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]

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]

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]

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]

Recent Beijing News from City Weekend and The Beijinger

Throwback Thursday: How Foreigners Used to Celebrate Spring Festival

Throwback Thursday takes a look back into Beijing's past, using our nine-year-strong blog archives as the source for a glance at the weird and wonderful of yesteryear. The Spring Festival celebrations … [Read More...]

Vanda Room Moves From Shuangjing to Fuxingmen, Taking With it Possibly the Best Laska in Beijing

Dining in Fuxingmen? The idea alone might make you frown, shake your head, and say, “too far away.” We get it, but when Vanda Room shut down its Shunagjing branch and moved west, taking with it what … [Read More...]

Use this App to Stop Getting Ripped Off by Rental Agents

We’ve lived in three different places during our four years in Beijing and house-hunting here is up there among my most loathed pastimes. Who doesn’t love over-inflated house prices, only being shown … [Read More...]

Noise Pollution: DDC Re-Opening Party, Rhonda, Liu Donghong, B’Rock Orchestra, Pu Han

If you’re anything like me then you’re probably desperate for some live music. Really doesn’t matter what it is either. Anything with a tune will do. I’ll even bring my speaker box to every grannie … [Read More...]