Beijing Financial District for Friends
Collected by Frederick Simeon
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.
China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 张自忠路3-2号 邮政编码: 100007
Located in the courtyard fronting the former residence of Chinese-warlord-turned-premier Duan Quirui, Yugong Yishan is a mid-sized venue—it can pack in more than 500 people—that features a wide range of music. Blues, jazz, funk, punk, folk, rock,...
4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Beijing's number one tourist attraction is a massive former imperial palace known as the Forbidden City. Between 1416 and 1911, it was home to 24 Ming and Qing dynasty emperors and their families and staff. In 1912, after the abdication of...
15 Guozijian St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Across the street from the Lama Temple is the Guozijian, or Kong Miao. However, as my philosophy teacher warned, the Confucian philosophy is not to be confused with religion—that is to say, this is not really a worshipping temple. Rather, it’s a...
The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
35 Xiaoyun Rd, SanYuan Qiao, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
Home Plate brings recipes from the American South to the streets of China's North. With only a "can do" attitude, a custom-made meat smoker, and modest surroundings—completed with stacks of fruit tree wood—this place has thrived in Beijing. Ribs,...
China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 瓷器库胡同2 邮政编码: 100006
Li Qun Duck Restaurant is hidden in a Qianmen hutong. (To find it, follow the ducks painted on the hutong walls!) The restaurant doesn't put on airs, and feels effortlessly authentic despite the fact that pictures of statesman and ambassadors who...
Banchang Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Cafes, restaurants, and bars proliferate in the secluded hutong alleyways of Beijing. One of the best is Mao Mao Chong, a name that refers to "caterpillar"—and makes this seem an ideal spot to include on a pub crawl. Started by a Chinese and...
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...
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...
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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