Beijing Quick Facts
Beijing, previously known as Peking, is one of the oldest (more than 3,000 years old) and biggest cities in China. This is also the capital city of this country, where owns some of the best remnants of China’s imperial past.
This capital city boasts a great blend of old and new ranging from ancient traditions (Forbidden City, Great Wall of China & Temple of Heaven) to modern skyscrapers.
Beijing is home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Ming Tombs, Peking Man Site, the Forbidden City and the Grand Canal.
Being the 2nd largest city in China, Beijing has a rich history and deep cultural roots with a special collection of arts, fine cuisine and great architecture.
In 2018, Beijing had a population of around 21.5 million people in a total area of approximately 16,410.5 square kilometres (6,336.1 sq mi).