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.

7 Showtime

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.

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