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Millennial wisdom: This is how one should describe Beijing and its roots. Get to know a city inside another city, with the wall used to defend Beijing from invasions, and know more about the mythical Mao Tse-Tung. These are the references of a metropolis ever more open to the future but which still preserves the essence of the past.

Right at the entrance of the Forbidden City, visited by thousands of tourists every year, there is a photograph of the mythical communist leader Mao Tse-Tung. A place filled with history and symbolism: this is where the former Head of the Chinese State turned his back to the Celestial Peace Square (Tiananmen Square), in 1949, and founded the People’s Republic of China. While walking along the temples, remember that these 720 thousand square metres were built in the 15th century by 100,000 artisans and one million workers. After the construction, they were never allowed to go back, since the Forbidden City was limited to high dignitaries of the Empire. Keep going to the mythical Celestial Peace Square, the largest worldwide, where you can find the mausoleum of the former communist leader. Afterwards, visit the National History and Revolution Museum and leave the city centre to live the unique experience of getting to know one of the World’s Seven Wonders: the Great Wall of China, one of the most-visited monuments in the East. At the top of the mountains, with breath-taking views, the wall was once used to defend the people from enemy attacks, and is nowadays used for more peaceful challenges such as the famous Great Wall Marathon (www.great-wall-marathon.com).

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