Beijing: Places to Explore


  • Chaoyang District

    Chaoyang is where you'll find a lot of the action in Beijing: the nightlife in this district is positively sizzling. The bars and clubs are vibrant and full of Chinese office workers and university students... Read more

  • Dongcheng District

    Dongcheng District, with its idyllic hutongs and plethora of historical sites, is one of Beijing's most pleasant areas. It's also one of the smaller districts in the city, which makes it easy to get around... Read more

  • Haidian District

    In the last decade or so, with the Chinese Internet and tech booms, the rise of the middle class, and, with it, university education, Haidian has become an educational and techno mecca. The major IT players... Read more

  • Side Trips from Beijing

    Not only is Beijing a fascinating city to visit, but its outskirts are packed with history- and culture-laden sites for the admirer of early empires and their antiquities. First and foremost, a trip to... Read more

  • Southern Districts: Chongwen and Xuanwu

    Life in the southern part of Beijing has a completely different rhythm. The sites in this part of town are ancient reminders of the Beijing that once was—a more religious and artistically inspired Beijing... Read more

  • Xicheng District

    Xicheng District is home to an eclectic mix of a few of Beijing's favorite things: delicious food, venerable hutongs and old courtyard houses, charming lakes, and engaging nightlife. The lakes at Shichahai... Read more


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