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

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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