At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. Today, we travel to China’s capital city, Beijing.
Beijing is China’s political and cultural centre and has been for approximately 800 years. With a history stretching back three millenia, Beijing has been built, conquered, destroyed, and rebuilt many times over, and has served as the capital of many dynasties and regimes with regional, national, and international scope. It has now grown to be China’s second largest urban area after Shanghai with 25 million inhabitants, and the third largest city proper in the world with 21.5 million inhabitants.
Most modern international visitors to Beijing will arrive into Beijing Capital International Airport, the second busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic. Surrounded by mountains ranges (through which runs a portion of the Great Wall of China), Beijing is home to many of China’s largest state-owned companies as well as to thriving financial, technological, manufacturing, and shopping districts. Beijing successfully hosted the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, and many of the event venues, including the instantly iconic Beijing National Stadium (also referred to as the Bird’s Nest) can still be visited in the city. Beijing was also recently chosen as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, making it the first and thus far only city to host both events.
Beijing contains seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the former imperial palace of Forbidden City, the religious complex of the Temple of Heaven, and the imperial Ming Tombs. Tiananmen Square, which faces onto the Forbidden City, is another major monument, a heart of national activity for centuries and into modern times. Classical gardens, peaceful parks, impressives gates and temples, monuments and museums, and important archaelogical sites fill the city, giving the visitor a plethora of attractions to occupy his or her time.
Chinese cuisine from the simple and inexpensive to the lavish and costly can be found throughout Beijing, as well as unique goods, products, and souvenirs. Nightlife varies from traditional Beijing opera, one of China’s most revered cultural forms, to modern restaurants and clubs. The Beijing Zoo is home to exotic wildlife from around the world, in particular China’s well-protected national symbol, the giant panda.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs in Beijing, China.