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Post on: 2020-Jul-24 category: Chinese Culture views:299

One of the most exotic and beautiful places in the world, Beijing holds a lot of culture and heritage properly represented in is fanciful buildings, language, dressing and lifestyle. The city formerly known as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China and has dominated the north of China for many years. It is interesting to note that before settling on the name Beijing in  1403, the city was known by different names. Some of which are Jicheng (‘City of Ji’), Yanjing (Capital of Yan’), Nanjing (‘Southern Capital’), Zhongdu (‘Central Capital’); Beijing was the 16th name given.

The history of Beijing dates back as far as 3,000 years ago making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Beijing boasts of historical sites  such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. As one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, Beijing has a heritage of the Peking man, fossils which can be seen at Zhoukoudian really exemplify the whole existence of the ancient city.

The ancient city of Beijing has also been the capital of six notable Chinese governments. For over 700 years, China has been ruled from Beijing. This is probably why there are a lot of historical sites to explore in the city. Furthermore, the city is home to Seven UNESCO World heritage site : The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven, The Ming Tombs, Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, and The Grand Canal.

Beijing is the second largest city in China of almost 22.5 million. It has a wide range of architecture, arts, cuisine  and other cultural facets. These among other things make the city a cultural hub and one of the best places to visit in China. Beijing will also be the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics in 2008 and 2022 respectively. The best times to visit Beijing to avoid unnecessary hassles are April, May, September, October and November.


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