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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.
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3 Fuchengmen Outer St, FuChengMen, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Wu fu means "five kinds of happiness" in Chinese, and this teahouse delivers on its promise. It was first opened in 1994 as the first teahouse chain in the city. The staff dresses in traditional clothing and performs Chinese tea ceremonies for...
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The Sinology Institute offers the ultimate crash course in Mandarin for travelers. In just two hours, you'll learn basic phrases and run through some sample conversations, like speaking to a taxi driver. You'll learn how to read pinyin, plus a few...
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Dongcheng, Beijing, China
In Beijing, hutongs—narrow lanes and walking streets that characterize some of the city's oldest neighborhoods—are a world in themselves. It's fun finding tidbits and losing yourself in these streets!
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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...
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Behind a façade of rusted sheet metal, MAO Livehouse serves as a gathering place for music fans, especially of rock in all its forms, from punk to funk to metal. The musical slate includes visiting and local bands, with shows about 20 or so nights...
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Want to learn how to make tasty dumplings? Or hand-pulled noodles? Or the cuisine of Hunan, Yunnan and Sichuan? The Hutong is a cozy retreat where you can gather with a small group and—all tools provided—learn how to make a dish or two. The Hutong...
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11 Zengguang Rd, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100037
Hai Wan Ju is a cheap spot to taste Beijing folk cooking. They make very good noodles—handmade, of course. The zha jiang mian—noodles with fried bean sauce and vegetables—is a classic Beijing noodle dish. Here, they also add pork. —Fuchsia Dunlop...
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Whether you are hungry and are a) up early, b) in search of an afternoon snack, c) going out with friends for lunch of dinner, d) looking for sustenance after working late, or e) feel like you are stuck in another timezone due to a major case of...
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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...
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Dongcheng, Beijing, China
The supermarket can be a hidden gem for souvenirs and an insight into local kitchens. In Beijing I stepped into a large Carrefour, located two stories underground, where I browsed through walls of instant noodle bowls, bags of seaweed, endless...
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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...
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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....