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Things to do in Beijing

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  • Centro

    Big, riotous, and open around the clock, this lacquer-walled music lounge is hugely popular with the after-work crowd. In the early evenings, men a... More
  • Chang & Biörck

    Check out the Scandinavian-Chinese designs at this Sun City shop. More
  • Chaoyang

    This sprawling district east of Tiananmen Square has lots of variety: some areas are dotted with lively clubs and cutting-edge restaurants; others ... More
  • China Art & Archives Warehouse

    A gallery opposite the Nangao police station, in an area just outside The Fifth Ring Road. More
  • China Central Television Headquarters

    The television headquarters will be the second-largest building in the world, after the Pentagon, and the architects Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren ... More
  • Chinese Contemporary

  • Chongwen

    The now-restored Legation Quarter, the fabulous Temple of Heaven, and bustling pearl and tea markets are the highlights of this neighborhood southe... More
  • D.Lounge

    A brick-walled gallery that, come night, morphs into a gathering spot for fashion designers and media types. The most creative drink: “emperor’s wh... More
  • D-22

    Don't be fooled by the fading paint and dusty velvet banquettes: the best young Chinese indie bands can be found cutting their teeth at this respec... More
  • Dashanzi Art District

    Also known as Factory 798, this Bauhaus-style complex houses the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. More
  • Dongcheng

    The historical and geographical heart of Beijing, this district contains the Forbidden City and is crisscrossed by scores of atmospheric hutongs. M... More
  • Entertainment Center

    The airport’s mini-spa offers small, semi-private rooms with two comfy chairs each.  Try a 50-minute Tibetan Sweet Herb Alga Mud foot massage ($29)... More
  • Forbidden City

    It doesn’t have a street address—which is only fitting for a place that was once considered the center of the universe. The Forbidden City’s vast, ... More
  • Gate of Heavenly Peace

    Chairman Mao himself is said to have surveyed Beijing from atop the Gate of Heavenly Peace and announced he wanted "the sky to be filled with smoke... More
  • Great Wall of China

    A day trip to the Great Wall is an absolute must when in Beijing. The only question is, what part to visit? This ancient masterwork (which, in a fa... More

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