The Quick List series is a faster way to see my recommendations for things to do / see / eat in a certain place. For my full Travelogue on my experience in Beijing, see this post.
Beijing is China's capital city and has plenty to see and do for weeks on end. Here are some of my favorites:
Jingshan Park ||| Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China 100006
Pleasant with the best view, especially if you're skipping The Forbidden City proper.
The Great Wall of China (Lakeside) ||| Huanghuacheng Village, Jiuduhe Town, Huairou District, Beijing 101404, China
The Wall without the people. See this post for details.
The Summer Palace ||| 19 Xinjiangongmen Rd, Haidian Qu, China, 100000
Gorgeous mountain view. Lily pads on the lake. Ancient stone palace. Can you find better?
The Forbidden City ||| 4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Closed on Mondays. Many people. The gift shops have air con. Avoid the loo.
The Temple of Heaven ||| 1 Tiantan E Rd, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Rained out of going, but I hear you can see Tai-Chi groups practicing in the early morning here.
Tiananmen Square ||| Dongcheng, China
Best seen at night on an evening drive. Windows down.
Qingfeng Bun Shop ||| Dong Dan Bei Da Jie, DongDan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100005
Best. Buns. Ever. (Don't forget your DIY garlic sauce.)
Paris Baguette ||| 1 E Chang'an Ave, DongDan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Yeah, ok, it's not Chinese food. But their "rich chocolate muffins" are odd-but-awesome and legit chocolate.
Traditional Beijing Yogurt ||| Street Vendors (we got ours outside The Forbidden City)
Find someone selling ice cream. Get yogurt. Drink it with the straw (yep). Thank me later.
Nanluoguxiang Hutong (南锣鼓巷) ||| Gulou E St, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100007
Beautiful, ancient, historic area with hostels, shops, and food with its own subway station.