36 Hours in Beijing

36 Hours in Beijing

Photo of The New York Times

Compared with China’s other megacities, Beijing is still a traditionalist at heart, so delve into the shops, galleries and restaurants in the city’s old, alleyway-threaded hutong neighborhoods.

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    Slow Boat Brewery Taproom was opened a little over two years ago by a pair of Americans and has more than a dozen unpasteurized beers on tap.
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    Housed in a stark, gray brick and concrete space designed by the provocative Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, this is said to be the first gallery in China devoted to photography, exhibiting works that, at times, explore the grittier side of modern Chinese life.
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    The dim sum menu at this restaurant in the Opposite House hotel includes fluffy barbecued pork buns, pan-fried turnip cakes and walnut milk. Afterwards, admire the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s futuristic design in the lobby-cum-gallery space.
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    It’s easy to ditch the crowds by hiking the pine-shaded hill behind the palace and taking in the view of the lake below.
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    At this hutong speakeasy with antique furniture and no sign on the door, a mostly young crowd sips shot glasses of the blinding grain alcohol called baijiu from a menu that varies by strength and flavor.
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    Set in a renovated factory with exposed beams and red lanterns, this is the kind of place that has Bollinger on ice and a gong to announce the arrival of your bird, which has been crisped in an oven with date wood to enhance the flavor.
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    At the new Red Brick Art Museum, the focus is on video and installation works, though the real draw may be the tranquil Chinese garden and modernist red brick building itself.
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    Old Beijing Noodle King does one thing really well: zha jiang mian, a hand-pulled wheat noodle dish that’s just as evocative of Beijing as roast duck.
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    A former factory in a 1950s Art Deco building has been gorgeously renovated into this cafe, which serves organic coffee from Yunnan province and chocolates infused with a fiery Chinese liquor.
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    The novel-length menu contains some perplexing dishes like Spicy Duck Lips, but there are safer standouts like mapo doufu and stir-fried shrimp balls heaped with ground pork, preserved vegetables and diced chiles.
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    Grab a pint in the tree-shaded courtyard at a pioneer in Beijing’s craft beer scene that makes unique ales like Iron Buddha Blonde, infused with tea from the mountains of Fujian province.
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    Built as a prince’s home in the 17th century, the complex is today one of the most active — and colorful — Buddhist temples in the city. Outside the gingko-lined entrance are shops crammed with Buddhist trinkets and incense.
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