Beijing's most famous attraction is the Forbidden City with its nearly 900 grand palaces. After leaving it, walk over to Tiananmen Square, the world's largest paved square, to behold Mao Zedong's embalmed body in a mausoleum. Another impressive monument is the Temple of Heaven with its magnificent Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. Explore the hutong neighborhoods of the old part of town to see artisans practicing traditional crafts.

Modern-day Beijing
Hotel Maximilian on Beiyuan Road in the Chaoyang district is not far from the Beijing Olympic Park from 2008. Up to 80,000 spectators can crowd into the National Stadium, particularly for major sporting events. Chaoyang is also home to the China World Trade Center Tower III, Beijing's tallest building. From the restaurant on the 72nd floor you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view.