The celestial city
The bustling city of Beijing (also known as Peking) is not only the 2nd largest city in China; it is from here that you can visit the Great Wall of China. Stretching over 4,000 miles, and at one time guarded by one million men, the Great Wall is aptly named and quite the sight to behold.
At 100 acres, Tianamen Square is the world's largest public space. Your gateway to the Forbidden City, it is named for the Gate of Heavenly Peace and has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.
The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—nearly 500 years. The complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 hectares. It was home to China's Sons of Heaven and now includes the Palace Museum.
This imperial garden northwest of Beijing played an intimate role in China's imperial history. Take a dragon boat across Kunming Lake and see the Marble Boat, a sculpture made from funds intended for the Chinese navy at the end of the Qing dynasty.