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7 often Overlooked Amazing Places in Beijing

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While most international travelers come to enjoy the night life of Sanlitun Bar Street or the wonders of the Great Wall and Summer Palace, some beauties have remained a relatively quiet environment.

Why to go:

Perhaps one of the most overlooked places to visit in Beijing is You Gu Shen Tan, which is located in Huairou District, and has the name of “the backyard garden of Beijing”. You Gu Shen Tan is a poetic place you can’t miss if you like winding paths and secluded quiet atmosphere. Legendary spring scenery is the highlight of You Gu Shen Tan , whether it's natural waterfalls or the valley covered with colorful various flowers.

From Beijing 161 Hotel, tourists can take Bus 936 at Dongzhimen Junction Station and transfer to Bus H31 at ZHONGFULE Station to get there. It will takes about 3 hours in total.

MIYUN

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Photo by: 彭瑞清

Why to go:

In addition to You Gu Shen Tan, Miyun is also a considerable hiking option. Springtime is truly the loveliest time of year to visit Miyun. You will not forget the enchanting mountains there, and the beautiful surrounding countryside, with its celebrated spring vistas, and ancient walls.

How to go:
From Beijing 161 Hotel, tourists can take Bus 980 at Dongzhimen Junction Station to go to the destination. It will takes about 1.6 hour in total.

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The red blooms of almond blossoms, known as “Xinghua” in China, are truly a sight to see when they burst open in spring. There are few better backdrops than the quaint village-Beizhai Village, with its park's more than 400 thousand of almond trees that bloom in early April. Bring your camera for photo-ops galore.

How to go:
From Beijing 161 Hotel, tourists can take Bus 852 at Dongzhimen Junction Station and transfer to Bus PING39 at PINGGU Bus Station to get there. It will takes about 3 hours in total.

HONGLUO TEMPLE

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you.ctrip.com/photos/sight/huairou120418/r5162-42644922.html">Why to go:
No visit to Beijing is complete without a delicacy, the rainbow trout of Hongluo Temple, is just a cuisine you can’t avoid to miss. Hongluo Temple is hidden by thousand acres of pines, which has served not only as a traditional Buddhist place of worship, but also as a monastic center for the education of Buddhist monks and abbots throughout northern China.

How to go:
From Beijing 161 Hotel, Tourists can take Bus 916 at Dongzhimen Junction Station and transfer to Bus 867 at Nanhuayuan Three District to get there. It will takes about 2.5 hours in total.

FORMER RESIDENCE OF SONG QINGLING

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>Why to go:
The residence is famous for its former owner, Comrade Song Qingling(1893.1.27 -1981.5.29), who was the vice president of People's Republic of China. She was also the wife of the founder of the Republic of China, Sun Zhongshan.. In the yard of her former residence, there are several Begonia flowers which was cultivated by Song Qingling herself, and the Begonia blooms heavily every spring.

How to go:
From Beijing 161 Hotel, tourists can take Metro Line 2 at YONGHEGONG Station, then get off of the metro at JISHUITAN Station. It will takes about 0.6 hour in total.

LIULICHANG ANCIENT CULTURE STREET

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Photo by: 康雪婷

>Why to go:
Liu LiChang Street is a historic street from Imperial China with a wonderful selection of examining ancient calligraphy brushes, fascinating ink stones, paintings, artifacts, in which a guided foreign tour group is rarely seen. Just feel the quality of the "tools" for preparing for the Imperial examinations of ancient times.

How to go:
Tourists can take Metro Line 2 at CHONGWENMEN Station from Beijing 161 Hotel, then get off of the metro at HEPINGMEN Station. It will takes about 0.5 hour in total.

THE HUTONG

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Why to go:
If you want to step off the tourist trail and experience life as locals enjoy it, you can’t afford to miss the hutong. Friendly gangs of local Chinese introduce visitors to the delights of Chinese culture, cooking and a good selection of guided walking tours. Lishi hutong where our hotel in is such a lane, and we are very pleased to help you learn about any specialty interest in Beijing.

How to go:
Welcome to our hotel, and you will live in a Courtyard House which combines traditional decoration with modern facilities in hutong.
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