Collected by Russell Parry
China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, Dongsi 10th Alley, 东四十条甲22号南新仓商务大厦1-2层 邮政编码: 100001
You can’t leave Beijing without having Peking duck at Da Dong. I eat the crisp skin first, dipped in sugar. Then I pile the skin, meat, leek, cucumber, and sweet, fermented sauce onto pancakes. I finish by drinking the broth from the carcass. —...
Dong An Men Da Jie, DongDan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
After an aimless walk through the calm hutongs in the centre of Beijing, we suddenly came to a crowded night market. It was only one row of food stalls, but it stretched for several hundred meters! Among other things, you can find more unusual...
24 Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Explore the back streets near Andingmen Station for a glimpse of everyday life in the hutongs of Beijing. While in the area, stop for a drink at the unexpectedly hip Siif Cafe. As the sign out front says, they have good coffee, along with...
4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Beijing's number one tourist attraction is a massive former imperial palace known as the Forbidden City. Between 1416 and 1911, it was home to 24 Ming and Qing dynasty emperors and their families and staff. In 1912, after the abdication of...
The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
How a complex of German-built factories became one of East Asia’s hottest art destinations is also the story of modern China. When construction on a number of electronics factories began in Dashanzi in 1956, the area was farmland. Joint...
Xicheng, Beijing, China, 100006
I felt obligated to visit the Forbidden City while in Beijing as it tops every "must see" list. I sort of wish I hadn't. Even though I went early in the morning it was already mobbed with tourists. After about thirty minutes inside the compound...
24 Xinyuan Xili Middle St, Chaoyang Qu, China, 100027
Dumpling chain Din Tai Fung has gone from humble beginnings in Taiwan some 40 years ago to a presence in 10 countries, including Singapore, the United States, Australia, and Japan. The secret of its success lies in one item—xiaolongbao—a type of...
186 Wangfujing St, WangFuJing, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100006
Wangfujing is first and foremost a tourist market. It's bold, brash, and unapologetic—and for that, it has my respect. Wangfujing is comfortable in its own skin, even when that skin is crawling with scorpions. I'll always have a special place in...
108 S Luogu Alley, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Pass By Bar stood out a decade ago as the sole watering hole in a sleepy neighborhood. Now, as part of a strip with over one hundred cafes, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops, it stands as the veteran on the street. Begun by a backpacker who...
1 Chaoyang Park West Rd, Chaoyang Qu, China
It's not always easy to find good cheese and wine in China, and when you do it comes with a high price tag. This cosy spot at Chaoyang West Gate serves up a great selection of French cheeses. It's largely a little expat enclave, so stop in if...
271 Gulou E St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
I love Chinese food, and I usually eat at local, traditional eateries. But I am a Nebraska boy by birth, and ocasionally, I need beef prepared a traditionally American manner. And when that need hits, I turn to the guys at the Burger Counter—...
China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, Xinzhong St, 新中街乙12号 邮政编码: 100001
After decades of rule by innocuous lagers, a small revolution is brewing in Beijing's beer scene, with a handful of small-scale brew operations popping up over the past few years. Great Leap is among them and brings together foreign beer makers...
Banchang Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Cafes, restaurants, and bars proliferate in the secluded hutong alleyways of Beijing. One of the best is Mao Mao Chong, a name that refers to "caterpillar"—and makes this seem an ideal spot to include on a pub crawl. Started by a Chinese and...
19 Sanlitun Rd, SanLiTun, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
This venue has permanently closed. This store in Taikoo Li North, run by media mogul Hung Huang, has a beautiful and carefully curated selection of local Chinese designers and artists. Many of these signature designs, often found nowhere else, are...
China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 张自忠路3-2号 邮政编码: 100007
Located in the courtyard fronting the former residence of Chinese-warlord-turned-premier Duan Quirui, Yugong Yishan is a mid-sized venue—it can pack in more than 500 people—that features a wide range of music. Blues, jazz, funk, punk, folk, rock,...
23 Qianmen E St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Maison Boulud is a pleasure for food, drink, and history lovers alike. Formerly the U.S. Embassy during the Qing Dynasty, and site of secret confabs between Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ahead of President...
35 Xiaoyun Rd, SanYuan Qiao, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
Home Plate brings recipes from the American South to the streets of China's North. With only a "can do" attitude, a custom-made meat smoker, and modest surroundings—completed with stacks of fruit tree wood—this place has thrived in Beijing. Ribs,...
36 E 3rd Ring Rd N, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
Why go to a Japanese bar during a visit to Beijing? Because this one is, to the best of my knowledge, the veteran speakeasy in a city where the concept has taken root over the past few years. Plus, getting there is an adventure in itself that...
9 Dongdaqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
66 S Luogu Alley, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Things can get sloppy at Salud. This French-managed spot epitomizes "renao" -- roughly meaning 'hot and noisy' or 'lively'. Old friends gather for drinks and make new friends with those at the next table. Catchy tunes, and sometimes live acts,...
Dongsi 10th Alley, DongSi, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
Rare is the establishment unable to seat a party of four, but Mini Bar, which the owner claims is the smallest fully licensed pub in the world, can claim that. The venue, measuring just under five square meters, comes with a beer fridge, coffee...
Chaoyang, China, 100096
Soar over all the essentials with spectacular panoramic views, while everyone else waits in tourist lines on the ground. With aerial vistas of the Great Wall and Bird’s Nest Stadium, this Academy program makes for a remarkable ride through Beijing...
1 E Chang'an Ave, DongDan, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100006
Dining at Made in China at the Grand Hyatt is expensive, but the staff creates an excellent experience. Open kitchens allow you to catch a glimpse of the Peking ducks roasting in ovens over fruitwood-fueled fires. I always order the dumplings. —...
138 Wangfujing St, DongDan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Snake Whiskey. The story is that this is used in Asia as a very strong aphrodisiac and also has many medical uses, such as treatment of back and muscle pain. I am told it is an acquired taste and is used for celebratory events. This special...
When I first visited Beijing in 1993 many of the locals looked at me like I was from another planet. Okay, I’m 2 meters tall so that might have had something to do with it. However, it still seemed as if they had never seen a foreigner before. And...
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