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  • Stone Boat Café

    During the summer months, this dinky but charming bar—set right at the edge of a lake in Ritan Park—hosts an array of live music acts. Blues, rock,... More
  • Temple of Heaven

    The Taoist temple where Ming and Qing dynasty emperors once prayed for good harvests has some of the most exquisitely graceful architecture in the ... More
  • Terminal 3

    Beijing’s newly opened Terminal 3, designed by Norman Foster’s Foster & Partners, is a miracle of rapid-fire engineering and army-ant–intensity con... More
  • The Pottery Workshop

    This charming little pottery studio-cum-store, which features ceramics from talented local potters, has solved many a gift-giver’s dilemma. The emp... More
  • The Summer Palace

    It must have been quite a schlep for emperors of old—who traveled in slow-moving palanquins along with hundreds of courtiers to get to this beautif... More
  • Three Stones Kite Company

    Kite flying is a hugely popular pastime in Beijing: visit Tiananmen Square on a breezy day and you’ll see scores of people—tots, teens, old-timers—... More
  • Tiananmen Square

    Capable of holding a million people, the 100-acre Tiananmen is the world’s largest public square. Built in 1949, when the Communist Party took powe... More
  • Torana Carpets

    A man with a PhD in Chemistry from Oxford may not be the first person you’d expect to start a Tibetan textiles company, but that’s exactly what Chr... More
  • Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

    This groundbreaking gallery is set in one of the capital’s most intriguing developments—a former state munitions factory turned into an 80,000-squa... More
  • Water Cube

    Olympic Pedigree: Home to swimming, diving, water polo, and synchronized swimming in 2008, and possibly where amphibious phenom Michael Phelps brea... More
  • White Collar Clothing Co.

    This women’s wear and accessories boutique carries little-known Chinese brands, like namesake White Collar and sister company Shee. Look past the g... More
  • Xicheng

    The main draw of this area west of Tiananmen Square is the new Financial Street area, home to high-rise office towers, a cluster of five-star hotel... More
  • Xiu

    In the Central Business District, well-heeled urbanites take in live jazz over Moët champagne, crispy prawn fritters, and Cohiba cigars at Park Hya... More
  • Yan Club

    Well-known rock venue impresario Li Xuebing (or “Bing Bing”) and Hong Kong gallery owner Zhao Lei combined forces in 2001 to open the Yan Club as a... More

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