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The one-day tour of CECNET2014 at Beijing

Beijing, also known as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China. The city is renowned for opulent palaces and temples, huge stone walls and gates. Its art treasures and prominent universities have long made it a centre of culture and art in China.


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Tian'anmen Square, the third largest city square in the world, is situated in the heart of Beijing. At dawn, the flag at the northern end of the square is raised in a military ceremony and lowered at dusk.

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The Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of China. Renowned as one of the greatest wonders in the world and with the splendid scenery and long history, it is a must for visitors in Beijing to appreciate its architectural grandeur and culture richness.

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Summer Palace, located northwest of Beijing center in Haidian District, is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. With a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces, it attracts many visitors at home and abroad every year. The Old Summer Palace was ransacked in 1860 and the existing one was rebuilt in 1886. In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace in the World Heritage List, declaring the Summer Palace "an outstanding expression of the creative art of Chinese landscape garden design, incorporating the works of humankind and nature in a harmonious whole."

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The Ming Dynasty Tombs are located about 50 kilometers northwest of central Beijing. They are the tombs of thirteen feudal emperors of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), among which, Changling, the tomb of the third emperor of the Ming dynasty, is the oldest and largest. Dingling is the tomb of Emperor Wanli, whose grave goods are over 3,000 pieces in all, including gold, silver, pearls, jewels, jadeware, chinaware, lacquerware and silk goods.

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