Beijing, an age-old city which was founded over 3000 years ago and has been serving as a capital for more than 800 years in history, originated from where present-day Xicheng District locates. As the core district of the five dynasties of Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming, Qing, Xicheng District boasts abundant natural and cultural landscapes as well as profound historical and cultural deposits. The fine buildings and splendid cityscape of the old imperial city are well preserved in Xicheng District. Distinctive charms of Beijing as the capital integrate with multiple cultures, which add glory and beauty to each other, endowing Xicheng District with the profundity and magnificence of being tolerant and the centuries-old cultural inheritance.
It is where 18 historic areas, 42 cultural relics under state protection, 24 state-level intangible cultural heritages and 101 guildhalls locate. Splendid beauty of the old imperial city, traditional Chinese artwork in Liulichang, time-honored brands in Dashilan, guildhalls and former residences of celebrities, wonderful Peking opera, funny Xiangsheng(cross-talks), religious culture in churches and temples¡ all these profound historical and cultural deposits provide valuable cultural resources and profound cultural influence for the tourism of Xicheng District. Visitors can enjoy tourism products with distinctive char acteristics when they travel around Xicheng. For instances, an Imperial Cultural Tour represented by a mansion tour and an imperial garden tour, a Beijing-style Tour represented by a Hutong tour, a tour of a former residence and a tour of a time-honored brand, a Cultural Centres and Museums Tour represented by a museum tour, an aquarium tour and a zoo tour, and a Festival and Celebration Tour represented by Xuannan Cultural Festival, Shichahai Culture & Tourism Festival, Changdian Temple Fair, Grand View Garden Temple Fair and Honglou(Red Mansion) Temple Fair. All is too much for the eye to take in.
As a central district of Beijing, Xicheng District has perfect reception and services facilities with a complete range of catering, accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, shopping and entertainment, which are all very convenient. There are 22 A-level tourist areas (spots) in Xicheng District, of which Beihai Park, Jingshan Park, Beijing Aquarium, Prince Gong¡¯s Mansion, Capital Museum, Grand View Garden and other attractions are well-known at home and aboard. 16 tourism information and services sites are set up in Xicheng District. The catering industry is well developed, serving dishes with flavors of many countries as well as all major cuisines. Quanjude, Kaorou Ji Restaurant and other time-honored brands, Fangshan Restaurant, Hongbinlou and other speciality restaurants have long enjoyed a good reputation; Family Li Imperial Cuisine, Mei Mansion and other courtyard restaurants also gradually develop. Xicheng District has 101 star-rated hotels, while courtyard hotels in hutong as well as youth hostels are popular with young travelers.
Business of Xicheng District is developed very well. There are not only traditional business areas including Dashilan and Liulichang, but also modern business areas such as Xidan and Xinjiekou. There are rich artistic performances. Peking opera, Xiangsheng(cross-talks), Kunqu opera, acrobatics, Chinese drum music, martial arts, Pingju, opera and dance drama are all performed in performance venues of Xicheng District. China National Centre for the Performing Arts, China¡¯s top artistic performance venue which is a symbol leading the trend of 21th century, Mei Lanfang Theatre, a representative cultural landscape which inherits hundred-year-old cultural treasures, as well as more than 30 professional performance venues including Theatre of the Beijing Exhibition Hall, PLA Theatre, Beijing Concert Hall and Tianqiao Theatre¡ all these performance venues will definitely meet the demand of the audience.