Beijing, the capital of China, some say its looking much more into the future than into the past. Nowadays, it is a city crowded with tourists from China and all over the world. Beijing's neighborhoods are quite confusing and informal. In general everything inside the 2nd ring road is considered the city center.
China has a population of 1,307,560,000 and many languages are spoken.
While in Beijing I visited The Forbidden City. It was the home of the Emperor and the Imperial Chinese government for almost five centuries. Orginally built in the Yuan dynasty by the Mongolians it had a major face lift during the Ming dynasty to look like the palaces it does today. "This is one of the most amazing palaces in the word" is what been said, with thousands of rooms facing dozens of major courtyards. This place is amazing. If traveling remember to take some time to relax and enjoy the nice gardens, explore the side chambers that few visitors go to see and walk on the royal highway down the center of the Forbidden City.
GDP per capita $6,000 (2008 est.)