Photographer Ian Gittler wandered in search of the unexpected details that add up to the world's greatest city. More…
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games…An Insider's GuideBeijing has never welcomed travelers as eagerly as it is welcoming them now. The Chinese capital is determined to make a fantastic impression during its moment in the global spotlight. The following Web exclusive articles offer a fresh look at Beijing—plus some practical travel tips.
Freebies! A Great Map of Beijing; Plus, an Olympic Event TrackerNEW!A cartographer has posted a detailed map of Beijing for free online as a PDF. And there's a free Web tool for figuring out what—and when—to watch Olympic events. read more
Staying Healthy in ChinaBefore you go, take some precautions and read these doctors' tips. read more
China's Tourist Visa PoliciesThe government enacted new rules to keep tabs on the more than 1.5 million visitors expected for the Olympics. read more
Video: Beijing UncutOur unedited video clip shows what it's really like to stroll down city streets in the historic lakeside Houhai area. read more
Reflections on BeijingIn an excerpt from China A to Z: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture, writers May-lee Chai and Winberg Chai examine the capital's past and present. read more
10 Chinese Etiquette TipsHow to bargain, when to smile, who to serve first at a banquet, and other ways to fit in with locals, according to the Chais. read more
Explosive Chinese Artist
Known for his pyrotechnic displays and gunpowder drawings, Cai is orchestrating the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies. New York's Guggenheim Museum is hosting a retrospective of his works.
The New Beijing:
View photos of Beijing's ambitious new stadiums, subways, and high-rises, all slated for completion in time for