is a city located in the northern part of the Republic of China
. It serves as the capital city of the Republic of China and is the most populated city in China. Beijing is one of the world's most superior hubs in the education, technology, politics, and innovation fields, thus a renowned global city. The history of Beijing dates as back as three millenniums. It is the mix of modernity and ancient architecture in equal measures that make it an excellent spot for tourists across the world.
The cityscape of Beijing is a perfect mix of old and modern. The iconic Forbidden City is one of the most attractive complexes that date back into history. Another such spot is the Imperial Palace that was especially famous during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Close by, in the large pedestrian plaza of the Tiananmen Square, visitors head into the National Museum of China and the Mao Zedong mausoleum to learn the history and culture of the people, from the displayed historical and cultural artifacts. In the 798 District, more galleries and artwork exhibitions can be accessed.
Another frequently visited place in Beijing is the Summer Palace. This spot is famous as the point of retreats for the ruling emperors. It has a beautiful setting complete with pavilion structures and beautifully planted gardens along the shores of Kunming Lake.
The iconic Temple of Heaven is a magnificent park that is decorated in color and pomp and set aside as the spot for the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. Both locals and visitors frequent the park to pay their respect and honor.
The great Beijing Olympic Park was built primarily to host the 2008 games. It encompasses modern features, and it remains beautiful in its long and striking promenade, a pleasant view that is appreciated by both locals and visitors. Close by, and the outstanding Beijing National Stadium is a majestic architecture known fondly as the "Bird's Nest" owing to its design of interlocking metal grids.
Shopping is memorable within the Back Lakes District. Visitors visit the area to make away with all kinds of beautiful and colorful Chinese fashion items. In this district, along with the old and narrow paths called "hutongs", there are lies and lines of food courts and cafes. Local dishes and other delicacies are served here.
A visit to Beijing is not complete without a beautiful excursion and hike on the section of the Great Wall of China that is close by. Tourists like to visit this place for stunning views of Beijing and the surroundings.
Beijing enjoys a humid continental climate that is influenced by the monsoons. The summers are typically hot and humid, and the winters dry, cold, and windy. Both seasons have their fair share of events and festivities, and tourists visit Beijing typically all year round.
The peak tourist period in Beijing is from June
, during which the city is free from both extremes of weather, the excess summer heat, and the icy winter chill. During summer, between June and September
, Beijing is extremely hot and humid, with the occasional monsoon rains. During winter, from December
, Beijing is cold and dry but tolerable as well.
One of the significant critical events in Beijing is the Chinese New Year. It is celebrated on varying dates in January
and February, and it sees Beijing close down businesses to attend to the festivities. It is marked with colorful decorations, feasting, and the culmination of it all is the fireworks event, which lights up the city with beautiful and artistic firework designs and shapes. Then there is the Huangyaguan Great Wall Marathon that is held on the Great Wall of China, attracting many participants and spectators from far and wide. Between September and October, the people of Beijing gather to celebrate the Chrysanthemum Festival amid the beauty of the plants to appreciate their efforts. Then, on varying dates in September and October, Beijing holds the Mid-autumn Moon Festival, which sees celebrations go on late into the evenings.