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Beijing for free

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Beijing for free
Traveling on a budget is ideal in Beijing -- the majority of sights have low entrance fees. Getting around using the subway or taxis is cheap, and you can pick up low-cost meals and stay in inexpensive accommodations. You also can blow the budget in regard to places to stay and dine so look before you leap.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Nanluoguxiang
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Nanluoguxiang

Dating back about one thousand years, these neighborhoods of narrow, twisting streets represent the “real life” of Beijing, where passageways connect to courtyards of traditional compact homes. Pedicab tours of the hutongs are popular tourist attractions that normally include the Drum Tower, courtyard neighborhoods and Prince Gong's mansion.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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798 Art Zone
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798 Art Zone

This bustling area is a hub for contemporary Chinese art with a wide array of different styles. This old factory compound has been perfectly converted to house numerous galleries and bookshops & cafes.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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National Museum Of China
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National Museum Of China

This museum features changing exhibits related to political themes such as the Opium Wars, the founding of the Communist Party, the Sino-French and Sino-Japanese Wars, the Japanese War, the 1911 Revolution and the social unrest of 1989.

     Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Ritan Park (Ritan Gongyuan)
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Ritan Park (Ritan Gongyuan)

Ritan Park is one of Beijing's finest. This is one of the most beautiful and scenic spots in Beijing. The view is best  here in summer at about... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)
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Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)

The remains of one of China’s most famous rulers, Chairman Mao, rest in this simple mausoleum, which features 44 granite columns and glazed yellow trim.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Donghuamen Night Market
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Donghuamen Night Market

This vibrant & bustling night market can be found just off Wangfujing Street & it is a zoo of weird and interesting food & street snacks. Uighur Lamb skewers, Snakes, Grasshoppers, Starfish, Corn on the cob, Smelly doufu, Fried hearts & kidneys, Squid, Turtles, Frogs, Stuffed breads, Live seafood, Fried pancakes, Candied fruit, Scorpions on sticks.

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