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Where to Go in Beijing

© Pete Turner / Getty Images Beijing’s 15th Century Temple of Heaven

Photo: Beijing’s 15th Century Temple of Heaven

We’ve got the lowdown on the city’s can’t-miss sites, shops, restaurants, and tour guides. It’s everything you need for visiting China's booming city right now. Read the article

Destinations: Beijing

Inspired by: Where to Go in Beijing — by Aric Chen, Published Mar. 2008

Restaurants (2)

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    LAN

    Treat yourself to an over-the-top dinner at the Philippe Starck-designed LAN, full of Baroque accents and crowd-pleasing dishes (oysters in spicy-s

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    Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant

    For an authentic Peking Duck experience, locals swear by Dadong, just a 10-minute walk from Chaoyang Park Beach. After a complex process of inflati

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Activities (11)

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    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,

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    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

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    Ruifuxiang

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

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    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

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    Beijing National Stadium

    It isn't often that a building defines a city, and even becomes its icon, but that seems destined to be the case of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Me

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    National Centre for the Performing Arts

    A colossal monument to theatre, opera, and classical music opened in the Fall of 2007, just in time to impress the Olympic crowds.

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    Houhai Lake

    The central Houhai Lake is lined with lively waterfront bars and cafés, take a stroll along the promenade before sitting down to dine.

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    Dashanzi Art District

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

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    Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center

    The heritage center offers educational tours through the city's traditional, and fast disappearing, hutong neighborhoods.

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    Legation Quarter

    A high-end restaurant, entertainment, and cultural development set within the former American Embassy compound.

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    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

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