So from the topic of cycling I was brought to Beijing! Did you know that there are about a billion bicycles in the world, and that over half of them are from China?! That’s probably where that song ‘9 million bicycles in Beijing’ from Katie Melua came from, although '9 million' might be a bit of an exaggeration!
So here's a little information on the city of Beijing!
I discovered that Beijing is capital of the People's Republic of China, and it is the nation's political, economic, cultural, educational and international trade and communication centre! (deep breath!) . It’s located in northern China, near the port city of Tianjin and it’s partially surrounded by Hebei Province. It’s also one of the most important transportation centres of China and most popular way of entering the country.
Beijing is one of the six ancient cities in China, has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and as a result there is a wealth of discovery to intrigue travellers as they explore the city's ancient past and exciting modern development. It has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4.4 million international visitors in a year.
One of the most famous things about China is the Great Wall, which can be seen form space, and goes through Beijing.
You haven’t been to Beijing if you haven’t watched a Peking opera, and it’s one of the most important aspects of Chinese culture. Peking opera is a combination of songs, dialogues, fighting, acrobatics, and more. Even if you don’t enjoy it,you can’t deny that it’s one “unique” show.
When you order in restaurants, don’t expect to receive a dish just enough for yourself because food in Beijing is served family style and meant to be shared! More food in my book is always a plus!