I have been traveling to China now for more than 30 years and though Beijing is growing and changing in leaps and bounds, look beyond the modern landscape to discover over 800 years of history before your very own eyes. There are the essential stops for every visitor to the Capital of China, which I note below, but give yourself time to stroll some of the old Hutong neighborhoods or just sit in one of the Temple of Heaven corridors in amazement at people doing what they do best in life - LIVE. The energy is contagious and you just might find yourself doing water calligraphy, dancing or singing to your heart's content. It is a magical place and all too often overlooked as it is generally at the end of a visit to the Temple of Heaven. Just stop and take a break and enjoy the moment!
I have been producing art, business and culture programs to China for years and one essential that I never travel without are the art and city guides from RedBox Studio based in Beijing. These compact foldout guides easily fit into your pocket and include all the information a visitor to the Capital of China needs with important listings, helpful commentary and easy to understand colorful maps. Most importantly addresses in Chinese are also included with the listings so that you can show the guides to your hotel concierge or a driver to ensure that you get to where you need to go. If you are also traveling to Shanghai and Hong Kong, be sure to get the accompanying RedBox Studio guides for these exciting destinations in China. 


Sureno (Continental)
Bei (Contemporary Chinese)
Yotsuba (Japanese)
Maison Boulud a Pekin (Continental)
Red Capital Club (Imperial)
Cepe (Continental)
Da Dong (my favorite Peking Duck)
Made in China (Duck & Northern Chinese)
Tian Di Yi Jia (Imperial)
Green T. House Living (Contemporary Chinese)
Middle 8 (Yunnanese)


- Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City
- The Great Wall of China with a stop for lunch at the Commune by the Great Wall
- Dashanzi 798 and Caochangdi Art Districts for the very best in contemporary art
- Temple of Heaven
- Summer Palace 
- 2008 Summer Olympic Games Venues
- Old Hutong Neighborhoods
- Strolling the curio and antique shops in the Panjiayuan and Liulichang Markets
Ritan Office Buidling for the bargain hard fashion crowd - a wholesale mecca and crazy

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