Northern China

Northern China Attractions

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Back Lakes (Hou Hai)

Beijing has modernized so rapidly that it’s hard to imagine what it must have been like in decades past. One neighborhood, however, has managed to hold on to ...  Read more

Beijing Aquarium (Beijing Haiyangguan)

Situated within the Beijing Zoo, the Beijing Aquarium (Beijing Haiyangguan) is the largest inland aquarium in China and home to an impressive range of aquatic ...  Read more

Beijing Capital Museum

The Beijing Capital Museum, opened in 1981 and moved to its current location in 2006, houses a sizable collection of imperial Chinese art and artifacts, as ...  Read more

Beijing Opera

Beijing Opera has been around since the late eighteenth century and was originally performed for the imperial family of the Qing Dynasty. It didn't fare well ...  Read more

CCTV Headquarters

The China Central Television (or CCTV) Headquarters is situated within an unusually-shaped skyscraper in Beijing’s central business district. This seemingly ...  Read more

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)

The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall houses the remains of one of China’s most influential men, Mao Zedong, who was chairman of the Communist Party from its ...  Read more

Chang'an Street

Chang’an Street is a major thoroughfare to the north of Tiananmen Square in central Beijing. It stretches from West Chang'an Street to East Chang'an Street ...  Read more

Chaoyang Park

Built in 1984 on the site of a former imperial palace, Beijing’s Chaoyang Park is the largest park in the city and a great place to spend a morning or ...  Read more

Chaoyang Theatre

If you’re planning to see a Chinese acrobatics show while in China -- and you should, since the young acrobats here are wildly talented -- Beijing’s Chaoyang ...  Read more

Confucius Temple

A quiet sanctuary away from the smoggy streets of Beijing, the restored main hall of this temple contains a statue of the sage Kongzi (Confucius). It is the ...  Read more

Donghuamen Night Market

Follow the sizzle of wok frying and the shouts of the vendors to this quintessential Beijing experience. Donghuamen (Dong Hua Men) night market is ...  Read more

Dongyue Temple

Surrounded by the glass and steel high rises of modern Beijing is this still-active Taoist temple, dedicated to the God of Mount Tai, the holiest of the five ...  Read more

Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen Tower)

The Gate of Heavenly Peace, or Tiananmen Tower, is featured on the officially emblem of the People's Republic of China. Situated on the northern edge of ...  Read more

Great Wall at Gubeikou

Just over 100 kilometers from Beijing, between the Shanhaiguan Pass and Juyongguan Pass, the Great Wall at Gubeikou stretches along a mountain range, ...  Read more

Great Wall of China at Jiankou

Considered by many to be the most picturesque section, the Great Wall of China at Jiankou sits 43 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of Beijing. This portion of ...  Read more

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