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Beijing is an enormous municipality abundant in culture, beautiful landscapes, history and fine cuisine.

The first sight is one of a sprawling city, dotted with towering buildings with only, the giant, red Chinese characters atop to show visitors they have arrived in China. And this is when it becomes important to look closer and find out what Beijing has to offer. The real gems in this city are the low-rising, narrow alleyways, known as Hutongs, which give you an exciting glimpse into the local culture and history. Strolling into a hutong, with its grey brick walls and upturned ‘artichoke-leaf’ roofs, you disappear into Beijing of old. The tall, noisy city melts away and is replaced by sleepy seniors sitting and watching the world around them, people nattering away, going about their daily business and the curious and delicious smells of truly, authentic restaurants. It is a view of old Beijing before modernization, and represents the continuation of a centuries old lifestyle.

Leaving the hidden hutongs and heading out around the corner, Giant China reveals itself again in all its grandeur. The vast Tiananmen Square feels massive after the confines of the hutongs. Walking North, with Mao’s Mausoleum behind, leads to the great Forbidden City, the high-walled home of China’s emperors from the Ming/Qing era. Modern and Ancient China live side by side and the latter always provides an escape from the loud bustle of the city. The Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, and its expansive lake, Jingshan Park behind the Forbidden City; these are all refuges once exclusive to the emperors and their entourage.

The nightlife is great too. Around Houhai Lake and down Nanluoguxiang Street, the locals are preparing for their evening out. The area is positively buzzing with singers performing their numbers, street hawkers selling their wares, and friends enjoying drinks. There is even a craft beer scene growing in Beijing! For evening entertainment, the Chaoyang Acrobat Show and The Legend of Kung Fu are must-sees.

The city itself is full of great sites and there is even more on offer outside the urban area. The marvelous Great Wall, a site that comes to mind first when thinking of China, has many different segments which all merit separate visits. The Ming Tombs offer a great insight into the history of the Ming dynasty. So too does Cuandixia, a preserved ancient town out to the West of the main city. Not only are these sites interesting in an anthropological sense, but also in a geographical one, with tremendous landscapes including mountains, valleys and forests used as natural barriers of defense.

Beijing is much more than a just a big capital and we want to help you explore it with all your senses.
When to visit
Beijing has a climate similar to Washington DC. It is cold in the winter with occasional snow. April, May and June are pleasant and there are flowering trees which can be especially picturesque in May. July and August, while still good can be hot. September and October are again pleasant, green and a popular time to visit. November is still nice with a fall feel in the air. December through March are winter months, a good time to go up to Harbin for the Ice Festival or go skating in Beijing's city parks.
Nightlife
For unique entertainment we recommend the Chaoyang Acrobat Show or The Legend of Kung Fu. We can add these in as part of your itinerary. An evening walk around Houhai Lake or Nanluoguxiang is a great way to enjoy the old part of the city.

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