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Beijing also tourism capital

(China Daily)

09:28, May 28, 2012

The 600-year-old Forbidden City is among the top tourist destinations in Beijing and the nation. Jing Wei / for China Daily

Contributing nearly 10 percent of the nation's total inbound and outbound tourism revenues, Beijing is no doubt the leader of China's tourism industry.

Statistics from the Beijing tourism administration showed that the capital's tourism service trade volume - measured by the revenue generated from both inbound and outbound tourists - reached $13.61 billion last year, increasing 25.2 percent from the previous year.

The growth was achieved despite a downturn in worldwide tourism resulting from the global financial crisis that started in 2008.

More impressively, the city's lead in the industry was further consolidated in 2011.

Home to the nation's capital for more than 600 years, Beijing is usually the first stop for foreign tourists planning a China trip.

The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, housed in the city center, and the Great Wall in its northern suburbs should be household names for foreigners with even a passing knowledge of China.

And tourists will be further fascinated by such places as the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) tombs, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and the city's many ancient hutongs, or alleyways

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