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Summer’s Here! Cool Off at Beijing’s 4 Best Water Parks HOT

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One the best ways to spend a hot summer day in Beijing is to hit up one of the city’s many water parks. From man-made beaches right in the middle of the city, to a huge choice of slides and wave pools, Beijing has tons of options! ... Read More>>

Yandai Xijie (Old Pipe Street): Old Beijing Vibes Without the Crowds HOT

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Yandai Xiejie is less crowded than its famous neighbor Nanluoguxiang and still has plenty of old Beijing vibes. If you hate crowds, and love shopping and culture than make sure to check out Yandai Xiejie while in Beijing. ... Read More>>

Flying in the Nest: Winter Activities at the Olympic Village HOT

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The Bird’s Nest in the Olympic Village is host to a veritable wonderland of winter fun. Here are some of the activities on offer this December. ... Read More>>

The Expat’s Guide to Living in Beijing’s Hutongs HOT

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I have lived in a hutong for six months, and it is definitely a love-hate relationship. For those thinking about moving into the hutongs, there are definitely some pros and cons to evaluate before making the move. Using my experiences, here is the expats ...... Read More>>

Wudaoying: Hidden Gems in and Around this Hutong HOT

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The quirkiness of Wudaoying makes it a worthy visit upon your list of interesting hutongs of Beijing to visit. This guide lists some of the lesser-known gems you’ll find in Wudaoying. ... Read More>>

Hidden Gems: Ancient Culture Streets in Beijing HOT

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Beijing is famous for its wonderful ancient alleys (hutongs) and streets, many dating back to the Ming Dynasty and retaining their traditional architecture. However, over the years a number of historically rich hutongs have succumbed to the bulldozer – a ...... Read More>>

The North Rising: Exploring Beiluoguxiang’s Burgeoning Food and Drink Scene HOT

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Although it's just a quick dash across Gulou Dongdajie, Beiluoguxiang is a world away from its gentrified southern cousin. In recent years a slew of new bars and restaurants have started to open up on Beiluoguxiang, but the development remains much more ...... Read More>>

Wining, Dining, Pampering: Beijing’s Lido Area Has You Covered HOT

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By now, even if you've relatively new to Beijing, you must have surely heard the name "Lido" mentioned somewhere. Lido – an up-scale, international neighborhood just outside the fourth ring road in Beijing's north-eastern suburbs – is the ...... Read More>>

Beijing’s Beixinqiao: The New Gulou in Town HOT

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On first glance there isn't a lot going on to entice you in Beixinqiao, unless you enjoy trying not to get pulled into a mala shrimp restaurant on Guijie, that is. However, a spate of new bar openings and some overlooked restaurants make this unassuming ...... Read More>>

Caochangdi: Beijing’s Off-the-Beaten-Path Art District HOT

Still relatively unfamiliar territory to many Beijingers, Caochangdi is a hipster’s paradise. A far cry from the touristy, built up, forget-you’re-in-China feel of 798, Caochangdi is the ideal destination for viewing art in a overly commercial setting. ... Read More>>

Baochao Rising: Secrets of Beijing’s Hidden Hutong HOT

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The fate of Beijing's multitudinous hutongs is something of a controversial issue for both foreigners and locals alike. These historic areas of Beijing have endured explosive development projects over the last few years, some more agreeable than others. ...... Read More>>

Wudaokou: Beijing’s Multi-Cultural Milieu or a Foreign Student Fortress? HOT

Walking down Zhongguancun Dong Lu in Wudaokou (五道口) on a Thursday afternoon gives you a vivid sense of the cultural significance of the area. A bustling atmosphere of students rushing off to lectures, street vendors selling hot food, and endless traffic ...... Read More>>

Wudaoying Hutong: An Emerging Force in Beijing’s Hutong Scene HOT

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The aspect of Hutongs that attracts many visitors is their careful synthesis of Western commercial and social style, in a traditional Chinese format, and the manner in which they are substantially cut off from the rat race that characterises the hustle and ...... Read More>>

Your Ideal Escape from Beijing: Cuandixia HOT

Living in Beijing can get a bit much at times. Maybe it's the traffic jams that get to you, maybe it's the crowds; but no matter the cause, the cure is the same; head for the mountains! ... Read More>>

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall Trek HOT

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If you are tired of the maddening hordes of tourists on the most popular stretches of the Great Wall like Badaling or Juyonguan, then maybe it is time to try out some less crowded alternatives. The mountains surrounding our fair city of Beijing contain a ...... Read More>>

Hutong Hedonism: A Few of Nanluoguxiang's Top Bars HOT

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Nanlouguxiang (南锣鼓巷) has always been a lively hub in Chinese ancient cultural history, and more recently, general expat quirkiness and consumerism. This picturesque, albeit slightly touristy, commercial and entertainment strip, offers a glimpse into ...... Read More>>

Shopping Frenzy at Beijing Zoo Market HOT

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Don’t be fooled into thinking that only Beijing’s big department stores and tourist markets stock the hottest goods. Beijing is dotted with plenty of clothes markets that have two very special traits: fashionable and cheap! This article introduces you to ...... Read More>>

Beijing’s Best-Kept Secrets: Hutong Bars HOT

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Beijing’s hutongs hold many secrets hidden within their walls, and exploring the maze-like alleys of the city is an essential way to discover the city’s ancient and dilapidated charm. Hutongs also happen to be home to some of the city’s most charismatic ...... Read More>>

Beijing Scitech Premium Outlet Mall: “Big Brands, Small Prices” HOT

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With so many malls already to choose from in downtown Beijing, there’s still one big reason to make the trek out to the Scitech Premium Outlet Mall near the Beijing airport: big savings. With a tagline of “Big Brands, Small Prices”, the Scitech Premium ...... Read More>>

History’s Modern Society: Beyond the Walls of Ancient Dashilan Hutong HOT

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Venturing through a Chinese Hutong is an incredible experience, not only because it is completely different from western civilisation but because it is a piece of ancient history that is soon to be non-existent. There are very few traditional housing ...... Read More>>

Now Open: Affordable Dining Options in Beijing’s Sanlitun HOT

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Although the Village in Sanlitun Beijing is becoming outrageously expensive, never fear for meal deals are here. Below are some of the best New Openings in terms of quality and affordability the Village has to offer. ... Read More>>

Five of the Best Temples in Beijing HOT

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With dipping temperatures and Autumn fast approaching there has never been a better time to explore the wealth of culture that Beijing's ancient temples provide. In this article we discover some of the best temples in Beijing to be explored and enjoyed as ...... Read More>>

Miyun: Beijing’s Picturesque Suburb HOT

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Welcome to Miyun, a picturesque suburban county north east of Beijing where the hills are green, the air is fresh and pollution at bay. The area is known for its beautiful natural environment and rich history, but what makes Miyun even more attractive is ...... Read More>>

Beijing District Guide: Inside the 5th Ring HOT

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Making heads or tails of Beijing can be a daunting task. The city proper is about 1,300 sq km (502 sq mi) which makes it about the same size as Los Angeles but with three or four times as many people and a significantly longer history. The Beijing ...... Read More>>

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