National Geographic Traveler: Beijing

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National Geographic Traveler: Beijing presents a comprehensive portrait of the city, including the dramatic changes it is undergoing for the Olympics. Detailed maps as well as specifics about the new transportation system help visitors navigate this intriguing capital city, plus interesting excursions beyond. The guide features cut-away illustrations of renowned structures plus descriptions of such well-known sites as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. The guide explores lesser known ...
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Overview

National Geographic Traveler: Beijing presents a comprehensive portrait of the city, including the dramatic changes it is undergoing for the Olympics. Detailed maps as well as specifics about the new transportation system help visitors navigate this intriguing capital city, plus interesting excursions beyond. The guide features cut-away illustrations of renowned structures plus descriptions of such well-known sites as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. The guide explores lesser known sites as well, including the Muslim Quarter, Baoguo Temple, Military Museum, Fragrant Hills Park, and the Great Wall—including a trek from Lotus Mountain to Huanghua Cheng.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781426202315
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Series: National Geographic Traveler Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

How to use this guide     6
About the author & photographer     8
The areas     65
Travelwise     237
History & culture     9
Beijing today     10
Food & drink     20
Religion & philosophy     24
History of Beijing     28
Feature: Boxer Rebellion     36
Beijing architecture     44
Arts & culture     48
Festivals     60
Dongcheng District     63
Introduction & map     64
Feature: Hutongs     80
Walk among the Hutongs     82
Feature: Confucius: The come back kid     88
Xicheng District     95
Introduction & map     96
Bicycle tour around the Forbidden City     102
Chongwen District     113
Introduction & map     114
Feature: Legation Quarter     122
Legation Quarter walking tour     124
Xuanwu District     127
Introduction & map     128
Walking tour: Money Alley-Dashilan     132
Feature: Gods & goddesses     140
Chaoyang District     145
Introduction & map     146
Feature: 2008 Olympics     152
Haidian District     157
Introduction & map     158
Feature: Campus life     162
A walk around Peking University     164
Feature: Dancing in the streets     172
Excursions north to the Great Wall     183
Introduction & map     184
Feature: The disappearing wall     190
Excursions south     209
Introduction & map     210
Feature: Manchus     214
Feature: Chinese temples     224
Travelwise     237
Planning your trip     238
How to get to Beijing     239
Getting around     240
Practical advice     240
Emergencies     244
Hotels & restaurants     246
Shopping     260
Entertainment     262
Language guide     265
Menu reader     266
Index     267
Credits     270

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