Beijing (Tianjin), China
Literally the "Northern Capital," Beijing has been the seat of power in China since the days of Kublai Khan. At the heart of this immense, fascinating metropolis is the Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of palaces, pavilions and courtyards where the Emperor ruled from his Dragon Throne. Even the most seasoned travelers will experience a sense of awe as they approach the Forbidden City's 25-feet high walls and enter through the magnificent Meridian Gate, a symbol of the sun at its zenith - and of imperial power and splendor.
The capital of The People's Republic of China covers a staggering area of some 6,870 square miles and boasts a population of over 11 million people.