Beijing: where illustrious history and modern ambition mingles
Discover the capital of China on a Beijing holiday. The city, which lies between the Bai He and the Yongding He rivers, is partly encircled by mountains and crowned majestically by the eastern section of the Great Wall of China.
Beijing has been the political and cultural heart of China for centuries and your Beijing tour will reveal the monuments, parks and palaces to prove it. Beijing is a city rich in both ancient and recent history. Tiananmen Gate, or the Gate of Heavenly Peace, leads into Tiananmen Square, where in 1989 a student protest was violently suppressed by the army. The Forbidden City is where the Imperial Palace, or Gu Gong, can be explored. This opulent palace was built between 1406 and 1420 by the Ming emperor Yong Le.
Beijing is far from being all about history, however. Its strident contemporary art scene can be best discovered at the former industrial complex that doubles as Beijing's most active art enclave, Factory 798. Here you will find creative paintings, sculptures, installations and surreal performance art shows.
Like many of China’s most famed cities, Beijing offers visitors a glimpse into a world where illustrious history and modern ambition mingles. Let us help you experience this fascinating fusion.