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  • No-Name Bookstore

    If you’re new to Beijing, forgot your own guidebook, and no one is meeting you, consider picking up the best (if overpriced) guidebook in stock, Lo... More
  • Olympic Green

    The epicenter of the Beijing games, the green is the site of Herzog & de Meuron-designed "Bird's Nest" National Stadium where the gymnastic and aqu... More
  • Olympic Park, Beijing

    Set in the city’s northeastern Chaoyang district, the newly built Olympic Park is home to the fabulous “Bird’s Nest” national stadium (an inventive... More
  • Panjiayuan Market

    For really distinctive souvenirs, avoid the dreary state-run stores and samey hotel-lobby shops in favor of this boisterous, treasure-filled market... More
  • Passenger Service Center

    Upon arrival, go one flight up directly to the Departures hall Passenger Service Center for excellent help (finding a car, hotel, transfers, sights... More
  • Penjiayuan Flea Market

    Elbow your way through the antiques stalls of the labyrinthine market, open only on weekends. More
  • Phone Card Vending Machine

    Pass a carved white stone wall and there, next to the bathrooms, is a vending machine with SIM cards from China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Tel... More
  • Plastered T-Shirts

    British expat and longtime Beijing resident Dominic Johnson-Hill mines a rich seam of local nostalgia with his line of quirky, retro T-shirts—which... More
  • Qianlong Garden

    For much of the 20th century the exquisite interiors of the two-acre Qianlong Garden, built between 1771 and 1776 and tucked within Beijing’s legen... More
  • Qiaobo Ice & Snow

    The resort offers two slopes: an amateur run of 650 feet and an advanced one that stretches for 1,000. It's open year-round, a bragging right the r... More
  • Red Gate

    The respected gallery's new space at 798 was previously a liquor factory. More
  • Redmoon

    It’s a see-and-be-seen scene at Redmoon, where well-heeled late-nighters size each other up over Japanese sake-tinis and pricey plates of sashimi. ... More
  • River Romance

    While the traditional boat that guests board may be called a “junk,” the experience is far from it on this staffed all-night cruise. During this pr... More
  • Ruifuxiang

    In-the-know shoppers head to this Tianamen square locale for bespoke qipaos (traditional full-length dresses) in rich silk or brocade. More
  • Shijingshan Amusement Park

    At this trademark-skirting park in western Beijing—where a banner over the entrance proclaims: "Disneyland is too far"—there's a replica of Sleepin... More

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