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As the capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's political, economic, cultural and educational center as well as being the most important center in China for international trade and communications. It has been the heart and soul of politics and society since the Warring States Period. Among the unequalled cultural treasures are the magnificent Forbidden City, the Beihai Park and the Summer Palace. Detailed information about Beijing Travel Guide

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The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, is a landmark of Beijing. Located on the central axis of the city, the Forbidden City was once the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911). As the largest and the most complete ancient architectural complex, it is recommended as a must see for every tourist to China.

Ming Tombs are the Imperial Mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty  (1368 - 1644).  The layout and arrangement of  thirteen tombs are very similar but vary in size and structures.
The Summer Palace features a famous imperial garden, much favored by the Empress Dowager Cixi of the late Qing Dynasty (before 1911). This extravagant empress spent a fortune enhancing the splendor of the Summer Palace. Without doubt, the magnificence of this garden is admired by all who visit it.
Temple of Heaven is the largest group of structures in the country dedicated to rituals that pay homage to the glory of heaven. The temple was built for worship of heaven and prayer for good harvest during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The Tian'anmen Square is the world's largest square. Notable features are Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People and Mao Zedong Memorial Hall.

A Hutong is a typical lane or small street in China, originated in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). A Beijing Hutong tour will give travelers a real taste of old culture of the city.
 Hutong Tour           Shichahai     
 Skewed Tabacco Pouch Street           
 South Gong and Drum Lane
 Colored Glaze Factory Culture Street

Beijing is not only a historical city for sightseeing, but also a modern metropolis with high buildings and large mansions. Besides, some ancient streets may serve both for traffic and shopping venues.
 Chang'an Avenue           Dashilar   
 Qianmen Street              Wangfujing Street

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