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Beijing

In Beijing, wide avenues are filled with thousands of people, bikes and cars. What was the world capital of sports in 2008, when it hosted the Olympic Games, now has more than ten million habitants. It is this city that “owns” the Great Wall of China: the only monument visible from space.

Beijing now has over ten million habitants and its millennial history is one of the most famous postcards for the city. In Mandarin, Beijing means Capital of the North, precisely the location it has in the Chinese territory. Mythical places like the Forbidden City, emperors’ palaces from the 15th century and the Great Wall of China, considered as one of the Seven Wonders (sole construction visible from outer space), turn this city into a place filled with mysteries you will want to find out. In 2008, it hosted the Olympic Games, an event which revolutionised the city, by opening its doors to tourism. Streets signs are now in English, as well as local language and residents have become used to the presence of visitors. Hutongs, old neighbourhoods in town, saw the development of large constructions and, in the wide avenues, the enormous flow of bikes had to give priority to car traffic. Still, traces from the past remain and peddlers continue to walk along the streets as if everything was still in the same place. Located between the mountain range of Taihang and Yanshan, Beijing was a warm and rainy climate in the summer and cold and dry in the winter.