Category Archives: Outings

Museums in Beijing

Beijing is known as an ancient city and is famous for its cultural elements. The capital may not have breathtaking architecture, but it has quite a few museums that are worth visiting. In this issue, We introduce several of the city¡¯s best. The Forbidden...


Lost in the Stores

The capital is warming up, and the long and dirty winter may be nearing its end. It’s time to get out of the house and enjoy Beijing’s sweet but short spring. Beijing is light on impressive scenery, but what it lacks in visual beauty...


43 Hours in Hangzhou

Hangzhou is one of China’s most picturesque cities. Its West Lake for centuries has inspired emperors’ pride and poets’ verse. Its green hills and picturesque pagodas appear to be drawn out of classical paintings. At least once in a lifetime it’s worth walking or...


43 Hours in Shanghai

The world’s most populous city packs a variety of experiences in a relatively small area. One moment you can be bustling among hordes of tourists in the mazes of the Yu Garden bazaar, and less than an hour later you can be savoring a...


Liulichang, Qianmen Stand in for Long-Gone Old Beijing Streets

In the 2015 documentary The Chinese Mayor, the mayor of Datong, Shanxi province, has a wild dream. He wants to rebuild the ancient city to attract tourists and boost the local economy. But in order to do that, he needs to relocate half a...


Staycations in Beijing

Traveling in China can be unpredictable, and plans are never guaranteed to succeed. Those train tickets you were planning to buy may be sold out weeks before departure – especially around national holidays. There can be a change in your work schedule. Or you...


Ditan Temple Fair

Temple fairs are popular Spring Festival activities across China. Traditionally the fairs were for worshiping, but today they are more of a business activity. Located on Andingmen Outer Avenue, Ditan Temple is one of the most well-known temple fairs. Ditan Park encloses the Altar...


Historic Churches in Beijing

Aside from its Buddhist and Daoist temples and mosques, Beijing also has numerous historic churches. Many were demolished and rebuilt several times over the past few centuries as they fell victim to earthquakes, fires and popular revolts. Today, some are caught in-between global and...


798 Makes Room for Art and Kitsch

In the northeast of Beijing, just inside Fourth Ring Road, is 798 Art Zone. To reach it from the nearest subway station, you pass through the Dashanzi neighborhood’s residential area, made of rows of modest blocks of flats, with Chinese street merchants selling meat,...


Beijing’s Muslim Street Offers Culture, Delicious Snacks

In the south central part of Beijing lies Niu Jie, the heart of the capital’s Muslim community. The wide boulevard, whose name is often translated as “Ox Street,” is lined on each side with shops that sell snacks and fresh beef and mutton. Especially...