Fun, Games and Holidays in Beijing

By: J Tillotson

Beijing is the place to be in 2008 if you're a sports fan. A very auspicious year for the Chinese people, this is the year in which Beijing will host the 29th Olympic games. The games will start with the lighting of the Olympic Flame at eight minutes to 8 on August 8th.

Beijing has thrown itself with great gusto into the preparations for the Olympics. 30 new sports venues have sprung up like a phoenix from the ashes, while over 2000 apartments have been constructed to house the athletes. There's no doubt that the arrival of the Olympic Games will give a huge boost to the economy of the city.

But if sports aren't to your liking, there's still plenty for everyone in this up and coming city. China has a fascinating history and culture, and examples of these are prevalent in Beijing. The Summer Palace, a fine example of garden architecture, nestles in the northwest. Spanning 290 hectares, the Palace is a riot of gazebos, brodges, temples, pagodas and much more. If cultural holidays are your thing, this location is a must-see.

If you're worried about seeing everything Beijing has to offer, try taking one of the several tours offered. These can cover a variety of attractions such as the Summer Palace mentioned above, the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and a number of other classic Chinese landmarks.

Accommodation in Beijing is ample, and there are a variety of hotels and apartments to suit any budget. Booking early is advised, as the Games will ensure Beijing holidays to be at an all-time high this year. Alternatively, if you prefer cheap holidays, getting a last-minute deal could save you quite a bit of money. Shop around on the internet before you book, and you should be able to get an unforgettable holiday for a forgettable price.

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