beijingBeijing will be the location for the 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Course, August 27-28, 2009. In just two days you will learn the basics of the TapRooT® System for finding the root causes of incidents, accidents, quality problems, near-misses, operational errors, hospital sentinel events, and other types of problems. Once you find the real root causes using this systematic process, learn to develop effective fixes that will keep problems from happening again.

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Few cities in the world besides Beijing have served as the political and cultural center of an area as immense as China for so long. The Encyclopædia Britannica describes it as, “One of the world’s great cities,” and declares that the city has been an integral part of China’s history for centuries. There is scarcely a major building of any age in Beijing that doesn’t have at least some national historical significance. Beijing is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, and huge stone walls and gates. Its art treasures and universities have long made the city a center of culture and art in China. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing)

Assuming everyone who visits Beijing will experience The Great Wall of China, don’t let the other attractions escape notice. At the heart of Beijing’s historical center lies the Forbidden City, the enormous palace compound that was the home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Forbidden City also hosts the Palace Museum, which contains imperial collections of Chinese art. Surrounding the Forbidden City are several former imperial gardens, parks and scenic areas, notably the Beihai, Houhai, Shichahai, Zhongnanhai, Jingshan and Zhongshan. These places, like the Beihai Park, are described to be masterpieces of Chinese gardening art and are popular tourist destinations with tremendous historical importance. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing)

Check out other Beijing Parks and attractions in and around The Forbidden City.

Other Beijing Attractions:

Ming Tombs is a world-famous cemetery because of the thirteen emperors buried there. Sitting at the foot of Mt. Yan and occupying an area of more than 29,653 acres, it is quite spectacular.

The Temple of Heaven covers 667 acres and was constructed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty. The complex has two parts: the inner temple and the outer temple and is surrounded by two high walls.

Summer Palace is the most celebrated imperial garden in China. The garden came into existence early in the 1750’s and had once been a summer resort for the emperors.

Tiananmen Square is the geographical center of Beijing City and is the largest city square in the world. Occupying an area of about 109 acres, the square is able to accommodate 10,000,000 people at one time. Visitors should not miss the raising of the national flag!

Prince Gong’s Mansion is located on the north bank of Shichahai Lake. The mansion consists of the residence area and the garden area. The residence covers an area of 7.9 acres and is peppered with magnificent buildings. The wonderful and elegant garden occupies 7.2 acres and is divided into the central, eastern and western parts.

Dining in Beijing:

chinese-foodBeijing is a culinary mecca with thousands of restaurants to choose from. While you will want to enjoy the specialties of the region, the city also boasts cuisine from all over the world.

Din Tai Fung is a local favorite and offers a spectacular specialty of the house–xiaolong bao (juicy buns wrapped in a light unleavened-dough skin and cooked in a bamboo steamer), which are served with slivers of tender ginger in a light black vinegar.

Li Qun Roast Duck Restaurant is a casual, family-run restaurant located far from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you love Peking duck, this restaurant is for you!

Other restaurants to check out while you’re in Beijing:

The Courtyard

The Source

Café de la Poste

Bai Family Mansion

W Dine & Wine

For more information and to register for the course in Beijing, visit http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=749&l=1.