Běijīng Planning Exhibition Hall
It doesn’t see much foot traffic, but a lot of thought has gone into making this modern museum a visitor-friendly experience. True, it...
Běijīng Railway Museum
Located in the historic former Qiánmén Railway Station, which once connected Běijīng to Tiānjīn, this museum offers an engaging history...
Former Foreign Legation Quarter
The former Foreign Legation Quarter, where the 19th-century foreign powers flung up their embassies, schools, post offices and banks,...
Xīn Tiān Yuàn
An uninspired option, but convenient for a quick, cheap bite close to Tiān'ānmén Sq is this branch of the Chinese fast-food chain that...
Maison Boulud information
Nothing symbolises the dramatic changes that Běijīng’s dining scene has undergone in recent years more than this outpost of chef Daniel Boulud’s empire. Located in part of the restored Legation Quarter, which was the home of embassies in pre–Cultural Revolution days, the restaurant's imposing facade gives way to a spacious, smoke-free dining room that allows for real privacy (a rarity in Běijīng restaurants) while the service is as good as it gets in the capital. The French-inspired food is predictably fine, with the menu and ingredients changing every couple of months to reflect the season. If you’re not on the company credit card, the four-course lunch menu (¥198) is a very decent deal for food of this quality. Alternatively, the bar is a good place for a cocktail (from ¥70) if you just want to sample the ambience.