Category Archives: Outings

Beijing on a Budget: To Save in December, Do as the Locals

Between Singles’ Day shopping and the winter holiday, December is a good month to give your wallet a breather. Beijing is not a cheap city to live in. In fact, it was the seventh most expensive city for expats in the world according to...


Spirituality and Bureaucracy Meet at Dongyue Temple

China’s spiritual renaissance of the past few decades has reopened many temples and integrated them into visitors routes and locals’ routines. Some of Beijing’s most famous temples hold daily ceremonies and attract scores of tourists and believers. The Daoist temple Dongyue Temple is both...


Red Leaves Arrive in Beijing

By this time in November, there are only a few places in the city where people can still see red leaves. Leaves only turn red within a certain temperature range, and the best time has already passed. For people who were late in planning...


43 Hours in Qingdao

A weekend in the coastal city of Qingdao has much to offer: the relaxed coastline, which lights up at night; the Olympic sailing center; fresh seafood, Tsingtao beer and German sausages; European-style streets and a Catholic church that serves as the backdrop of many...


Nanjing Rejuvenated Through Art, Architecture and Youth

Last month, China celebrated the 70th anniversary of its World War II victory against Japan. The most infamous atrocity committed during that war on China’s territory was Japan’s massacre of Nanjing. After seizing Shanghai in 1937, the Japanese Army went on a six-week rampage,...


Beach Getaways for the Fall

The ocean’s constant murmur, comforting sand and fresh, salty air are still there during the fall. What is lacking are the thousands of tourists who crowd China’s northern beaches. Early fall is one of the best times to visit the beach. You can find...


9 Venues in Beijing with Exquisite Designs

Beijing’s interesting buildings aren’t limited to sky pants and traditional architecture. It also has beautiful libraries, galleries, courtyards and restaurants that realize the visions of international architects. We picked a few Beijing venues with exquisite designs, as recommended by the the architecture magazine Building...


Great Hikes Around Beijing

Summer in Beijing is mild compared to many places, and a short drive into the mountains offers both fresh air and breathtaking views. Walking is also good for the soul, as exemplified by the 1,100-mile hike of Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild. We’ve collected...


Solving Puzzles in Beijing Hutongs

Locals and expats met for a day of exploration and adventure around Houhai on Aug. 23. Hidden City Game teams of two to four participants were given 150 minutes to complete the challenge. Hidden City Game offers three challenge levels: Masters, Explorers and Rushers....


Writers’ Homes Tell Stories of Old and New Beijing

American author Peter Hessler used to wake up by dawn and from his desk in his Beijing home listen to neighbors chatting in the street. Soon, there would be street venders selling beer, rice and vinegar. “The sounds are soothing, a reminder that even...