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The sprawling capital of China is knee-deep in history and is teaming with interesting things to gawk at, explore or poke around on.
You can admire sections the magnificent Great Wall of China right from your hotel room (check in Commune by the Great Wall), or have a bite of the curious dumplings and pancakes cooked by jolly aunties right by the street. You'll witness the grandeur of the imperial palace, praying sites and necropolis that had inspired numerous Chinese emperors or the liveliness in the buzzing maze of hutong alleyways, a lifestyle that's fast disappearing in modern China.
The Great Wall of China is the most astonishing site of all attractions. The wall itself was a symbol of power and might and represents the amazing organizational skills of the emperor's architects. You can visit the Wall either at the more touristy sections (Badaling, Juyongguan, Simatai and Mutianyu), or the unrestored wild sections off the beaten path (Huanghuacheng, Gubeikou, Jiankou).
The Forbidden City is also an astonishing feat of engineering. It was home to China's last 24 emperors during Ming and Qing Dynasty as they struggled from bad times to good and back again. Although the palace has been restored, you can see the magnificence it must have inspired in ancient eras. The Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, likewise, inspire awe and wonder and lead any tourist to ponder the future world order when gazing at the organization of the Chinese past.