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  • 1. Qingdongling


    The most elaborate of the Qing tombs was built for the infamous Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908). Known for her failure to halt Western-imperialist...Read More

  • 2. Tian Yi Mu

    Shijingshan District | Museum/Gallery

    Eunuchs have played a vital role throughout Chinese history, frequently holding great sway over the affairs of state. Their importance, often...Read More

  • 3. Yuling


    Of the nine tombs open to the public, Yuling is not to be missed. This is the resting place of the Qing Dynasty's most powerful sovereign, Emperor...Read More

  • 4. Beidaihe


    Chairman Mao and the party's favorite spot for sand, sun, and seafood, Beidaihe, (250 km [170 miles] northeast of Beijing) is one of China's...Read More

  • 5. Fahai Temple

    Shijingshan District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The stunning works of Buddhist mural art at Fahai Temple, 20 km (12 miles) west of the central city, are among the most underappreciated sights...Read More

  • 6. Great Wall at Badaling


    Only one hour by car from downtown Beijing and located not far from the Ming Tombs, the Great Wall at Badaling is where visiting dignitaries...Read More

  • 7. Great Wall at Jinshanling


    The Great Wall at Jinshanling is perhaps the least tamed of the restored Great Wall sections near Beijing, as well as the least visited. Besides...Read More

  • 8. Great Wall at Juyongguan


    Juyongguan is a quick, easygoing alternative for those not willing to blow a whole day traveling to Mutianyu or Jinshanling, or brave the more...Read More

  • 9. Great Wall at Mutianyu


    Only slightly farther from downtown Beijing than Badaling, the Great Wall at Mutianyu is more spectacular and, despite the occasional annoyances...Read More

  • 10. Great Wall at Simatai


    This remote section of the Great Wall is ideal if you're seeking adventure. It's been partially restored, but it's nowhere near as commercial...Read More

  • 11. Jietai Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The four main halls of one of China's most famous ancient Buddhist sites occupy terraces on a gentle slope up to Ma'an Shan (Saddle Hill), 35...Read More

  • 12. Marco Polo Bridge

    Fengtai District | Bridge/Tunnel

    Built in 1192 and reconstructed after severe flooding during the Qing Dynasty, this impressive span—known as Marco Polo Bridge because it was...Read More

  • 13. Shenyangdao Antiques Market


    Tianjin (96 km [60 miles] east of Beijing) is a huge port city of 10 million people known to Beijingers for its baozi (steamed buns), wonderful...Read More

  • 14. Tanzhe Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A Buddhist complex nestled in a grove of zhe (cudrania) trees near Jietai Temple was established around AD 400 and once home to more than...Read More

  • 15. Thirteen Ming Tombs


    A narrow valley just north of Changping is the final resting place for 13 of the Ming Dynasty's 16 emperors (the first Ming emperor was buried...Read More

  • 16. Yesanpo


    Yesanpo (150 km [90 miles] northeast of Beijing) is a sleepy village between Beijing and neighboring Hebei province, nestled in a national park...Read More

  • 17. Yunju Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    To protect the Buddhist canon from destruction by Taoist emperors, the devout Tang-era monk Jing Wan carved Buddhist scriptures into stone slabs...Read More

  • 18. Zhaoling


    Allow ample time for a hike or drive northwest from Changling to the six fenced-off unrestored tombs, a short distance farther up the valley...Read More

  • 19. Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site


    This area of lime mines and craggy foothills, 48 km (30 miles) southwest of Beijing, ranks among the world's great paleontological sites (and...Read More

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