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Beijing is the political, cultural and financial capital of China, a huge city that is one of the most populous on the planet. Home to several world-class universities – Peking University and Tsinghua University both feature near the top of the various global university rankings – Beijing is a popular higher education destination.
The rich history of Beijing stretches back some three millennia, although it didn’t become the de facto capital of China until 1272. Since then – apart from a couple of relatively brief interruptions – Beijing has been the Chinese capital.
Beijing’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites are evidence of the city’s historical significance, spanning thousands of years. One of these, the Zhoukoudian cave system, was where the Peking Man was discovered, the fossils of an early human ancestor dating back some 750,000 years. The Forbidden Palace, meanwhile, is an ancient palace complex in the centre of Beijing, the former home of a series of imperial dynasties. Built in 1420, the Temple of Heaven is a sprawling collection of sacrificial buildings that offers tranquil respite from the hubbub of daily life in Beijing.
Of course, there’s more to Beijing than tradition. It’s also one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing cities, with an eye-catching array of hypermodern architecture. Along with the Beijing National Stadium (better known as the Bird’s Nest of the 2008 Olympics), Beijing is home to the CCTV Headquarters, a non-traditional take on the skyscraper, and the egglike Beijing National Grand Theatre.
Beijing’s vibrant cultural scene has something to excite postgraduates of all tastes, from traditional Peking opera and classical dance to cutting-edge experimental music at underground venues.
If you’re looking to escape the clamour of Beijing, several sections of the majestic Great Wall of China are within an hour or two of the capital. You can also reach the coastal hub of Shanghai in around four and a half hours, thanks to the world’s fastest passenger train, reaching dizzying speeds of 350 km/h.
Beijing is a major higher education centre in China, with 67 universities. Peking University and Tsinghua University are the most renowned of these institutions, ranked among the best in the world by different ranking systems. Both are members of China’s C9 League, a prestigious alliance akin to the Ivy League in the US or the Russell Group in the UK.
The primary language of instruction at these universities is Mandarin Chinese, although they do offer a number of English-taught Masters programmes.
Beijing is a global financial centre with a thriving economy that offers plenty of opportunity for enterprising postgraduates. Many of China’s biggest companies are based in Beijing, including JD.com, Baidu and the Sinopec Group.
Global companies also have their Chinese headquarters in Beijing, including Amazon, IBM and Reuters Various national embassies also have a presence here, as does the United Nations.
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