Category Archives: Outings

The Scenic Beauty of Hebei’s Fortified Secret

Yuxian, once known as Yuzhou, is one of 16 strategic military sites in the Taihang Mountains where Song Dynasty rulers secured the Chinese empire against northern invaders. With more than 800 fortified structures dating back to ancient times, the village is considered to be...


City of Royal Mansions

Princes of the Qing Dynasty usually received the titles of Junwang or Qinwang when one of their brothers ascended the imperial throne. Their hereditary mansions play an important role in the royal family’s story beyond the walls of the Forbidden City. As its name...


Hebei’s Lost Cultural Capital

Although everyone knows the Chengde Mountain Resort of the Qing Dynasty, questions about the cultural treasures of Hebei province can leave many Chinese confused. But that’s not without good reason. Only 15 kilometers from the farming village turned capital of Shijiazhuang is Zhengding, the...


Romantic Weekend Trip to Changping

Even if it’s too late for Valentine’s Day, you can still enjoy a romantic weekend amid the hot springs and scenic farms of north Beijing. Changping District is home to one of the Top 10 hot springs in China, a Ming Dynasty mausoleum and...


Temple Fairs Around Town

Temple fairs have been an indispensable part of New Year celebrations in Beijing for hundreds of years since their first appearance in the early Qing Dynasty. The fairs held today range from common street carnivals to exhibitions of Beijing’s local heritage arts. We’ve put...


Discover Beidaihe’s Winter Beauty

While many people are familiar with summer’s rolling ocean waves, winter offers a different kind of beachside beauty in the form of frozen coasts. Beidaihe is a paradise for photography fans, seafood lovers and families looking for a weekend winter outing. Geziwo Park Geziwo...


50 Years of Performance Art

Capital Theatre Relic of Old Beijing During the last 50 years, masterpieces that depict restless civilian life have made Capital Theatre the cradle of classic plays and genius actor. Many plays that premiered here in the 1950s have become landmark creations in contemporary drama....


Hit the Slopes for Weekend Skiing

Skiing is one of Beijing’s most popular winter sports and a great way to escape the city on the weekends. Rediscover your love of the snow at some of the popular nearby resorts! Nanshan Ski Located in southern Miyun, Nanshan is the home of...


A Cathedral Bridging East and West

For religious expats who are unable to make it home for Christmas this year, Beijing’s Church of the Savior offers a great place to spend Christmas Eve. Its skyward-reaching steeples and arched gates are flanked by a pair of yellow-roofed Chinese pavilions. A statue...


Art Zones of the Central Business District

Office workers have a high risk of developing slipped lumbar discs, a flabby stomach and bulging thighs. But if costly and crowded gyms aren’t your thing, you can still get up and away from your desk with a trip to one of the city’s...