Beijing is the capital city of the People's Republic of China. It was known by the name, 'Peking' earlier. China is the third largest country in the country. As a result there are a variety of landscapes to be found in the country. A portion of the Great Wall is located about an hour and a half outside the city.The lifts will take you up to the top. There are cabs, too, that will take you up most of the way. In the central part of the city, you'll find The Temple of Heaven which houses a large park and a temple. The central tower of the temple is built entirely out of wood without using even a single nail. Nearby is the semi-circle, Echo wall - sounds are carried down the length of the wall and can be heard from any area around the wall.
The Oriental Plaza Mall is situated to the east of Tienanmen Square. You can buy everything from DVDs to diamonds here. There are many food outlets too.On another side of the square is the National Museum of China. Opened in 2003, this museum briefs the visitors on Chinese history, art and culture. There are over three million articles. The National Museum of the Chinese Revolution exhibits more then 4,500 articles on literature, drawings, pictures, and sculptures.
The most important holiday in the Chinese Lunar Calendar is the Spring Festival. It is the beginning of the Lunar New Year. This festival is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. Yingshan Forest Park, located in Lujing Village of Fengtai District is only 15km from Beijing. Mountains, valleys, lakes, and peaks adorn this park. The Pearl Lake is around 60km from the city. The lake is named after the oysters found there.
The city has many avenues for adventure sports like horseback riding, rock-climbing, diving, and bungee jumping. For people interested in golf, bowling, billiards and squash, there are clubs and agencies offering facilities for them too.
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