Category Archives: Outings

Ancient Post Houses Around the City

In the ancient past, post houses were stopovers that offered accommodation to officers and messengers who were relaying official documents or military intelligence. For 3,000 years, horses were the most common means of official transportation. But with limited energy, a network of waypoints was...


The Hunt for Relaxing Reading Spaces

Technological advances like e-readers and tablets have been the death of common brick-and-mortar bookstores. For those who still miss the smell of paper and the experience of browsing, Beijing has a few interesting options. Pass on the noisy Xidan Bookstore and Xinhua Bookstore: Beijing’s...


Famous Filming Locations in Beijing

TV lovers don’t have to travel far to find the ancient-looking film sets that populate their screens. As China’s cultural, economic and political center, Beijing’s modern buildings and historical mansions are popular destinations for both domestic and foreign film crew. Mei Lanfang Memorial Hall...


Special Museums of Tianjin

Tianjin is a costal city that blends Chinese tradition with Western colonial architecture. Its past is fused with the present. Most visitors limit their Tianjin trips to the Yongle Bridge, the Eye of Tianjin, the Italian Style Street and St. Joseph’s Cathedral. But for...


Weekend Trips for Cherry Picking

Early summer offers the greatest variety of fruits in Beijing. The baskets of eye-catching cherries at fruit stands offer a mouthwatering alternative to the city’s ever-available watermelons. The sweet and sour fruits are purported to detoxify the body and preserve beauty. Cherries straight from...


Scale the Peaks of Baishishan Geopark

Located in Hebei’s Laiyuan County, Baishishan is a sprawling geopark that consists of Mount Baishishan, the Shipuxia Canyon and the Jumayuan Springs. The park offers a relatively near escape from the bustle of the capital’s downtown and its occasionally toxic air. Mount Baishishan With...


History in Beijing’s Longest Hutong

If visitors intend to saunter through a Beijing hutong, the quiet Dongjiaomin Xiang might be a good alternative to the noisy and touristy Nanluogu Xiang and Yandai Xiejie. Dongjiaomin Xiang is the longest hutong of Old Beijing with a length stretching nearly 1.6 kilometers....


Castles and Culture in Shanxi’s Jiexiu

Jiexiu in Shanxi province is famous for being the hometown of three of China’s wisest men: Jie Zitui of the Spring and Autumn Period, Guo Linzong of the Eastern Han Dynasty and Wen Yanbo of the Northern Song Dynasty. It’s also the site of...


Plan a Picnic to the Bashang Prairie

Spring and summer should be the seasons of life, but Beijing’s hazy and dusty air tends to keep people inside or hidden behind filtration masks. If you’re up for braving the air, this is the best season to take a wonderful weekend trip to...


Flower Watching in Beijing’s Ancient Temples

April is here and the weather is getting warmer and warmer. Beijing will become one of the most beautiful cities in China this month with various flowers in competitive bloom. Rather than jostle with other tourists and amateur photographers in the city’s best-known parks,...