Beijing is not only the capital of China, but it’s also the political, educational, and cultural center. In this massive metropolis, you’ll find both ancient and modern China, with traditional alleyways and courtyard homes now in the shadows of massive skyscrapers.
For travelers visiting China, Beijing is usually number one on the list, and for good reason. Home to the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Great Wall, and much more, Beijing is a fascinating city to explore.
Beyond the main sights, there’s so much more to do here. Hang out in the parks and learn tai chi with locals, get lost in the art galleries of 798, catch a performance of Peking opera, go for an epic hike in the surrounding hills, or party like a rock star in one of the many bars and clubs. Whatever your scene may be, Beijing’s got something for you.
The city is also a foodie’s paradise, with more amazing restaurants than you can count. From sushi, to American BBQ, to dim sum, to Indian curry, to burritos, you’ll find it all in Beijing. While the many international restaurants are great, you’ll also find incredible food in the little hole-in-the-wall noodle and dumpling shops, as well as on streets all across the city.
If it’s an adult beverage that you seek, you’re also in luck in the Chinese capital. Whether it’s a rooftop cocktail made by a mixologist or a tall glass of a tasty IPA brewed locally, there are no shortage of places to wet your whistle in the ‘Jing.
Having called this crazy city home for over four years, we’ve got tons of stories, tips, and advice for you about visiting or even living in Beijing. If you’re looking for info on teaching English here, finding an apartment, or daily life, check out our Living in China section. If you want to find sample travel set-lists (our hippie way of saying “itinerary”), places to chill out or rage, or ideas for day trips out of the concrete jungle, you’re in the right place.