Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest

<b>9. Beijing</b><br>
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Beijing, capital of the most populous country in the world, is known for Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and for hosting the 2008 Olympic Games.<br>
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2008 rank: 20<br>
Currency fluctuation since 2008: No change<br>
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Read more:<br>
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&#149; <a href="http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-tr-greatwall3-2008aug03">The Great Wall: Across China's great divide</a><br>
&#149; <a href="http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-trw-beijing3-2008aug03">Choices are growing for dining out in Beijing</a><br>
&#149; <a href="http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-trw-beijingbox3-2008aug03">A guide to restaurants in Beijing</a>
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( Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times )

9. Beijing

Beijing, capital of the most populous country in the world, is known for Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and for hosting the 2008 Olympic Games.

2008 rank: 20
Currency fluctuation since 2008: No change

Read more:

The Great Wall: Across China's great divide
Choices are growing for dining out in Beijing
A guide to restaurants in Beijing

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