The capital of China and the city that was in the limelight for hosting the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing is the second largest city of the country in terms of population. It is a complex mix of about 14 districts and 2 counties. There are cheap domestic flights available to travel to this historic city from other parts of China. Being the main hub of transportation in the northern region of China, it has all the modern transportation facilities including frequent flights, up-to-date railways and roadways.
A city of immense historical significance it was ruled by many powerful kingdoms including the Yan, Han, Tang, Ming, Qing and even the Yuan Dynasty of the Mongols. However, the period of the Ming Dynasty is considered the Golden Era and the city received its present name during this time.
By availing any of the cheap flights to Beijing, you will be able to visit many places of historical, as well as the present-day importance in an economical way. Perhaps the most prominent place of tourist’s attraction, is the world’s largest public square called Tiananmen Square that is situated in the Dongcheng district. It is surrounded by majestic architectural masterpieces such as, the Museum of Chinese History, the Forbidden City, Museum of the Chinese Revolution, the Great Hall of the People, and the Qianmen Gate.
The Forbidden City, which belongs to the periods of the Ming and Qing dynasties, is one of the most prominent palaces that are relatively unscathed and still stands tall in its original glory. The Temple of Heaven, often described as the symbol of Beijing is in the midst of a beautiful park that is always bustling with people enjoying recreational activities like practicing calligraphy or Tai Chi or having downright opportune time.
Flights to Beijing abound if you have the true passion for travel and exploration. Besides the famous monuments, there are many parks in the city such as Zhongshan Park (Xicheng District) Chaoyang Park (Chaoyang District) Beihai Park (Xicheng District) etc. The Beijing Zoo located in the Xicheng District is a popular place among the grown-ups and children alike. The Shunyi Olympic Water Park that was designed for rowing and canoeing during the 2008 Olympic Games is worth a visit too.
The Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, is one of the most famous and largest in Asia. The National Museum, The Military Museum and The Capital Museum are other well known museums in the city that exhibit a rich collection of antiques having considerable artistic and historical value.
For the foodies, there are plenty of mouth-watering food varieties available at the traditional as well as western restaurants. The Beijing Roast Duck served with thin pancakes plum sauce and cucumber is a never-to-miss treat. Eating Savory Pancakes at a street stall is another famous eating ritual that is religiously followed by the locals and tourists alike.
There are many shopping markets in Beijing to satiate the shopaholic soul inside you. Xizhimen in Xicheng District, Hong Qiao Market in Chongwen District and Panjiayuan, also known as Silk Street in Chaoyang District is few of the most famous ones where you will find all kinds of inexpensive things. Nanluoguoxiang in Dongcheng District and Liulichang, Qianmen Dajie Pedestrian Street and Dashilan in Xuanwu District is some of the busiest shopping centers.