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Beijing Attractions

What to See and Do in Beijing

Important sights and attractions.

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Temple of Heaven
Yongdingmen Inner Street (West Gate)
Chongwen district
Ph: 86-(0)10-6702 8866

Ming Dynasty sacrificial halls in Beijing's most beautiful park.

Tiananmen Square at night
Tiananmen Square at night

Confucius Temple
13 Guozijian St.
Dongcheng district
Ph: 86-(0)10-8402-7224

One of China's few remaining memorials to the great philosopher.

Lama Temple
12 Yonghegong St.
Dongcheng district
Ph: 86-(0)10- 6404-4499 ext 251

The largest Tibetan temple in China outside of Tibet proper dates back to the 17th century.


The Forbidden City
Chang'an Avenue
Dongcheng district
Ph: 86-(0)10-8511-7311

Built at the cosmic center of the ancient capital, the Forbidden City is where the emperor lived with his army of concubines, wives and eunuchs.

The Palace of Prince Gong
14a Liuyin Jie
East Bank of Houhai
Dongcheng district
Ph: 86-(0)10-6616-8149

Prince Gong was the brother of emperor Xian Feng and wielded considerable power in the emperor's court from 1861 to 1884.

Detail at the Forbidden City
Detail at the Forbidden City

Soong Ching Ling's Former Residence
46 Houhai Beiyan
Dongcheng district
Ph: 86-(0)10-6404-4205 ext. 815

Madame Soong, who is much loved in China, was the wife of Sun Yat-sen.

Summer Palace
Yiheyuan Street
Haidian district
Ph: 86-(0)10-6288-1144

A huge pleasure park for the hedonistic Qing Dynasty royals.


Fragrant Hills Park
Haidian district
Ph: 86(0)-10-6269-1155

It's a tough climb, but on a clear day the top of hill affords great views of the Chinese capital.


Natural History Museum
126 Tianqiao South St.
Chongwen district
Ph: 86-(0)10-6702 4431

Dinosaurs rule the roost in this kitsch museum.

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall
Tiananmen Square
Dongcheng district
Ph: 86-(0)10-6513-2277

The Great Helmsman's waxy remains encased in a crystal coffin are interred here.


Hongqiao Pearl Market
16 Hongqiao St.
Chongwen district

The third floor is stacked with pearl sellers. Bargain hard!

A view of the Beijing Skyline
Beijing Skyline

The Place
9A Guanghua St.
Chaoyang district
Ph: 86-(0)10-8595-1755

Stocks international mid- to top-range clothing brands, great cheap food court in the basement.

Silk Market
8 Xiushui East St.
Chaoyang district
Ph: 86-(0)10-5169-8800

Cheap knock-offs and lots of Chinese kitsch souvenirs.


Forbidden City

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