Beijing Chaoyang for Friends
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.
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,...
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...
21 Dongsi 12th Alley, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
Having donkey meat for lunch might sound as appealing as the scorpion kebabs for sale in Dong'anmen market but there are some important differences. First of all, the scorpions are for tourists. Second, and more importantly, Wang's donkey burgers...
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...
China, Beijing, Dongcheng, Andingmen, Zhonglouwan Hutong, 临9号
The old hutongs [alleys] near Drum Tower are lined with nameless snack shops selling what I call Chinese fast food. One staple is shui jiao, which are boiled dumplings typically filled with pork and fennel. You dip them in vinegar and soy sauce...
4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
I used to be a docile tourist—get a map and brochure at the entrance, follow the prescribed route, or make a beeline for points of my interest. But one day impatience taught me the rollicking fun of ignorance and discovery. I didn’t...
11 Beixiangfeng Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Down a dimly lit alleyway surrounded by traditional Beijing houses and grey tiled roofs is the Li Qun Roast Duck restaurant. Quite an insider spot (Al Gore ate here during his time in Beijing filming "An Inconvenient Truth"), the restaurant is...
China, Beijing Shi, Chaoyang Qu, Chaoyang Park W Rd, 维多利亚花园D4 101
Hiking and sleeping on the Great Wall of China is a unique and memorable experience! This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will always cherish and recommend to future travelers to Beijing. We made many new friends, but still had our own...
Wangfujing St, WangFuJing, Xicheng, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
On our last day in Beijing, we went to a mutton hotpot restaurant in an Islamic restaurant named Dong Lai Sung for our farewell party. It's a Mongolian establishment, with more than 100 years of history. The style of hotpot here is very different,...
171 Fuchengmen Inner St, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
The Miaoying White Dagoba Temple was built in Yuan Dynasty as the personal temple of Kublai Khan, the grand son of Genghis Khan and founder of the Yuan Dynasty. The Temple is a traditional Chinese temple, with one difference, it contains a...
61 S Luogu Alley, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
If you're looking for something more original than the ubiquitous "I climbed the Great Wall" T-shirt, then look no further. Plastered is an original design T-shirt shop that specializes in tongue-in-cheek treatments of Chinese and Beijing culture....
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...
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