Beijing, the capital city of the People's Republic of China, with a population of almost 22.5 million, is the country's political, cultural, and educational center. Its long and rich history has left behind seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Ming Tombs, Peking man Site at Zhoukoudian and the Grand Canal.
Beijing is a transportation hub with a sophisticated network of roads, railways, subways and a major airport. Beijing Capital International Airport is the second busiest airport in the world, the most often used airport as entry to and exit from China.
Beijing has a unique collection of art and cuisine. Peking Opera is a performing art regarded as treasure of China while Roast Beijing Duck is an integral part of Beijing cuisine.