China's metropolitan powerhouse is simultaneously ancient and ultra-modern.
Rooted in 3,000 years of history, but with its gaze fixed on the future, Beijing is a rare example of a truly world-class city. More than 20 million people live, work and play in this city – converging daily on public spaces such as Tiananmen Square, chic shopping malls and open-air markets. This is a city of grand architecture, from the magnificent Forbidden City to the cutting-edge office high-rises that populate the skyline. Winding alleyways (huton) feed into Beijing’s main thoroughfares, framing Chinese opera houses, traditional restaurants, ancient Confucian temples and more places to eat and drink than you could visit in a lifetime.