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  • 1. Confucius Temple

    Dongcheng District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This tranquil temple to China's great sage has endured close to eight centuries of additions and restorations. The Hall of Great Accomplishment...Read More

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  • 2. Jingshan Park

    Xicheng District | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This park, also known as Coal Hill Park, was built around a small peak formed from earth excavated for the Forbidden City's moats. Ming rulers...Read More

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  • 3. The Forbidden City

    Dongcheng District | Castle/Palace

    Undeniably sumptuous, the Forbidden City, once home to a long line of emperors, is Beijing's most enduring emblem. Magnificent halls, winding...Read More

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  • 4. Tiananmen Square

    Dongcheng District | Plaza/Square

    The world's largest public square, and the very heart of modern China, Tiananmen Square owes little to grand imperial designs and everything...Read More

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  • 5. 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

  • 6. Donghuamen Night Market

    Dongcheng District | Market/Bazaar

    Crunchy deep-fried scorpions and other critters are sold at the Donghuamen Night Market, at the northern end of Wangfujing's wide walking boulevard...Read More

  • 7. Guijie

    Dongcheng District | Neighborhood/Street

    This nearly mile-long stretch, also known as Ghost Street, is lined with more than 100 restaurants, many open 24 hours a day and attracting...Read More

  • 8. Lama Temple

    Dongcheng District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the most important functioning Buddhist temples in Beijing, this much-visited Tibetan Buddhist masterpiece has five main halls and numerous...Read More

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  • 9. Mao Zedong Memorial Hall

    Dongcheng District | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Sentries here will assure that your communion with the Great Helmsman is brief. First, check your bag and camera at the designated point to...Read More

  • 10. Nan Luogu Xiang

    Dongcheng District | Historic District/Site

    The narrow Nan Luogu Xiang, or South Gong and Bell Alley, which dates back some 700 years, got a new lease on life when it was discovered by...Read More

  • 11. National Museum of China

    Dongcheng District | Museum/Gallery

    This monumental edifice on the eastern side of Tiananmen Square showcases 5,000 years of history in immaculate surroundings. With 2 million...Read More

  • 12. The Poly Art Museum

    Dongcheng District | Museum/Gallery

    This impressive but often overlooked museum, located in a gleaming glass office tower, was established in 1998 to promote traditional art and...Read More

  • 13. Wangfujing

    Dongcheng District | Historic District/Site

    Wangfujing, one of the city's oldest and busiest shopping districts, is still lined with a handful of laozihao , old brand-name shops, some...Read More

  • 14. 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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