Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It is one of the most populous cities in the world and is the third largest city in China after Chongqing and Shanghai. Beijing literally means Northern Capital and has been the capital city of China on and off since the Ming Dynasty in 1421. Housing historically significant sites such as the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square, the city has existed in its present form since the 1400s, with the original city wall now being represented by the 2nd Ring Road.
Being the capital city of the country, Beijing has had significant influence on all aspects of society in general. The common language spoken in the country is the Beijing dialect of Mandarin, known as Putonghua. Beijing is also the home of the Beijing or Peking opera (Jīngjù) which is well known for its use of music, vocal performance, dance, mime, and acrobatics to convey a story. Its cuisine known as Beijing Cuisine or Shandong Cuisine is also well known, the most famous dish being the Peking Roast Duck.
With over 2000 years of history there are many historical sites throughout the city, including the Palaces and Gardens of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The city is also home to numerous parks giving a wonderful perspective of the essence of “Chinese Garden Art.” Beijing also houses many national museums displaying samples of Cloisonne and other Chinese art forms.
Come into Yu’s Garden Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, to taste a bit of Beijing. Call 630.469.1535 to make reservations, or order food for delivery or pick up.