About Beijing Attractions
Beijing is like a taller London or a more ancient New York or an impossible houseshare between Empress Cixi, Chairman Mao and Zhang Ziyi. Everything in the city of 20 million is a funky fusion of old and new – imperial history, Communist trademarks and weird futuristic-looking tower blocks can be captured within one camera shot.
The city's tourist attractions are the lasting emblems of China to the outside world. To many visitors, it's a dream come true to hike up the formidable Great Wall, stroll around the majestic Forbidden City or feast on a crispy Peking roast duck.
However, the modern side of the city also provides endless possibilities of oohhs and aahhs. Swim some laps in the glitzy Olympics Aquatic Center, explore the out-of-this-world Beijing architecure (the office building for China Central Television shapes like a pair of pants and the National Centre of Performing Arts looks like half an egg floating on water) or crane your neck under Asia's largest LED billboard, the 250-meter-long 30-meter-wide flashy screen at The Palace shopping complex.
About Tracy You Xiaoying
Tracy You Xiaoying is a bilingual journalist based in the United Kingdom. She writes culture, travel and lifestyle articles about China and Britain in English and Chinese.
A born-and-bred Shanghainese girl, she was the China Editor for CNN Travel (formerly CNNGo) before leaving China’s mega city in early 2013 for an adventure of life.
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