To visit silk market and pearl market, to taste Peking duck and Cindao beer, to see the Great Wall, finally - all this things only a Beijing tourist can do. Beijing is the Chinese name of Peking; it means "The northern capital". Today it is the big (more than 11mln people) and contemporary city, where skyscrapers, these monsters of concrete and glass, like guards, surround the monuments of the old times. Tourism industry is developed here quite well, so there are more than 150 hotels and 200 sights, waiting for Beijing tourists.
The Forbidden Palace, despite of the name, is the main sight of Peking, its other name - Gauguin. The usual enter to the former residence of the emperors is through the Gates of Heaven Calmness on Tiananmen square, one of the oldest and biggest squares in the world. Secondly, any Beijing tourist should visit palace-park ensemble Iheyuang, once been a summer imperial residence and park Beihai, both placed to the north-west from Peking.
Renowned the temple of Heaven, the temple of Confucius, the Lama monastery Yunhegun - the list of sacred places of Peking is long, but these temples are the most popular ones among the tourists. The part of the Great Chinese Wall Badalin is only in 60 km from Peking, and not to subjugate its top - to visit China for nothing. In addition, the tombs of Min dynasty are not far from it.
The Tower of Bell and the Tower of Drum have an interesting story. Located opposite each other, since 1420 they played the role of clocks: every two hours you could hear from the distance of 20km the ring of the bell at daylight and clatter of drum at nighttime. The contemporary appearance of towers was given to them in 1747 and 1800.
Nearby the Tower of Drum the oldest streets of Beijing - hutongs stretch. Their existence was begun in the times of Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). Walking these, streets, the usual picture you see - the solid wall of one-storied houses with inner yards, and no single window is looks towards the street. Such houses are called siheyuan. Nowadays, blocks of hutongs is declared as the protected zone, but Beijing tourists always can visit Liulichang Street in the south of the city. This curious street is famous for its age and uncountable number of antiquity shops and souvenir stores. By the way, the word Liulichang means glaze workshop. When you finally managed to stop staring at wonderful things in the shops of Liulichang Street, you can go to 1790meters Wanfgfujing Street - it is the main trade street of Beijing. The Chinese Gallery of Arts, an excursion to a silk factory and the Beijing zoo also can diversify your holidays in China .
Delicious China cuisine is the inalienable part of your Beijing vacations as well, and some cafes offer an interesting service - you receive a small pan, an oil-stove and sliced meat and vegetables, and then you can boil it by yourself and then eat the cooked dish. Very interesting.
In conclusion, here is a list of best Beijing hotels:
Beijing Marriott Hotel West - 5*
China World - 5*
Grand Hotel Beijing - 5*
Crowne Plaza Hotel - 5*
Great Wall Sheraton - 5*
Hilton - 5*
Kerry Centre - 5*
Shangri-La - 5*Swissotel - 5*
Wangfujing Grand Hotel - 5*
Capital Hotel - 4*
Cvik - 4*
Gloria Plaza Hotel - 4*.