Collected by Nathan Turner
3 Chongwenmen Outer St, ChongWenMen, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
One of my favorite moments in Beijing was sitting around the cozy circular bar at Noodle Bar for front-row action of the chef pulling our noodles by hand. The menu is simple and straightforward: all noodle soup with your choice of brisket, tendon...
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...
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...
11 Beixiangfeng Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
I first went to this restaurant, hidden deep in a crumbling hutong (alleyway) neighborhood, by myself in a rickshaw one foggy November evening. It’s one of those unique, authentic finds that have remained intact for decades. The roast duck is...
186 Wangfujing St, WangFuJing, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, 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...
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...
S Luogu Alley, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
12SQM lives up to its name, as it is only 12 square meters of bar. It is, however, a great place if you want to drink great bourbon or single malt scotch (they have one of the most extensive bourbon collections in the city)—the atmosphere is cozy...
Dongsi, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, 100001
This is a place for those who wax nostalgic about growing up during the cold war, or for those like me who weren't alive in those days, but still have a fascination with the red menace. RCC is a high-end boutique hotel, rooms start at 1488RMB a...
Chaoyang, China, 100001
Co-existing amid electric and gas-powered buses, taxis and private sedans, scooters and bicycles and three-wheel vehicles, the sidecar motorcycle is a common sight on Beijing's busy streets. One group is using these handy vehicles to make a visit...
Wangfujing St, WangFuJing, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Don't expect to find any Beijing residents on Wangfujing Snack Street, home of spiders, scorpions, starfish and pretty much anything else that can be skewered and cooked. This is firm tourist territory, a place for visitors to test their mettle...
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...
19 Zuo'anmen Inner St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100176
A rusty ferris wheel casts a long shadow across the empty grounds of Youleyuan. A rollercoaster is locked in its place. Not a single soul crosses the crumbling plazas. I have a soft spot for abandoned amusement parks, and Beijing used to have no...
Overseas Chinese City, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518000
I found these awesome old-fashioned bikes for rent outside a flower shop in the OCT Loft. They are made available by a small Shenzhen nonprofit called "bedbikecity," which advocates for the equal rights of road usage for green travel. Located on...
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