The capital of China is an important entry point into this fascinating country because it possesses many significant tourist attractions, while also illustrating how China is changing, becoming more modern.
The most important sight in the city is the Forbidden City, once off-limits for all but the elite. Now it is open to all and is constantly crowded with visitors. It is truly a city within a city, with numerous buildings, courtyards, waterways, and menacing walls.
Once inside, the architecture is amazing and there is so much to see.
The emperor even had his own private garden at the rear of the complex.
The entrance to the Forbidden City is on one side of Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest public spaces.
Also nearby is one of Beijing’s favorite city parks, Beihai Park.
The Temple of Heaven is another of the city’s most beloved landmarks.
On the outskirts of the city is the Summer Palace of the emperors.
A sign of the “new” China is Bird’s Nest Stadium, built for the Summer Olympics of 2008.