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Beijing Travel

Capital of the People’s Republic, Beijing is China’s political, economic and cultural centre. With an awesome history, Beijing was established in 1045 BC and for 800 years served as the capital of several dynasties.

Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and where Chairman Mao proclaimed the People’s Republic in 1949, is the city’s heart. The square plays hosts to Chairman Mao’s great mausoleum, various stoic monuments and is a popular gathering place for people out strolling, flying kites and eating ice creams. Dissecting it from the Forbidden City is Chang’an Avenue, the main centre thoroughfare. Staring out across Tiananmen from above the Gate of Heavenly Peace is the famous Technicolour portrait of Mao. It is through these gates that one can enter the Forbidden City. Built between 1406 and 1420, it served as the imperial palace for the Ming and Qing dynasties and is said to contain 9,999 rooms. Residence of the emperors and focal point of the empire, entry was forbidden to all those except on imperial business until 1911 when the last emperor, Puyi, was overthrown. The 720,000 sq m concoction is dominated by vast gates, temples, halls and palaces replete with imperial yellow tiled roofs and surrounded by a protective moat.

Beyond the city is the Summer Palace. A preserve of the emperors seeking respite from the summer heat, the Summer Palace is set around beautiful Kunming Lake.

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SEE ALSO: Nearby site of interest - Beijing Acrobats ; Beijing Hutongs ; Great Wall & Ming Tombs

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