Beijing Travel Guide
General Introduction to Beijing
Beijing is the capital of The People's Republic of China, and political, cultural, domestic and international exchange center, one of the largest well-known historical and cultural cities and ancient capitals. As early as 700,000 years ago, there appeared primitive community "Peking Man" in Zhoukoudian of Beijing. Beijing's earliest recorded name is "Ji".
In 1045 B.C, Beijing became the capital of the Leud Kingdoms of Ji, Yan. From 221 B.C. that Emperor Qinshihuang unified the whole country till 937 A.D., Beijing was China's northen town of military importantance and capitals of local regimes all the time. In 938 the Liao Dynasty which unified the northern China took Beijing (called Yanjing at that time) as its alternate capital; thereafter, the dynasties of Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing all had taken Beijing as their capitals for over 650 years. With the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Beijing became the capital of the new China.
Beijing has long and hot Summer and Cold winter. The best time to visit Beijing is Spring and Autumn. Autumn is a high season for toring in Beijing and China.
As the capital of China, Beijing has sophisticated network of roads, railways, subways and airport. Foreign tourists usually take taxi to the place they want to visit. If you are familiar with the map of Beijing, you can take subway to visit the city. Beijing's subway is very convenient. The price is from 3RMB to 5RMB. Read More
There are hundreds of hotels in Beijing ranging from luxury five star hotels to the common hotels. You can search lots of hotels by the internet. Here China travel discovery only recommend only top ten hotels in Beijing. You can choose one of them. This hotel list is also the reference of tripadvisor.
Cuisines from many different cultures permeate the Beijing dining scene. With literally thousands of restaurants available, dining choices are practically unlimited. And the best part is that you can splurge at a fancy restaurant or dine supremely well (any much more cheaply) at any of the smaller family-run operations located all over the city.
There are hundreds of western restaurants and Chinese restaurants in Beijing providing the most traditional Chinese food and western food including Italian, French, Brazial and Russian food. Here is a list of the restaurants foreign tourists usually have a dinner.
Compared to Shanghai, Beijing's nightlife is not so high octane. Still, because of the city's huge population and the government's liberalisation (and realisation that there's money to be made from nightlife) many places rock till the early hours. The non-alcoholic beverage of choice is still tea but with no less than 45 branches of Starbucks in Beijing the café scene is one to be reckoned with. Oh yes, and the ubiquitous (at least in Asia) karaoke scene is alive and well.
As the capital city of the Five Dynasties of China, Beijing has a history of over thousands of years. It was known as a metropolis with developed businesses and a prosperous economy since ancient times. Many skillful craftsmen settled the area long ago, and passed down their excellent skills generation by generation. We can still find the traditional handcrafts with typical eastern features in the many business streets and markets. Cloisonné, Ivory Carving, Jade and Lacquer are known as the four best traditional handiworks of Beijing. In addition, Curios, Silk, Pearls, Snuff Bottles with Pictures Inside, and Artificial Flowers are also worth buying and well liked by tourists. Candied Fruits and confectionaries of all kinds will make your mouth water, and are wonderful presents for friends.
Here are a list of Beijing travel guide articles:
- When to Go Beijing
- Cost and Money
- Internet Resosurces
- History of Beijing
- Religion of Beijing
- Arts of Beijing
- Architecture of Beijing
- Language of Beijing