Being capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's political, economic, and cultural center. Located in north China, close to the port city of Tianjin and partially surrounded by Hebei Province, it also serves as the most important transportation hub and port of entry.
As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore the city's ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, with about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4.4 million international visitors in a year.
One interesting characteristic of Beijing is Beijing’s Hutong, which made it easy for the emperors to rule the people and keep an eye on their movements, were built during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. At the end of the Qing Dynasty, many Hutongs were seriously destroyed due to some political and economic reasons. After the People’s Republic of China was founded, the situation was greatly improved. The Hutongs connect not only the houses where people live but also people’s lives. Nowadays, more and more foreigners visit the Hutongs to experience the traditional Beijing.