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Beijing Travel Guide

Beijing Top Experiences

Want to learn more about Beijing? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.


Tips for Eating out in Beijing

In China meals are a communal event, so food in a Chinese home or restaurant is always shared. Although cutlery is available in many restaurants...


Beijing's Subway

Although Beijing’s subway system has grown to 17 lines, the original two lines provide access to the most popular areas of the capital. Line...


Financial Street

Walking up the south side of the street, you'll see a building with thick Roman columns; this was first the Russia Asiatic Bank , and afterwards...


Fast Food: Beijing's Best Street Food

Part of the fun of exploring Beijing's lively hutong alleyways is the chance to munch on the city's traditional snacks, served by itinerant...


Apartment and House Rentals in Beijing

There's an abundance of furnished short- and long-term rental properties in Beijing. Prices vary wildly. The priciest are luxury apartments...


Beijing Opera

For hundreds of years, Beijing opera troupes have delighted audiences with rich costumes, elaborate makeup, jaw-dropping acrobatics, and tales...


Kid-Friendly Hotels in Beijing

Many Beijing hotels have special programs and facilities that appeal to children. Metropark Lido Hotel, in the Chaoyang District, has a 20...


Foreign Emissaries

The red building opposite the church started out as the Belgian Embassy and later became the Burmese (now Myanmar) Embassy following Burma...


The Old Legation Quarter

This walk begins on Dong Jiao Min Xiang. It can easily be reached via the lobby of the Novotel Xinqiao hotel. Exit through the back door right...


Top Experiences

See the city by bike Four wheels may be good for getting around, but two wheels are better. The capital demands to be discovered by bicycle...


Top Beijing Attractions

Forbidden City The Forbidden City has been home to a long line of emperors, beginning with Yongle, in 1420, and ending with Puyi (made famous...


Beijing Then and Now

In the beginning Since the birth of Chinese civilization, different towns of varying size and import have stood at or near the site of today...


A City in Transition

The 2008 Summer Olympics changed the look of the Chinese capital like never before. Whole city blocks were razed to make way for modern buildings...


Free (or Almost Free)

Although Beijing isn't as inexpensive as it once was, it's still a fabulous bargain compared to travel in Europe, North America, and more developed...


Beijing with Kids

Education Without Yawns Learning doesn’t have to boring! There are excellent ways to teach the kids a few things about history while they have...


Experience Beijing

The air is dirty, the traffic is horrendous, and almost nobody speaks more than a word or two of English—so what makes Beijing one of the world...

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