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Beijing: Welcome to the Enduring Charm of Communist Monumentality

Beijing is home to many enlightening features and locations. Visit the Forbidden City to get a glimpse of the ancient palatial living quarters turned into museums; go biking to see the hutong; walk along the Great Wall that separated China from the barbarian hordes; relax in the inspiring, huge Summer Palace or experience the cosmic harmonies in the temple of heaven; there’s a lot to do in Beijing. If you still have enough time, go to the Underground city, the planetarium, Natural History Museum or the Bell Tower. There are ample options for places to stay in Beijing. The Peninsula Palace (5 star), Prime Hotel (4 star), Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing (4 star), Novotel Peace Hotel (4 star) and Wangfujing Grand Hotel (4 star Hotel) in Dongcheng neighborhood; Renaissance Tianjin Hotel (4 star), Hyatt Regency (5 star) in the city center; Grand Hotel Beijing (4 star), Chongwenmen Hotel (Hotel) in Chongwen neighborhood are good options for decent accommodation. In Beijing neighborhood there are many budget hotels, such as Lian Sheng Hotel (2 star), Jing Yu Yuan (2 star), Qing Club (Hotel), Dongsi Super 8 Hotel (2 star) and Huitongge Apartment. Flights to Beijing are available from almost all major cities of the world. Air France, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airlines and Swissair operate regular Beijing flights from major cities across the world. The Beijing International Airport is the preferred airport to reach Beijing. Spring festival, Lantern festival, mid-autumn festival, international kite festival, dragon boat festival and Beijing festival are some of the interesting events to join in. The festival season runs all along the year and hence visiting Beijing is appropriate in any season. However, since the weather is monsoon controlled, the summers are humid and hot while the winters are cold and dry. The best time to visit Beijing is in September and October. Being the capital of the People’s Republic of China, it is one of the most populous cities and you’ll witness a culture inspired by belongingness in Beijing. Beijing maintains a highly conservative lifestyle but the nightlife is nonetheless very interesting. It is a lifetime achievement to visit Beijing.

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