Temple of Heaven
Yongdingmen Inner Street (West Gate)
Ph: 86-(0)10-6702 8866
Ming Dynasty sacrificial halls in Beijing's most beautiful park.
Tiananmen Square at night
13 Guozijian St.
One of China's few remaining memorials to the great philosopher.
12 Yonghegong St.
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
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
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
Soong Ching Ling's Former Residence
46 Houhai Beiyan
Ph: 86-(0)10-6404-4205 ext. 815
Madame Soong, who is much loved in China, was the wife of Sun Yat-sen.
A huge pleasure park for the hedonistic Qing Dynasty royals.
Fragrant Hills Park
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.
Ph: 86-(0)10-6702 4431
Dinosaurs rule the roost in this kitsch museum.
Chairman Mao Memorial Hall
The Great Helmsman's waxy remains encased in a crystal coffin are interred here.
Hongqiao Pearl Market
16 Hongqiao St.
The third floor is stacked with pearl sellers. Bargain hard!
9A Guanghua St.
Stocks international mid- to top-range clothing brands, great cheap food court in the basement.
8 Xiushui East St.
Cheap knock-offs and lots of Chinese kitsch souvenirs.