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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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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...
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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...
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2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
How a complex of German-built factories became one of East Asia’s hottest art destinations is also the story of modern China. When construction on a number of electronics factories began in Dashanzi in 1956, the area was farmland. Joint...
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Simple in concept, excellent in execution, the Brickyard at Mutianyu is a destination in itself, situated about 90 minutes' drive from downtown Beijing in a traditional village. Recovered tile pieces form mosaics that pop out from otherwise...
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 沙滩北街15号 邮政编码: 100006
Set in a renovated temple complex, TRB has stunning surroundings. Led by GM Ignace Lecleir, the staff provides top-notch service. Deemed "contemporary European," the food has no shortage of fans. And for those who enjoy a post-meal walk, The...
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Building 1 No 11 Sanlitun Road Chaoyang, Sanlitun Road, 东城区北京市 China, 100027
The posh Chinese restaurant inside the trendy Sanlitun hotel the Opposite House has a pretty broad menu. There are spicy Sichuan standards, like mapo doufu (cubes of white tofu suspended in chili oil, served here with minced beef) and skewers of...
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3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
A cooking school by day (Wednesdays and Sundays, to be specific), Black Sesame Kitchen hosts a 10-course family-style meal on Tuesday and Friday nights that allows visitors to sample Chinese dishes from a variety of regional cuisines. Most who...
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9 Dongdaqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
Italian restaurant Opera Bombana (if you'll excuse the pun) exploded onto the scene when it opened in Beijing in the summer of 2013. A branch of famed Hong Kong restaurant, Otto e Mezzo—for those who count Michelin stars, it has three—it ranked...
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22 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
Feast is one of Beijing's tastiest and least expensive luxury hotel restaurants. For around RMB 400, two people can enjoy a set dinner and with a glass of wine. House specialties include pavlova and a seafood bowl containing prawns, clams, sea...
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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. —...
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186 Wangfujing St, WangFuJing, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, 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...
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Among the hundreds of new cafés catering to the booming market for caffeine in Shanghai, Café Aroom, hidden down a residential alley, is a local secret. Ring the doorbell to enter a space filled with vintage cameras, antique kitchen tools, and...
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457号-1 Shaanxi N Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Whether you need some rejuvenation after that long flight or you simply crave a little respite for tired feet, Apsara Spa has you covered. One of my favorite retreats in town, the staff here will have your muscles melting and your cares far from...
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407 Shaanxi N Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
This is hotpot at its finest. A far cry from the typical hotpot establishment with long, sloppy sauce bars, mystery broth and questionable meat, Qimin's menu is packed with farm fresh, organic produce and meats. With a focus on aesthetics, both...
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Huangpu, China, 200085
My 72 year old mother and I hired Shanghai Sideways for our 2 hours tour of some Shanghai highlights and the French Concession. We each had our own bike and driver. The side car was very comfortable and had a heavy blanket cover to keep us warm in...
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119 Jinghua Rd, Qingpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 201702
If you want an expertly guided, unique tour of the city, look no further than Shanghai and Beyond. Led by American Tracy Lesh, you'll get an off-the-beaten path, cultural immersion on her outings. Recommended Tour: Taoism, Tea and Traditional...