According to the historical records, as early as in the 11th century B.C., Beijing was the capital of a small state of the Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century—770 B.C.). Over the following 3,000 years or so, Beijing served as the capital for many dynasties. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Beijing was designated as the capital of New China. Now Beijing is the political, economic, communications and culture center of China. Thousands of years of history and changes in society have brought together in Beijing the splendors of China’s traditional culture and arts, making Beijing home to many important historical and cultural sites. Today, a modern lifestyle has become blended into the food, clothing, homes and methods of transportation of the people, all part of a harmonious atmosphere. Ancient Beijing today is full of energy and vitality.
Duration: 28 minutes