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  • 1. Old Summer Palace

    Haidian District | Ruins

    About the size of New York's Central Park, this ruin was once a grand collection of palaces—the emperor's summer retreat from the 15th century...Read More

  • 2. Qingdongling

    Ruins

    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...Read More

  • 3. Beihai Park

    Xicheng District | Ruins

    A white stupa is perched on a small island just north of the south gate of this park. Also at the south entrance is Round City, which contains...Read More

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  • 4. Ditan Park

    Dongcheng District | Ruins

    In "Temple of Earth Park," 105 acres of 16th-century green space, are the square altar where emperors once made sacrifices to the earth god...Read More

  • 5. Great Wall at Badaling

    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...Read More

  • 6. Great Wall at Jinshanling

    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. Besides...Read More

  • 7. Great Wall at Juyongguan

    Ruins

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

  • 8. Great Wall at Mutianyu

    Ruins

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

  • 9. Great Wall at Simatai

    Ruins

    This remote section of the Great Wall is ideal if you're seeking adventure. It's been partially restored, but it's nowhere near as commercial...Read More

  • 10. Temple of the Reclining Buddha

    Haidian District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although the temple was damaged during the Cultural Revolution and poorly renovated afterward, the Sleeping Buddha remains. Built in 627–629...Read More

  • 11. Zhaoling

    Ruins

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

  • 12. Zhoukoudian Peking Man 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 (and...Read More

  • 13. Dongbianmen Watch Tower

    Chongwen District | Ruins

    This is Beijing's last remaining Ming watchtower. Be sure to check out the Red Gate Gallery inside, which shows works by well-known contemporary...Read More

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