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In 2008, when you are at the grand occasion of the Olympic Games with the theme slogan of "One World, One Dream", you will also find yourselves experiencing the oriental ancient civilization of Beijing.

Beijing was the capital city of the Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties of China. The largest palace of the world, the Forbidden City, is located on the central axis of Beijing city. Together with the Summer Palace - a royal park, the Great Wall, Beijing Royal Quadrangle Courtyard etc, Beijing has 7300 cultural relics and historical sites, as well as more than 200 scenic spots.

Beijing, the Capital City, is the political, cultural and diplomatic centre of China. It has become a modern international cosmopolitan city with more than 11 million people. The Capital International Airport, 23.5 km from the city centre, is China's largest and most advanced airport. There are close to 40 five-star hotels in Beijing and the international direct distance dialing can reach 240 countries and regions.
Now, it attracts tens of millions of visitors and tourists both at home and abroad each year to enjoy its rich culture and wonderful scenery.

   
 
The Great Wall  
The Great Wall was built on the mountains in the northwest suburb of Beijing with an elevation of over 1000 meters. It has a history of over 2000 years. The Great Wall we see today is the result of renovation some 500 years ago. For tourists from other parts of China , there is a popular saying, which was quoted from the poems of former Chairman Mao Zedong: "you are not a true man without visiting the Great Wall".
   
 
The Temple of Heaven  
It is situated at the southeastern part of Beijing . Built in 1420, it was a place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshiped heaven and prayed for good harvests. There are two parts, one inside and one outside. The main buildings are inside where you can choose to visit the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the Echo Wall and the Circular Mound Altar.
The Echo Wall is a round wall along which a mere whisper can be heard clearly at the other hand.
   
 
The Palace Museum  
Known as the Forbidden City, it was the imperial palace located at the central part of Beijing . The construction of this palace started in 1407 and it took 14 years to complete. Rectangular in shape, it covers an area of 720,000 square meters. It is said in a folk legend that there were 9999.5 rooms in the palace, only a half room fewer than those owned by the Heavenly Emperor.
   
 
Tian'anmen
 
The gallant Tian'anmen is located in the center of Beijing . It stands in front of the Palace Museum , and faces the magnificent Tian'anmen Square . In the center of the square stands the Monument to the Heroes of the People, and in the south of the square is Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. Tian'anmen Square is the largest square in the world.
   
 
The Summer Palace
 
It used to be the resort and garden of the emperor. It is located in the northwestern suburb of Beijing , 10 miles away from the city proper. It was destroyed by the foreign invaders in 1860 and was rebuilt in 1888. Covering an area of 290 hectares, it has a large number of buildings. It would take you more than three days to visit them all, so it is recommended that you choose spots selectively.
   
   
   
 
       
       
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