The city was at the heart of the nation from the height of China's
dynastic splendor 600 years ago to the collapse of feudal society
in 1911. It was a capital of the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties,
and home to 34 emperors who ruled China's vast territory. Such
a rich history has bequeathed many famous historic sites of great
aesthetic and cultural value. The Great Wall, a huge project begun
more than 2000 years ago, winds its way along the mountains and
valleys bordering northern Beijing. The Forbidden City represents
the crystallization of ancient Chinese architecture. A walk through
the city reveals dozens of places worth more than just one visit:
mansions, gardens, gate towers, temples, former residences of
celebrities and sites where historic events took place.
During the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2002,
a program of guided tours to the sites of historical and cultural
interest will be arranged to provide the accompanying guests and
the congress participants an opportunity to appreciate the splendid
culture of the Chinese nation. In addition, tours to the local
residential areas on the ride of a rickshaw and to the children's
extracurricular activities center will also be organized to give
the accompanying guests a feel of the local life.
Presented here are the most-beloved attractions no visitor to
Beijing can afford to miss.