Beijing Chaoyang for Anyone
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
Beijing is a city with an extraordinary history, as well as a powerful 21st century edge. Wander the Forbidden City, admire the futuristic architecture of the Olympic Park, and experience local culture in the hutongs of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.
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...
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...
2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
If you plan a trip to Beijing, make sure to allow time to visit the “798 Art Zone,” or Dashanzi Art District, where a mix of political, cultural, and economic combustion have created an edgy contemporary art scene. You could easily...
24 Xinyuan Xili Middle St, Chaoyang Qu, China, 100027
At Din Tai Fung their dumplings are so good they earned a Michelin star. The service here is fast, and the decor is slightly on the upscale side—but you probably won't notice because you'll be focused on eating dumplings. I've never really been...
13 Guozijian St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100011
The Imperial College is where Chosen scholars (who had already passed the county and provincial examinations) would go to study for the national and palace examinations. As a teacher living in Beijing, I find China educational history fascinating;...
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...
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. —...
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...
2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, JianWai DaJie, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100005
This is great sight if you're interested in astronomy, science, ancient technology, the meeting of East and West, or you just need a break from the noise and crowds. The observatory was built in the Yuan Dynasty (1239-1368 AD). It was put to great...
Chaoyang, Beijing, China, 100096
The UCCA is home to a number of spaces dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions. It's pretty amazing entering a Bauhaus-inspired architectural space filled with pop culture icons, printed on hundreds of lamps—quite a feast for the eyes! In the...
Dongcheng, Beijing, China
“Our umbrellas are a part of our culture that is disappearing,” says Cheng Dehu, the owner of Beijing’s Ruo Shui Tang Oil Paper Umbrella Workshop. As China has modernized at a breakneck pace, most traditional oil paper umbrellas have been left...
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...
China, Beijing Shi, Xicheng Qu, ShiChaHai, 什刹海前海北沿15号 邮政编码: 100009
Quanjude, Da Dong and Duck de Chine have big fan bases when it comes to Beijing duck lovers, but one of my favorite places for bird is Xiao Wang Fu. The branch at Ritan Park is particularly fun when you can snag outdoor seats and enjoy your meal...
Dongcheng, China, 100006
After a beautiful bike ride in the West of Beijing, visit this 500+ year old village which was founded during the Ming dynasty. For an affordable group price you can have an inclusive private bike ride in the countryside and tour of this quaint...
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