Building sights in Běijīng
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For something different, check out Commune by the Great Wall, 70km northwest of Beijing. Stunning contemporary ‘villas’, each designed differently by some of Asia’s hottest architects, form one of the most offbeat and luxurious hotels in Beijing with 46 guest rooms spread among 12 luxury villas. The commune can be experienced on a guided tour through the grounds and any unoccupied rooms. Book the tour in advance.
Opened in 1954 to mark the fifth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, this hall is a monstrous cousin to Stalin's notorious 'seven sisters' buildings that dot the Moscow skyline. It now hosts trade and professional conventions.