Běijīng Shì 北京市
the capital of the People’s Republic of China, has the best of everything in China bar the weather: the best food, the best hotels, the best transport, the best temples. But its vast squares and boulevards, its cavernous monoliths, militaristic parades, ubiquitous police, luxurious high-rise and the armies of tourists may leave you with the impression that Beijing is China’s largest theme park. It is a fast changing city. Traces of its former character may be found in the back alleys where things are a bit more to human scale.