Beijing, also referred to as ‘jing’, the capital of the People’s Republic of China and one of the four municipalities directly under the central government.
China’s political, economic, cultural, scientific research, education and international communication centre. By the end of 2017, Beijing had a permanent resident population of 22 million. It is also China’s major air and land traffic hub. In 2008, Beijing successfully hosted the 29th Olympic Games.
With a history of more than 3,000 years and a capital history of more than 850 years, Beijing is one of the cities with the most cultural heritage in the world. The Encyclopaedia Britannica describes Beijing as ‘one of the greatest cities in the world’.
Today, Beijing has developed into a modern metropolis. Peking University, Tsinghua University, Chinese Academy of Sciences and other education and scientific research institutions are located in central Beijing. The Financial Street is the home to China’s financial regulators and the financial industry. Beijing’s central business district is a symbol of Beijing’s economy. 798 Art District is a world-famous contemporary art centre.
In addition, Chinese National Grand Theatre, Beijing international airport, China Central Television headquarters, the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, Beijing National Aquatics Centre, China Zun and many other modern architectures have become Beijing’s new symbols.
Beijing has become one of the most popular tourist destinations and there are more than 294 million people travelling to Beijing every year.