Former Foreign Legation Quarter

Historic Building in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

The former Foreign Legation Quarter, where the 19th-century foreign powers flung up their embassies, schools, post offices and banks, lies east of Tiān’ānmén Sq. Apart from the Běijīng Police Museum and a complex of trendy restaurants facing onto a grass quadrangle, accessed from the south, you can’t enter most of the buildings. Many are now used as government buildings, but a stroll along the streets here (Dongjiaomin Xiang, Taijichang Dajie and Zhengyi Lu) gives you a hint of the area’s former European flavour.