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This Page holds a Quick & Complete List of All Monuments, Museums, Landmarks, Parks, Temples & Mosques, Malls & Shopping Streets, Theaters, Hotspots and other sites reported on by The Beijing Report, sorted and listed on Alphabetical Order. Please use this Menu and Website as your quick-guide to Beijing City & Province.
The Ancient Beijing Observatory at JianguoMen on the 2nd ring road bordering Chaoyang. Established in the Yuan & early Ming Dynasty the Observatory is a relic of Chinese Scientific history and a remnant of the City Walls of the Imperial City.
The showcase of the Capital Cities' Public Security Bureau the Beijing Police Museum is located in the (former) Foreign Legation Quarter just East of TiananMen Square. As are the petition office of the High Court. This area, once home to the Imperialist Embassies during China's subjection to Foreign Powers is now the Home of Beijing Municipal Governement and its Public Security
Former Imperial Pleasure Garden Beihai Park with its Jade Island, Yong An Temple and magnificent Bai Ta white Dagoba visible from afar on the Beijing Skyline. One of the, if not the best preserved Regal Gardens in China, Beihai Park is one of Beijing's true cultural treasures and has been declared a United Nations World Heritage Site. Beijing now Totals 5 World Cultural Heritage Sites.
Dashilan, one of the oldest and most famous of historic shopping streets in
Beijing is found South of TiananMen
Square on the border of the southern Chongwen- and Xuanwu Districts. These districts south of QianMen, just outside the Wall were the trading heart of the Imperial City during both Ming and Qing Dynasties.
The world famous world heritage Forbidden City now Palace Museum, the former Imperial Palace of 6 Centuries and the largest and most impressive place in the world entire.
China's People's-Democratic Parliament the Great Hall.
One of the visible remnants of the time of the Legations is St. Michaels Church on Dongjiaomin Road aka (Former) Legations Street.
This small Catholic Church of French origin was constructed in 1901 AD after the chinese uprising against Foreign
Dominance in the Boxer Rebbellion of 1900. The legations were only abolished in 1949 AD when the Chinese re-asserted selfrule in the Peoples Republic of China, leaving empty legations nearby St. Michaels Church.
Layed out in a ring West, North and North-East around Beijing are the Jundu Mountains where
one can find one of the greatest achievements of mankind, the legendary Great Wall of China. The Wall-section nearest to Beijing is the Badaling Pass some 60 kilometers from City center and nearby the Ming Dynasty Tombs, but there are more
locations. Travel to Mutianyu or Simatai for more specta-cular or unrestored sections. The Great Wall runs further
North-East and West from Beijing giving opportunity for wild hiking and even camping (near) the Great Wall.
Formerly known as the Thiefs Market to Foreigners stationed in the 19Th and 20Th Century, Hong Qiao Market is a market location with a
long history. Located just East of
Tiantan Park north gate Hong Qiao is now housed in a Modern Building standing adjacent the Hutong it sprouted from until these were torn down in the years 2004 through 2005.
The former Imperial Palace better known as the Forbidden City stretches for a kilometer north from TiananMen Square.
Absolutely the number one tourist attraction in the City of Beijing, the Palace is crowned by its adjacent Jingshan Park - with a panaroma view over the Forbidden
City- and Beihai Park, the Imperial Pleasure Garden favored by Emperor Qianlong.
The City of Beijing is full of Historic and Monumental Sites, many dating from its rich imperial history. The Capital of China, with a pause, since the 12Th Century Beijing offers a host of choices.
Truely the heart and soul of the historic Capital City, the charming Beijing Hutong are now endangered by modernity.
Beihai Park and the Forbidden Cities' counterpart the truely magificent and romantic Summer Palace. The Imperial Garden Palace on Beijing's outskirts.
Liu Lichang - Formerly a famed antiques and curiosa street and Home of the Jade-Carving, Jewelry and other trading guilds during Imperial Days now mostly a renovated cultural bazaar.
The world cultural heritage and world famous Ming Tombs Valley near Badaling Pass is home to the Mausoleums of the Ming Dynasty, a dynasty that ruled China for 4 centuries. Today it can be an overrun tourist magnet, at other times one will find a serene spacious valley to dwell and explore history.
Just south of Liu Lichang Street in Xuanwu District the Jianghuo
Hotel not only provides 3 star service, it is also a leader in the local Theatre Market, bringing the excellent Li Yuan Peking Opera Theatre. A good location from where to scout out Beijing central city, the Peking Opera Theatre is one of the best in
the city and the market leader. It is possible to reach Liu Lichang and the Hutong between Liu Lichang and Dashilan from the Hotel on foot.
The most official relics of the Imperial Cities' defensive walls that were torn down in the early 1950's are found at the Ming Dynasty City Walls Park. The Park is located just south of the Beijing Main Railway Station but on the other side of tracks. Thus, a walk there usually begins at ChongwenMen, once the site of a Gate east of QianMen (Front Gate) and Ends at the corner Tower DongBianMen, now home to the Red Gate Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery, famed around the World.
The Largest Mosque of Beijing and one of its most historic is found in Xuanwu District. The Dongsi and the West Flower Market Street Mosque are the only other surviving historic Mosques of the grand old Imperial City.
Several other modern Mosques are found in the outer districts ringing the
Beijing's so called millenium master
-piece Oriental Plaza, luxury
shopping adjacent revived historic shopping street Wanfujing smack in central Beijing.
TianNing stone Temple Pagoda is the oldest building in Beijing, the main structure dating back to the 12Th Century
and the Liao Dynasty of Northern China. Out of use and decaying for several decades the historic pagoda survived an earthquake in 1976, later to be archeoligically protected and restored. It is now open to the public and in use as Buddhist shrine since the year 2005.
Tiantan Park is home to Beijing's famous Temple of Heaven, a sacred altar of the Imperial Family and the spiritual center of China. Layed-out South of the
inner Imperial City in Chongwen, Tiantan and its Hall of Prayers for Good Harvests are another UNESCO world heritage site.
architectural wonder of
Located in the very western basements of giant Oriental Plaza Shopping Mall the Wanfujing Paleolithic site was uncovered in 1999 during construction of Oriental Plaza.
Theatre Temple, the ancient beating heart of Peking Opera is a small treasure hidden away in the Xuanwu Districts intimate Hutong that has seen performances by
Outside the former Western City Gate in the Fengtai District lies the BaiYungGuan Monastery, a religious complex especially popular during Chinese Spring Festival. Home to some very ancient 10Th century clay buddha's the monastery is mainly known for its "Luck Bell".
An instant tourist hit Cold War relic Beijing Underground City air raid shelters offers a unique insight into the bygone recluse days of communist China during the Cold War. Now a tourist highlight, the tunnels are a must for anyone interested in china's history.
Walk inside Oriental Plaza at Wanfujing to find not only Malls but two hidden Museums, Sony Explorascience and the Wanfujing Paleolithic Museum.
is Sony's Showcase in China
and a fun play-attraction for children. Find out more about science and sony at Oriental Plaza.
World Famous TiananMen Square, the largest
square in the World.
Wansheng Acrobatic Theatre, a historic location for Chinese Acrobatics in Beijing being housed here
since the early 20Th century. Former Home to the Beijing Acrobatic Troupe, but now under new name and fresh management the former-Wansheng is traditionally the address for high level acrobatics. New Theatres have opened after the turn of the millenium, offering competition and great shows. The Wansheng however is still a charming place to witness excellent performance.
of the same name on the second ring road and the railway tracks exiting Beijing Zhan, the Main Railway Station. An impressive remnant of the Imperial Capital's defensive Walls, the watchtower is now a Museum that can be visited and is also home to the Red Gate Gallery of Beijing. The Red Gate Modern Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery is one of the most renowned in China and worth a visit. Find the Watchtower with Red Gate Gallery inside at the western ending of Ming Dynasty Era City Walls relics Park. That is east of ChongwenMen.
DongbianMen Arrow-watchtower lies at the important overpass
Until about 1936, the Main Railway Station of Beijing was located due south of TiananMen Square (which didn't exist then), outside the
Imperial Cities' impressive front gate (QianMen). Not in function since long the QianMen Station still remains standing and can be visited. In modern days the station is home to the China Railway Museum (Shenyangmen), a model train shop, a KFC, and some other shops.
The Qian Yi Internet Cafe (one of Beijing's first and its small theatre have gone.
From Beihai - the North Lake - the Qianhai extends North upstream to Houhai. Once smaller imperial gardens, both
lakes are parts of historical waterways running from the western hills through to the Forbidden City.
They are now increasingly in use as
entertainment zones offering a multitude of Bars.
National Theatre Dome
Wanfujing Cathedral or East Church, just North of Wanfujing
Forget the Temples, Palaces and the Past, here is to the future and the modernity of the newly arisen world Capital of Beijing. Apart from the opulance of some parts of the Chaoyang Central Business District and lately the Dengshikou Area, a sure address to look on the bright side of Beijing is to head down to Xidan by subway and immerse ones self in the crowds that flock to look, look, look and shop. Several International Brands have presented themselves with astonishing Flag Ship stores, turning it into a hub of the Fab and wanting in the 22 million megametropolis of Beijing today. Check out the glitz and dazzle and pay handsome prices for your top end wares.