The charm of Beijing not only lies in its core place as the capital of China but also the rich and unique culture and history. As early as 500,000 years ago,ancient Peking Man lived at Zhoukoudian, which is now a town of Fangshan District of Beijing. It was one of China’s eight ancient capitals that served the ancient China for nearly 800 years. Since 938, Beijing started to serve as the capital city of China in Liao Dynasty, subsequently, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. The names of the city have gone by the names of Ji, Yanjing,Zhongdu, Dadu, etc and finally Beijing in the Ming Dynasty by Emperor ChengZu in 1421. Before 1949, Beijing was known as Peking by the Western world. After 1949, the city's name returned to Beijing, as it is known today.
Thus, the city has numerous places of historic interest and beautiful sceneries,most of which are world wonders, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Beijing people are very hospital and welcome travelers from all over the world under the slogan ‘One World, one Dream’.As a celebrated international tourist center, Beijing is filled with spots of historical importance, from the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, to old mansions, religious shrines, and traditional hutong alleyways. Classical architecture is gracefully blended with modern structures. The old and new live alongside in peaceful harmony. More importance is placed on greenery and parks, trees, and flowers beautify the city. Whether you enjoy art, history, entertainment, or nightlife, Beijing is a must-see destination with Spring andAutumn being the best seasons for traveling in Beijing.