Collected by Beth
3 Hufang Rd, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
While visiting Beijing on a Fulbright over the summer, we were given the opportunity to attend a traditional Peking Opera. Though the show was entirely in Mandarin, it was highly entertaining and lively. The vibrant colors of the venue, coupled...
Chaoyang, China, 100027
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...
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...
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...
22 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
Located on the first floor of EAST hotel in the Lido neighborhood, Xian is a popular watering hole with a nonetheless intimate setting. Private nooks, an expansive patio, and a game room provide an atmosphere more like a luxurious private home...
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...
12 Yonghegong St, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100007
To understand China, it's imperative to understand the important role religion and philosophy play in the culture. Buddhism is one such influence, and this gorgeous temple tells a bit of that story. Yonghegong is in the northern part of Beijing...
19 Xinjiangongmen Rd, Haidian Qu, China, 100091
For the Chinese, calligraphy is not only a practical way of writing characters but it is also a revered art form. As art, the way the calligrapher holds the brush, how he presents and stylizes the character conveys his culture, emotional being and...
1 Jianguomen Outer St, GuoMao, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100004
Few venues give as unique a view of Beijing as does Atmosphere Bar, set atop China World Summit Wing, the city's tallest building. On a clear day, you can see landmarks such as Tiananmen Square, the Bird's Nest stadium from the 2008 Olympics, and...
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. —...
Chaoyang, China, 100005
Imagine several hectares of red velvet, a few dozen oil paintings, plush sofas and chairs that evoke a sixteenth-century royal French court, and buckets of gold leaf. That gives some idea of the building blocks on which Russian nightclub Chocolate...
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...
138 Wangfujing St, WangFuJing, Dongcheng Qu, 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...
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...
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