Introduction: The Best of Beijing; China's Ancient Capital; The Beijingers. History: Decisive Dates; Ancient Times to 1949; Communism and Modern Times. Features: Life in the New China; Religion, Food and Drink; Arts and Crafts. Insights: Mini Features: Maomorabilia; The Olympic Legacy; The Golden prison; New Architecture. Photo Features: Traditional Medicine; Beijing Opera; park life; Life in the Hutong; Modern Art; Spectacular Restaurants; Building the Wall. Places: Introduction; Tiananmen Square and Surroundings; The Forbidden City; Southern Beijing; The Lake District and the North; Eastern Beijing; Western Beijing; The Summer Palaces; Western Fringes; The Great Wall; Further Afield. Travel Tips: Transport; Accommodation; Activities; A-Z; Language; Further Reading. Maps: Beijing; Tiananmen Square; Foreign Legation Quarter; Forbidden City; Southwestern Beijing; Temple of Heaven; The Lake District and the North; Eastern Beijing; Northeastern Suburbs; New Summer Palace; Fragrant Hills Park; Around Beijing; Ming Tombs; Hebei Province; Chengde; Tianjin; Map Legend; Street Atlas.