Capital of China since the 13C, Beijing is the showcase of the country's power and world influence. From the Forbidden City to the recent Olympic infrastructure, pomp and excess are its architectural hallmarks. Beijing is beyond all comprehension - any sighting of a slice of traditional China, as you stroll about the parks or hutong, is immediately followed by some extreme expression of modernity. Beijing is a shock to the system that delights travellers hungry for new experiences.
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