China

Beijing

China's capital Beijing is both an old and a new city – old in its UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites, and as the new Chinese capital. Beijing history dates back 3000 years and as the capital for over 800 years. Buildings reflect Qing, Shun, Ming and earlier Chinese dynasties. Beijing attractions include Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace with Chinese classical gardens.

For a city brimming with grand imperial sites, timeless gardens and parklands, spacious squares and ancient relics, Beijing is a perfect gateway to a REAL China experience.

Complementing the city’s wealth of historic tourist attractions, is a new-found character oozing with contemporary sophistication . . . where shopping for designer labels in ritzy department stores and giant shopping malls is matched by the international gourmet delights served in fashionable, sometimes quirky, restaurants.

There is much more to Beijing than at first meets the eye. And to thoroughly enjoy Beijing is to see and breathe it - experience an old city which has a few modern twists.

Around almost every bend unfolds a surprise, something worth treasuring, from a rickshaw ride through the preserved “hutong” (traditional neighbourhoods) where generations of families have lived, and, in some cases continue to live, to dining on scrumptious dumplings or the tantalisingly hot traditional Peking Duck dinner in one of a host of eateries.

Shopping experiences are a mix of old meets new, from sidewalk vendors selling everything from pots to suits to sophisticated stores and boutiques retailing the latest in fashion.

Once you have explored and enjoyed the spoils of Beijing you will realise this is a city of a 21st Century standing where contemporary progress has been rapid without losing sight of an intriguing ancestral past and the values that have accompanied it.