Trip 8: CHINA HOLIDAY in 2011 … 13th October: Beijing Generally

Beijing, China’s sprawling capital, has history stretching back 3 millennia. Yet it’s known as much for modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Nearby, the massive Tiananmen Square pedestrian plaza is the site of Mao Zedong’s mausoleum and the National Museum of China, displaying a vast collection of cultural relics.

Being capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing is the nation’s political, economic, and cultural center. Located in north China, close to the port city of Tianjin and partially surrounded by Hebei Province, it also serves as the most important transportation hub and port of entry.

As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore the city’s ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, with about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4.4 million international visitors in a year.

China, officially the People’s Republic of China, is a country in East Asia and the world’s most populous country, with a population of around 1.344 billion (2011). Covering approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers, it is the third or fourth largest country by total area. Wikipedia The population of China 1.404.

The population of Beijing is 21.54 million people.

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Shiny new office blocks where some of the 21.54 million people in Beijing work. In later days we flew down to Shanghai city which is the financial city of China. Shanghai city has a population of 25 million people and that ids the whole population of Australia where Harriet and I come from. Australia is a big country !!

Apartments blocks where some of the 21.54 million people in Beijing live.

Some of the 21.54 million people in Beijing out on the street.

Some more (and below) Apartments blocks where some of the 21.54 million people in Beijing live and go to work along freeways through the city.

One of the four rivers through Beijing.