Beijing Off The Beaten Path

  • Ming Tombs
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  • In the park.
    In the park.
    by IreneMcKay
  • In the park.
    In the park.
    by IreneMcKay

Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Beijing

  • 1. Great Wall

    Visiting the Great Wall of China is a must when in Beijing. Most people will visit the extremely touristy and most visited section of the wall at Badaling which is only about 50 miles (80km) outside...

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  • 2. Hutongs

    For visitors looking for a fun way to experience Beijing's hutong, you should consider doing a motorcycle sidecar tour. I know someone who recently started a company called Peking-Around...

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  • 3. Beijing's Parks

    Somewhere near the Confucius and Lama temples we wandered into a large public park. I do not remember its name. What made it enjoyable to stroll around was all the activity going on inside. There were...

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  • 4. Beijing Underground City

    Don't bother with The Underground City. It is very difficult to find and when you find the entrance you will discover that is no longer open to tourists. We looked for it on two trips to Beijing. On...

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  • 5. Rural Areas of Beijing

    Beijing International Art Camp (BIAC) is situated near the highway to the airport and frankly speaking, it is not very easy to find, even on a taxi. It's situated inside a village called "Suojia...

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  • 6. Ming Tombs

    50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest from Beijing lies the Ming Tombs - the general name given to the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The mausoleums have been perfectly...

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  • 7. Shops/Souvenirs

    If you feel like a bit of pampering and have a little spare time - treat yourself to a hairdresser's visit. They are open till really late which is perfect and as it was very cold during our visit to...

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  • 8. Markets

    There are numerous markets throughout the city. I visited one of the larger ones. It had seperate sections for produce (fruits and vegetables), spices, meats and fish, clothing and beverages. There...

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  • 9. Marco Polo Bridge

    There's plenty more to see around the Marco Polo bridge area (or Lugouqiao Bridge as it's known in Chinese) than just the bridge itself. The bridge leads directly to the gates of the recently restored...

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  • 10. Universities

    The Beijing Language Institute is a wonderful place with many trees and a lot of nice people from all over the world. Please see my travelogue! It is the best place in China to learn Mandarin. Now it...

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  • 11. Museums

    This museum is very interesting, if you want to see enormous scelletons of dinosaurus and other animals from millions of years ago. It also houses an exhibition about Beijing man and evolution. In...

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  • 12. CCTV Tower.

    CCTV auxiliary is burned down 2009 March in a ridiculous accident caused by people making fires on top of the building to celebrate a Chinese traditional holiday. What's in the picture is the...

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  • 13. Chengde

    In 1703, Chengde, (located approx 150 miles, 250km north-east of Beijing), was chosen by the Kangxi Emperor as the location for his summer residence. Constructed throughout the eighteenth century, the...

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  • 14. Beijing Zoo

    Beijing Zoo is one of those places that is *just* off the beaten track, but one which is often on that secondary list of places once visitors ahve seen the main sights of Beijing. I am not a great...

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  • 15. Great Bell Temple

    Da Zhong Si. The temple was known as Juesheng Si (Awakened Life Temple), but clearly there wasn't enough awakening going on, so a 46 1/2-ton bell was transported here on ice sleds in 1743. The third...

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  • 16. Lama Temple - Yonghegong

    Lama Temple, short for Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple, is better known as Yonghe Temple. I was intrigued to visit this 315-year old significant temple which is said to be one of the largest...

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  • 17. Olympic Fever

    It was easy to notice the deep changes that the city was suffering, with the Olympic games boosting the fever of construction. We didn’t stop near the stadium...

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  • 18. Houses of Summer Palace

    Everybody gets so dominated by the freshness and beauty of the gardens, that the temptation is to skip the houses, as a common detail. I think it would be...

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  • 19. In the back of Forbidden City

    Mountains have a special importance in Chinese religion. That's why, in the flat Forbidden city, a pile of rocks simulates a mountain near the north exit....

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  • 20. Iternet in beijing

    Well there´something really annoying with the internet acess in Beijing. They advertise the acess but don´t tell you some websites are blocked due to...

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  • 21. The ditch

    In the rush for entering the city, we had no time to see the walls and their defensive condition. Arriving to the north door, the exit is more calm, and it's...

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  • 22. Iternet in beijing

    Well there´s omething really annoying with the internet acess in Beijing. They advertise the acess but don´t tell you some websites are blocked due to...

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  • 23. A Church

    Being in a package has its advantages but also some inconveniences. From Tienanmen square I noticed an interesting church, maybe Russian, eventually Byzantine,...

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  • 24. Fasting Palace: Beamless Hall (Part II)

    In the Beamless Hall, there are several ancient items that were used during ritual ceremonies. They include the following:1) Dragon Pavilion of Censer: "It is...

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  • 25. Fasting Palace: Bell Tower

    The Bell Tower is located southeast of Fasting Palace. This bell was used to announce the arrival and departure of the Emperor to/from the Fasting Palace. The...

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