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Xingang (Beijing), China

From Xingang on the South China Sea, an overland excursion allows for an extended exploration of Beijing, which is simultaneously one of the world’s most important modern capitols and the site of the legacy of one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Among the highlights sure to create lifetime memories are the serene Temple of Heaven, the stately Summer Palace and the Forbidden City, the majesty of the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs, the narrow medieval alleys of the Hutongs, as well as the “string of pearls” along Chang’an Avenue and vast Tiananmen Square. Added to these are the striking new structures built for the recent Olympics. All told, Beijing will comprise visual and cultural impression you will never forget.