Beijing - the Capital of the Middle Kingdom
With a history that is more than 3000 years, Beijing is an amazing mix of old and new. For centuries Beijing has been the centre for cultural and business activities, and is today beyond doubt a truly world class and international city.
New Architectonical Masterpieces
Hosting Olympic Games 2008 has excessively changed the city: the majority of world-class design consortiums keenly involved themselves in reshaping the space of modern Beijing.
The National Stadium, "Bird´s Nest", designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, and Paul Andrew's National Grand Theater "Eggshell" are the two newest landmarks of the Chinese capital. The third one, the new National Swimming centre, "Water Cube", was designed by and PTW Architects. The new Central Television site – the very unconventional Ram Koolhass's “Door” or "Z crisscross" - is a 230-meter high building that marks the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) in eastern Beijing.
Read more about Beijing, its history, cultural treasures and tourist attractions on 2008.com, the site about the capital of the China. There, along with the Olympic history, you will find information about Chinese food, opera, national sport wushu, and many other topics – for instance some useful tourist information, as well as on-line hotel booking.
Currency: Chinese renminbi, also known as Yuan (CNY).
Time zone: UTC (GMT)+8.
Driving: on the right side of the road.