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2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, JianWai DaJie, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100005
This is great sight if you're interested in astronomy, science, ancient technology, the meeting of East and West, or you just need a break from the noise and crowds. The observatory was built in the Yuan Dynasty (1239-1368 AD). It was put to great...
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"Guijie" street is lined with hole-in-the-wall hot pot places. It's also home to one of my favorite courtyard restaurants, Huajiayiyuan 花家怡园, which serves some of the best Peking roast duck in the city. There's even a kung-fu noodle master and tea...
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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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Want to learn how to make tasty dumplings? Or hand-pulled noodles? Or the cuisine of Hunan, Yunnan and Sichuan? The Hutong is a cozy retreat where you can gather with a small group and—all tools provided—learn how to make a dish or two. The Hutong...
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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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3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
A cooking school by day (Wednesdays and Sundays, to be specific), Black Sesame Kitchen hosts a 10-course family-style meal on Tuesday and Friday nights that allows visitors to sample Chinese dishes from a variety of regional cuisines. Most who...
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3 Xinbi St, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100051
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...
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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...
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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...