1 Forbidden City
Imperial magnificence on a grand scale and the centre of the Chinese universe for six centuries.
2 Nanluogu Xiang
Artsy alley of laidback cafés, restaurants and bars, at the centre of a charming neighbourhood.
3 Temple of Heaven
This classic Ming-dynasty building, a picture in stone of ancient Chinese cosmogony, is a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design.
4 Summer Palace
Escape the city in this serene and elegant park, dotted with imperial architecture.
5 798 Art District
This huge complex of galleries and studios provides the focus for a thriving contemporary arts scene.
6 Peking duck
A real Beijing classic, and worthy of its fame, as long as you can find the right place to eat it.
Beijing’s various shows are hugely popular with visitors, especially the breathtaking acrobatic displays.
8 The Great Wall
One of the world’s most extraordinary engineering achievements, the old boundary between civilizations is China’s must-see.