Have a date with history at the tomb of Matteo Ricci
Beijing Administrative College may sound like somewhere your great aunt hangs out, but don't judge a book by its cover, or you'll miss out on one of the best spots in Beijing. And also, don't judge it by the fact there's a cemetery on this campus (all the best places have one) – it's obviously there because no one ever wants to leave.
Behind a nondescript looking building, in the midst of much tranquility, China's first Jesuit missionary, Italian priest Matteo Ricci
(1552-1610), lies at rest in an intimate but gorgeously ornate tomb.
After impressing your date with art history knowledge about the tomb (the architecture is classically Chinese with a European twist: in the Latin inscriptions and Western rose motifs that adorn the doorway under traditional dragon carvings), walk around the greenery and admire the ground's semi-European buildings.