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Li Qun Roast Duck Restaurant
Don’t let the graffiti-lined alleys dissuade you; you’ll want to try succulent Peking duck in Beijing, and Li Qun is the place to do it. This family-run eatery is authentic, casual, and less expensive than many other recommended Peking duck sites. And you’ll find yourself immersed in Beijing as you head through its back streets on the way to dinner.
Silk Alley Market
Whether you want to find designer clothing knock-offs or you just want an entertaining afternoon, a visit to this market is recommended. The bustle and searching is part of the fun, as is the bargaining. In fact, you’re expected to haggle and should never take the first (and probably second, and third…) price offered.
Don Jiao Pi Fa Wholesale Market
For a locally inspired shopping experience, visit this market near Guang Hui Bridge. Don Jiao’s has everything from Chinese porcelain, produce, and flowers to electronics and home furnishings. If you walk past a big red gate, peek inside for more shopping. This is a very local experience, one that tourists usually miss. Only cash is accepted.
Despite its name, this bar has nothing to do with “Star Wars.” Instead, it’s a replica of the lively 1930s Shanghai bar from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” The first floor boasts several red sofas and large, square, black and white tables, while the second floor is a café/bar indoor lounge. There’s also a rooftop deck. On Thursdays, the chef serves a 3-course menu tied to the theme of the movie playing that night. Club Obiwan is cash-only.
Zhang Yiyuan Teahouse
Make sure you experience a traditional tea ceremony before you leave Beijing. It’s an opportunity to soak in centuries of history at the same time you relax with a soothing cup. Zhang Yiyuan has earned a reputation over many decades as a purveyor of quality teas, and the building is made up of seven private rooms, offering diverse environs.
Very popular among locals, D-22 showcases local punk and experimental music groups and artists. Expand your horizons with some true local sounds. D-22 is closed Mondays, and they only accept cash.
Yong He Lama Temple
Located in the northeastern part of Beijing, Yong He Lama Temple is one of the largest Lamasery temples outside Tibet. Besides the magnificent buildings with both Chinese and Tibetan styles, the temple also had a number of priceless collections of Buddhist treasures, including a standing 26-meter high statue of Buddha Sakyamuni carved out of a single sandalwood tree.
Li Family Restaurant
If you are interested in trying the local cuisine of Beijing, Li Family Restaurant is one of the best choices. The restaurant used to serve only one table of customers every day, but things have changed due to the expansion of the restaurant. However, they still only cook for 50 or so customers with dinner reservations each day.