Comfort Inn & Suites Sanlitun, Beijing
No. 6 Gong Ti Bei Lu
Phone: (86) 10 85235522
Fax: (86) 10 85235577
Part of the global Lycee Francais de Pekin, this Beijing French School is one of the best educational facilities.This French expatriate school has an extensive collection of French films, which it screens at a rate of almost one a week. Located on San Li Tun (the popular bar and entertainment street), the school advertises its schedule in local English-language papers. Film festivals are also occasionally held here.
Herbookbar is a place that is hard to describe. It's neither a cafe nor a library and yet, it's a little bit of both. It's a cozy, intimate spot in which you can enjoy a nice afternoon drinking homemade tea and reading Western or Eastern books. It's full of pictures and souvenirs that the Chinese owner brought from the different places she has visited (such as Argentina and Chile) and also from various places in China. She is a very welcoming person and helps newcomers feel comfortable. Some books are for sale, and others you can borrow. -Marina Burana
Beijing's Jewish community holds a service here every Friday night at 7p. Vistors are welcome and services are held in both English and Hebrew. The service is followed by a kiddush. There is a buffet meal that includes a variety of vegetarian dishes as well as locally made bagels. All services are held at the Capital Club, as per location and contact details noted above. It is a good idea to make a reservation for the evening meal.
Good Shepherd offers inter-denominational Christian services and Sunday School for children and young adults. The lessons and services are in English. Services take place in the Capital Club Athletic Center at 10a every Sunday. Special services are also held at Christmas and Easter. The Congregation places an emphasis on creating a close knit family atmosphere. Only foreign passport holders may attend. The service begins on Sundays at 10a.
The Blue Zoo specializes in marine life. It features a 120-meter tunnel that offers an underwater experience where you can enjoy underwater surroundings. The zoo is also raising baby sharks to add to their collection and stimulate the marine imagination. But they do offer mini-courses on underwater life. For a special treat, big kids can enjoy a romantic under-the-sea dinner in the tunnel on weekends.
Ever wondered about the details of a film shooting then visit the Beijing Film City. One of the major tourist attraction at this city is the set of the TV soap Hong Lou Meng. It is laced with lush gardens and exquisite courtyards. At the dubbing studio you can dabble with the sound equipments and systems. Children love to shoot with the laser tag equipment. Beijing streets are recreated to facilitate shooting of outdoor sequences. If you are lucky enough, you will catch a glimpse of an actual shooting.
This Taoist temple was built during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) as a place to worship the Supreme Celestial Emperor of Tai Shan, one of the five sacred mountains of China. A glazed memorial archway inscribed with 'In Reverence to the God of the Mountain' stands at the temple's front entrance. It is also the site of the Beijing Folk Custom Museum, and a temple fair is held here during the Spring Festival each year.
This attractive outdoor court was designed specifically as a volleyball venue for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. In keeping with China's attempts at making the 2008 Games more "green," a "sun-chasing solar power generations system" has been installed, which is a solar-energy-converting mechanism that automatically moves to match the position of the sun, thereby collecting the optimal (maximum) amount of sunshine at all times. Fun fact: 17,000 tons of sand was imported from Hainan to cover the playing ground.
Built shortly after the Forbidden City in 1409, the Imperial Granary was the storehouse for the capital's agricultural wealth. The massive complex has been put to many uses in its 600 years of use. During the Republican era it was a weapons storehouse. Now, it serves as a cultural complex of theaters, walking streets and history.
Located 15 kilometers from central Beijing, this World Heritage Site is a popular tourist attraction. The Summer Palace is a breathtaking display of ancient art and architecture, lush royal gardens and amazing views. The Palace consists of numerous pavilions, towers, bridges and corridors and the gardens are some of the best preserved in China. First built in the Qing Dynasty in 1750 and known as the Garden of Clear Ripples, the Palace was almost completely destroyed in the war of 1860 and was restored in 1886.
The Hong Ling Jin (Red Tie) Park is located at Bai Li Zhuang outside of Chao Yang Men. Built in 1958, the park covers a land space of 95,000 square meters and a water surface of 200,000 square meters. The park offers children's amusement facilities and boats. A group of sculptures of young heroes stand in the park. Inscriptions on the sculptures tell the stories of outstanding young people at different times throughout Chinese revolution to encourage the red-tie visitors to study hard for their motherland.
The Dongyue Temple is a Taoist temple founded in 1319. However original temple was destroyed and rebuilt in 1698 and 1761. You can enjoy the history and the stunning Taoist religious figurines and artifacts. The Dongyue Temple also has the largest collection of stone tablets in Beijing, including one written in 1329. Today the temple is both a religious building, a school, a museum and a landmark.