Beijing, the home of the 2008 summer Olympics is a metropolis in northern China and the capital of the People’s Republic of China. This is the second largest city in China and a major transportation hub with railways, roads and motorways. Beijing is considered the cultural, educational and political center of the People’s Republic of China.

This elaborate city has played a very important role in China’s history for centuries. There is hardly a building to be found in Beijing that doesn’t have some sort of national historical significance. The city’s art and universities have made it a center of culture and art in China. Beijing is highly regarded for its palaces, temples and huge stone walls and gates.

One of the greatest wonders of the world, designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987, The Great Wall of China, runs through Beijing at the Badaling section of the wall. This great wall passes through grasslands, mountains, deserts and plateaus stretching a little over four thousand miles from east to west China. Other sites worth a look are the largest urban square in the world, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, built in 1406, which is the imperial palace complex located near the center of Beijing.

Other sites of interest include the Temple of Heaven; a marvelous architectural structure, the Sacred Way where 24 stone animal and 12 human statues reside and the unique Ming Tomb, which is very different from other tombs in the Tan and Sang dynasties.