Feature A First-timer’s Guide to Beijing

Beijing might seem intimidating to first-time visitors. Contemplating the bleak, grey expanse of Tiananmen Square, the austere government buildings and the high-rises that dominate its skyline, China’s capital can appear an impenetrable concrete jungle. But interspersed throughout the former imperial capital’s soaring structures are unexpected oases of calm and beauty: hectares of lush green spaces, opulent palaces, ornate temples and ancient city gates. Here’s how a first-timer should explore this ancient city.

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