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Visit Tiananmen Square and the

Forbidden City:

Lying in the city centre, the Forbidden

City (known as Gu Gong to locals) has

been home to 24 emperors during

the Ming and Qing dynasties. It took

14 years to build during the reign of

Emperor Chengzu of the Ming Dynasty

in the late 14th Century. To the south,

and separated by Tiananmen Gate, is

the world famous Tiananmen Square.

Both of these sites are UNESCO World

Heritage Sites and should be on all

tourists' lists of things to see.

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Walk along the

Great Wall of China:

No visit to Beijing, or indeed China,

would be complete without taking a

walk along the Great Wall of China.

One of the Seven Wonders of the

Medieval World and a UNESCO

World Heritage Site, it is truly a sight

to behold (one you can even see from

space!).

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Enjoy a Peking roast duck

dinner:

Peking roast duck is a must-try for

visitors to Beijing. With a history of

more than 600 years, Peking roast duck

is the most famous gourmet cuisine of

Beijing and one of the most popular

foods in China. It has also received

worldwide recognition for its tempting

shining colour, crispy skin and tender

meat. Try the Shangri-La hotel for

some of the best Peking duck in the

city.

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Experience the Imperial

extravagance of the Summer Palace:

Situated in the Haidan District, 9 miles

northwest of Beijing, the Summer Palace

is the largest and best preserved royal

park in China and is a must for the

photographers out there. Construction

started in 1750 with the idea that it

would be one of the most luxurious

royal gardens in the country, if not

the World. Included on the UNESCO

World Heritage Site lists in 1998, it was

declared «a masterpiece of Chinese

landscape garden design. The natural

landscape of hills and open water is

combined with artificial features such

as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and

bridges to form a harmonious ensemble

of outstanding aesthetic value.

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Marvel at the beautiful

Temple of Heaven:

The Temple of Heaven is a medieval

complex of religious buildings situated in

the south-eastern part of central Beijing.

The complex was visited by the

Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties

for annual ceremonies of prayer

to Heaven for good harvest. It has been

regarded as a Daoist temple, although

Chinese heaven worship, especially by

the reigning monarch of the day, predates

Daoism. As beautiful on the outside as it

is on the inside, the Temple of Heaven is

not a place to forget your camera.

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Try your hand at bargaining at

the famous silk market:

Offering a lot more than just silk,

this fabulous market gives you the

opportunity to buy clothes, bags,

wallets and much more. On the first

and second floor you will find mostly

designer clothes, the third floor is

reserved for the silk products as well

as tailors and the fourth and fifth floors

contain jewellery, Chinese crafts and

electronics etc. By the time you have

been through all of this, you will be

ready for a nice lunch which you can

get on either the fifth or sixth floor.

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Visit the hip and trendy

798 Art District:

798 Art District is located in the Dashanzi

area, to the northeast of central Beijing.

It is the site of state-owned factories

including Factory 798, which originally

produced electronics. Beginning in

2002, artists and cultural organizations

began to divide, rent out, and re-make

the factory spaces, gradually developing

them into galleries, art centres, artists'

studios, design companies, restaurants,

and bars. See world famous artistic

pieces by world famous artists, such as

Ai Wei Wei.

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Dine in an Imperial Cuisine

restaurant:

Chinese imperial cuisine originated

from the imperial kitchens, where food

was cooked for the emperors and

empresses. There are many restaurants

in Beijing serving this style of cuisine.

One that we would highly recommend

is Bai Jia Da Yuan, rated number 52

out of 9,273 restaurants in Beijing. With

exquisite food and staff dressed in

traditional Chinese costume, you will

feel like one of the famous emperors

of ancient times.

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Take a shopping trip to the

Hutong of Nanluoguxiang:

For anyone who loves a bit shopping

a visit to the famous Hutongs of

Beijing (narrow alleyways like The

Lanes of Brighton) is a must. One in

particular is in Nanluoguxiang in the

Gulou district, which is lined for miles

with cafes, bars and boutique shops.

You can also take a tour of a Hutong

via a rickshaw.

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Cycle down one of Beijing's

famous Hutongs:

You have shopped down them, now

it is time to ride down them. For the

adventurous of you out there, this is a

must do!

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