Ever since the world discovered China through the writings of adventurer Marco Polo more than 700 years ago, we've come to regard this large Asian country as the embodiment of all that is mysterious and exotic. Even now, after decades of economic growth, this vast country has lost none of its fascination. Indeed, the contrast between China's ancient customs and the new ultra-modern state that is developing has only increased our fascination with a culture that dates back many millennia.
China is a gigantic country. The Middle Kingdom offers a treasure trove of hikes across the country from its colossal Himalayas in the South, holy mountains in its heartland, low lying mountains in the East and of course the Great Wall of China snaking on peaks protecting the North.
Beijing, previously known as Peking, is the capital city of the People's Republic of China. We're sure you knew that, but did you know that it is home to the longest wall in the world, as well as the largest palace in the world? Dominating the north of China, there is a lot going on in Beijing. Here are 10 interesting facts you should know if you're already planning your trip to Beijing, or if you're just starting to think about it.