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Beijing: China in transition

This small section of the Great Wall of China is located outside the city of Beijing. In its entirety, the Great Wall spans about 5,000 miles, much of which is in a state of disrepair.  Photo: K. Buchholtz
This small section of the Great Wall of China is located outside the city of Beijing. In its entirety, the Great Wall spans about 5,000 miles, much of which is in a state of disrepair. Photo: K. Buchholtz

Beijing, known as Peking by many nostalgic academics and journalists, is the capital city of the People's Republic of China, and home to approximately 14 million people. Recently reclaimed to fame while hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics, this city possesses one of the world’s most extensive historical records and some of the most impressive cultural relics known to man. 

The slideshow and respective descriptions below illustrate the culture, history, archaeology, traditions, festivities, and lore of Beijing in detail.  In this case, I truly believe that a picture is worth more than a thousand words.  Enjoy!

For more information:  Beijing,  The Great Wall of China,  The Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, Hutong, The Legend of Kung Fu, The Summer Palace

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