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Beijing, Shunyi

Beijing is the heart of China. It seats the country’s political, economic, and cultural centers—and has done so for the past eight centuries. The city’s architecture shows its stately and complex past through grand palaces and stunning temples. Yet, the locale embodies a forward-thinking attitude, which allows them to seamlessly mingle the past with progress. Kick-start your discovery of the Chinese capital at its top tourist attractions! Your curiosity will be adequately piqued; and soon enough, you’ll be ready to dive deeper into the secrets of the metropolis.

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The Great Wall of China

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It’s time to cross off The Great Wall of China from your bucket list! The magnificent bulwark is divided into several restored and crumbling sections. Badaling is the most popular, mostly because of its proximity to Beijing; but you’ll have to brave the crowd for a great photo. Mutianyu is more quiet and wows with gorgeous natural surroundings. Prepare for a bit of a workout since there’s a little hike involved! Adventurous guests may tackle Simatai, the only section that allows night tours. It’s a less developed area, so the historic charm of the original fortification is preserved.

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Tiananmen Square

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The world’s largest public square, Tiananmen Square has seen its fair share of historic moments. These include the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949 and the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989. Drop by before sunrise to watch the daily raising of the flag; likewise, you may also come before sunset to catch the flag being drawn down. Here, you’ll find China’s biggest monument dedicated to the People’s Heroes; the Great Hall of the People which hosts government meetings; and the National Museum of China. The main attraction, though, is the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, home of the embalmed body of PRC chairman Mao Zedong!

  • Dongchang Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
    北京市东城区东长安街

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Forbidden City

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Enter the world of China’s royalty at the Forbidden City, the largest palace complex in the world! It became the home of 24 emperors throughout the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Inside the compound, there are about 800 buildings and more than 9,000 rooms! It will take days to fully explore the place, but the key attractions should only take a few hours if you stick to the Central Axis. Must-see’s include the Gate of Heavenly Peace for a spectacular view of Tiananmen Square; the Hall of Supreme Harmony, which held various royal celebrations; and the Imperial Garden, where you’ll encounter 400-year-old trees.

  • Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
    北京市东城区东

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Liyuan Theatre

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China has hundreds of opera variations, but the Peking Opera is the most celebrated! The style mixes acrobatics and kung fu on top of acting, singing, and dancing. Enjoy a show at the Liyuan Theatre and watch in awe as costumed performers grace the stage. Daily performances consist of a four-part repertoire. Each act tells a story relating to local culture, history, ancient legends, and romance. There are screens beside the stage that flash English subtitles to keep you up to speed with what’s happening!

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  • 175 Yongan Road, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
    北京市西城区永安路175号

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Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park)

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Marvel at the magnificent examples of Chinese religious architecture at Temple of Heaven. Several Ming Dynasty buildings dot the massive 270-acre area. The most striking landmark is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, whose dark blue roof calls to the heavens. Its three-tier, circular marble-based structure is a feat of design, supported only by 28 pillars (and zero nails!). For centuries, emperors conducted worship ceremonies here to ask for good weather and an abundant harvest.

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  • Number 1, Tiantan Dongli, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
    北京市东城区天坛东里甲1号

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Silk Street (Xiushui Market)

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Go on a shopping spree at Silk Street, one of Beijing most impressive indoor bazaars! The mall houses over 1,000 retailers, selling everything from shoes and apparel to calligraphy materials and jade articles. Bring on your bargaining skills to get the best deals! Of course, you must take home a few silk pieces from the time-honored brands that still set up shop on the third floor.

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  • Number 8, Xiushui East Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
    北京市朝阳区秀水东街8号

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Da Dong Roast Duck (Dongsishitiao)

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Savor Beijing’s tastiest and most famous delicacy—Peking Duck! The dish features a specially prepared roast duck, beloved for its crispy skin and juicy meat. Da Dong Roast Duck is known for its leaner, smokier version of the bird, which is achieved by using a spherical wood-fired oven instead of the traditional square range. Dip the duck skin and meat into your sauce of choice, then wrap it in a thin pancake! Feel free to experiment with flavors, but we say that they best condiment is still the classic sugar gravy!

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  • Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
    东城区 东四十条甲22号南新仓国际大厦1~2楼

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Beijing Olympic Park (Olympic Green)

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Head to Beijing Olympic Park to see the remaining icons from the 2008 Olympics. Its centerpiece is the National Stadium (also known as Bird’s Nest), a remarkable arena crafted from 42,000 tons of steel! Take a lap via a rented Segway around the massive space which held the event’s opening and closing ceremonies. Nearby, visit the National Aquatics Center (nicknamed the Water Cube) where Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps set his first few world records. The pool has since been transformed into a full-on water park. You may also pop in at the Olympic Forest Park—now the biggest urban landscape in Asia!

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  • Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
    北京市朝阳区

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Summer Palace

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Summer Palace gives you a glimpse of the imperial family’s grand vacation abodes. The 700-acre retreat is the most well-preserved royal park in China. Within, you’ll encounter pagodas, temples, and arched bridges contrasted by elegant Chinese gardens. Spend a day here to escape the bustle of the city. Don’t miss out on boating along Kunming Lake. The activity makes for a great sightseeing tour!

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  • Number 19, Gongmeng Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China
    北京市海淀区新建宫门路19号

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