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These juxtapositions make this sprawling city a fascinating and vibrant place, but given its size more than 21 million inhabitants and history three millennia and countingBeijing can seem like an overwhelming destination to visit.
Spectacular palaces, historic temples, beautiful parks, bargain shopping, addictive cuisine, and so much more await you in the Chinese capital. Formerly the site of several state-owned factories, the complex began attracting a small group of artists in the late s; more artists and cultural organizations followed starting in the early s, when the old buildings were transformed into galleries, studios, art centers, restaurants, and bars.
Now a protected arts district that has been largely pedestrianized, is also home to cafes, commercial galleries, and even souvenir shops. All you need to do to enjoy the park is stroll around or rent one of the paddle boats that fill the lake on summer weekends. If you wish to see the cultural sights, check out Yongan Temple, from which you can climb to the white stupa perched atop a small island in the lake.
Afterward, continue north to explore Qianhai and Houhaitwo connected lakes surrounded by shoreside restaurants and bars as well as hutongs.
Bike Beijing offers a wide variety of tours for all skill levels and interests. The temple is unique in the sense that it is dedicated to a mortal rather than a deity; regardless, worshippers come here to offer gifts and sacrifices much like those seen at Buddhist and Taoist temples.
In the front and main courtyards of the temple stand rows of stone tablets inscribed with more than 50, names of those who passed imperial examinations during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. The temple complex has been combined with the adjacent Imperial Academy, once the highest educational institution in the country, where government officials were trained to master the Confucian classics.
Weekends are the busiest, but no matter what day you visit, the earlier you arrive, the better. Baozi, pillowy steamed buns stuffed with meat or vegetables, are particularly good and ubiquitous in Beijing.
The entry tunnel to the tomb descends 65 feet below ground before reaching the first of three elaborately carved marble gates.
Inside the tomb, exquisite carvings of Buddhist imagery adorn the walls and ceiling. The most elaborate of the Qing tombs is Dingdonglingbuilt to house the remains of the infamous Empress Dowager Cixi at a rumored cost of 72 tons of silver.
How you wish to visit the wall depends largely on two factors: Nearby, the Great Wall at Juyongguan is equally popular. Farther afield, the Great Wall at Mutianyu is significantly less crowded and the views are stunning.
Here you can take a cable car to the highest restored section and then embark on a gorgeous minute hike east to another cable car that descends to the parking lot. The Great Wall at Jinshanling is the least-visited restored section within striking distance of Beijing.
This is one of the few sections of the wall where overnight camping trips are offered, and from here you can embark on an unforgettable four-hour hike toward Simataia remote and largely unrestored section of the wall that is best for adventure seekers.
These days, you can sleep in hutong hotels and buy souvenirs in hutong shops, but the fixed-up alleyways lack a certain authenticity. Keep your eyes peeled when traveling around the city, and you might stumble across a hutong unexpectedly.
Either way, be sure to spend some time wandering through the eight historic hutongs that flank Nan Luogu Xiang to the east and west.
Unlike the Summer Palace, however, this one was never restored to its original glory. Almost every corner of the city was affected by the games in some regard, but to see two architectural icons from the games that are still standing, head to Beijing Olympic Park.
Specially prepared roast duck is thinly sliced and served on a platter for you to wrap in thin pancakes with plum sauce and spring onions—and make sure to get some of that crispy skin in each bite. Dazzling costumes, elaborate makeup, and amazing acrobatic feats are among the highlights of a typical performance, which you can see almost any night of the week in Beijing.
One thing to note: In fact, many Westerners and even some young Chinese find it rather annoying. If you want to experience a show without committing to a couple of hours, opt for shorter performances at the Liyuan and Huguang Guild Hall. Or you can simply watch a few minutes of it from your hotel room by flipping to CCTV 11, a channel that broadcasts opera nonstop.
Founded by Australian expat Brian Wallace, the gallery exhibits work from well-known contemporary Chinese artists on the first floor, while the second and third floors are devoted to the history of the surrounding Chongwen District.
Locals come here to stretch their legs or practice tai chi in the absence of tourists who tend to clog other green spaces in the city center. If you want to see and be seen, head straight to The Opposite House for its swanky bars.
If you want a simple scene and good cocktails, go to Q Bara tucked-away lounge with a pleasant terrace south of the main Sanlitun drag.
These days, the market exists inside a huge shopping center where you can acquire fake Louis Vuitton purses, Nike shoes, and much more. Just make sure to haggle your best to get those prices down, and be sure to inspect each item for quality before agreeing to purchase it.
She even made the Summer Palace rather than the Forbidden City the official seat of government during the last five years of her life. Today, the park provides a lovely respite from the city, with hillside temples and pagodas, arched stone bridges on Kunming Lake, and picture-perfect willow trees.
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we ship everywhere! free shipping available in the usa. Like China itself, Beijing is a study in contrasts: old versus new, tradition versus innovation, Chinese versus Western.
These juxtapositions make this sprawling city a fascinating and vibrant.