Beijing Sights

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Tiananmen Square

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The world's largest public square, and the very heart of modern China, Tiananmen Square owes little to grand imperial designs and everything...


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Wangfujing, one of the city's oldest and busiest shopping districts, is still lined with a handful of laozihao , old brand-name shops,...

White Clouds Taoist Temple

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This lively Taoist temple founded in the 8th century serves as a center for China's only indigenous religion. Monks wearing blue-cotton...

Workers' Stadium

  • Arts/Performance Venue

North of Ritan Park is the Workers' Stadium complex, where many of the biggest visiting acts perform. The main stadium here is also home...


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This area teems with shopping malls and small stores selling clothing and accessories, and upwardly mobile Chinese coming to browse and...


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Yesanpo (150 km [90 miles] northeast of Beijing) is a sleepy village between Beijing and neighboring Hebei province, nestled in a national...


  • Cemetery

Of the nine tombs open to the public, Yuling is not to be missed. This is the resting place of the Qing Dynasty's most powerful sovereign,...

Yunju Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

To protect the Buddhist canon from destruction by Taoist emperors, the devout Tang-era monk Jing Wan carved Buddhist scriptures into...


Allow ample time for a hike or drive northwest from Changling to the six fenced-off unrestored tombs, a short distance farther up the...

Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

This area of lime mines and craggy foothills, 48 km (30 miles) southwest of Beijing, ranks among the world's great paleontological sites...


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