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Beijing is the capital of the most populous country in the world, the People's Republic of China, and also its second largest city after Shanghai. It was also the seat of the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors until the formation of a republic in 1911. Beijing is rich in historical sites and important government and cultural institutions.

Beijing Sights and Attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden city, Temple of Heaven, The National Stadium or Bird's Nest, Yonghegong (Lama Temple), Zhongshan Park, Beihai Park, Ming Tombs, Chaoyang Park, Ritan Park, Summer palace, Fragrant Hills, Botanical Garden, Great Wall and Hutongs.

2012 Beijing in Rain 2A worker walk his dog in Rain-formed street pool at Changyang Fangshan Beijing July 24th 2012.

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The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortifications in northern China, built originally to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intrusions by various nomadic groups. The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Nur in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia.

The Prince Gong's Mansion (pinyin: Gōng Wáng Fǔ) or Gong Wang Fu Museum is located in the western part of central Beijing, China, north of the Shichahai Lake. Consisting of large mansions in the typical siheyuan laylout and gardens, Prince Gong's Mansion is known as one of the most ornate and extravagant residence compounds in all of Beijing.

The Summer Palace or Yihe Yuan (pinyin: Yíhé Yuán; literally "Gardens of Nurtured Harmony") is a palace in Beijing, China. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill (60 meters high) and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. The central Kunming Lake covering 2.2 square kilometers was entirely man made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill. In the Summer Palace, one finds a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures.

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms and covers 720,000 m2 (7,800,000 sq ft). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven (pinyin: Tiāntán; Manchu: Abkai mukdehun) is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It is regarded as a Taoist temple, although Chinese Heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, pre-dates Taoism.

The Beijing Central Business District, or Beijing CBD, is the primary area of finance, media, and business services in Beijing, China. Beijing CBD occupies 3.99 km2 of the Chaoyang District on the east side of the city.

As Beijing is becoming one of the most important international financial centers in China, Beijing CBD was recently positioned as the secondary core area in Beijing's International Financial Center Development strategic plan published in May, 2008.

The Beijing CBD has attracted 117 Fortune 500 businesses in the financial, media, information technology, consulting and service industries. More than 60 percent of overseas-funded companies in Beijing are in the CBD. A majority of foreign embassies in Beijing - the No 1, No 2 and No 3 embassy districts are now concentrated in the Beijing CBD and its neighboring areas.

Beihai Park is an imperial garden to the northwest of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Built in the 10th century, it is amongst the largest of Chinese gardens, and contains numerous historically important structures, palaces and temples.

The Park has an area of more than 69 hectares, with a lake that covers more than half of the entire Park. The Beihai Park, as with many of Chinese imperial gardens, was built to imitate renowned scenic spots and architecture from various regions of China; the taihu lake, the elaborate pavilions and canals in Hangzhou and Yangzhou, the delicate garden structures in Suzhou and others all served as inspirations for the design of the numerous sites in this imperial garden.

The Temple of the Earth in Beijing, China, is located in the northern part of central Beijing, around the Andingmen area and just outside of Beijing's second ring road. It is also located just a few hundred yards north of Yonghe Temple. At 42.7 hectares, it is the second largest of the four Temples of Beijing behind only the Temple of Heaven.

It was built in 1530 during the Ming dynasty. Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasty dynasties would attend the annual summer solstice ritual of offerings to the heaven.

Directly opposite it, at the other side of the city, is the Temple of Heaven in Chongwenmen, southern urban Beijing.

Sanlitun is an area of the Chaoyang District, containing many popular bar streets and international stores.

It has been under almost constant regeneration since the late 20th century as part of a city-wide project of economic regrown. It currently houses many bars and clubs popular with both expatriates and locals.

798 Art Zone, or Dashanzi Art District, is a part of Dashanzi in the Chaoyang District of Beijing that houses a thriving artistic community, among 50-year old decommissioned military factory buildings of unique architectural style. It is often compared with New York's Greenwich Village or SoHo.

The area is often called the 798 Art District or Factory 798 although technically, Factory #798 is only one of several structures within a complex formerly known as Joint Factory 718.

Tian'anmen Square is the large plaza near the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history.

The Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world (440,000 m² - 880 m by 500 m) . The square lies between two ancient, massive gates: the Tian'anmen to the north and the Zhengyangmen, better known as Qianmen to the south. Chang'an Avenue, which is used for parades, lies between the Tian'anmen and the Square.

Happy Valley Beijing is an amusement park which is located in the east of Beijing, opened in July, 2006. It is one of four theme parks in the brand chain; the other three Happy Valley theme parks located in the city of Chengdu, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. Similar in style with the Disneyland Park, Happy Valley Beijing also featured distinctive landscapes and themes throughout the resort along with featured rides within the different themes. In total there are more than 40 rides, 10 of which are extreme rides, an IMAX theater with seven screens as well as a shopping complex.

Beijing Happy Valley is composed of six theme parks, including Firth Forest at the entrance to the park. It also acts as a dividing portal for visitors to enter Atlantis, Ant Kingdom or Aegean Sea areas.

Nanluogu Xiang (South Gong and Drum Lane, Nanluogu Alley) is among one of the oldest hutongs around and has a history of over 800 years. This 800-meter long North-South alleyway is filled with bars, cafes, restaurants, artsy little shops, souvenir shops and cute boutiques. It's worth to spend an hour or two walking through the little alley ways and hutongs around it.

Location: Nanluoguxiang is situated at Beijing’s Dongcheng District, near the Drum Tower with its northern end at Gulou Dongdajie (Drum Tower East Street, 鼓楼东大街) (Walk East along Guloudong Dajie about 10-15min past the Drum Tower and look out for the street sign pointing the way to the hutong on your right-hand side.) and the southern end of Nanluogu xiang can be found at Di’ anmen Dongdajie (地安门东大街).

The Beijing Olympic Park has an area of 680 hectares and was built between 2003 and 2008. It is at the north end of Beijing’s central axis, inviting comparison with the projection of the Grand Axis in Paris beyond La Defense. In accordance with traditional feng shui practice, this involved a hill at the north and a lake to the south. The hills, woods and water concept is however along the lines of China’s imperial parks.

SOHO China’s Galaxy SOHO is a large development comprising a compelling mix of office and retail space. With a total gross floor area of 328,204 square meters, the development is located on a 50,000 square meters lot in central Beijing. The gracefully merging dynamic form of the architectural complex creates a fluid and continuous internal space while establishing a striking and monumental presence along Beijing’s East 2nd Ring Road.

SOHO China is honored to entrust the leading design firm, Pritzker Prize winning Zaha Hadid Architects, to lend their design concept to this development. The Laureate Pritzker Prize has been considered the "Nobel Prize" of architecture.

Yu Weiwei was crowned Miss World China 2013 at the Galaxy Soho in Beijing on July 14, 2013.

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