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Capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing is generally known as the political, cultural and educational heart of modern China.

Why learn Mandarin in Beijing?

Great wall of china

For the student of Mandarin language, Beijing offers an incredible insight in the cultural life of China, from colourful traditional operas and theatre plays, to museums filled with beautiful collections of ancient arts and craft. Countless numbers of ancient palaces, temples, pagodas, museums and parks are scattered across the city, catering for the interests of all visitors.

Right in the historical centre of Beijing, students can visit the Forbidden City, huge palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties, which now contains the Palace museum. The gardens and park surrounding the palace are often described as masterpieces of Chinese garden art. This area is also of main political significance in modern China. Many famous sites are located nearby, such as Tiananmen Square, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. The outskirts of Beijing too offer a number of must-see sites including the Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and the Great Wall of China.

Students from all over the world come to Beijing to study, to try the local cuisine, and to enjoy the traditional teahouses and the flourishing nightlife.

Beijing stadium

Sports fans will be able to view the stadium that hosted the 2008 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games while wildlife lovers will be fascinated by the 6000 species on display at the Botanical Garden or might enjoy visiting the Beijing Zoo, mostly famous for sheltering the giant panda.

Beijing: a growing Business hub

Tiananem square

While Beijing is clearly established as a political and cultural hub, the city’s business reputation has also been increasing in recent years, thanks to thriving numbers of innovating enterprises and successful start-ups. The Central Business District, in the Guomao sector is the new business and finance district, and Wangfujing and Xidan sectors are major commercial centres for electronic, computing and pharmaceutical research, known as China’s silicon valley.

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