Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It is the world’s most populous national capital city, with over 21 million residents within an administrative area of 16,410.5 km2. It is located in Northern China. The city known as much for modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Nearby, the massive Tiananmen Square pedestrian plaza is the site of Mao Zedong’s mausoleum and the National Museum of China, displaying a vast collection of cultural relics.
Beijing is home to the headquarters of most of China’s largest state-owned companies and houses the largest number of Fortune Global 500 companies in the world, as well as the world’s four biggest financial institutions by total assets. It is the “billionaire capital of the world” with the highest number of billionaires living in the city. The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, parks, gardens, tombs, walls and gates. It has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, Zhoukoudian, and parts of the Great Wall and the Grand Canal.
Combining both modern and traditional style architectures, Beijing is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a rich history dating back three millennia. The Palace Museum and the Forbidden City, The Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, Beihai Park, The Temple of Heaven, The Summer Palace, The Lama Temple (Yonghe), Beijing Capital Museum & the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing Ancient Observatory, The Fayuan Temple, Coal Hill Park (Jingshan), The Beijing Temple of Confucius, Beijing Zoo, The Old Summer Palace at Yuanmingyuan Park and National Museum of China are the top listed tourist visited placed in Beijing.