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Top Choice Bar in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

NBeer Pub

In a scene dominated by North American expats, NBeer is an all-Chinese affair that produces some of Běijīng's best beers. It has a massive 37 ales on tap behind a bar made from Lonely Planet guidebooks! The majority…
Top Choice Museum in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

Capital Museum

Behind the riveting good looks of the sleek Capital Museum are some first-rate galleries, including a mesmerising collection of ancient Buddhist statues and a lavish exhibition of Chinese porcelain. There is also an…
Top Choice International in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

4corners

Given this hútòng bar-restaurant is run by a Canadian-Vietnamese expat, it makes total sense it's known for its phở and poutine. Everything is made from scratch, including the curds for its poutine and baked baguett…
Top Choice Park in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

Běihǎi Park

Běihǎi Park, northwest of the Forbidden City, is largely occupied by the North Sea (Běihǎi), a lake fringed by willows that freezes in winter and blooms with lotuses in summer. Old folk dance together outside temple…
Top Choice Lake in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

Hòuhǎi Lakes

Also known as Shíchàhǎi (什刹海) but mostly just referred to collectively as Hòuhǎi, the Hòuhǎi Lakes are comprised of three lakes: Qiánhǎi (Front Lake), Hòuhǎi (Back Lake) and Xīhǎi (West Lake). Together they are one …
Buddhist Temple in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

Miàoyīng Temple White Dagoba

Originally built in 1271, the serene Miàoyīng Temple slumbers beneath its huge, distinctive, chalk-white Yuan dynasty pagoda, which towers over the surrounding hútòng. It was, when it was built, the tallest structur…
Buddhist Temple in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

Yǒngān Temple

The principal site on Jade Islet is the impressive Yǒngān Temple, meaning Temple of Eternal Peace. Enter from the south, through the Hall of the Heavenly Kings (Tiānwáng Diàn), past the Drum and Bell Towers to the H…
Museum in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

Song Qingling Former Residence

Madam Song is lovingly venerated by the Chinese as the wife of Sun Yatsen, founder of the Republic of China. Set in a lovely garden, her mansion, the former home of the father of Puyi (China’s last emperor) displays…
Buddhist Site in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

White Dagoba

Topping Jade Islet (琼岛; Qióngdǎo) on the lake, the 36m-high Tibetan-style White Dagoba was built in 1651 for a visit by the Dalai Lama, and was rebuilt in 1741 after being destroyed by an earthquake. Climb up to the…
Taoist Temple in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

White Cloud Temple

White Cloud Temple, once the Taoist centre of northern China, was founded in AD 739, although most of the temple halls date from the Qing dynasty. It’s a lively, huge and fascinating complex of shrines and courtyard…