ZipTipz Beijing Travel Guide

The ancient heart of the People's Republic of China, Beijing literally means the northern capital. All aspects of Chinese life from commerce to culture to of course politics at some time or another must cross this rapidly modernizing city.

District Guide

Fortunately, there is order in the chaos. At the heart of Beijing lies the Forbidden City, around which run four concentric ring roads. The first of these is barely worth mention, but the second and third are essential for navigating around town. Finally, the fourth is useful for commuting to the...

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Historical Background

Beijing has a long and tumultuous past--archaeological evidence unearthed nearby indicates that the early hominids known as "Peking Man" inhabited the area some 500,000 years ago. Since then, the city has seen imperial dynasties come and go and has been witness to wars, rebellions, foreign...

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Where To Stay

For easy access to all of Beijing's attractions, shops, and restaurants, consider staying in the city's eastern district, Chao Yang, or central district, Dong Cheng. On the other hand, hotels in the northeast of the city, near the airport, are best for those with early flights or for those...

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Dining and Drinking

Beijing offers a bewilderingly wide choice when it comes to dining out. Not too long ago, foreign visitors were relegated to the Beijing Hotel as their only option. But how quickly times have changed! Restaurants open and close at the blink of an eye, and sometimes it is difficult to keep track...

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Recommended Tours

Without a doubt, the Great Wall is one of the most amazing structures ever built. Seen from a distance, the Wall is an awesome spectacle, snaking across the hills of northern China seemingly without end. It stretches from Shan Hai Guan Pass on the east coast of China to the Jia Yu Guan Pass in...

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Beijing , a metropolis in northern China, is the capital of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It was formerly known in English as Peking or Peiking . Beijing is also one of the four municipalities of the PRC, which are equivalent to provinces in China's administrative structure. Beijing Municipality borders Hebei Province to the north, west, south, and for a small section in the east, and Tianjin Municipality to the southeast.

Beijing is China's second largest city in terms of population, after Shanghai. It is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways entering and leaving it in all directions. It is also the focal point of many international flights to China. Beijing is recognized as the political, educational, and cultural center of the People's Republic of China, while Shanghai and Hong Kong predominate in economic fields.

Beijing is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. It will also host the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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