Wan Song Laoren Tower

Pagoda in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

Dating back to the Mongol Yuan dynasty but partially rebuilt in the 1980s, this nine-tiered brick pagoda sits in a lovely walled garden of pomegranate trees and grape vines, with a hodgepodge of historic hútòng timber frames and stone carvings scattered about. A bookshop (Chinese only) sells old postcards and pots of jasmine tea.

The lǎorén (old man) in the tower’s name refers to Wan Song Xing, a Zen Buddhist master from the Yuan Dynasty.