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A Perfect Day in Beijing

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Get an early morning start at the Lama Temple, followed by jaunts through the hutongs, and dumplings for lunch. End the afternoon with a walk on the grounds of the Summer Palace, then reward yourself for all the calories burned by indulging in a duck dinner. If you're still awake, enjoy a nightcap at a bar with a view.
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12 Yonghegong St, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100007
To understand China, it's imperative to understand the important role religion and philosophy play in the culture. Buddhism is one such influence, and this gorgeous temple tells a bit of that story. Yonghegong is in the northern part of Beijing...
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Dongzhimen, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
When Beijing’s hutongs—narrow alleyways that connect to form mazelike neighborhoods—were originally built, they were lined with stone houses that had central courtyards. In 1949, with the founding of the People's...
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China, Beijing, Dongcheng, Andingmen, Zhonglouwan Hutong, 临9号
When you're in Beijing, take a tour of a hutong (historic distric) on a pedi-rickshaw. The tour takes you through the narrow streets of the hutong where you'll see men getting haircuts out in the square, people cooking outside on small barbeques,...
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Dongzhimen Inner St, DongZhiMen, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
After visiting the Yonghe (Lama) Temple in Beijing, stop and enjoy fresh made dumplings. This gem is located at Beixinqiao 1st alley, which is near the Beixinqiao northeast station exit. You will love the variety they offer (and the price). If I...
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19 Xinjiangongmen Rd, Haidian Qu, China, 100000
The present-day Summer Palace is China's largest royal park and was once called the Garden of Cultivated Harmony. It took its current name when Empress Dowager Cixi, in a controversial action, used some money earmarked for the navy and rebuilt the...
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, Dongsi 10th Alley, 东四十条甲22号南新仓商务大厦1-2层 邮政编码: 100001
You can’t leave Beijing without having Peking duck at Da Dong. I eat the crisp skin first, dipped in sugar. Then I pile the skin, meat, leek, cucumber, and sweet, fermented sauce onto pancakes. I finish by drinking the broth from the carcass. —...
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1 Jianguomen Outer St, GuoMao, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100004
Few venues give as unique a view of Beijing as does Atmosphere Bar, set atop China World Summit Wing, the city's tallest building. On a clear day, you can see landmarks such as Tiananmen Square, the Bird's Nest stadium from the 2008 Olympics, and...