VIDEO: Take a Travel + Leisure Tour of Beijing, China
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VIDEO: Take a Travel + Leisure Tour of Beijing, China

Follow along as we journey through China’s storied capital.

China’s vibrant capital, Beijing, draws millions of travelers from every continent year after year: and for good reason. If you’re traveling to China, there will be no shortage of fun things to do in Beijing. Between the imperial gardens, a skyline that delicately balances ancient temples and modern skyscrapers, and a buzzing street food scene matched only by an impressive variety of upscale restaurants, China’s second-largest city belongs at the top of your bucket list. If you’re trying to plan what to do in Beijing, we’ve got you covered.

Start your tour with a visit to the world’s largest (and perhaps most infamous) public square: Tiananmen. From here, visitors can see the city’s grand gates, as well as the obelisk that honors the revolution.

Have your first meal at TRB Bites (we recommend that you include the lamb loin with smoked eggplant puree and mint oil on your custom multi-course menu). Every meal comes with an uninterrupted view of the Forbidden City.

Walk off the meal by exploring the city’s streets, shops, and art scene. A highlight is Triple Major, a concept store that features clothing from emerging designers while paying homage to traditional Chinese apothecary (you’ll find graphic socks hung on antique printed cabinets, for example). And around the corner at Ubi Gallery, founded by a Dutch expat, modern jewelry designers showcase their wearable art. The store also sells contemporary Asian ceramics, imaginative postcards, and maps.

Continue tasting Beijing’s global flavors at Georg Jensen’s Scandinavian-inspired space, The Georg, which features a beautiful glass atrium. Expect surprising, nuanced dishes, like broccoli custard with mushrooms, leak ash, and roe.

And of course, a trendy city wouldn’t really be trendy without a bustling brewery. After Georg, head to Slow Boat Brewery, which has the widest beer-on-tap selection in the entire city (think: 10-17 beers on tap in a night). Our favorite is the flagship brew, a pale ale with a hint of grapefruit.

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