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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. Summer Palace

    Haidian District | Castle/Palace

    Emperor Qianlong commissioned this giant royal retreat in 1750. Anglo–French forces plundered, then burned, many of the palaces in 1860, and...Read More

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  • 3. Beijing Botanical Garden

    Haidian District | Garden

    Sitting at the feet of the Western Hills in Beijing's northwestern suburbs, the Beijing Botanical Garden, opened in 1955, hosts China's largest...Read More

  • 4. Big Bell Temple

    Haidian District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 18th-century temple shields China's biggest bell and more than 400 smaller bells and gongs from the Ming, Song, and Yuan dynasties. The...Read More

  • 5. Five-Pagoda Temple

    Haidian District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Hidden among trees just behind the zoo and set amid carved stones, the temple's five pagodas reveal obvious Indian influences. It was built...Read More

  • 6. Fragrant Hills Park

    Haidian District | City Park

    Once an imperial retreat, Xiangshan Park is better known as "Fragrant Hills Park." From the eastern gate you can hike to the summit on a trail...Read More

  • 7. Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolutions

    Haidian District | Museum/Gallery

    Closed for major renovations, this museum is scheduled to reopen in 2015. Stuffed with everything from AK-47s to captured tanks to missile launchers...Read More

  • 8. Temple of Longevity

    Haidian District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A Ming empress built this temple to honor her son in 1578. Qing emperor Qianlong later restored it as a birthday present to his mother. From...Read More

  • 9. 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

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