Xingang (Beijing), China
Tianjin (Beijing), China
Few cities can compete with China’s capital, Beijing, roughly two hours north of the port of Tianjin. Its Forbidden City is unparalleled, home to the Palace Museum and its collection of Chinese antiquities. At the Summer Palace, stroll the same covered walkways that emperors did, and in the large park that surrounds the Temple of Heaven, see locals practicing tai chi and flying kites. And, of course, there is the Great Wall, a true wonder of the world.
Tianjin has a number of important sights of its own, including the Confucius Temple, the Tianjin Museum and the Shi Family Mansion.