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

Jaycee Chan’s 420 Buddy Kai Ko Released From Custody, Nextflix to Premiere Marco Polo Series in December

We've already heard about Jaycee Chan's run in with the law last week. It's too bad because I thought The Drummer wasn't a bad movie. Unfortunately he will be forever labeled pot head, and probably … [Read More...]

City Driving: Beijing City Government Says September Still the Worst Month for Traffic

The Beijing Municipal Government has declared that once again, September will be the worst traffic month of the year.  As in 2013, the government has published a list of days in September when the … [Read More...]

Interview: The Unabashedly Weird Xiu Xiu Talk Swans and Angel Guts

Jamie Stewart isn’t just weird. He’s defiantly strange. The Xiu Xiu frontman writes one note songs, literally, and gives those tunes bizarre monikers like "Cinthya’s Unisex." He named his band … [Read More...]

A Chance Introduction to Cha Jidan

We were on a local ferry, crossing the spectacular Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan, headed from the main pier at Shueishe to the popular Itashao pier across the lake where our hotel was. It was a beautiful, … [Read More...]