|Beijing, the Capital City, is recognized as the political, educational, and cultural center of the People's Republic of China. It is China's second largest city after Shanghai, with 15.38 million people live in Beijing municipality. Beijing is one of the four municipalities directly under the central government. It is divided into 16 districts and 2 counties.
As a window for foreign cultural exchanges, Beijing has regular friendly ties with 124 capitals and major cities in 72 countries and has established sister relations with 31 cities in 27 countries. There are 158 foreign embassies, 23 offices of international and regional organizations and 251 offices of foreign news media in Beijing. In addition, over 9,000 foreign representative offices are operating and over 23,000 foreign students are studying in the city.
|It is suggested you watch "Jingju"--the special Chinese art genre. Many people translate "Jingju" into "Beijing Opera", but actually "Jingju" is different from operas performed in Beijing. Jingju is a special Chinese art genre, with a history of 200 years. It is regarded as "the quintessence of China ".|
|What are the most fascinating about the modernized Beijing are not the skyscrapers or broad streets, but the winding, secluded hutong, where there are beautiful siheyuan. It is therefore fitting and proper to call the culture of the ancient capital ‘hutong culture’ or ‘siheyuan culture’. Beijing used to comprise tens of thousands of siheyuan of different sizes orderly arranged in rows. The passages between the rows were hutong.|
|Folk Woodblock Picture|
|It is a characteristic way of picture popularization from the invention of China's woodblock printing to the contemporary printing skill. It is a kind of picture enjoying popularity among the people with a large variety. A few of them are singled out for appreciation, but most of them are used for different worldly life and protocols.|
|It is a symbol of old Beijing. The art craft is usually sold before the Mid-autumn festival in Beijing. Originally it was made as a shrine, but had now evolved to a toy for the kids. Furthermore, it is regarded as part of the folk art of Beijing.|