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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Autumn, when the temperature lowers to a comfortable range and leaves begin to change to vibrant reds and oranges, is a great time to visit Beijing. Some of Beijing’s most abundant trees and greenery include smoke trees, maple, birch, hickory and aspen, making for a colorful fall palette. Furthermore, there are also persimmon, hawthorn, gingko, […]
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 […]
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!