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Plan Your Beijing Vacation

China's capital city is a vibrant jumble of neighborhoods and districts. Home to such ancient treasures as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, Beijing is constantly transforming itself with a building boom that never seems to end. Colorful markets stand toe-to-toe with ritzy shopping malls, and lively old hutongs (alleyway neighborhoods) stand in the shadow of glittering towers that dwarf their surroundings. Discovering today's Beijing is a fascinating journey between an ancient civilization and a brave new world.

When To Go

When to Go

The best time to visit Beijing is spring or early fall; the weather is better and crowds are a bit thinner. Book at least one month in advance...

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