Beijing City View
Beijing is located at 3956'N and 11620' E, covers an area of 16,808 square kilometers, Two-thirds of it are mountains areas encircling the western northern and eastern sides of the city. The center of the city is 43.71 meters above the sea level. Main rivers include the Yongding River, the Chaobai River and the North Canal.
Beijing, including the urban and the suburban areas and the nine counties under its administration, is located in the northeastern corner of China, roughly the same latitude as New York City. Beijing municipality has a total area of 16,800 sq km (6552 sq mi). roughly the size of Belgium.
Beijing has 10.6 million permanent residents and over 3 million transient populations.
The permanent residents of Beijing come from all of China's 56 ethnic groups. The Han nationality accounts for 96.5% of the total. The other 55 ethnic minorities claim a population of more than 300,000, most of them are from Hui, Manchu, and Mongolian nationalities.
Though it may not appear so in the shambles of arrival, Beijing is a place of very orderly design. Long, straight boulevards and avenues are crisscrossed by a network of lanes. Scenic spots are either very easy to find if they're on the avenues, or impossible to find if they're buried down the narrow alleys (hutongs).
Encircling central Beijing today are a First Ring Road, a Second Ring Road, a Third Ring Road and a Fourth Ring Road, as well as a fifth one is to begin.
There are ten districts and eight counties under the jurisdictive of Beijing. The ten districts are Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chongwen, Xuanwu,Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai, Shijingshan, Mentougou and Fangshan Districts and eight counties are Changping.Shunyi, Tongxian, Daxing, Pingnu, Huairou,Miyun and Yangqing counties.
The Forbidden City, at the center of the ancient city of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Today, the Forbidden City is a public museum and World Heritage site, attracting millions of tourists from around the world.
In this guide, we open the doors of the Forbidden City and tour inside this beautiful palace with its long 500 year history. The guide includes over 500 photographs of the Forbidden City and describes in detail all the main places of interest. It also presents a useful Forbidden City map.
The Great Wall of China was built mainly to protect the Chinese Empire from the Mongolians and other invaders. It was first built in the Seventh Century BC when China was still divided into many small states. The construction of the Great Wall never ceased during nearly all the Chinese fudal dynasties.
The Great Wall of China extends 4,000 miles (6,400 km) westward from the seaside town of Shanhaiguan to Gansu Province.
The majestic Great Wall was built with wisdom, dedication, blood, sweat and tears. It has been estimated that somewhere in the range of two to three million Chinese died as part of the centuries-long project of building the wall.
Nearly everyone has heard of the Great Wall of China. As one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China, The Great Wall is not just a wall, but a symbol of the bravery and wisdom of the Chinese people.