A traditional courtyard inside a hutong.

The Reincarnation of Beijing’s Hutongs

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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The Great Wall

Viator Exclusive: Picnicking on the Great Wall of China

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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Free Things to Do in Beijing

Tiananmen Square. Photo courtesy of Richard Fisher via Flickr.

You’ll find tons of free things to do in Beijing, making it much easier to save up your valuable travel funds for other expenses (like that Peking duck dinner).

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June 25, 2014 by
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Seeing a Show in Beijing

Acrobatics show in Beijing. Photo courtesy of J Aaron Farr via Flickr.

If you’re looking for something fun and family-friendly to occupy an evening in the Chinese capital, consider seeing a show in Beijing. The theater scene here offers plenty of options for a unique cultural experience.

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May 28, 2014 by
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Beijing’s Back Lakes

Beijing's Back Lakes. Photo courtesy of T Chu via Flickr.

When the weather’s nice, there’s no better way to explore the Chinese capital, whether on foot or by bike, than by spending a day in Beijing’s Back Lakes area.

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April 30, 2014 by
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