A snapshot of all the local, historical flavor I explored in Beijing in 2006.
1. 故宫博物院 Forbidden City
Andrew Cerda: Wander around the edges of the city to find tourist-free rooms of scrolls, furniture, etc! But don't wander too far - I was escorted out for going beyond (untranslated) 'No Entry' signs.
2. 天安门广场 Tian'anmen Square
Andrew Cerda: If you're lucky, you'll see the People's Liberation Army practicing outside the square in full uniform.
3. 颐和园 Summer Palace
Andrew Cerda: Grab some foods at the entry and head out for a hike! Plenty of space to get lost and picnic! Also, some amazing old trails and bridges to explore.
4. 圆明园遗址公园 Old Summer Palace
Andrew Cerda: This is the kind of history you visit a foreign country for! Literal ruins you can climb and explore. Beware the children - they'll knock you off your feet if you're not careful.
5. 天坛 Temple of Heaven
Andrew Cerda: Buildings open/close throughout the day. Spend a few minutes looking on a map/website to figure out where to be to see everything!
6. 恭王府 Prince Gong's Mansion
Andrew Cerda: Supposedly one of the most lavish mansions of Old Beijing. Check out the rock "garden." So interesting!
7. 雍和宫 Yonghegong Lama Temple
Andrew Cerda: One of the largest Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in the world. In the heart of busy Bejing, slow down and reflect on how awesome it is to wander such a historical and spiritual place!
8. 北京孔庙 Confucius Temple
Andrew Cerda: Don't forget to touch the 700 year old Cypress tree, which can distinguish a good person from a bad person!
9. 牛街礼拜寺 Niujie Mosque
Andrew Cerda: If you decide to explore religious diversity in Beijing, this is a must! Largest mosque in Beijing & most prominent in China! Check out the Emperor's tablets from the 1600's! Super cool!
10. Beijing Downtown Backpackers Accomodation
Andrew Cerda: The best Beijing hostel for 3 reasons: 1. surrounded by lots of traditional Hutong homes, 2. Amazing trips to The Great Wall, 3. Their bar is fantastic for a leisurely beer at night!
11. 南锣鼓巷 Nanluogu Alley
Andrew Cerda: Check this place out early in the morning and later at night. During the day, get lost in the surrounding neighborhood. It's safe and very much a pre-modern China.
12. 秀水街 Silk Street Market
Andrew Cerda: Whether it's real or fake, anything you want to buy can be found here. They keep the knock-off purses hidden, and will probably offer you a "catalog" to peruse before bringing them out.
13. 前门 Qianmen
Andrew Cerda: Stop and grab tea!
14. 北京植物园 Beijing Botanical Garden
Andrew Cerda: It's all about the Water Lilies!
15. 北海公园 Beihai Park
Andrew Cerda: If this isn't your first stop, you won't be overwhelmed. But dig deep. There are some great stores, park vendors, and 'Kodak' moments to be found at Beihai.
16. 什刹海公园 Shichahai Park
Andrew Cerda: Great park to stroll at night.. especially in the summer when there's oodles of candle boats around.
17. 国家体育场 National Stadium (鸟巢 Bird's Nest)
18. 八达岭长城 Great Wall at Badaling
Andrew Cerda: Hiking shoes. Water. Snacks. TOILET PAPER. If you're walking the great wall, you'll need all of those. #trustme
19. The Great Hall of the People
20. 鼓楼 Drum Tower
Sriram Krishnan: Make sure you catch the exhilarating drum performance!
21. 钟楼 Bell Tower
J.: Zhōnglóu (钟楼), the bell tower of Beijing, stands closely behind the drum tower. Together they provide an overview of central Beijing and in the ancient times they both dominated Beijing's skyline.
22. 景山公园 Jingshan Park
BMW i: Fantastic views of the Forbidden City. JingShan Park improves the Feng Shui of its surroundings, as it is looked upon favorably to live south of a hill – and just south of here is the capital.
23. Capital Museum 首都博物馆
|D|A|N|A|🌸 Chow: It's free!!! And come with aircond on hot summer!!
24. 中山公园 Zhongshan Park
Andrew Cerda: Summer concert series for the #winning. Find an expat or local for more info !
25. 人民英雄纪念碑 Monument to the People's Heroes
Andrew Cerda: The icon of much communist propaganda, this is a must see and photog !
26. 三里屯太古里 Taikoo Li Sanlitun
Alex Bosworth: While you are here check out the first Apple store in China
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