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Towns & Cities

The capital of China, Beijing is a monstrously large city of more than 21 million "registered residents", meaning there may be far more people present at any time or at least it may feel that way if you're finding yourself lost in translation. The city hosts a number of significant modern day and ancient landmarks popular with almost any visitor to China. From Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden CIty, right through to the controversial "Pants" building (CMG Headquarters).

For some, a stepping stone into China, for others, the focal point of an adventure in the Middle Kingdom. Beijing was once known as Peking, the namesake is reserved for airports, delicious duck dishes, and institutes of higher learning these days. You could easily get lost down a myriad of subway lines among tall buildings. You will enjoy Beijing for its local style comfort food and the opportunity to touch on some spectacular history.

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Planning Your Cruise

We think that Beijing is one of the best cities to visit in China, with a great opportunity to experience the history and culture of the region. Distances between landmarks can be great, the city is rather sprawling. We especially like our luxury providers for China when including Beijing as hotel ratings and descriptions can "lose a lot in translation" when sought elsewhere.

Cruises embarking or disembarking Tianjin are among the easiest ways to enjoy a visit to Beijing as part of your larger cruise vacation. It's a good 100-120 miles from Beijing's airport or city centers to the cruise terminals, however. Account for significant traffic delays if you're braving a same-day embarkation.

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