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Beijing

Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. As the nation's political, cultural, and educational centre, Beijing is a fascinating place for student groups to visit as the reforms open up the country. See how the ancient and the modern collide as China advances steadily to become the worlds leading economic power.

As China will become more and more important for commerce a visit to Beijing can offer much for long haul student study groups seeking to gain an insight into this ancient culture which is emerging as a major player on the world stage. Potential student group leaders will be delighted to learn that the Chinese authorities have recently allowed guests from the UK to travel visa free for trips which are in the country for less than 72 hours. The removal of the need to obtain these visas removes a considerable headache from pre tour administration and also reduces the financial cost of a visit to this destination.

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Forbidden City

The Forbidden City or Imperial Palace Museum sits behind the Tiananmen Gate and was the former imperial palace. Home to no fewer than twenty four Chinese emperors between 1420 and 1911, the Forbidden City is open to Beijing’s visitors offering a fascinating insight into the imperial past of China. It is a huge building just short of 1km long and 750m wide with a 10m high wall and 50m wide moat surroundin read more ...

National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing

Just to the West of the Square close to the Great Hall of the People students of architecture in particular will be impressed by the National Centre of Performing Arts building which featured its first concert in 2007. Known colloquially as the Big Egg the building is surrounded by water and looks like an egg floating on water. Designed by French architect Paul Andreu and constructed from titanium and glass it can seat 6,600 people in three ha read more ...

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall is an iconic symbol of China. Said to be the only man made construction visible from space, it was a series of fortifications built east west to protect the Northern borders of China during the Ming Dynasty. No student group visit to Beijing is complete without a visit to the Wall and it will prove an undoubted highlight of the trip A number of different sections of the wall can be visited on a day trip from Beijing. Badalin read more ...

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is located less than 10 miles from the centre of Beijing. Initially constructed in 1750 as the Summer residence of the Emperor, it is the largest and best preserved Royal Park offering excellent views of the city. The Palace was burnt down in 1900 by British and French armed forces but was rebuilt shortly thereafter. Now a UNESCO world heritate site it offers a relaxing and historically interesting day excursion and provi read more ...

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is the heart and one might argue the symbol of Beijing. A huge square (the world's largest) with buildings of great importance on all sides. Student groups will see the Tiananmen Gate ( the Gate of Heavenly Peace ) and the Rostrum from where Chairman Mao announced the declaration of the Chinese Republic in 1949.  The Gate leads on to the Imperial or Forbidden City of the ancient Ming and Qing Dynasties. Looking t read more ...

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