Beijing Sights

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The most elaborate of the Qing tombs was built for the infamous Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908). Known for her failure to halt Western-imperialist...

Fahai Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The stunning works of Buddhist mural art at Fahai Temple, 20 km (12 miles) west of the central city, are among the most underappreciated...

Great Wall at Badaling

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Only one hour by car from downtown Beijing and located not far from the Ming Tombs, the Great Wall at Badaling is where visiting dignitaries...

Great Wall at Jinshanling

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The Great Wall at Jinshanling is perhaps the least tamed of the restored Great Wall sections near Beijing, as well as the least visited.

Great Wall at Juyongguan

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Juyongguan is a quick, easygoing alternative for those not willing to blow a whole day traveling to Mutianyu or Jinshanling, or brave...

Great Wall at Mutianyu

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Only slightly farther from downtown Beijing than Badaling, the Great Wall at Mutianyu is more spectacular and, despite the occasional...

Great Wall at Simatai

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Remote and largely unrestored, this section of the Great Wall is ideal if you're seeking adventure. Near the frontier garrison at Gubeikou,...

Jietai Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The four main halls of one of China's most famous ancient Buddhist sites occupy terraces on a gentle slope up to Ma'an Shan (Saddle Hill),...

Marco Polo Bridge

  • Bridge/Tunnel

Built in 1192 and reconstructed after severe flooding during the Qing Dynasty, this impressive span—known as Marco Polo Bridge because...

Tanzhe Temple

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A Buddhist complex nestled in a grove of zhe (cudrania) trees near Jietai Temple was established around AD 400 and once home to more...