Beijing Facts – Find out some interesting Facts about Beijing
Last Update: 18th November 2019
As the capital of China, Beijing is the political, cultural, and economical center of China. Thousands of young people flock to the city to pursue their dream. It is a fusion of old culture, long history, fashion and vitality. Let’s scan some of the most meaningful and interesting facts about the city.
- Originally, Beijing functioned as the capital of Ji Kingdom in the Spring and Autumn and Warring States Period (770 – 221 BC).
- Beijing was the capital of 6 dynasties in ancient China. Thus, it features the most royal palaces, gardens, temples and tombs across China.
- The Forbidden City is the largest existing palace in China and even in the world. 24 emperors lived there. It presents the traditional Chinese classic style as well as oriental style.
- As at the end of 2018, the permanent resident population in Beijing is 21.524 million.
- Beijing is the first city in China where you could find altogether 56 nationalities.
- The National Library of China, the third largest in the world while the largest in Asia is located in Beijing.
- Beijing is the center of the institutions of higher education, offering the largest number of key universities in China.
- Beijng-Shanghai Railway, the high-speed railway with the longest mileage, the largest investment and the highest standard has been operated since June 30, 2018.
- Beijing South Train Station is the second largest train station in Asia.
- Beijing Daxing International Airport under construction is estimated to be officially put into use in the end of September 2019. It will be the largest airport in the world.
- The axile wire in Beijing is referred to the axile wire of Beijing City in the Yuan (1271 – 1368), Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1912) Dynasties. It starts from Yongding Gate in the south and ends at Bell and Drum Tower in the north with a total length of 7.8 kilometers. The Forbidden City, Jingshan Mountain, Zhengyang Gate, Wu Gate, Shenwu Gate, Bell and Drum Tower stands on the wire.
- Beijing is called the eighth city of food in the world. Varied local snacks have a long history.
- Beijing Liyuan Theater features the highlights of the Peking Opera. You could hear the authentic Peking Opera there.
- Beijing is the city with the most world heritage sites across the world. It has more than 200 attractions opened to the public. The largest courtyard, Prince’s Gong Mansion is situated in Beijing.
- With the largest museum – the National Museum of China in the world, Beijing is acclaimed as “the Capital of Museums”. The number of the registered museum there is up to 151.
- Beijing is the only mainland city to be selected as one of the 15 largest shopping capitals in the world, with more than 100 large and medium-sized shopping malls.