China & Tibet / The Forbidden City
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The Forbidden City
China & Tibet / Temple of Confucius
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Temple of Confucius
China & Tibet / National Centre for the Performing Arts
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National Centre for the Performing Arts
China & Tibet / Summer Palace
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Summer Palace
China & Tibet / Beitucheng Subway Station
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Beitucheng Subway Station
China & Tibet / The Fragrant Hills Park
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The Fragrant Hills Park

Beijing

Beijing has been China's center of political power for centuries and history is everywhere you turn in the city: emperor after emperor has risen and fallen in Beijing and numerous invaders have swept through its streets. No surprise, then, that it is a captivating place to visit. Today in Beijing, imperial architecture mingles with magnificent structures built for the 2010 Olympic Games which the city proudly hosted.

Tour the geographic center of Beijing, the imposing, infamous 98-acre Tiananmen Square, which has hosted some of China's most visible modern moments: pro Mao rallies and pre-democracy demonstrations. From the square, it's a short walk to the Forbidden City, former home to emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The massive complex, with some 9,000 rooms, is the best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China today. You'll also tour the Summer Palace, where you can stroll through the Long Corridor, a 2,300-foot hallway painted with mythical scenes.

China's most famous architectural creation, The Great Wall is a behemoth 4,000 construction built over 2,000 years ago to keep out warring invaders from the north. You'll visit the Bandaling section of the wall where you can climb to the top for a stunning view of the surrounding countryside.

The Ming Tombs are the resting place of 13 emperors. Here is the Dingling tomb, which is famous for its magnificent underground palace.

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Beijing
Beijing
Beijing
Beijing