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  • 1. Qingdongling

    Ruins

    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

    Cemetery

    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

    Resort

    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

    Ruins

    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

    Ruins

    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

    Ruins

    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

    Ruins

    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

    Ruins

    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

    Market/Bazaar

    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

    Cemetery

    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

    Town/Village

    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

    Ruins

    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

    Ruins

    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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