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With a population of over 20 million people, Beijing is a constant hive of activity. A cultural and political powerhouse, several of the world’s largest corporations call the city home, as well as hosting 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

With so many attractions to see, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed so why not start with ‘The Big Four’; The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven.

Built during the Ming Dynasty, the Forbidden City is the world’s largest collection of ancient wooden structures and is still as opulent and lavish as the day it was built. Spend a day or two roaming the city, admiring the imperial palace before heading back to experience Beijing’s stunning nightlife.

The iconic Great Wall is an absolute must see for everyone, snaking through Beijing it served to protect China from invasions as far back as the 7th century. Over time the wall has been added to, and most still stands today. Try to avoid the crowds by using a local tour guide and aim for a sunny day so you can really appreciate the views.

For all art lovers be sure to visit the 798 Art District, housed in a decommissioned military building it contains some of the most celebrated Chinese and international artists throughout history. Special evenings will be had at the awe inspiring Chinese acrobatic shows or bathe in the serenity of The Beijing Opera, before feasting on the local cuisine.

Dining is a major part of Chinese culture and the cuisine has many influences. Embrace the traditions and head down to Ghost Street, 1.4km of cafes and restaurants offering everything from spicy seafood to Mongolian hotpot. The area is open 24 hours a day and is particularly thriving on a Friday and Saturday night.

Beijing has so much to offer it’s easy to see why it’s at the top of most travellers go to places. With a city so large, the easiest way to get around is public transport, so sharpen your elbows if you plan on travelling during peak times!

The rich culture, incredible history, mouth watering cuisine and a selfie on the Great Wall of China needs to be experienced firsthand. Book with Leeds Bradford® today and start planning your Chinese adventure.

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