Beijing, a majestic city with imperial history
This is a city of emperors, dragons and palaces. But also of ultra-modern shopping centres and the futuristic Olympic Park. Book a flight to Beijing and immerse yourself in this Chinese metropolis! Walk among the traditional temples and sample delicious and authentic Chinese cuisine. Just outside the capital you will find one of the highlights of a visit to China: the famous Great Wall.
Powerful emperors and historic hutongs
Located on the edge of vast Tiananmen square, the Forbidden City is one of the most important remnants from China's imperial era. Golden lions, red walls and traditional Chinese roofs form the decor of Beijing's most visited attractions. Another unique attraction are the historic hutongs; walled neighbourhoods with small houses and narrow lanes that surround communal courtyards. Beijing is the ideal destination for a city trip or the starting point for a longer vacation in China. Treat yourself: book a flight to Beijing now!
Porcelain from the Mao era
Shopping is a favourite Chinese pastime. Beijing offers almost endless shopping opportunities. The Sanlitun Village is a young and trendy shopping area in the heart of Beijing's nightlife district. The Panjiayuan Markt has a more traditional vibe: this is one of the largest antique markets in the country. Hone your bargaining skills shopping for China from the Mao era, handmade furniture and antique jewellery.
Flights to Beijing for a unique city trip
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Obviously a metropolitan city such as Beijing has plenty of great places to shop, but there are always some locations that stand out. Take Wangfujing, for instance. As well as being the most famous shopping street in the city, it’s also the busiest. On an average weekday you’ll find hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters, while in the holiday season the number can reach to over a million.
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Tiananmen Square, also known as the Square of Heavenly Peace, in Beijing is filled with superlatives. This vast 880-metre-long and 500-metre-wide square can hold a million people and is the 4th largest square in the world. The Gate of Heavenly Peace, the Tiananmen Gate, provides access to the Forbidden City. Above the entrance hangs a portrait of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China.
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The Great Wall of China twists through deserts and plains, over mountains and plateaus like a Chinese dragon. The structure’s length is estimated at 8,852 kilometres. Not all parts of the Great Wall have been preserved in good condition and thousands of years of history have obviously left their mark. Beijing is a great starting point for a visit to both the restored and the more authentic segments of the Great Wall.
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The Chinese used to view the Forbidden City as the centre of the universe, and with good reason! While Europe was still stuck in the Middle Ages, Beijing saw a huge palace complex arise with thousands of alcoves, rooms and halls. Not only was the Imperial City forbidden to commoners, it was also invisible, hidden behind walls that were 8 metres thick and 10 metres high.
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