Beijing is a vast destination of Chinese imperial past and revolutionary legacy. From the legacy of the ancient past to frenetic modern developments, the city hosts such a richness of culture and architecture that leaves visitors gasping from time to time. But it’s possible to take it all in a day—all you need is a good itinerary.
Beijing is fast becoming a master of blending the new with the old. Take in the monuments and symbols of China’s past: The mysterious Forbidden City, infamous Tiananmen Square, and the magnificent Wall of China. But begin exploration at Tian’anmen Square to maximize your time—so you could stop and shop at the famous Longdi Jade Factory.