This unusual former observatory is mounted on the battlements of a watchtower lying along the line of the old Ming City Wall and...
Běijīng’s surviving temple brood has endured casual restoration that often buried authenticity. But this rickety nonactive temple,...
Berlitz runs group and one-on-one classes in Chinese, although you'll likely have to form your own group beforehand.
Cháng’ān Grand Theatre
This large theatre, with its distinctive model of a Peking-opera mask standing outside, offers a genuine experience, with the erudite...
Dōngzi Lǘròu Huǒshāo
Small, no-nonsense, but clean restaurant serving some of the best lǘròu huǒshāo (驴肉火烧; donkey-meat pastry pockets; ¥8) in Běijīng;...
28 Dongzongbu Hutong, off Chaoyangmen Nanxiaojie; 朝阳门南小街东总部胡同28号 · interesting places nearby
Chuān Bàn information
Every Chinese province has its own official building in Běijīng, complete with a restaurant for cadres and locals working in the capital who are pining for a taste of home. Often they’re the most authentic places for regional cuisines. This restaurant in the Sìchuān Government Offices is always crowded and serves up just about every variety of Sìchuān food you could want.
It’s very much a place for fire fiends: almost every dish comes loaded with chillies and mouth-numbing Sìchuān peppercorns, whether it’s bamboo shoots, Sìchuān specials such as làzi jī (here called 'young chicken Chongqing style'), or steamed fish with pepper and taro (here called 'boiled fish in spicy and hot pepper'). There are also dishes with rabbit and frog; both regional delicacies. There’s an English menu with photos, but no English sign; it’s housed in an office-block of a building, with the entrance round the back.