Amongst Beijing’s riveting cultural attractions, the Legation Quarter occupies a prominent spot in the nation’s cultural and historical landscape, as it presents a slice of the west nestled in the midst of this famous far eastern city. Check into one of the luxury Beijing serviced apartments located nearby for easy access to this landmark. The Ascott Raffles City Beijing is one example of central and stylish serviced apartments in Beijing that are ideal to host a stay. The Legation Quarter recounts the period when a number of international legations were based in the city, forming an exclusive commune from which the native Chinese were barred, during the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. It was released to the Government of China following the revolution of the PRC and remains a famous repository of many European-style buildings. Many of these have been demolished and new incarnations have been born in the form of modern skyscrapers that carve a new silhouette of the Beijing skyline. However, a few buildings that engender the grandeur of Europe still remain, such as the Catholic and Methodist churches. Other buildings have now been converted into exclusive restaurants and elite boutiques featuring prime shopping. So visit this unique quarter for a stark hearkening back to another chapter of Beijing’s illustrious history.