NORTH OF THE FORBIDDEN CITY

An almost contiguous run of lakes, either set in parkland or surrounded by charming hutongs, stretches through the neighborhood north of the Forbidden City. It’s a rewarding area to explore on foot: along its narrow streets you’ll find ancient temples and grand old courtyard residences, and the recent influx of restaurants, bars, and shops has not spoiled the picturesque setting.

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1. Bei Hai Park

A classic imperial garden, Bei Hai was a summer playground for successive ...

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