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Beijing Part of the Places of a Lifetime series from Traveler magazine

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A city in the midst of reinventing itself and preparing to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing is a place of frenzied construction. New housing, new roads, and new sports venues seem to spring up overnight. At the same time, the capital of the People’s Republic of China remains an epicenter of tradition, with the treasures of nearly 2,000 years as the imperial capital still on view—in the famed Forbidden City and in the luxuriant pavilions and gardens of the Summer Palace. From the massive austerity of Tiananmen Square to the bustling new business and shopping districts that gleam as brightly as any in the West, Beijing is a city that intrigues, inspires, and rewards.

Read My Beijing by Peter Hessler

Best of Beijing

Photo: Hotel room Where to stay in Beijing, organized by price ranges.
Photo: Restaurant place setting Expert picks of the best restaurants in Beijing.
Photo: Martini glasses Stay out late at these great nightlife spots.
Photo: Man doing tai chi Concerts and acrobatic theater top this list of entertainment.
Photo: Forbidden city Don't miss these must-do Beijing sights.

Photo: Dragon boat Dragon boat racing is just one of Beijing's many festivals.

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