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.
Born of the desire to protect Chinese territory from barbarian invasions, the Great Wall of China is unquestionably one of the most fascinating human creations in existence, with its 6,700 km stretching from the Yellow Sea in the east to the Gobi desert in the west.