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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>>

Sample a Taste of the Past at Beijing’s Oldest Restaurants HOT

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Beijing's restaurant scene has exploded in recent years, with any number of regional Chinese restaurants and Western restaurants from around the world often making if difficult to choose a place to eat. Why not look to the past for inspiration for your next ...... Read More>>

Organic Farms around Beijing that Deliver to Your Door HOT

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Having fresh organic produce delivered to your door may seem like a luxury, but when you live in Beijing, where food scandals and general unhealthiness are facts of life, you may find yourself reconsidering, especially when there are plenty of affordable ...... Read More>>

Halloween Hell Raiser 2012: Top Events in Beijing HOT


Halloween is creeping upon us once again in Beijing, and there are plenty of events happening across the city. If you were planning on spending a quiet evening in watching an episode of Vampire Diaries or True Blood, think again! With so many hellish good ...... Read More>>

Autumn Awesomeness: The Best Spots for Viewing Fall Foliage in Beijing HOT

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No one doubts that autumn is Beijing's best season. The leaves turn beautiful shades of orange and red and the autumn air is fresh (relatively speaking) with a subtle crispness, hinting at the fast approach of the winter season. If you're looking to get out ...... Read More>>

Fix Up, Look Sharp: Where to get Fixed Gear Bikes in Beijing HOT

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With their minimalist, elegant frames and endless customizability, the popularity of fixed gear bikes (often known as fixie bikes) has grown exponentially in recent years, especially in urban areas. True to their name, fixed gear bikes have no freewheel, ...... Read More>>

Beijing's Most Pleasant and Scenic Cycle Routes HOT


9 million bicycles in Beijing sung in the lulling tones of Katie Melua, and the Chinese independent film Beijing Bicycle, a touching -at times heart-breaking- movie charting the hardships of a Beijing courier, are just some of the associations between ...... Read More>>

Bigger is Better: Discover Beijing’s Future Subway Lines HOT


Beijing traffic may get hostile on the surface sometimes, but deep down there's a subway system that always loves us, and it's one of the cheapest and most convenient in the world. You can hardly toss a cat without hitting one of the 192 stations in ...... Read More>>

Real Polish: Beijing’s Best Nail Salons HOT

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Low prices and speedy service make getting a manicure or pedicure one of the small pleasures of living in Beijing. However, choosing from the huge number of salons scattered across the city, especially in areas like Sanlitun, can be bewildering. Here, we ...... Read More>>

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


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>>

Indigo Mall: 798’s Trendy New Shopping & Dining Hub HOT

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Hardly a week goes by without a new mall or shopping complex opening somewhere in Beijing. While they may be great for providing extra local jobs and contributing to their area's GDP, many seem to just be clones, attracting the same old international brands ...... Read More>>

Interview: Finnish Metal Legends Apocalyptica Talk China, Food and Girls HOT


What do you get when you mix hard rock and metal with a few bad-ass cello players? The answer: Finnish cello-metal band Apocalyptica. From their break out cover album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos to the newest 7th Symphony, the band has rocked out around ...... Read More>>

A Tale of Two Fillings: Beijing’s Best Sandwiches HOT

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Beijing is awash with delicious food options, but sometimes only a sandwich will hit the spot. Everyone has his or her favorite sandwich combination. White or brown bread? Mustard or mayo? To make sure you never have to endure a trip to Subway, we've ...... 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>>

Grape Indulgence: Where to Find Good Value Wine in Beijing HOT

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Without a doubt, wine is becoming more and more accessible in Beijing. Gone are the days when the only options were a bottle of Changyu from the corner shop or a bottle of generic French red from the Friendship Store. Finding good value wine – that suits ...... Read More>>

Not Again! How to Avoid (and Report) Shady Taxi Drivers in Beijing HOT

Yet again a taxi driver takes the longer way to your house; yet again the fruit seller charges you 10 RMB extra for those bananas; yet again you pay 100 RMB more for that skirt you were looking at the other day. It seems that for anyone living in Beijing as ...... Read More>>

Beijing Watchdog: Speed Dating, Frida Kahlo, Beggars and More! HOT

Given the fact that Beijing is such a dry city, it's a bit strange to find everyone suddenly filled with dread at the forecast of rain. Still, don't let it stop you from getting out and enjoying some of the upcoming events and openings in Beijing! ... Read More>>

Scream, Sing, Dance, Drink – Beijing’s August Nightlife Round Up HOT

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Summer is synonymous with vacation and yet here we are, slogging away at work. For those of you who want to make the most of your weekends – who want to scream, sing, dance and drink – we've got you covered. Here are the hottest nightlife events hitting ...... Read More>>

Beijing Watchdog: Controversial Crotch, Violence, Events and More HOT

It's hard to imagine it was only four years ago that Beijing hosted the Olympic games. No time for nostalgia, however, as the capital is buzzing in feverish awe, horror, and delight at all the events and news taking place. Read on to find out more. ... Read More>>

The Recent Wave of Beijing Violence: Should Expats Be Worried? HOT


In 2008, in light of the Olympics, tourists, netizens, the media and expats alike all feared for the safety of foreigners in Beijing. Numerous publications warned individuals of growing antiforeigner sentiment and rising violence. Today, in 2012, some very ...... Read More>>

Beijing Watchdog: Football, Zhangbei Music Festival, New Openings & More HOT


Unfortunately the Euro Cup and the cool rainy weather are gone, but that doesn't mean it's time to despair. There is plenty of great events on the horizon; everything from a Hip-hop legend to a clash of football powerhouses. Read on to find out more. ... Read More>>

The Big Sizzle: How to Survive Beijing’s Summer HOT

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After enduring an exceptionally long, grey and smoggy winter, it can be said with certainty that most Beijing residents have been looking forward to the more laid-back summer days, often associated with open-air dining at one of the many make-shift eateries ...... Read More>>

2012 Beijing July Revelling – British Rush, Anniversaries and More HOT

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1) Yugong Yishan British Rush <br /> In honour of the London Olympics, Yugong Yishan presents a day and night of British fun. The celebrations begin in the afternoon with a British Vintage Market and an exhibition of London street scenes. Rock out at ...... Read More>>

Beijing Watchdog: Damien Hirst, Aircraft Carrier Parties and More HOT

The muggy summer air of Beijing might tempt many of you to close your windows and crank up the AC, but with everything from a Damien Hurst exhibition to a giant party on a decommissioned aircraft carrier in the works, there are plenty of reasons to venture ...... Read More>>

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