Take Line 1 all the way west and at the last stop, Pingguoyuan, you’ll find yourself at the foot of the Western Hills. This is temple territory. There’s more than enough to choose from, but don’t miss an afternoon at Tanzhe Temple, which is perched on the side of a hill and offers superb views of the city on a clear day. Fahai Temple is much smaller, but boasts a remarkable collection of preserved Ming Dynasty frescoes. Nearby is Tianyi’s Tomb, the final resting place of a high-ranking eunuch, complete with dioramas. It’s the kind of crazy museum you only ever get in Beijing. Take an extra bus to the village of Jiuyuan to soak up some old Chinese culture at the cute siheyuan residence of one of China’s great Yuan Dynasty playwrights, Ma Zhiyuan (马致远故居).