Beijing is the capital of China. Its historical heart lies in the Forbidden City. But in the past decade a lot of the old city has been replaced by dazzling new buildings.
Beijing is known for its traditional crafts, like lacquerware and cloisonné (metalwork). In this city some of the parks are also considered art works with its gardening according to Chinese tradition.
Few of its more than 100 museums are widely known outside China, yet their importance as venues for exhibitions is increasing.