A Chinese powerhouse where ancient temple and hutong alleyways sit alongside skyscrapers – an expert guide to Beijing

Why go?

To overlook Beijing is to miss out on the big travel destination – China – and its most dazzling city. History and archaeology buffs alike will be astounded by the thousands of years of history at their feet – from the ancient sites of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall to Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven.

Yet while it’s steeped in history, Beijing is striving forward and cutting edge architecture (check out the CCTV building and the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium for starters) abound signalling Beijing’s intent to become a world city.

Factor in a fabulous scene and blissfully affordable prices, and Beijing scores.