Historically, Beijing hasn’t been a very exciting place to ring in the New Year, but locals are beginning to jump on the Western holiday bandwagon. If you’re traveling in Beijing this New Year’s Eve, here are a few suggestions for where to celebrate.
Chances are if you’re in or planning to go to Beijing, a visit to the Great Wall holds a prominent spot on your must-do list. While you can see the wall from many places across northern China, Beijing makes the most convenient home base for your explorations. From the capital city, you have your choice between two sections of the wall for a half-day excursion or another three for full-day or overnight trips.
Beijing, with its labyrinthine hutongs, modern skyscrapers and abundant historical monuments, is practically a museum in and of itself. If you’re planning to spend an afternoon pondering history, art, science or anything in between, here are some of the best museums on offer in China‘s capital city.
Few cities in the world have a dish as iconic as Peking duck is to Beijing, and the reality is as good as the hype. In a city of more than 20 million people with tens of thousands of restaurants, dozens if not hundreds of which specialize in Peking Duck, so finding a place to eat can be overwhelming. Throw in menus full of Chinese characters and a language where tone changes meaning, and what should be a simple meal becomes downright complicated. For first-time visitors to Beijing, here’s a basic guide to demystify Peking Duck.
Adventurous foodies who find themselves in Beijing would be remiss to skip out on the Donghuamen Night Market, located at the northern end of the Wangfujing business district. Since 1984, stalls at the market have been opening up at nightfall to shock visitors with bizarre treats from both northern and southern China.
China isn’t typically a destination associated with beer drinking, but each August, the coastal city of Qingdao plays host to the Qingdao International Beer Festival, the largest of its kind in Asia. During the two-week festival, Qingdao Century Square will host breweries from around the world as they sample their brews to the visiting public.