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Beijing, China

Paleozoological Museum of China

A bisected journey through evolution's history in the heart of Beijing.
Beijing, China

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

The embalmed remains of the communist leader lie within a custom crystal coffin.
Beijing, China

798 Art District

This probably wasn't what Mao had in mind.
Beijing, China

Ming Dynasty Tombs

Ming Dynasty necropolis raided during the Cultural Revolution.
Beijing, China

The Central Perk, Beijing

This working replica of the 'Friends' coffee shop is more accurate to the show than the set itself.
Beijing, China

Great Wall of China Slide

Why walk on this historical site when you can zoom down instead?
Beijing, China

The Forbidden City

The most famous location in China was home to whole dynasties worth of imperial rulers.
Shanghai, China

Shanghai's 1933 Slaughterhouse

Rivers of cattle blood gone, a strange Escheresque building remains, the last of its kind.
Shijiazhuang, China

Jade Burial Suits

Stone shrouds of Prince Liu Sheng and Princess Dou Wan of the Han Dynasty, created to preserve their flesh for eternity.
Moscow, Russia

Lubyanka

Former headquarters of the KGB.
Moscow, Russia

Red Gates skyscraper

Stalinist skyscraper built with help of cryotechnology.
Moscow, Russia

Moscow State University

Gargantuan home of Russian science.
Moscow, Russia

Hotel Ukraina

The tallest hotel in Europe.
Moscow, Russia

Tsar Bell

World's largest bell sits on the grounds of the Kremlin in Moscow.
Moscow, Russia

State Darwin Museum

The world's first museum dedicated to the work of game-changing naturalist Charles Darwin.
Moscow, Russia

Monument to the Conquerors of Space

Moscow's imposing monument to the Space Age.
Moscow, Russia

Novodevichy Cemetery

Moscow's most popular cemetery includes the graves of numerous cosmonauts.
Moscow, Russia

Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy

This newly renovated Soviet-era outdoor exhibition center is bigger than the principality of Monaco.
Moscow, Russia

The 'Golden Brains'

Some Moscow residents once claimed the bizarre, contorted mass of metal on top of the building was used to manipulate minds.
Moscow, Russia

Peter the Great Statue

One of the world's tallest statues is also one of its most hated.
Moscow, Russia

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

Immortal combat in a Moscow museum.
Moscow, Russia

Laika Monument

It took over half a century but a Russian monument to a famous and tragic space pup finally stands in Moscow.
Moscow, Russia

Moscow Metro Stations

The gorgeous entrances into the city's underbelly look more like grand halls than subway stops.
Moscow, Russia

Lenin's Mausoleum

This building holds the embalmed remains of the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution.