Beijing

Heart of China’s contemporary and ancient culture

Epic adventures await wherever your travels take you in China. Tibet's wide panoramas inspire spirituality, Shanghai's throbbing cosmopolitanism inspires thought, and Beijing's imperial palaces inspire awe. Take a walk down Tiananmen Square, a historical site, surrounded by buildings with historical significance – the Museum of Chinese History, the Museum of Chinese Revolution, the Qianmen Gate and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.

Hone your negotiating skills at the many markets around the city and buy anything and everything at Xizhimen, Silk Street, Panjiayuan and Hong Qiao Market. Marvel at the breathtaking and intricate architecture of the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace Museum sits within the complex, and is one of the best-known museums in Asia. End your trip on an adventurous note by trying silkworms, scorpions and various exotic fares that are skewered on a stick and grilled to order.