Beijing is China’s second largest city, after Shanghai. It is a city of ancient secrets and fascinating traditions. It was settled in the year 470 BC and is located on the tip of the north china plain. Beijing is known for the location of the Great Wall Of China and for hosting the 2008 Olympic games. The city is soroundered by mountains and has a large number spectacular landmarks, historical monuments, and natural features.
A popular tourist destination is The Temple of Heaven, built in 1420 AD and still stands today. It is enclosed with long walls, keeping out evil spirits. Beautifully painted posts represent months of the year, seasons, emperors and their dynasties, and of course, good deeds.
Even older is The Great Wall of China. It was built over 2,000 years ago, by Qin Shi Huangdi, (the first emperor of China during the Qin Dynasty). It was built for protection and is on average, around 7.5 meters tall. It is probably China’s most popular landmark. A Chinese citizen is not highly regarded if they haven’t visited the wall. It serves as an emotional and spiritual dwelling place for citizens, while tourists are taken by the simplistic ancient beauty of that great wall.
Beijing, being the capital of China is the hot spot for international trade and politics. It as an area of just a little over 16,410 square kilometers and has a population of around 14.93 million people.
Although Beijing is a fascinating place to visit, some people are saying that although China is growing prosperous, the citizens are not becoming happier. There are now huge issues with human rights and pollution. In fact, this year these issues became so huge that Australia seriously considered boycotting the Olympic games. Australians have been concerned by the death penalty being used on those who have not being giving a fair trial. Some are concerned about refusing to allow Tibet to become independent. The pollution is really getting out...