Beijing - city of contrasts.
Beijing is one of the six ancient cities in China. Beijing borders Hebei Province to its three sides – the north, west and south. To the southeast it borders Tianjin Municipality. Beijing is the second largest city in China just behind Shanghai. Though Beijing is the capital of China, few locals speak English, compared with Shanghai and Hong Kong. Haggling is expected at markets like the Silk Market, Maliandao, Panjiayuan, and Hongqiao, so brush up on your survival Chinese for best results.