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West of the centre

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Heading west from Tian’anmen Square along Xichang’an Jie, the giant freeway that runs east–west across the city, you pass a string of grandiose buildings, the headquarters of official and corporate power. Though most of the sites and amenities are elsewhere, western Beijing has enough of interest to kill a day or two. There’s a good shopping district, Xidan, the Military Museum and the Capital Museum, and the pleasant Baiyun Guan to chill out in.

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