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Beijing

THE LOWDOWN ON BEIJING

Beijing has an unseen force that converts new inhabitants into one of its own – Beijingers. This attraction does not hail from one aspect of life here, but it is the entwinement of many that will grab a first time visitor.


The locals of Beijing are some of the friendliest metropolitan folk you’ll ever meet. Like all people, they range in attitude and lifestyle, but as a whole, they welcome “lao wai” and are willing to give a helping hand – especially if you try to speak Chinese (if you can’t, don’t worry. You can get by with a very minimal grasp of the language). This friendliness creates one of the safest city atmospheres one could hope for. Don’t worry about violence or aggression for it is rarely seen here.

Beijing may be the capital of China, but it is also one of the capitals of the world. There is an international flavor here that can be tasted in the hundreds of restaurants, heard in the bar areas and seen in your surroundings as a native-speaking English teacher. If you want to see the world, you can start by meeting people from all over right here.

Any hobby, interest, activity, sport, skill or pastime you call your own, or would like to learn, can be done here. There are countless clubs and groups and schools that meet to teach, practice, and play. If you enjoy it, you’ll find it in Beijing.

WHERE TO FIND EF TEACHERS

  • Nanlouguxiang – This well preserved example of a traditional “hutong” has been modernized. Over one kilometer in lengths, Nanluoguxiang is packed with cafes, bars, boutiques and shops selling art, crafts, clothing and other unique gifts you can’t find anywhere else. You could spend an entire day discovering all this area has to offer.
  • Sanlitun - this big bar streets is covered with drinking dens that range from dives to sports bars to clubs. There is some great shopping along the back alleys of Sanlitun and plenty of restaurants, cafes, and snack spots.
  • Hou Hai – A cultural hub of Beijing, Hou Hai is many things to many people. By day you can stroll along the lake and discover the hidden hutongs. By night, the glow of the lights attracts those looking for a unique dining experience, creative cocktail or live music venue. Be sure to visit in the winter and test you ice skating skills.
  • Hai Dian – Hai Dian is one of Beijing’s largest districts and has a lot to offer. Known for being a university area, everything is affordable! Many teachers come here to shop, visit the bookstores, hang out in café’s, meet up for meals or a night on the town.
  • Any of Beijing’s iconic cultural sites – The Great Wall, The Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven, Xiangshan, The Forbidden City – don’t miss your opportunity to take it all in!


FIND OUT MORE

www.thebejinger.com – all the latest on what’s happening and going to happen in the city. You can also buy and sell anything you can imagine, and even find a place to live.

www.mobilenative.com – can’t speak Chinese and/or have no sense of direction – no problem. This site will give you directions to any place in the city, as well as send a text message, in Chinese or English, for free, of your destination’s address.

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