Dec 16, 2014 at 10:53 PM
Beijing offers wide opportunity for enjoying great nightlife with an array of popular bars and clubs in the city. Sanlitun is the most popular district for night lovers, where people can indulge in boozing and drinking in the bars and clubs in Beijing till the wee hours in the morning. The Sanlitun district has a famous ‘Bar Street, which is commonly known as Sanlitun Bei Lu where you can find numerous popular bars. This place serves those who like to hang around in small time bars and clubs rather than sticking to bars at five star hotels, which are more stylish, appealing and more costly too. In fact, the appearance of hotel bars has gained quite fame among high society people in Beijing due to its classy and varied options. However, for expatriates and tourists, the Sanlitun district is a good option to enjoy drinks in a cozy environment. Like tourists, locals also like to hang out with friends over a glass of beer, or a drink or two in the bars and clubs in Beijing. In addition to bars and clubs, Beijing nightlife also presents numerous disco and karaoke clubs where you can be certain of having a great time. On one hand, you have the exciting nightlife with unlimited bars and clubs in Beijing. While on the other hand, the city presents an exciting range of teahouses where you can attend tea ceremonies and enjoy some relaxing time. Many tea houses serve tea and snacks with an added dose of entertainment in the form of opera shows, or martial arts and acrobatics. Visiting a tea house is sure to bring huge delight as you can experience new and interesting things over a cup of tea. Moreover, you also get to choose from a range of varied and different teas for yourself. Overall, the Chinese tea houses present an opportunity for you to get a taste of some traditional Chinese theatre, musical shows, magic or even acrobatics at any of the popular tea houses in the city. However, you must enquire the rates charged by the particular tea house you are planning to visit as the prices can range variedly and some such tea houses can charge exorbitantly.
Jan 01, 2015 at 12:12 AM
Beijing's main expat-friendly boozing district, Sanlitun is famed for its "Bar Street", more properly known as Sanlitun Bei Lu, a north-south strip of drinkingbestablishments a long block east of the Workers' Stadium that at one time contained practically all of the city's bars. The fastest- growing spot for late-night drinking is the Back Lakes (Shicha Hai or Hou Hai), a previously serene spot with a few discreetly fashionable bars north of Bei Hai Park which has exploded into a riot of neon, capped by the ghastly Lotus Lane. Perhaps the most notable trend is the resurgence of hotel bars, which are the most appealing and stylish drinking options in Beijing, most notably Centro (Kerry Center), Red Moon (Grand Hyatt) and Aria.Centro may be a hotel bar but it's Beijing's classiest bar where you can guarantee to find a crowd and, quite possibly, visiting rock stars, government ministers and Chinese film directors.Red moon is the sleek house bar of one of the city’s most high- powered hotels. Dress to impress for cocktails, sushi bar, and cigar lounge. Lotus root is another fine Yandai Xiejie bar, this one squeezed into a narrow,two-story house with a compact, boho interior and roof terrace.
Feb 20, 2015 at 05:23 AM
Super (Sports) Car Club (SCC) was launched in Beijing in August 2009. The club has now expanded to 15 branches around the country including Chongqing, Yunnan, Zhejiang and Fujian. It has about 500 registered members from ages 18 to 60, with women comprising about 10 percent, and 700 registered super cars that include Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Paganis and Aston Martins. The club also organizes members to attend big super car races, such as the annual Super Car Carnival in Shanghai. At the Beijing Sports Car Club, a $220,000 Porsche SE 911 is considered an entry-level model. Members are competing with others who race $3.9 million Tramontanas and $4.3 million Bugatti Veyron 16.4s. FJSCC has always been known for its low-profile, the club has nearly one hundred members, it has Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, E63 AMG, Lamborghini, Ferrari, FORD GT40, porsche and other luxury cars.Shanghai Super Car Club was founded in 2009. The club centers Shanghai and includes super car owners from Jiangsu, Zhejiang and nearby areas with nearly 150 super car owners.FFF Super Car Club is based in Beijing. FFF has a Pagani Zonda Cinque, a Pagani Zonda R, a Koenigsegg Agera, a Ferrari Enzo and a Bugatti Veyron and other super cars. Derived from FDS (Fast Driving Sport), Zhejiang FDS Car Club was established in July 2008, It currently has hundreds of members who have high-end cars including Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, it is one of the larger high-end car clubs.M Club was founded on November 10, 2009 by Shanghai Debao, the oldest authorized BMW dealer in mainland . The club brings together car owners who buy M series BMW cars.
Jan 18, 2015 at 07:57 AM
Sport & Recreation page offers a wide choice of activities to satisfy all kind of requests no matter you are foreign visitors or an expat working in Beijing. Beside the great number of golf clubs and expensive clubs, there are many other activities that you will find very interesting like shooting, bungee, boating, tennis, climbing, cycling, bowling, diving, skiing, horse riding, shooting, ice-skating, martial arts and more.Golf is one of the most popular outdoor sports in the world. Originating in Scotland, it became popular in China in the mid-1980s. According to the China Golf Industry Report published by Forward Management Group, there were more than 395 golf clubs in the Chinese mainland as of the end of 2010.Beijing has more than 70 golf clubs. Faced with severe competition, each club tries to attract more elite members. These are the 10 most popular golf clubs in Beijing.Beijing Golf Club is located in the east bank of Chaobai River Shunyi District, Northeast of the Capital International Airport. The course, designed by Benz& Poellot Golf Course Architects of U.S.A, has 7101 yards length in two million square meters area and very challenging 18 holes among the beautiful forest with clean pond.Beijing Dongfang Shuangying Golf Club locates near the Yongding river, the south fifth ring road of Fangshan district. Beijing Dongfang Shuangying Golf Course covers an area of 2600 Mu, with 36 holes. Its green fee is 600 Yuan and 800 yuan in holiday.Huatang International Golf Club is located in the East Beijing Yanjiao economic Development Zone, Huatang International Golf Club is within 30 minutes' driving time from the China World Trade Center. Huatang International Golf Club is designed by Mr. Graham Marsh. It is award as one of the best golf courses in China.
Jan 24, 2015 at 12:19 PM
Beijing experiences a long winter with temperature really going down to freezing level during January when the weather is extremely chilly. To keep people warm and cozy, they need to wear layers of warm cloths including sweaters, jackets and so on. And Beijing is the best place to buy woolens as you can get variety in stuff and quality. You can find some very fine quality of wool and yarn in Beijing. There are different reputed stores in different markets in the city where you can buy good quality wool and yarn in Beijing. The fine quality of wool here can influence you to start your hobby of knitting. Moreover, you can see elderly ladies knitting woolens at home during free time in winters to make warm clothes for family members. The different stores selling wool and yarn in Beijing offer huge collection including cotton wool, cashmere and mohair. Moreover, camel and novelty yarns are also available in the stores in Beijing. You can see a thriving yarn culture in Beijing. Most stores will have yarn stacked in different shapes and sizes. Some are in hanks and some are shaped into balls, while some of the wools can be seen in the shape of cones. Here you can get natural fibers in most cases and the prices are determined per kilo. However, the fact that most shop keepers don’t speak English might get you into bit trouble in terms of investigating the yarns well. If you can understand or speak Chinese, shopping for wool and yarn can become lot easy. The locals in Beijing have great fashion sense and you can see the smartly dressed people on the streets during winter. The markets offer wide variety of smart clothes to suit the temperature. Be it malls or street shops, you are sure to get appealing and gorgeous clothes in Beijing. The quality and range caps and scarfs found in the city is praiseworthy and you can buy these woolen items as souvenirs to take home. If you visit Beijing ever, you must check out the stores selling beautiful wool and yarn so that you can pick bag full of them and fulfill your hobby of knitting for your family.
Dec 20, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Earlier Beijing had a reputation of being a difficult city to get around. However, the notion has now changed with the additions of the subway and highway systems in the last few years. But there has been not much change seen in terms of the notorious traffic of Beijing city. The city is still facing much air pollution which tends to block the inner ring roads as well as highways during the day. This comes down only when the traffic clears in the evening after the rush hours. Due to this constant traffic problem, the subway-taxi combination is regarded as the best one when talking about traffic and transportation in Beijing. This way one can limit the road time to reach a particular destination. Though the trains normally remain packed, but the system is well-organized and quick, which makes it viable. Moreover, with the increasing numbers of cars in the city, cycling is becoming less appealing to many. But many primary roads have separate bike lanes, which make it easy to explore the Beijing city for locals and tourists on bicycles. Another good way to explore the hub of the city is walking. But that is not possible for distant places. And Beijing being a large city using cabs such as taxi or pedicab becomes necessary for many visitors to deal with the traffic and transportation in Beijing. Subways in Beijing run from 5:00 in the morning to 11:00 in the evening. When it comes to taxi, Beijing taxi drivers have a reputation for trapping tourists. Black taxis commonly try to trick people at the airport. So it is important to ensure that you're sitting in a metered cab and don't accept negotiated fares. Beijing has many pedicab that run along the busy intersections and tourist areas, offering to pick weary pedestrians. But you must remember to bargain in a pedicab before boarding. Bicycle, by far, is the safest and cheapest mode of transport that deals effectively with the traffic and transportation in Beijing. Using bicycles presents a wonderful perspective of the capital, especially if you travel through the narrow alleys of the city and remain away from the large boulevards. You can rent a bike at any of hotels or hostels in the city.
Dec 15, 2014 at 02:56 PM
Like in many other places, you can see graphics and advertisements in Beijing bus stops. These ads could feature anything and everything. Most of these ads are written in Chinese, however there may be some that is written in English. These ads do attract not only the locals, but the travelers as well. Promotions by means of ads is a very common and popular way by which more and more people can be made aware of any thing. This way of advertisement is also very interesting and significant. Besides the bus stops, these ads can be seen in different other places in terms of hoardings and billboards. You can see such graphics and advertisements in Beijing malls as well. So during your trip to Beijing you are sure to see some such lovely ads and graphics. Just keep your eyes on the different unique and interesting billboards on your way to the various attractions in the city and you will see many ads. If you are fascinated about graphics and paintings, you will surely like these graphics and advertisements in Beijing.
Jan 12, 2015 at 02:44 AM
Beijingers love the idea of spending quality time with family and friends. During holidays and on weekends, you will find families recreating and having fun together in the popular hotspots in the city. Some love to dine out, whereas many like to shop around with near and dear ones. Moreover, there are many people who head to the various places of attraction in the city including beautiful parks. Parks are recreational areas in Beijing especially suits those who have small children. While the parents can sit and relax in one corner of the park, the kids can run around and play. This way it serves the purpose of both. There are good number of appealing parks and recreational areas in Beijing, including some very popular ones such as Jingshan Park, Beihai Park, Temple of Heaven Park, Ditan Park, and Zongshan Park among others. Then there are other parks like Fragrant Hills Park known in Chinese as Xiangshan Park, Beijing Botanical Garden and Jade Lake Park (Yuyuantan Park) and so on. Many large parks feature spacious walking and jogging paths, which serves the purpose of people coming for exercise in the morning. While those coming here for leisure can spend peaceful time under the shade of lovely trees and plants. People can also play different games and enjoy a picnic with family. Some parks offer rides for small children so that they can stay busy and cheerful. In fact, children also love the peaceful and green environment of the parks. There are a few parks in the city where the kids can watch fishes in the lake of the park. The colorful fishes make it wonderful treat for kids. Some such parks even offer the opportunity to boat or row within its limits. Overall it is great pleasure to see people spending relaxing time in parks and recreational areas in Beijing. Kids get enough space to run and play, while the elders get to chat with fellows or play some games too. While in Beijing, you are sure to encounter such beautiful sights and people all around the city. Moreover, domestic tourists from other cities in China are also seen mingling well with the locals and enjoy their vacation in Beijing.
Dec 17, 2014 at 02:23 AM
Arts shop and souvenir in Beijing have huge selection of potential purchases for anyone hunting for gifts and souvenirs. Tourists visiting any place always like to carry souvenirs and artifacts with them. Beijing has richness in history and Chinese arts has a uniqueness. It is a crafted with hands. There are many arts shop and souvenir in Beijing namely Paniyuan Antiques Market, Liulichang Antiques street, Baoguosi Cultural Market, Linagam Antique Market. Beijing is well-known for its souvenirs such as jadeite, cloisonne vases, carpets, teapots, handscrolls and many other handicrafts. The crafting of these souvenirs clearly defines the chinese culture. Chinese paintings are mostly made of paper and silk. The finished works are mounted on scrolls, such as hanging scrolls and hand scrolls. Most arts shop and souvernir in Beijing have hand scrolls and hanging scrolls for sale. There are two main techniques in chinese paintings: Gong-bi and ink and wash painting.Gong-bi is technique which uses highly detailed brush strokes that delimits the details precisely. These paintings are highly colored and generally depicts narrative subjects. Ink and wash paintings, or in chinese Shui-Mo is also known as "Literati Painting". In the picture, we can see many paintings mostly Gong-bi styled. Chinese paintings is one of the major demands of tourists for souvenirs. All most all of the arts shop and souvenir in Beijing keep chinese paintings for sale. The chinese paintings are beautiful with each parts painted in detail making it more attractive to the eye. Chinese paintings are admired greatly all over the world for their beauty and the detailing. Rolling them over the scrolls makes it easier to carry those painting to any place. Another tourist attraction at the arts shop and souvenir in Beijing are sculptures. Chinese used to do pottery to make sculptures of Buddhism, Jade vessels, tomb guardian and many. Many people like to decorate their homes with the sculptures. Arts shop and souvenirs in Beijing is one of the best places in the world for such sculptures. The potteries made also include vases, dishes, statues, and one of the souvenirs and the best arts of the Chinese culture. Another attraction to the tourists at the arts shop and souvenir in Beijing are the folding screens. These are generally made on silk, paper, or wood panel. These folding screens are decorated with beautiful art, themes including mythology, scenes of palace, and nature. The arts shop and souvenir in Beijing are the must takeaways with one when visited.
Dec 15, 2014 at 10:32 PM
Taking a taxi is the most convenient way for newcomers to travel around a metropolis like Beijing. There are over 70,000 taxis running in every corner of the city. Most of the taxi drivers in Beijing can speak some simple English, which offers western visitors a great convenience of being able to communicate with them.The traffic in Beijing is something one should note before they begin their tour in Beijing. The rush hours are usually from 7-9 in the morning and 5-7 in the evening. This is the basic rush hour, however there are part of Beijing that are constantly overwhelmed by traffic. These include the high tourist attractions such as the highway to the Great Walls, near and around the forbidden city and Tiananmen Square. There are ring roads in Beijing, constructed mainly to ‘ support the traffic in Beijing to get to your destination. The 2nd Ring Road passes through very central parts of Beijing, and is directly above the Beijing Railyway Station.Prices of real estate inside the ring road are considerably higher than other parts of town. Third ring road is closest to the city to be directly interlinked with expressways—the Airport Expressway, the Jingcheng Expressway (link under construction), the Badaling Expressway the Jingshi Expressway, the Jingkai Expressway and the Jingjintang Expressway. Fourth connects the less central parts of Beijing and navigates through Zhongguancun technology hub, western Beijing, Fengtai District/Precinct, and eastern Beijing. The Jingshen Expressway and the Jington Expressway (as of Dawangqiao) begin from the 4th Ring Road. This ring road is further distant (around 10 km) from central Beijing, and links the suburban areas of Huantie, Shigezhuang, Dingfuzhuang and Ciqu. It also passes through the Beijing Development Area. It navigates through very barren land in the south before heading west toward the Fragrant Hills. Due to its proximity to Olympic venues, it has been nicknamed the "Olympic Avenue". Sixth ring road is the only ring road to be interlinked with the equally remote Jingha Expressway.
Feb 21, 2015 at 09:30 AM
Unlike Shanghai, which is more of a commerce and fashion hub, Beijing is the political and cultural destination of China. Rather than cosmopolitan area Beijing is more of a historical center where people lead normal life managing and following their daily chores. On one hand there is the old city surrounded by temples and historical places, while on the other, there are bustling city limits spread across. The old city with its predominant Hutongs, which are narrow streets, and the traditional courtyard residences on both sides of the Hutongs, are beautiful sights to experience. These traditional courtyard houses are generally called as Siheyuan. For those who want to experience and explore the traditional and ancient cultural heritage of Beijing, the best way to do so is to explore the Old City and the Hutongs. The Hutongs present wonderful sights as you move past the alleys. You can even peer into residences and watch the activities of the people living in Hutongs. The Hutongs present the sight of the ancient China with small shops, tiny restaurants, and people engrossed in their daily chores. For once you will even forget that you are in Beijing, the capital of China, which is a huge metropolis. However, Hutongs are slowly disappearing in Beijing because they are being replaced by modern cosmopolitan buildings and structures. Residents in Beijing take great pride in being the citizens of the capital of the country. Beijingers are enthusiastic about things like politics and currents affairs and they love discussing these topics at large. People in Beijing are friendly as well as straightforward as compared to residents of many other metropolitan cities. People in Beijing also love to follow their traditions wholeheartedly. This is evident from the fact that people here celebrate festivities and customs as per the norms and religiously. Cooking and dining together on important occasions is something that every family in Beijing loves to do. Different festivals call for diverse customs to be followed in their own unique way. As far as religion goes, people here follow Buddhism and Taoism, while there are many who are highly influenced by Confucianism. Snacking on their favorite food is another thing that interests’ people here. Beijing is a diverse and colorful city, which presents great pleasure for the outsiders to experience.
Dec 15, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Residents of Beijing are distinguished by kindness and hospitality . It is worth noting that the lenses of cameras of Beijing locals are usually directed at childrenThe inhabitants of the city are very sensitive to the problem of education. Scientists and teachers are highly respected here, and bookstores are among most visited commercial facilities in the country.Native people also show rather relaxed attitude to the look and items in their wardrobes. There is a variety of options when it comes to education in China, and expats will be able to select from schools in the public, private and international sectors. Homeschooling is also a popular choice with expats as well as some locals, and isanother viable option. Shanghai ,Beijing and Guangzhou boast the largest concentrations of international schools but most medium- sized cities will have at least two or three in close proximity.Known for a rigid, exam-driven public system and an educational philosophy that emphasises results and discipline, the People’s Republic is seriousabout schooling.Walking and cycling are popular in much of China, being the cheapest and healthiest ways of getting around short distances. Some cities even have public bicycle hiring programmes as part of their public transport infrastructure.Fittingly for a country of its enormity, there are a variety of options when it comes to transport in China. Expats in the People’s Republic have access to buses, trains, subways, trams and taxis in many cities, and there are also several options for long distance travel, including high-speed trains, buses and domestic flights. Driving in China is often a challenge for expats, however, and is often characterised by mild chaos and heavy congestion. It may be a good idea for foreigners to get to know their surroundings through public transport before getting behind the wheel. Cycling is a cheap and convenient way of getting around Chinese cities and thousands of bicycles take to the roads during rush hour. Given the erratic nature of Chinese traffic, however, cyclists have to ride defensively and it may be best for inexperienced cyclists to give it some time before attempting to take to the road.