A freshly made jianbing makes for a great breakfast. Photo courtesy of Michael Davis-Burchat via Flickr.

The Perfect Beijing Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and in Beijing this phrase definitely rings true. There are a few crucial items to check off your list for the perfect Beijing breakfast. Typical Beijing breakfasts are great for when you’re on-the-go. In the early morning, you’ll see street vendors setting up for the breakfast run, […]

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November 12, 2014 by
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Chuandixia's renowned ancient homes. Photo courtesy of Conway L. via Flickr.

A Roadtrip to Chuandixia

If you’re looking for something a little different (and a little quieter) while in Beijing, plan for a roadtrip to Chuandixia for its tranquil and picturesque surroundings. Located Zhaitong Town in the Mentougou District in Beijing, Chuandixia (also known as Cundixia) is a village that was built more that 500 years ago. A cluster of […]

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November 5, 2014 by
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Live Music in Beijing

Beijing's live music venues and festivals bring in top talent. Phot courtesy of Azchael via Flickr.

The live music scene in Beijing has gone through somewhat of a revolution in the recent years, and music lovers will be glad to learn that Beijing’s nightlife regularly hosts performances by both established and up-and-coming local and international artists. From original electro-pop groups to minority folk bands to jazz shows, Beijing has something for […]

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October 22, 2014 by
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Wandering Through Wangfujing

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

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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Beijing’s Hot Pot Feasts

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

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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