Crowds visit the Wangfujing Food Street to devour Beijing's famous snacks. Photo courtesy of Ana Paula Hirama via Flickr.

Wandering Through Wangfujing

You’ll experience old and new Beijing while wandering through Wangfujing, so give yourself plenty of time to explore, and save some room in your stomach to sample some streetfood, too. During the Qing Dynasty, this area housed royal residences and estates for the elite. When a well was discovered, the street adopted the name Wangfujing, […]

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October 15, 2014 by
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A hot pot meal is a great way to enjoy great food in good company. Photo courtesy of Konrad Lembcke via Flickr.

Beijing’s Hot Pot Feasts

Come autumn/winter, temperatures in Beijing drop drastically and bitter coldness shrouds the city. What’s the best (and most delicious) way to warm up quickly and to stave off the cold? Enjoying one of Beijing’s hot pot feasts, of course. Hot pot is, essentially, having a big pot of boiling soup in front of you, ordering […]

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October 8, 2014 by
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Useful Vocabulary for Navigating Beijing

Beijing by night.

When visiting a foreign country, you’ll inevitably be concerned about the language barrier. With the influx of expats and visitors in Beijing, however, English has become common in the popular areas, and many young locals can converse in basic English. Despite this, it’s still a good idea to immerse yourself in the culture to make […]

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October 1, 2014 by
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The Reincarnation of Beijing’s Hutongs

A traditional courtyard inside a hutong.

During your exploration around the city, namely near the Forbidden City, you’re bound to have wandered upon Beijing’s hutongs, alleyways made up of shiheyuan, or courtyard residences. Dating back to the Yuan Dynasty, these traditional compounds were mostly inhabited by government officials and dignitaries. Other less luxurious hutongs were residences for up to several families, encouraging […]

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August 20, 2014 by
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Viator Exclusive: Picnicking on the Great Wall of China

The Great Wall

Walking shoes tied, check. Camera fully charged, check. Sense of adventure, check. One thatched basket of pork-cabbage dumplings shared over laughter and sloppy chopsticking later, we were greeting Leslie, our tour guide for our trip up the Great Wall with a picnic lunch. Onwards!

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August 15, 2014 by
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Beijing’s Emerging Art Scene

Art lovers peruse the work of local artists at the 798 Art Zone.

As the country’s capital, Beijing is inevitably one of China’s main cultural destinations for visitors. Chinese art has been attracting worldwide attention as of late, and the local art scene is abuzz with energy and welcoming additions of new galleries and exhibition spaces to showcase local and international talents. There are many galleries and museums to visit […]

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August 11, 2014 by
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