Beijing city life
As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing is rich in cultural attractions and any visitor can discover the unique and interesting history by simply exploring this amazing city. Start your journey from the historical heart of Beijing, with visiting the Forbidden City, the enormous palace that was the home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.Some of the major attractions in Beijing are:
- Temple of Heaven
- Summer Palace
- Tiananmen Square
- Ming Tombs
- The Grand Canal
- The Great Hall of the People
- The National Museum of China
- The Monument to the People's Heroes
- The Mausoleum of Mao Zedong
You can find so many other temples: the Temple of Earth (Ditan), while the Temple of the Sun (Ritan) and the Temple of the Moon (Yuetan) and museums: the National Art Museum of China, the Capital Museum, the Beijing Art Museum. Have long walks and relax through many gardens, like Beihai, Shichahai, Zhongnanhai, Jingshan, Zhongshan and Beijing Botanical Garden.
Go see a performance at the Beijing or Peking opera. In the evenings, you will have plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from. While in Beijing, you should try the famous Peking Roast Duck and the Fuling Jiabing, a traditional Beijing snack food, much like a pancake. Check out Nanluoguoxiang, Qianmen Dajie Pedestrian Street, Dashilan and Liulichang for quality shopping stores.Something that is not to be missed is the Great Wall of China, about an hour away by train
International atmosphere in Beijing
As anywhere in China, you won’t feel a multicultural environment, except for tourists and expats, the latter attracted by the highly growing foreign business and trade sector. The main ethnic communities living in Beijing are: Korean, Mongols and Tibetans.
In Beijing, you will experience hot and humid summers and cold, dry winters, due to the Siberian anticyclone. Autumn and spring are short seasons, with few rainfalls. The monthly daily average temperature in January is -3 °C (25 °F), while in July it is 26°C (79°F). The city is often surrounded with a widespread smog as a result to the heavy air pollution.