Beijing's Olympic Facelift Makes It the Travel Choice for 2010

Jan 22, 2010, 10:00 ET from The China Guide

BEIJING, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Before the 2008 Olympic games Beijing was in a cloud of construction dust. Venues being built, new highways, factories closed, all major landmarks renovated, new hotels of all stars going up and old ones getting a makeover. Now that the Olympics have past and the athletes and their fans gone, we normal folk can enjoy the new Beijing.

There is a new highway out to the Great Wall, decreasing travel time and making the journey much safer and relaxing. The Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven have all had paint jobs. Hotel chains overbuilt for the Olympics and now there is a glut of hotel rooms of all stars. Some of the most opulent hotels in the world are in Beijing and are good value for the money.

The traffic situation has also improved, with the opening of several new subway lines and the continuation of the rules banning private cars from the road one day a week depending on their license number. Shanghai is also undergoing a major facelift for the 2010 World Fair. The Bund pedestrian road is completely being rebuilt. Hotels and tourist attractions are being renovated.

"It is an ideal time to visit China. Beijing has the best of everything available at bargain prices," says Judy Huang, Travel Manager of The China Guide. "It's a great time to enjoy the blue skies, low traffic, renovated sights and new hotels."

For those making travel plans for summer 2010, The China Guide ( ) recommends a holiday to Beijing and other mainland destinations. The famous Terracotta Warriors excavation site in Xi'an continues to expand, offering a greater experience for visitors. Other cultural aspects such as modern Chinese art, music and architecture have also grown and have become of interest to travelers. "China is rapidly modernizing as part of the world economy, yet it is clinging tightly to its own culture and history. This makes it very interesting to foreigners. They can see a modern way of life which is very different than their own, but equally successful," adds Huang.

To see various sides of modern and traditional China, The China Guide recommends a two-week trip including Beijing, Shanghai, Yangshuo and Xi'an. The China Guide aims for high quality and service at a price that is reasonable.

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The China Guide

The China Guide, , is a Beijing based travel agency, American owned and operated. Specializing in western-style service and quality with hassle free web bookings, they work with clients to customize tours that match their travel style. Operating only in China, they have up to date knowledge and offer exciting experiences for travelers including their famous Sleep on the Great Wall tour. The China Guide avoids the common factory shopping stops that are not reflective of the true China.

SOURCE The China Guide