Inspired by the Chinese classical literature masterpiece, Dream of Red Mansions, the garden is patterned exactly after the Grand View Garden depicted in the book. Initially the film location for the TV series of the same name (based on the same book), the Grand View Garden has now become one of Beijing's top tourist attractions thanks to its dreamlike and ethereal quality. Walk through the expansive compound with more than 40 scenic spots for you to explore, take photos of, or just admire. Drop by the Red Mansion Exhibition and get a chance to catch performances and parades inspired by events in the book. While you're there, take the chance to learn about the Jia family and the story of their eldest daughter who went on to marry the Emperor. While it is a work of fiction, the garden and the mansion are perfect representations of Qing Dynasty architecture - all the more reason to visit, classic literature fan or not.