OPIENTATION 2013

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GENERAL INFORMATION

A Short History of Beijing

Beijing is a glamorous city with a long history of more than 2,900 years. As China's political, cultural and educational center, Beijing is a rapidly developing metropolis longing for various exchanges with other countries in this increasingly globalizing world. Beijing is a hub of Chinese civilization and culture and boasts 7300 cultural relics and historic sites and more than 200 scenic spots. Traversing for several kilometers on lofty and rugged mountain ranges, the Great Wall is the only man-made structure that can be seen in the outer space. Noted for its undisturbed tranquility, the Summer Palace is a classic representative of royal gardens and summer retreats. Situated at the city's heart, the Forbidden City is a fine embodiment of China's long history and vibrant culture. Beijing is also well-known for its labyrinthine hutongs and square courtyards, which have become an integral part of this city after hundreds of years. This city has become a cultural monument with great vitality, encompassing great past glories and modern progress in economics, social systems, science and technology. Beijing also takes great pride in its cultural heritage and environment. Through adopting a strategy of sustainable development, this ancient city will display a brand-new image to the world.  August and September mark the end of summer and the beginning of autumn in Beijing, with temperatures ranging from 18 to 30 degrees Celsius. This September and October is the best season to visit, with clear, blue skies allowing visitors to fully witness the charm and vastness of the city.
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