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Be amazed by the Chinese capital's imperial past and fast-paced future when you take a flight to Beijing with American Airlines. Explore Mao's bombastic Tiananmen Square, map out an empire in the maze-like Forbidden City and eat the crispiest Peking duck in town when you fly to Beijing with American Airlines.
Book your trip with American Airlines to get off the beaten path and discover more things to do in Beijing. Whether you want to weave through the labyrinthine hutongs on a bone-shaking rickshaw or find total peace in the temple-dotted gardens of the Summer Palace, American is with you every step of the way.
A rabbit's warren of centuries-old alleys and courtyard houses, best seen by bicycle, on foot or by rickshaw. Trees and paper lanterns fringe the maze of lanes, filled with birdsong, vendors peddling groceries and locals playing chess in front of grey stone houses. Explore the alleys near the Drum Tower, bar-lined Nanluoguxiang and boat-dotted Houhai Lake in Dongcheng.
An array of lantern-lit stalls teems with locals and travelers. Deep-fried scorpions, crunchy grasshoppers, snakes on skewers – you'll find a lot of culinary curiosities here. If you'd prefer not to nibble insects, we recommend peppery Sichuan soup, fluffy Chinese dumplings and steamed crab.
The first shafts of sunlight filter through clouds of incense and light up the colorful prayer flags. Buddhist monks drift across the courtyards to flame-red halls and pavilions, embellished with lion carvings, gold leaf and floral motifs. Look out for the temple's pride and joy: a 59-foot Buddha statue carved from a single piece of sandalwood.
A titanium-and-glass dome which shimmers above an artificial lake. The space-age concert hall stages authentic Peking opera, where performers in elaborate silk costumes act out tales from Chinese folklore and history through music, mime, graceful dance moves and acrobatics.
Following in the footsteps of emperors and tittering courtesans. The harmonious gardens are centered on the still waters of Kunming Lake. Walk across the Seventeen-Arch Bridge to the Marble Boat, admire folkloric paintings on the pavilion-studded Long Corridor and climb Longevity Hill for entrancing views across the gardens.
Book a flight to Beijing with American Airlines today to discover more things to do in Beijing.