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12 Things to Do In & Around Beijing, China Travel

Beijing, the capital of China, is a pleasant mix of historic and modern sites and architecture. There are so many things to do in and around the city, so here are a few of my favorites from my recent (and first) trip to the country. 1. Visit the Summer Palace // A short metro ride away from Beijing, the Summer Palace is an expansive park...

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Hutongs in Beijing China Travel

In my opinion, one of the best things about Beijing are its hutongs, or alleys. These narrow streets are lined with old homes and shops, particularly in the traditional courtyard style. Sadly, these areas are slowly disappearing. Many of the hutongs have been demolished to make way for more modern constructions, roads or buildings. Thankfully, however, many efforts have been made recently to designate the...

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Houhai Park | Things to Do In & Around Beijing Travel

Houhai Park, literally ‘rear lake’, is a neighborhood in the Xicheng District of Beijing. Houhai is the largest of three lakes that comprise Shichahai, the other two, Qianhai and Xihai. The area around the lakes has recently become known for its nightlife with bars that feature live music that are particularly popular amongst expats. Both the former residence of Soong Ching-ling and the mansion of...

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Tiananmen Square | Things to Do In & Around Beijing Travel

With an incredible view of the entrance to the Forbidden City and a moving political history, Tiananmen Square is one of the most visited, albeit controversial sites in Beijing, China. To enter the square, you need to pass through security and armed guards are posted around the area. But upon entering Tiananmen, you can see the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of...

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Wangfujing Night Market | Beijing, China Travel

As I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge fan of street foods, and so, I couldn’t miss out on a trip to one of the most famous street food spots in Beijing – the Wangfujing Night Market. The Wangfujing Night Market is located in the Dongcheng district and it’s both a popular tourist hotspot and a local hangout. The Wangfujing snack street hosts a variety...

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Doors in Beijing, China Travel

Whenever I travel, one of the things that most catches my eyes are the doors and doorways I come across. And in Beijing, China, there were so many beautiful doors and doorways that I found myself with my 照相机 (zhàoxiàngjī) camera constantly at the ready. I noticed that many of these 门 (mén) doors were painted 红色 (hóngsé) red. In China, red is an auspicious...

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Street Foods in Beijing Culture & Cuisine

Food is seriously one of my favourite things about travel. I love trying out new dishes and snacks whenever I’m abroad (and even when I go on a local adventure near home). While I was in China, there were so many opportunities for me to try out different cuisines, street foods and snacks and I eagerly took every opportunity my stomach allowed (I can only...

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