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798 Art District
The Art District, northeast of Beijing, is the site of several...
Neighborhoods / Streets, Arts / Performance Venues, Historic Districts / Sites Chaoyang District
 
Ancient Observatory
This squat tower of primitive stargazing equipment peeks out...
Observatories / Planetariums Chaoyang District
 
Beihai Park
A white stupa is perched on a small island just north of the...
Parks, Archaeological Sites, Memorials / Monuments Xicheng District
 
Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum
This little-known museum, located inside a Ming Dynasty temple...
Museums / Galleries Xicheng District
 
Beijing Botanical Garden
Sitting at the feet of the Western Hills in Beijing's northwestern...
Gardens / Arboretums Haidian District
 
Beijing Zoo
Though visitors usually go straight to see the giant pandas...
Zoos / Aquariums Haidian District
 
Big Bell Temple
This 18th-century temple shields China's biggest bell and more...
Religious Sites Haidian District
 
Capital Museum
Moved to its architecturally striking new home west of Tiananmen...
Museums / Galleries Xicheng District
 
Central Business District (CBD)
The fast-rising CBD encompasses the China World Trade Center...
Neighborhoods / Streets, Stores / Malls Chaoyang District
 
Chaoyang Park
The sprawling, modern Chaoyang Park lacks the imperial aura that...
Parks Chaoyang District
 
Confucius Temple
This tranquil temple to China's great sage has endured close...
Religious Sites Dongcheng District
 
Cultural Palace of Nationalities
Dedicated to the 56 official ethnic groups that make up China's...
Museums / Galleries Xicheng District
 
Ditan Park
In this 16th-century green space, translated as "Temple of Earth...
Parks, Archaeological Sites Dongcheng District
 
Dongbianmen Watch Tower
This is Beijing's last remaining Ming watchtower. Be sure to...
Archaeological Sites Southern Districts: Chongwen and Xuanwu
 
Drum Tower
Until the late 1920s, the 24 drums once housed in this tower...
Architectural Sites Dongcheng District
 
Five-Pagoda Temple
Hidden among trees just behind the zoo and set amid carved stones...
Religious Sites Haidian District
 
The Forbidden City
Undeniably sumptuous, the Forbidden City, once home to a long...
Castles / Palaces Dongcheng District
 
Great Hall of the People
This solid edifice owes its Stalinist weight to the last years...
Government Buildings Xicheng District
 
Guijie
This nearly mile-long stretch, also known as Ghost Street, is...
Neighborhoods / Streets Dongcheng District
 
Jianguomen
The embassy area has some good foreign restaurants, but is mostly...
Neighborhoods / Streets Chaoyang District
 
Jingshan Park
This park, also known as Coal Hill Park, was built around a small...
Parks Dongcheng District
 
Lama Temple
Beijing's most-visited religious site and one of the most important...
Religious Sites Dongcheng District
 
Liulichang
This quaint old street is best known for its antiques, books...
Neighborhoods / Streets, Historic Districts / Sites, Stores / Malls Southern Districts: Chongwen and Xuanwu
 
Mao Zedong Memorial Hall
Sentries here will assure that your communion with the Great...
Memorials / Monuments Dongcheng District
 
Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolutions
Stuffed with everything from AK-47s to captured tanks to missile...
Museums / Galleries Haidian District
 
Ming Dynasty City Wall Ruins Park
The new Ming Dynasty City Wall Ruins Park is a renovated section...
Parks Southern Districts: Chongwen and Xuanwu
 
Museum of Antique Currency
This museum in a tiny courtyard house within the Deshengmen tower...
Museums / Galleries Xicheng District
 
Nan Luogu Xiang
The narrow Nan Luogu Xiang, or South Gong and Bell Alley, which...
Neighborhoods / Streets, Historic Districts / Sites Dongcheng District
 
Nanxincang
China's oldest existing granary, dating back to the Yongle period...
Historic Districts / Sites, Stores / Malls Dongcheng District
 
Niujie (Ox Street) Mosque
Originally built during the Liao Dynasty in 996, Nuijie is Beijing's...
Religious Sites Southern Districts: Chongwen and Xuanwu
 
Old Summer Palace
About the size of New York's Central Park, this ruin was once...
Archaeological Sites Haidian District
 
The Poly Art Museum
This very impressive museum, located in a gleaming new glass...
Museums / Galleries Dongcheng District
 
Prince Gong's Palace
This grand compound sits in a neighborhood once reserved for...
Castles / Palaces Xicheng District
 
Qianhai and Houhai
Most people come to these lakes, along with Xihai to the northwest...
Bodies of Water Xicheng District
 
Qianmen (Front Gate)
From its top looking south, you can see that the Qianmen is actually...
Architectural Sites Southern Districts: Chongwen and Xuanwu
 
Ritan Park
A cool oasis of water and trees just west of the Central Business...
Parks Chaoyang District
 
Sanlitun
The famous Sanlitun Bar Street, several blocks east of the Workers'...
Neighborhoods / Streets, Restaurants Chaoyang District
 
Soong Ching-ling's Former Residence
Soong Ching-ling (1893–1981) was the youngest daughter of the...
Houses / Mansions Xicheng District
 
Source of Law Temple
This quiet temple is also a school for monks—the Chinese Buddhist...
Religious Sites Southern Districts: Chongwen and Xuanwu
 
Summer Palace
Emperor Qianlong commissioned this giant royal retreat for his...
Castles / Palaces Haidian District
 
Temple of Azure Clouds
Once the home of a Yuan Dynasty official, the site was converted...
Religious Sites Haidian District
 
Temple of Heaven
A prime example of Chinese religious architecture, this is where...
Religious Sites Southern Districts: Chongwen and Xuanwu
 
Temple of Longevity
A Ming empress built this temple to honor her son in 1578. Qing...
Religious Sites Haidian District
 
Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Although the temple was damaged during the Cultural Revolution...
Religious Sites, Archaeological Sites Haidian District
 
Temple of the White Pagoda
This 13th-century Tibetan stupa, the largest of its kind in China...
Religious Sites Xicheng District
 
Tiananmen Square
The world's largest public square, and the very heart of modern...
Squares Dongcheng District
 
Wangfujing
Wangfujing, one of the city's oldest and busiest shopping districts...
Neighborhoods / Streets, Historic Districts / Sites Dongcheng District
 
White Clouds Taoist Temple
This lively Taoist temple founded in the 8th century serves as...
Religious Sites Southern Districts: Chongwen and Xuanwu
 
Workers' Stadium
North of Ritan Park is the Workers' Stadium complex, where many...
Arts / Performance Venues Chaoyang District
 
Xiangshan Park
This hillside park, also known as Fragrant Hills Park, is northwest...
Parks Haidian District
 
Xidan
This area teems with shopping malls and small stores selling...
Neighborhoods / Streets, Stores / Malls Xicheng District
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