Collected by Joshua Buttke
1 Chaoyang Park S Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
This is the largest park in Beijing, so you almost run the risk of getting lost. There are worse things that could happen. The park has a number of attractions, such as an artificial beach, swimming pools, a bungee-jumping tower, boat rental, and...
3 Xinbi St, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100031
This gleaming performing arts center, sometimes called the Giant Egg, was designed by French architect Paul Andreu and inaugurated in 2007. The ellipsoid dome, made of titanium and glass and surrounded by a man-made lake, looks a bit like a...
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...
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...
9 Dongdaqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
A city within a city is how some describe the enormous structure known as Parkview Green. Certified as among the most environmentally friendly buildings in China, it offers a blend of retail, business, and hotel space encased in a triangular glass...
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...
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...
5 Yiheyuan Rd, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100080
After a meeting at Peking University, I had a few minutes to explore the campus. It felt much more like a park than a university, with expansive, open spaces, and was full of the beauty of its distinguished history.
186 Wangfujing St, WangFuJing, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Wangfujing is first and foremost a tourist market. It's bold, brash, and unapologetic—and for that, it has my respect. Wangfujing is comfortable in its own skin, even when that skin is crawling with scorpions. I'll always have a special place in...