Culturally Beijing



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This itinerary hits both the traditional Beijing highlights and the capital's cultural hotspots. Accordingly, it also includes dinner at some of Beijing's most fashionable dining options. (A trip to the Great Wall can be added to this itinerary with an extra day.)

Author: Jennifer


Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant

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Location:

32 Qianmen Avenue
100051 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 6701 1379


Mare (Da Pa Shi)

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Location:

Xindong Lu 14
North of Gongti Bei Lu
100027 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 010/6417-1459
fax: +86 10 6417 1459


Garden of Delights

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Location:

53 Donghuamen Dajie
Just beyond Wangfujing snack street
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 5138 5688


Confucian Temple

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Location:

13 Guo Zi Jian
100000 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 (0)10 6401 2799
fax: +86 (0)10 6401 3593


South Beauty

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Location:

L220, 2F, China World West Tower, 1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
Chao Yang District
100004 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 6505 0809 / 86 10 6505 2288 (ext 80220)
fax: +86 10 5962 3117


Cafe Sambal

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Location:

Doufu Chi Hutong 43
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 010/6400-4875


RBL

Location:

53 Dong An Men Street
Xi Pei Lou
100747 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 6552 1393


Zeta

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Location:

1 Dongfang Lu
Hilton Hotel
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 10 5865 5000


Wan Fung Art Gallery

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Location:

136 Nanchizi Street
Dong Cheng District
100006 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 6523 3319 / +86 10 6523 3320
fax: +86 10 6525 3466


China Art Gallery

Location:

1 Wu Si Avenue, Sha Tan
Dong Cheng District
100010 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 0 10 6401 6234 / +86 0 10 6401 7076


Day 1 - Beijing


Begin your first day -- and your trip to Beijing -- in the heart of the capital. Get up early if you want to catch early morning tai chi or get in line to see the embalmed Chairman Mao. Spend some extra time exploring ZhengYangMen Gate or Zhong Shan Park. Chinese parents gather in the park to play matchmaker for their children. Reenergize with lunch before you actually enter the Forbidden City. Take a stroll past the odd delicacies available at Dong Hua Men Night Market. (It is also open during the day.) Assuming you found nothing appealing there, head down Wang Fu Jing pedestrian street to Oriental Plaza Mall. Sit down for some dim sum at Crystal Jade or sample a variety of foods at the Megabite Food Court. Then go back to the Forbidden City and spend the afternoon there. In the evening, head to East Third Ring Road for the Chaoyang Theater Acrobats. If you have time before the show, sample the famous Peking Duck at Da Dong Duck, just down the road. After the show, try the wood-oven pizza and imported beers at the Tree. Walk past all the chaos on Sanlitun Bar Street and you'll find it tucked behind 3.3 Mall. If you're not done in by jet lag, a number of other expat bars are in the area.


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Stroll on Chang An Avenue

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Chang An Avenue
100004 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 8119 1011


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Tiananmen Square

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Chang An Avenue
Dong Cheng District
100006 Beijing, China


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Mao Ze Dong Mausoleum

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Location:

Tiananmen Square
Chongmen District
100006 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 6513 2277


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ZhengYangMen Gate

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Location:

Southern end of Tiananmen Square
Xuanwu District
100006 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 6351 0018 (Beijing Tourist Information Center)


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Tiananmen Gate

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Location:

North end of Tiananmen Square
Dongcheng District
100006 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 6512 3043


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Zhong Shan Park

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East side of Tian'anmen tower
Dong Cheng District
1000031 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 6605 5431


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Wang Fu Jing Shopping Area

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100005 ,


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Dong Hua Men Night Market

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Location:

Xing Dong An Plaza
off Wangfujing Daije
100005 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 8119 1011


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Crystal Jade

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Location:

1 Dongchang'an Jie
Basement of Oriental Plaza Mall
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 8515 0238


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Forbidden City (Gu Gong)

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North of Tiananmen Square
Dong Cheng District
100009 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 0 10 6512 2255 / +86 0 10 6513 2255


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Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant

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Backside of Nanxincang Int'l Building, Dongsi Shitiao
Southwest of Dongsi Shitiao Bridge
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 5169 0328


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Chao Yang Theater

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Location:

36 Dongsanhuan Beilu
Chao Yang District
100026 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 10 6506 0838
fax: 10 6591 9346


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Tree (The)

Location:

43 Bei Sanlitun Nan
Chao Yang District
100027 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 10 6415 1954


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Kerry Centre Hotel (Beijing Jiali Zhongxin Fandian)

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Location:

Guanghua Lu 1
On west side of Kerry Centre complex, north of Guomao metro
100020 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 010/6561-8833
fax: 010/6561-2626


Day 2 - Beijing


Get up early to beat the crowds and get the best bargains at the sprawling Panjiayuan antiques market. It is not uncommon to offer 1/5 of the sellers asking price in negotiations. When the crowds grow overwhelming, head to the serene Temple of Heaven. Just outside the park's northeast gate is the Beijing Pearl Market. The finest strands are found in the shops on the top floor, but you should bargain hard everywhere. For lunch, stop in Lin's Kitchen to try the creative Sichuan message. Drop your bags at the hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at the temples or museum on the west side of town. In the evening, catch the tea ceremony at the Lao She Teahouse. Eat there or head back to the Kerry Center. Just down the street from the hotel is Hatsune, Beijing's hippest sushi restaurant. Be sure to reserve a table in advance. Finish the day with a cocktail and people watching at Centro.


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Panjiayuan

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Panjiayuan Lu
Just inside Dongsanhuan Nanlu
100021 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 6775 2405 / +86 10 6710 0298


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Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan)

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Location:

Tian Tan North Road
100050 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 (0)10 6702 2242


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Pearl Market

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Location:

16 Hongqiao Lu
On the northeast corner of the Temple of Heaven
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 01067117429


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Lin's Kitchen

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Location:

20 Xidawang Lu
Next to Noodle Loft
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 8777 5855


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Guang Ji Temple

Location:

Xi Cheng District
Xi Cheng District
100034 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 8119 1011


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Lu Xun Museum

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Location:

19 Gong Men Kou Er Tiao
Fu Cheng Men Wei Road, Xi Cheng District
100034 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 (0)10 6616 4080
fax: +86 (0)10 6616 2462


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Museum of Revolutionary Military

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Location:

9 Fu Xing Street
100038 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 (0)10 6686 6114


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Lao She's Teahouse (Lao She Chaguan)

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Location:

Qianmen Xi Dajie 3
west of Qian Men on south side of the street
100051 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 010/6303-6830


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Hatsune

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Location:

Heqiao Building, Guanghua Lu
Chao Yang
100020 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 6581 3939


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Centro

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Location:

1 Guanghua Lu
1/F Kerry Centre Hotel
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 10 6561 8833


Day 3 - Beijing


1

Urban Planning Museum

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Location:

East Qianmen Avenue
Southeast corner of Tiananmen Square, behind the old train station
Beijing, China


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Da Zha Lan Alley Shopping Area

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Location:

Da Zha Lan Alley, Qian Men Avenue
Xuan Wu district
100051 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 8119 1011


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Liu Li Chang Cultural Street

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Location:

Sou Xin Hua Street, Xuan Wu District
100051 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 8119 1011


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Li Qun Roast Duck

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Location:

11 Beixiangfeng, Zhengyi Nanlu, Qianmen Dongdajie
Follow directions painted on the neighboring walls
100000 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 6702-5681; 6705-5578


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Red Capital Club

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Location:

No. 66 Dongsi Jiutiao
Dongcheng District
100007 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 8401 6152 / 86 10 8401 8886 (Reservations)
fax: 86 (0)10 6402 7153


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Beijing Underground City (DiXiaCheng)

Location:

Between 62 & 64 Xidamo Changjie
100051 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 (0)10 6702 2657


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Bodhi

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Location:

17 Gonti Beilu
Across from Workers Stadium, near Minsheng Bank
100027 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 (0)10 6413 0226


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Green T. House

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Location:

6 Gonti Xilu
Behind Bellagio
Beijing, China

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tel: 86 10 6552 8310


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Bellagio

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Location:

6 Gonti Xilu
Opposite Destinations
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 6551 3533


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Q Bar

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Location:

Top floor of Eastern Inn Hotel, 6 Baijiazhuang Lu
Nan Sanlitun Lu (on top floor of Eastern Inn Hotel)
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 010/6595-9239


Day 4 - Beijing


The heart of China's hot contemporary art scene is in the old Beijing factory area of 798. Tell your cab driver to take you to Dashanzi and start your day at Red Gate Gallery. Spend the rest of the morning exploring the avant-guard galleries. For lunch, head back to the North Sanlitun neighborhood for Thai cuisine at Serve the People. In the afternoon, go local and rent a bike. (The Kerry Center can help with arrangements.) With a good map in hand, trek over to Lama Temple and then peddle through the old hutongs. Recharge at the Vineyard Cafe just to the west of the Temple or stop at one of the many cafes in Nanluoguxiang. Cafe Il Sole's almond tofu dessert is divine. Exiting Nanluoguxiang to the south, you will be just to the east of the Houhai Lake District. Peddle around to the northwest corner to check out Soong Ching Ling's former home. Stay around the lake in the evening, watching the lights come up over the water from a lake-side table at South Silk Road. The East Shore Jazz Cafe, as the name indicates, is on the east shore of the lake just across from the restaurant.


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Red Gate Gallery

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Location:

798 - Dashanzi, No.2 Jiu Xianqiao
Chaoyang District
100005 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 (0)10 6438 1005
fax: +86 (0)10 6432 2624


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Serve The People (Wei Renmin Fuwu)

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Location:

San Li Tun Xi Wu Jie 1
Behind German embassy
100027 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 010/8454-4580


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Yonghe Gong (Lama Temple)

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Location:

Yong He Gong Dajie 12
South of the North Second Ring Rd. (entrance on the south end of the complex)
100007 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 010/6404-3769


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Nanluoguxiang

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Runs north to south between Jiugulou Dajie and Dianmen Dajie, respectively
Southern entrance a few blocks east of Houhai
Beijing, China


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Café Il Sole

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Location:

79 Nanluoguxiang
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 6407 3249


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Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling

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Location:

46 North Rive Street
West City District
100009 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 6404 4205


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South Silk Road

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Location:

19 Lotus Lane
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 6615 5515


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East Shore Live Jazz Café

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Location:

2/F, 2 Qianhai Nanyuan Lu
Eastern bank of Houhai
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 10 8403 2131


Day 5 - Beijing


No Beijing experience is complete without a trip to the breathtaking Summer Palace. It is a long taxi ride out to the west side of town, but upon arrival, you will understand why Empress Cixi bothered to trek out here for summer retreats. For lunch, head to Haidian, the neighborhood with China's most famous universities -- Peking and Tsinghua. This area is also home to a number of foreign students and foreign cuisines. Tuck into a local Korean BBQ joint around the university district and after lunch check out one or two of the museums. If you still have time, swing by Xiushui for some last minute souvenir shopping. Splurge on your last night in Beijing with an elegant meal at the Courtyard, just next to the Forbidden City. Then toast to the end of a great trip at super hip, Stark designed Lan.


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Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan)

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Hai Dian
100091 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 6288 1144


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Ruins of the Old Summer Palace

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Location:

28 Qing Hua West Road
(north of Beijing University and east of the Summer Palace)
100084 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 6255 1488 / +86 10 6254 3673


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Beijing Art Museum

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Location:

Wan Shou Temple, North of West 3rd-ring Road
Hai Dian District
100081 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 6847 9391 / +86 10 6841 3380
fax: +86 10 6847 2390


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Design Museum

Location:

56 Kun Ming South Road
2 km west of the Shangri-La Hotel
100089 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 (0)10 8843 3583
fax: +86 (0)10 8843 3583


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Xiushui Silk Market

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Location:

East Jianguomenwai Dajie
Directly above Yong'an Li subway stop
Beijing, China


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CourtYard Gallery (The)

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Location:

95 Donghuamen Dajie
Dongcheng District
100006 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 (0)10 6526 8882
fax: +86 (0)10 6526 8880


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The Courtyard (Siheyuan)

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Location:

Donghua Men Dajie 95
10-min. walk, on north side of street
100006 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 010/6526-8883
fax: +86 10 6526 8880


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Lan

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Location:

B12 Jianguomen Waidajie
4/F Twin Towers
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 10 5109 6012/13


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