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Things to do in Beijing

By Chris Boyle

National Center for the Performing Arts

Beijing offers a wealth of attractions, adventures and experiences for an unforgettable trip


Home of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and National Ballet of China, the National Center for the Performing Arts (also called the National Grand Theater or, colloquially, “The Egg”) is the country’s premier theater and concert hall.

Designed by French architect Paul Andreu, the ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass is surrounded by an artificial lake and seats over 5,000 people in its three performance halls. Orchestras, plays, operas and dance performances from across the country and all over the world can be watched here. The NCPA also offers a personal courier service, which will deliver tickets straight to your hotel on the morning of the show.


Seeing the wall is a must for any visitor to Beijing.

A symbol of China’s awe-inspiring history, the Great Wall has snaked through the country’s most beautiful landscapes for thousands of years. Today, select sections of its remains have been restored for tourists. Badaling is the most popular, with a souvenirs market and museum. For less of a crowd, visit Mutianyu. Its dramatic hills and watchtowers are majestic and there is a suspended cable-car that takes you up. Located about 90 minutes outside of the city, the best way to go is to hire a driver for the day.


Cuisine: Chinese – Peking Duck

Style / Ambiance: A new contender amid the highest circle of Peking Duck restaurants in the city and certainly the most stylish, Duck de Chine offers a contemporary take on the city’s trademark dish while maintaining traditional techniques and that signature Beijing flourish.

Think moist, flavorful meat with deeply crispy skin that tastes rich but not fatty. The usual ‘tianmian’ accompaniment, a sauce made of fermented flour, is remarkably light and stands out among other restaurants. The menu also boasts some other duck dishes, global favorites infused with a shot of classic Chinese, including a popular duck confit and very original duck tacos, made with tiny cubes of stir-fried duck, red peppers, shredded lettuce and water chestnuts. Aside from the cuisine, Duck de Chine’s textured décor adds to its allure, with slate grey tablecloths, modern chandeliers and warm brick walls, giving it elegance with an edge. There’s also an acclaimed wine list to enjoy and, in the entrance of the restaurant, you will find Beijing’s only Bollinger champagne bar, an extra special indulgence to add to your visit.

1949 The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti North Road, Chaoyang District

+86 10 6501 1949 ext 8808

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