Think Beijing and you can be forgiven for thinking of the 2008 Olympic Games, its sporting endeavour and its breathtaking opening and closing ceremonies. But its Beijing’s fascinating past that makes it such a captivating capital city.
Wonder at the Great Wall, be awed by the magnificent Forbidden City, drink in the scenery from a boat on the Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace, or lose yourself down a narrow hutong. Beijing has been the political and cultural heart of China for centuries and has the monuments, parks and palaces to prove it. But it is also a cash-rich, modern city that has gone shopping mad, with new retail complexes springing up so fast it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all. A true combining of old and new.