PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 April, 2011, 12:00am


Dongyue Temple

This is the capital's weirdest temple, with hundreds of ghoulish figures painted with blue and red faces. It is a Taoist temple, where rooms are set aside for spiritually-inspired displays.

Great Leap Brewery

A catchy name for this new microbrewery, close to the city's funkiest street, Nanluoguxiang. Among the offerings are Sichuan peppercorn beer and more conventional pale ale.

Ritan's ancient tree

In the middle of Ritan Park is a tree estimated to be 1,100 years old. The gnarled nine-dragon cypress tree is outside the central altar walls.

Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall

The highlight is a slightly surreal scale model of the city that is so big that, when viewed from above, binoculars are needed.

Coal Hill

Everyone visits the Forbidden City but few make it to the top of Coal Hill, in Jingshan Park, to the north. It offers a special perspective.

Red Gate Gallery

This novel gallery is in a Ming city-wall watchtower, near the main downtown railway station. The contemporary art hung on thick stone walls that date back 500 years makes for an amazing juxtaposition.