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Why Beijing ?
Beijing is the ultimate place to learn standard Mandarin. The Chinese spoken in Beijing is considered to be the standard for the People's Republic of China. Other cities such as Shanghai, Qingdao, Dalian, Kunming, Guangzhou, Hongkong, etc., might teach you standard Mandarin in the classroom, but only in Beijing you can also hear and use in everyday life what you learnt in the classroom.

Beijing is the capital of China in terms of culture, business and politics. Social events are countless and nightlife is colorful in Beijing. Whether you are looking to make contacts for a future career in China or simply wish to have a good time with your friends, you will never run out of places in Beijing: Meals from all over the world, concerts, dance, endless shopping, pubs and karaoke, movies. Cultural highlights like the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Forbidden City - the scenery of the movie 'the Last Emperor - you name it. Beijing is the place!
Some places you should not miss
Imperial Palace - the Forbidden City
The home of the Son of Heaven (as the Chinese Emperor was known). With 9,000 rooms and 70 structures.

Great Wall
Enjoy the unique scenery. A truly phenomenal sight.

Temple of Heaven
The main buildings were built in the Ming Dynasty in 1420 for worshipping the heaven and earth.

Peking Opera
Maybe you need some earplugs, but the theatre is worth it.

Tiananmen Square
The Heavenly Peace Gate is the biggest square in the world. It can hold more than one million people.

Summer Palace and Beihai Park
Here you find not only royal architecture, but also some quiet in bustling Beijing

Beijing - a shopping paradise
Qianmen, Wangfujing, the famous silk market, the pearl market...
Further information about Beijing
The official information page about Beijing

Find a lot of useful information about life in Beijing

If you want to combine your language lessons with a visit to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing
Great Wall