Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the national center for politics, culture, international exchanges and technological innovation. With over 3,000 years history and 860 years as the capital of China, Beijing is home of numerous historical sites and cultural landmarks, including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, all of which have been listed as UNESCO World Heritages. Traditional local art performances and crafts, such as Peking Opera and Cloisonné, are also renowned throughout the world. If one wants to learn the splendid Chinese history and culture, at same time get the feeling of rapid developing modern China, Beijing is the best Choice.



Attractions in or Near Beijing


Below is a listing of some top attractions. INFORMS has selected an official conference tour agency for Pre-conference, post-conference and additional tours to some of these attractions - click here for information on these tours.


The Forbidden City

Consisting of over 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this large palace complex was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times. Most of the architecture today dates from the 18th century and later.


Tiananmen Square

The square is the site for massive parades and rallies, and is the largest square of its kind in the world. Tiananmen Square is surrounded by Tiananmen (Gate of Heaven Peace) to the north and the Great Hall of the People on the west. On the east side of the square is the National Museum of China.


Temple of Heaven

Located in the southern part of Beijing, the Temple of heaven has been considered one of the most holy places for China for more than five centuries. It is the largest temple in Beijing among several royal altars to Heaven, Earth,the Sun, the Moon and other deities or symbolic forces of Nature


Summer Palace

As the largest royal garden in China, Beijing's Summer Palace is actually a park-like imperial retreat spread out over 10 square miles. The Summer Palace is the largest and most complete imperial garden existing in China.The Summer Palace was added to the world cultural heritage list in 1998.


Ming Tombs

Located outside Beijing and relatively near the Great Wall, travelers can visit both sites in one day.  Known as the “13 Tombs,” this is the burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Two tombs have been excavated and open  ming tombsto the public.


The Great Wall

The Great Wall snaking across Beijing in its northern part is about 600 kilometers long. Most of the sections of Great Wall in Beijing are well-preserved and are the remains from the Ming Dynasty, an era of extensive construction.


Hutongs

These neighborhoods of narrow, twisting streets represent the “real life” of Beijing, where passageways connect to courtyards of traditional compact homes. The ancient mode of transportation, pedicabs, are still used to take tourists to the hutongs.




For more information on sites to visit in Beijing:

http://english.visitbeijing.com.cn/

http://wikitravel.org/en/Beijing

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