Běijīng Gazetteer

A guide to nearly 100 sights within Běijīng’s Third Ring Road, plus five walking routes and 28 background stories, all from A Better Guide to Běijīng

IMPERIAL CITY

Introduction to the Imperial City and Tiān’ān Mén Square
Palace Museum or ‘Forbidden City’, including Monumental Mismanagement, The Two Palace Museums, Where are They Now?, A Storm in a Coffee Cup, The End of the Emperors, The Last Occupant of the Forbidden City, Pride and a Fall, and The Ends of the Eunuchs
Jǐng Shān Park 景山公园
Tài Miào 太庙
Zhōngshān Park 中山公园
Forward to the Past (walk) including Huáng Chéng Gēn Yízhǐ Gōngyuán 皇城根遗址公园, Mahakala Temple 普渡寺, Imperial Archive 皇史宬, Chāngpú Héyán Gōngyuán 菖蒲何岩公园, and Běijīng Imperial Art Museum 北京皇城艺术馆
Tiān’ān Mén Square, including Square of Heavenly Discord, Tiān’ān Mén Chénglóu 天安门城楼, Monument to the People’s Heroes 人民英雄纪念碑, Chairman Máo Memorial Hall 毛主席纪念堂, Miraculous Máo, National Museum of China 中国国家博物馆, Great Hall of the People 人民大会堂, The Shock of the New, Grand National Theatre 国家大剧院, China Numismatic Museum 中国钱币博物馆, and Zhèngyáng Mén 正阳门
Legation Quarter (walk) including Běijīng Police Museum
China Railway Museum (Zhèngyáng Mén Branch) 中国铁道博物馆正阳门馆
Běijīng Planning Exhibition Hall 北京市规划展览馆
National Art Museum of China 中国美术馆
Běi Hǎi Park 北海公园
In Search of the Ice Houses (walk)
Peking University Red Building 北京大学红楼

SOUTH OF QIÁN MÉN

Introduction to South of Qián Mén — The Old Chinese City
Taking Pleasure from the Weather
Máo’s Maze
Temple of Heaven Park 天坛公园
Altars for all Seasons
Altar of Agriculture 先农坛
Běijīng Natural History Museum 自然博物馆
Táorán Tíng Park 陶然亭公园
An Early Bar Street
Húguǎng Guildhall 湖管会馆
Joining the Club
Out Clubbing (walk)
Former Residence of Jì Xiǎolán 纪晓岚故居
Cháng Chūn Sì 长春寺
Bàoguó Sì 报国寺
Ox Street Mosque 牛街清真寺
Islam in China
Fǎyuán Sì 法源寺
Grand View Garden 大观园
Museum of Ancient Pottery Civilisation 古陶文明博物馆
Yuán Chónghuàn Ancestral Temple and Tomb 袁崇焕祠和墓
Today Art Museum 今日博物馆

NORTH, AROUND THE BACK LAKES

Introduction to North, Around the Back Lakes
Guō Mòruò Museum 郭沫若纪念馆
Prince Gōng’s Mansion 恭王府
Princely Privileges
East Bank of the Hòu Hǎi (walk), including Former Residence of Soong Ching-ling 宋庆龄故居, Guǎnghuà Sì 广化寺, Guǎngfú Guān 广福观, Huǒ Dé Zhēn Jūn Miào 火德真君庙, Guō Shǒujìng Memorial Hall 郭守敬纪念馆
Drum and Bell Towers 鼓楼, 钟楼
Déshèng Mén Arrow Tower 德胜门箭楼
Xú Bēihóng Memorial Hall (closed) 徐悲鸿纪念馆
In the Depths of Many Flowers (walk), Méi Lánfāng Memorial Hall 梅兰芳纪念馆

NORTH AND EAST OF THE IMPERIAL CITY

Introduction to North and East of the Imperial City
Wángfǔ Jǐng Dàjiē 王府井大街, including Wángfǔ Jǐng Paleolithic Museum 北京王府井古人类文化遗址博物馆, East Church 东堂, Lǎo Shě Memorial Hall 老舍纪念馆, Theatre Museum of Běijīng People’s Art Theatre 北京人艺戏剧博物馆
National Art Museum of China 中国美术馆
Dōng Sì Mosque 东四清真寺
Lama Temple 雍和宫
Buddhism and Lamaism
Sōngtāng Zhāi 松堂斋
Confucius Temple and Imperial College 孔庙和国子监
Civil Service Examinations
Confucianism
Dì Tán Park 地坛公园
Tōngjiào Sì 通教寺
The Dormition Church
Dōng Yuè Miào 东岳庙
Rì Tán Park 日坛公园
Zhìhuà Sì 智化寺
Poly Art Museum 保利艺术博物馆
Losing Their Heads
Imperial Granary 南新仓
Míng City Wall Ruins Park 明诚墙遗址公园
Ancestral Temple of Wén Tiānxiáng 于谦祠
Three Small Temples for Three Big Heroes
Ancestral Temple of Yú Qiān 于谦祠
Ancient Observatory 古观象台
CCTV Headquarters 中国中央电视台广播部
Former Residence of Máo Dùn 茅盾故居
China Agriculture Museum 中国农业博物馆

WEST OF THE IMPERIAL CITY

Introduction to West of the Imperial City
Guǎngjì Sì 广济寺
Temple of Ancient Monarchs 历代帝王庙
Sex and the Citizen
White Dagoba Temple 白塔寺
Stupa, Dagoba, Chorten, or Pagoda?
Lǔ Xùn Museum 鲁迅博物馆
Altar of the Moon 月坛
Jesuit Cemetery 利玛窦墓
Línglóng Gōngyuán 玲珑公园
Capital Museum 首都博物馆
Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution 中国人民革命军事博物馆
Běijīng World Art Museum 中华世纪坛世界艺术馆, Yùyuān Tán Park 玉渊潭公园
South Church 南堂
Christianity in China
Báiyún Guàn 白云观
Daoism
Tiānníng Sì Pagoda 天宁寺塔

NORTHWEST BEYOND THE ZOO

Introduction to Northwest Beyond the Zoo
Educating Emigrants
Běijīng Zoo 北京动物园
Běijīng Planetarium 北京天文馆
Paleozoological Museum of China 中国古动物馆
Five Padoga Temple 五塔寺
Purple Bamboo Park 紫竹院公园
Wànshòu Sì 万寿寺
Great Bell Temple 大钟寺

See also Běijīng Suburbs and Beyond.

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