shops and restaurants
Temple of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings symbolising the relationship between earth and heaven.