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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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Beijing, China
The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
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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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4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Beijing's number one tourist attraction is a massive former imperial palace known as the Forbidden City. Between 1416 and 1911, it was home to 24 Ming and Qing dynasty emperors and their families and staff. In 1912, after the abdication of...
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Xicheng, Beijing, China
The world's seventh-largest public square is best known in the West for the 1989 student protests, but this is also where, on October 1, 1949, Mao Zedong founded the People's Republic of China. The square was named for Tiananmen (which translates...
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1 Tiantan E Rd, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
This complex of Taoist religious buildings was constructed in the early 15th century under the Yongle Emperor, who also commissioned the Forbidden City, just to the north. The temple's central building is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a...
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Binhai, China, 300450

Locals and expats alike come here for the exhibits on polar and marine animals and for the performances. There’s a fun dolphin show with the sleek creatures gracefully diving in and out of the water, and a cheerful seal performance...

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China, Tianjin Shi, Xiqing Qu, Yuhe Rd, 估衣街47号 邮政编码: 300380

Built in 1875 to be the residence of the wealthy Shi family, one of Tianjin’s most prominent clans, this mansion is now a museum offering an inside look at how certain affluent city dwellers lived in the late 19th century. The house’s...

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62 Pingjiang Rd, Hexi Qu, China, 300201

The collection of antiquities at the ultramodern Tianjin Museum consists of 200,000 pieces, including paintings, bronzes, ceramics and ancient coins; the most interesting exhibits focus on the history of the city. On Mondays, when...

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Gulou E St, Nankai Qu, Tianjin Shi, China

This peaceful temple is believed to have been built in the early 18th century. Within is a small museum covering the teachings of Confucius and an area where you can buy small plaques on which to write prayers and wishes. Pedestrian-only Ancient...

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This is the most stylish Peking duck restaurant in town, where locals pair their birds with prosecco or champagne. The duck here is delectable: roasted over jujube wood for just over an hour until perfectly crispy on the outside and succulent...

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This venue closed in September 2017. How many restaurants can boast direct views of Tiananmen Square and Mao's Mausoleum? Capital M can, and its terrace is one of Beijing's best places for alfresco drinks. The restaurant serves continental...
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Day and night, dumplings are being made by hand, boiled and fried at the original branch of Mr. Shi’s in Baochao Hutong and at the Sanlitun outpost. This is not your corner dumpling joint but a cleaned-up space where the menus are in English...
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12 Yonghegong St, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100007

It’s up to you to make lunch at this cooking school, where Joyce Pan guides her small classes in filling and folding dumplings and stretching noodles. Enjoy the results of your kitchen work paired with a vegetable side dish from Joyce,...

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This expansive space in Sanlitun is filled with antique and modern Chinese housewares. You’ll find wooden shelves dating back to the Qing dynasty, handsome mahogany chairs, shiny brass light fixtures and tables made of elm and walnut....

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China, Beijing Shi, Xicheng Qu, ShiChaHai, 地安门西大街甲25 邮政编码: 100009
Head to any Chinese park on a sunny afternoon or weekend and look up: Flitting through the sky, carried by the winds, are dozens of colorful kites. These are being flown by pint-size kids, laughing couples hand in hand, and smiling grandparents...
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85 S Luogu Alley, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007

What began as two Danish expats' hobby of collecting photographs of China from the 1890s to 1940s is now this gallery-cum-shop. There are antique images of Tiananmen Square, formal family portraits and casual snapshots of kids at play. The...

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Dongcheng, China
Despite its name, within this mall are shops selling all manner of electronics, watches, clothing, handbags, suitcases, and, of course, jewelry, including hundreds of pearls in every conceivable shape, size, and color. You can buy jewelry already...