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This city is more than 3,000 years old and home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Marco Polo's history notes described the civilized people of this city and their well-organized lives. With the dramatic change of seasons, it would be possible for this city to host both the winter and summer Olympic Games. Christianity here dates back to the 7th century and today there are significant numbers of Catholic and Protestant congregations. This city boasts an astounding number of bicycles, well into the millions at last count. And beware that Taxi cabs here are priced by how nice they look. Newer ones are more expensive, so if you’re on a budget you’d better hail a dented one.
Where in the World is This Destination?
Beijing, People’s Republic of China
Beijing is one the most populous cities in the world with 21 million residents (second to Shanghai as largest in China and 10th largest in the world) and a city with more than 9 million bicycles. 11% of its residents have the same last name – Wang. Beijing boasts seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, Zhoukoudian, Great Wall, and the Grand Canal. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics and was chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will make Beijing the first city ever to host both events. Celebrity Cruises visits Tianjin (Beijing) on numerous Northeast Asian cruise itineraries, featuring three full days in port (it is a 2.5 hour transfer from the Tianjin International Cruise terminal to Beijing.)