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  • 1. 798 Art District

    Chaoyang | Arts/Performance Venue

    Chinese contemporary art has exploded in the past decade, and to see some of the finest examples of the scene look no further than 798 Art District...Read More

  • 2. 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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  • 3. 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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  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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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  • 7. Temple of Heaven

    Xuanwu District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A prime example of Chinese religious architecture, this is where emperors once performed important rites. It was a site for imperial sacrifices...Read More

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  • 8. 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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  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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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  • 11. 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

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