Beijing is home to some of China’s top attractions, but like much of the country, it’s also home to some very bizarre sights as well. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, check out one of these five weird attractions in Beijing.
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With so many high-rise buildings and traffic-congested highways, it can be hard to imagine the Beijing of old. If you want a glimpse at what the capital city was once like, you can still do so by visiting the Beijing hutongs. These traditional neighborhoods, made up of courtyard houses, once covered much of the city. Today, only a few remain, and even those have changed.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of China’s most important holidays, second only to Chinese New Year in early spring. This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival in Beijing begins on Thursday, September 19 and last through Saturday, September 21.
Nowhere is China’s obsession with tea more evident than in the packed stalls of Malian Dao, Beijing’s tea street. This massive tea market in the southwest corner of the city — the largest tea market in Northern China — includes four stories of tea vendors selling a huge percentage of the leaves grown in China.
If you’ve ever visiting Beijing’s Forbidden City in the middle of summer, you know just how hot it can get. China’s Qing Dynasty royalty knew this as well, and in 1750, Emperor Qianlong commissioned the construction of the Summer Palace to serve as a cooling summer retreat for the royal court.