The Great Wall

Famous around the world, the Great Wall is one of the top sites near Beijing. It's what everyone wants to see--and you can't see it from space, so you have to go there yourself. Here's where to go and … [Read More]



This central shopping district is popular with both Beijing residents and tourists alike. This central area is close to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. There are many major hotels in this … [Read More]


Getting around

It's easy to get around Beijing. The subway system is extensive, cheap, and easy to use. Taxis are plentiful -- and also very cheap. Taxis Unless it's raining or late at night, you'll probably find … [Read More]


Beijing: Dynamic. Bold. Exciting.

There's more to Beijing than just the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Mao's tomb, or the 2008 Olympic Games. Come here and you'll find a cutting-edge city at the forefront of world … [Read More]



Beijing has many great restaurants. Here are some tips on where to eat. Street food Some of the best food is prepared by small vendors along the street. Don't be afraid, just be wise: Choose a place … [Read More]


Recent Beijing News from City Weekend and The Beijinger

Next in the Great Wall Campaign: Wudaoying Hutong Takes a Hit, Invaded by Yellow-Hatted Men

In the latest rounds of bricking up the hutongs and shaking things up, Wudaoying Hutong seems to have taken a hit. The alleyway, popular with domestic tourists and international tourists alike, has … [Read More...]

Top 10 Fake Myths About Food That You Should Know (Part 1)

If you've lived in Beijing long enough, you've probably heard the rumors that “fensi noodles and seaweed are made of plastic,” “eating crab and persimmon at the same time will poison you,” “pork blood … [Read More...]

On Yer Bike: Give Your Legs a Workout on One of Serk’s Weekend Rides

Top of the list of "things I always say I'll do but actually don't" is "get out of the city at the weekend" so despite my utter lack of cycling experience I jumped at the opportunity to join one of … [Read More...]

‘Whale Rider’ Author Witi Ihimaera to Give Bookworm Talk, Mar 24

As the first published author of New Zealand's Māori Aboriginal minority, Witi Ihimaera has taken tales that are very specific to his culture and homeland and turned them into universally acclaimed, … [Read More...]