4 TEM­PLE OF HEAVEN

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Jump in a taxi and ask the driver to take you the three miles to the en­trance of the Tem­ple of Heaven in Tiantan Park (ask your ho­tel in ad­vance for a card with the des­ti­na­tions you want to go to marked in Chi­nese). From here, fol­low the tree-lined path straight to the cir­cu­lar tri-tiered tem­ple, with glazed blue tiled roof­ing and re­mark­able hand­painted ex­te­rior.

This Taoist place of wor­ship – rep­re­sent­ing har­mony be­tween na­ture, hu­man­ity and the uni­verse – is part of a com­plex built in the 15th cen­tury. It was deemed a UNESCO World Her­itage Site in 1998 and is sim­i­lar in style to that of the For­bid­den City. It’s com­mon to see lo­cal peo­ple prac­tic­ing

or danc­ing among the trees in the park, and the lush grass of­fers a pleas­ant place to rest be­fore mov­ing on. more than pearls. The ground floor is crammed full of elec­tronic goods and watches, though if it seems the prices on those Rolex, Tag Heuer or Bre­itling time­pieces are too good to be true, it’s be­cause the mer­chan­dise is prob­a­bly not au­then­tic.

The sec­ond floor has aisles of“designer”hand­bags, shirts, tai­lor-made suits, wal­lets and suit­cases, though bear in mind that most, if not all, branded items will be im­i­ta­tions – from Ralph Lau­ren polo shirts to Ray Ban sun­glasses.You should also hag­gle – the ask­ing price could be ten times more than it should be so knock them down wildly be­fore putting in your bid. find Da Dong Roast Duck a restau­rant with a rep­u­ta­tion for the best duck in town. When you en­ter the chaotic wait­ing area, look up and you’ll see rows of awards, one of which pro­claims Da Dong as“Best for Im­press­ing Vis­i­tors.”

The duck here has a sweet, crispy shell and is not at all the fatty bird one might have ex­pected. A lit­tle tour through the bustling kitchen will give you some no­tion of what it takes to pre­pare one of th­ese mag­nif­i­cent golden birds. Da Dong has plenty of other tasty dishes on the menu, but the duck is the star.

Da Dong Roast Duck In­ter­na­tional Plaza, 22A Dong­sishi­tiao, Dongcheng Dis­trict 86-(0)10-5169-0329. BT

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