With incredible history and ever-accelerating modernity in equal measure, Beijing is constantly reinventing itself.
A city with no shortage of must-see sites, here you'll find the Unesco-listed Forbidden City which is home to an array of incredible ancient buildings; some of the most amazing temples and palaces you'll find on the planet, including The Summer Palace; and the symbolic Tian'anmen Square.
While the capital itself is packed with some of China’s most famous landmarks, and some of the best food around, it also provides an incredible gateway to the rest of the country’s cultural offerings.
Firmly within day-trip distance is the Great Wall of China - one of the planet's most instantly recognisable landmarks where you can lace up your hiking boots and walk it for yourself, taking in the majestic surroundings. It has to be seen to be believed.
One thing's for sure, if you're bound for Beijing you're guaranteed an adventure.