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Beijing Features

  • Top Reasons to Go to Beijing

    The Forbidden City has been home to a long line of emperors, beginning with Yongle, in 1420, and ending with Puyi (made famous by Bernardo Bertolucci's... Read more

  • Beijing Today

    The air is dirty, the traffic is horrendous, and almost nobody speaks more than a word or two of English—so what makes Beijing one of the world's... Read more

  • Beijing Then and Now

    Since the birth of Chinese civilization, different towns of varying size and import have stood at or near the site where Beijing is now. For... Read more

  • A City in Transition

    The 2008 Summer Olympics changed the face of Beijing, and the changes keep on coming. Just about everywhere you look you'll find signs of the... Read more

  • Beijing with Kids

    Military Museum. A toy soldier-lover's dream come true, this museum contains endless collections of AK-47s, captured tanks, missile launchers... Read more

  • Free (or Almost Free)

    Although Beijing isn't as inexpensive as it once was, it's still a fabulous bargain compared to travel in Europe, North America, and more developed... Read more

  • FAQ

    Do I need any special documents to get into the country?... Read more

  • Good Walk

    Check out the West's 19th-century fingerhold in Beijing. The Old Legation Quarter, a walled area where foreign businesses and government offices... Read more

  • Legendary Eats in the Xiaoyou Hutong

    A dozen well-known restaurants, some dating back more than a century and threatened by the urban renewal of the old Qianmen business district... Read more

  • Kid-Friendly Hotels in Beijing

    Many Beijing hotels have special programs and facilities that appeal to children. Holiday Inn Lido, in the Chaoyang District, has an ice-cream... Read more

  • Fringe Art: The Dashanzi 798 Art District

    798 Art District. Chinese contemporary art has exploded in the past decade, and to see some of the finest examples of the scene look no further... Read more

  • The Art of Beijing Opera

    For hundreds of years, Beijing opera troupes have delighted audiences—from members of the royal court to marketplace crowds at makeshift stages—with... Read more

  • The Ultimate Shopping Tour

    Day 1 (weekend): Can't sleep from jet lag? No worries. Rise before dawn and join the hordes at Panjiayuan, also known as Dirt Market, for Beijing... Read more

  • Fast Food: Beijing's Best Street Snacks

    Part of the fun of exploring Beijing's lively hutongs is the chance to munch on the city's traditional snacks, served up by itinerant food sellers... Read more

  • You Can Judge a Pearl by Its Luster

    All the baubles of Beijing could be strung together and wrapped around the earth 10 times over—or so it seems with Beijing's abundance of pearl... Read more

  • 7 Nights in the City

    Beijing's blossoming nightlife means there's something new every night of the week.... Read more

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