As the political, educational, and cultural center of China, Beijing is absolutely awe-inspiring! Rooted in the past and reaching for the future, the city sparks and hums with activity. It has more universities and research institutes than any other city in China, and a full 3,000 years of history are reflected in its art, architecture, music, and traditions. Looking for the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, or the nearby Great Wall? They’re all here – surrounded by trendy restaurants, lush parks, famous theatres, and expansive museums.