Location/Culture Reports

Culture Report Beijing, China

After leaving Thailand, the racers are on their way to Beijing, China. Beijing, also known as Peking, is the capital and second largest city of China and is located in the northeastern corner of China. Among the attractions in Beijing are the Forbidden City, Lama Temple, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, Tiantan Park, Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, the Temple of Heaven and the Eastern Qing Tombs.

Books written about Beijing include Peking by Anthony Grey, Letter from Peking by Pearl Buck, The Private Life of Chairman Mao by Li Zhisui, Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China by Sterling Seagrave, Biking Beijing by Diana Kingsbury and Old Peking: City of the Ruler of the World by Chris Elder.

Movies that have been filmed in Beijing include The Last Emperor (the first feature film granted permission by the Chinese government to be filmed in the Forbidden City), Kill Bill Vol 1, Red Corner and Shanghai Noon.