THE LOWDOWN ON
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
– 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
- 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!
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.
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.