Beijing, between tradition and modernity

Beijing, the grand capital of China, has an interesting mix of tradition and modernity.

The skyscrapers and infrastructure built for the Olympics in 2008 (including the stadium called the Bird’s Nest) are now part of the urban landscape, and the city is developing at a lightning speed.

Though the new developments are fast making it a modern city, Beijing still has many places that remind visitors about the several dynasties of emperors and showcases the city’s artistic traditions.

The magnificent Summer Palace and Forbidden City,¬†along with many temples, pagodas and Chinese gardens, are all part of the city. Early risers can see people doing their tai chi exercises, practiced daily in parks. Night owls, in turn, can attend a performance at the Peking Opera. Not to mention the Great Wall of China, only a few hour’s drive from the capital .

In this vast city of more than 16,000 square kilometers, inhabited by some 17 million people, traditional neighborhoods, the hutongs, still remain untouched by the demands of urban development. Do not miss a stroll in the plots of Beijing from another era …

Tiananmen Square, Mao Zedong’s creation, states that despite the country’s burgeoning economy, China is still a communist country. By introducing a “market socialism”, it has enabled the development of modern shopping streets, with shopping malls and many fast-food chains… Yes, the Chinese capital is paradoxical! Beijing is renowned for the diversity and quality of its cuisine. And from its famous Peking duck to delicious dim sums, the city promises endless culinary delights.

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