For visitors to the capital, it can seem like architecture in Beijing falls into two split camps: imperial architecture, such as the Forbidden City, and hyper-modern 'starchitect' buildings such as the CCTV building and Bird's Nest stadium. However, Beijing is also home to a number of European-inspired buildings, each with their own unique stories to tell. Read on for our pick of some of the best.
Can't get enough of European-inspired architecture in Beijing? Check out Château Laffitte, Rendinghu Park and Beijing Railway Museum. While they're all definitely worth a visit, just note that these places have undergone specific renovations to appear more 'European' (or in the case of Château Laffitte, a full-blown, painstaking replica) rather than being historic reflections of Europe's influence on Beijing at the time.
By MA Aldrich