Architecture cornerstone of Beijing tourism

Updated 2017-07-06 15:55:23 Ecns.cn
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The Palace Museum in Beijing. (File photo/Chinanews.com)

The Palace Museum in Beijing. (File photo/Chinanews.com)

(ECNS) -- Tourists to Beijing are most interested in the city's magnificent architecture, including the Forbidden City and Great Wall, according to a report.

Compiled by Beijing Tourism Association and Social Sciences Academic Press, the report said ancient royal structures, old quadrangle dwellings and lanes, relics of imperial mansions, former residences of celebrities and temples were the most popular attractions. Tourists generally believe these cultural or historical sites to be well-preserved and entrance fees "good value".

Famous universities, important museums and venues from the 2008 Beijing Olympics were also on the itinerary.

The report also found an increasing interest among tourists in the city's special snacks and bars, as well as its well-connected subway system.

Beijing achieved tourism revenue of 502 billion yuan ( billion) in 2016, a year-on-year growth of nine percent, while the number of total trips to the city increased by 4.6 percent annually to hit 285 million.

The capital is still experiencing rapid growth in its tourism sector, with per capita spending among inbound foreign tourists at 4.8 times that of domestic counterparts, it was stated.

In addition, over 60 percent of respondents surveyed for the report were "very satisfied" or "quite satisfied" with Beijing's time-honored culinary fare, including Quanjude Roast Duck, dishes served at Dong Lai Shun Restaurant, which specializes in Chinese-Muslim cuisine, and Qingfeng Steamed Dumplings.

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