The Guanyin Temple formerly gave its name to the street now known as Dazhalan Xijie. Now all that remains of the temple is a plaque...
Xiānnóng Altar & Běijīng Ancient Architecture Museum
This altar – to the west of the Temple of Heaven – was the site of solemn imperial ceremonies and sacrificial offerings. Here you'll...
Běijīng Natural History Museum
The main entrance to this creeper-laden museum is hung with portraits of the great natural historians, including Darwin and Linnaeus....
Húguǎng Guild Hall
The most historic and atmospheric place in town for a night of Peking opera. The interior is magnificent, coloured in red, green and...
Liú Family Noodles
A rarity in this area: a restaurant that welcomes foreigners without trying to overcharge them. On the contrary, the prices couldn't be...
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel, 175 Yong’an Lu; 永安路175号前门建国饭店 · interesting places nearby
Líyuán Theatre information
This touristy theatre, in the lobby of the Qiánmén Jiànguó Hotel , has daily performances for Peking opera newbies. If you want to, you can enjoy an overpriced tea ceremony while watching. The setting isn’t traditional: it resembles a cinema auditorium (the stage facade is the only authentic touch), but it’s a gentle introduction to the art form.