The map associated with this spot in incorrect. The Summer Palace is on the northwest side of town, and well worth a visit. The farther you walk around the lake, the more interesting your visit will get.
Relatively expensive but worth it. When done right, Peking Roast Duck is an amazing dish -- and they do it right at Quanjude. If you're not sure "how to" eat it or what to order, just ask. It's almost like a tiny taco with a unique and powerful flavor....more
This is a unique church experience, very different from the huge International church farther east. The best thing, in my opinion, is there's no "cultural" reason for people to go here: since the vast majority of people in Beijing don't go to church, there's no...more
Love the Confucius Temple! The grounds, arranged around a courtyard, are small and charming. Ancient trees and ancient stele provide an atmosphere that's calm and wonderful. Just west of the Lama Temple, but often overlooked. Highly recommended.
I love architecture, and I loved this museum. Tucked away and somewhat hard to find, the buildings and scale models here are excellent representations of ancient architectural styles in China. If you like architecture and have time after visiting the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer...more
The "Dirt Market" has all sorts of antiques and oddments that you won't find anywhere else. If you're planning to spend serious coin, find someone who knows the lay of the land. If you're just browsing for keepsakes, though, have fun!...more