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Beijing

The country’s historical capital, located in the north, dates back to over 3000 years and, as the last of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, is renowned for being the nation’s political, economic, educational and cultural headquarters, offering a ceaseless amount of attractions, dining, shopping and nightlife. Modern developments are juxtaposed with the sublime visual aesthetics of ancient palaces, temples and tombs that decorate the Beijing landscape; those seeking culture are certain to marvel at the Forbidden City – built in 1420, it served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors, from whom special permission was required for those wishing to enter. Shoppers can revel in traditional oriental handcrafts with an abundance of skilled craftsman adorning the streets; or for a more contemporary shopping experience, Shin Kong Place is one of Beijing’s most luxurious outlets, with prestigious labels such as Gucci, Prada and Chanel on offer. And, of course, no itinerary is complete without visiting China’s Great Wall, with the capital’s segment being the most visited and most famous.

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