Serene Start. Ease into your day at Temple of Heaven, the peaceful oasis south of the Forbidden City. The park is home to three main altars: the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Circular Mound Altar, as well as a beautiful bridge and gardens.
Lunch at Lost Heaven. Enjoy a leisurely lunch of Yunnan cuisine at Lost Heaven, set inside a sophisticated dining room in the former American Embassy.
Design Shop and Hutongs. A short walk from the restaurant, find the Ubi Gallery, stocked with exquisite jewelry and ceramics from local artists. Continue on to the adjacent hutongs and wander around the maze of narrow, bustling alleyways.
China’s Art and History. The epic, 2.2-million-square-foot National Museum of China houses over 1 million items that tell the story of China’s long and rich history. Don’t miss the Ancient China exhibit, or Ancient Chinese Jades, with pieces on display from Neolithic times to the Qing Dynasty.
Ancient Stargazing. Built during the Ming Dynasty in 1442, the Beijing Ancient Observatory houses a collection of bronze astronomical instruments. Climb up to the roof terrace to examine the ornate tools used to study celestial objects nearly 600 years ago and, before leaving, visit the quiet garden for a respite from the city’s bustling crowds.
Art and Antiques. Take a pre-dinner spin through Pop-Up Beijing, the award-winning design and home shop adored by locals and visitors alike. Peruse an expertly curated selection of goods, from vintage ceramics, maps and tea sets to new works by emerging Chinese artists, and stay for a glass of wine at the shop’s inviting little wine bar.
Beijing Duck. Taste one of Beijing’s most quintessential dishes at what many consider to be the best restaurant in the city. Duck de Chine serves crispy-skinned, tender Peking duck in glamorous, intimate surroundings.
A Luxurious Lounge. Return to The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing and unwind with a glass of champagne or a cigar to the melody of live music at the lavish Davidoff Lounge.