Born Global: Beijing
Constantly reimagining itself yet inextricably linked to its history-rich past, China's capital is as compelling as it is complex. It’s a place where sights from the time of emperors sit side-by-side with modern architecture; where pensioners who lived through the Cultural Revolution browse in shops alongside the country’s coolest, most creative youth. Its rapid rate of development to accommodate trade and tourism opportunities is astonishing, and there are few places on earth that can match the extraordinary historical panorama on display in Beijing; there are six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this city alone.
The expansive city isn’t just the political centre of China – it’s the cultural heart of the country too. The nation’s top artists, writers, movie-makers, and musicians congregate here, making it the place to check in with China’s ever-evolving cultural scene, making it a must for all-round art-ficionados.
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Make the move
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Things to do
Feeling hungry? Check out Li Qun restaurant if you want to try the tastiest peking duck. Phone ahead to order and your bird will be waiting when you arrive.
Feeling thirsty? LAN, a Phillipe Starck designed bar is a luxurious must. It has an eccentric mix of decor, an impressive wine list and the most extravagant toilets in Beijing. Don't miss it.
Top experiences and sites? Visit the Forbidden City, just off Tiananmen Square. With 8,700 rooms and 800 buildings, it is the former home of China’s royal family. Also dont miss out on cycling through the Hutong. It is the soul of beijing where you will see the most interesting street life.
Unique to this city? While Westerners spend their evenings in bars and pubs, karaoke rules for the Chinese. Whether it's to unwind after work, meet friends or celebrate, karaoke is always a good idea. Stop in at Partyworld for a sing along and some snacks.
Did you know?
- Beijing is one of the bicycle capitals of the world
- Beijing is home to the world’s largest wall - the Great Wall of China, an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture
- Beijing is the second largest city in China (Shanghai is #1)
- Beijing is the first city to host both the Summer and the Winter Olympics