Students who want to get a feel of Chinese history-in-the-making or simply have an amazing spring break will find Beijing the ideal place to start. Since it is in the heart of Asia, you can find flight deals to visit other Asian cities later. Beijing exudes both old world charm and modern connectivity. It is the capital of the People’s Republic of China as well as one of its Four Great Capital Cities. As the second largest city after Shanghai, Beijing is one place you can’t ignore: Look for hostel deals and discounted hotels in Beijing if you are not in a Study Abroad program. Beijing played host to the 2008 Olympic games. This awesome city still breathes eight centuries of Chinese history, culture and art. You can find the renowned magnificent palaces, temples, stone walls, gates, art treasures, universities and the great Forbidden City together with popular student hangouts and ultramodern transport systems. It can get super hot in summer, but its World Heritage Sites such as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the temple of Heaven and other magnificent landmarks more than make up for minor discomforts from summer heat.
Get budget accommodation in Beijing and start to explore. Fun activities in Beijing include visiting the Badaling stretch of the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City. Climb the challenging steps to the Great Wall, the only earthly structure that can be seen from outer space! Enter the Forbidden City, the vast palace compound that housed the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and visit Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world found right across the Forbidden City. From this square, you can visit the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Then go to the western part of Beijing to ride on a dragon boat, which brings you to the Summer Palace with its massive imperial gardens and palaces. Or pay homage at religious sites such as the Temple of Heaven or the Temples of the Earth, the Sun, or the Moon, and so many other temples, pagodas, museums, parks and gardens. Whether you want to experience the historic, the grand, the sacred, the exotic or the naturally beautiful, you name it, Beijing has it.