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Beijing, the endearing, famous and historical capital city of the peoples republic of China is without a doubt the one of the most important capital cities in the world, and was home to Emperors for centuries. Beijing is situated towards the north east corner of China and today thrives as the political and cultural capital of China as well as a centre of international commerce, tourism and activity. Undoubtedly Beijing is one of the fastest growing cities in the World with ever changing modern landmarks, blending seamlessly with the traditional.
The city is divided into 16 districts: Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chongwen, Xuanwu, Chaoyang, Haidian, Shijingshan, Fengtai, Shunyi, Changping, Mentougou, Tongzhou, Fangshan, Daxing, Huairou and Pinggu. The language in China is Mandarin Chinese but there is also a vast amount of local dialects including Cantonese, Hakka and Fukienese. The currency used in China is the Renminbi Yuan(RMBY) or Yuan (Y) known locally as kuai.
Citizens of most countries will require a visa to visit China, it is easy to get a Chinese visa from your home country, just go to the Chinese embassy and they will be more than happy to help you. If you're wishing to enter and exit the country more than once on your trip you will require a multiple entry visa which will last you for three months. As well as this you must have a Passport which is valid for at least four to six months after your visa expiry date.
Beijing has thousands of years of history and has hundreds if not thousands, of historical, cultural, and ancient sites of great value, the city itself is a great historical museum with the Great Wall, one of the only man made structures that could be seen from Space, winding magnificently in the mountains, the imposing Forbidden City with its grandeur, the impressive Tiananmen Square, the temple of Heaven venerable and Solemn at the same time, the Summer Palace, Yuanming Palace and Beihai Park royal gardens as beautiful as pictures and stunning architecture. These places are very attractive and displays the charms of oriental cultures.
Beijing has a wide variety of places to eat from the usual Chinese restaurants dotted all over to International cuisines and Fast food outlets.
Nightlife was unknown to many people in Beijing (Peking)a few years ago, but now it is common for young people to go out in the evening to Cinema's, Bars, Restaurants and to party all night at clubs. Beijing has become an International city with thousands of foreign students studying in many Beijing Universities to visiting tourists, memorizes by this majestic city, it a good idea to learn a couple of simple Chinese phases to get by, but it is not the biggest worry as most Chinese young people speak basic English and are improving day by day.
Beijing is a city with big ideas and ambitions from hosting the 2008 Olympics, to many other grand projects planed.
Beijing has a wide variety of accommodation from 5 Star Luxury Hotels, Private apartments, Lodgings to Discount Hotels, Hostels, Youth Hostels, Backpackers Hostels and Budget accommodation. One thing you must do, is book your accommodation before you travel the easiest way is to book online to get the best deals.
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