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How to Enjoy Beijing Nightlife

Monday, November 26th, 2018
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No longer a city of being dull and monotonous, Beijing has much to offer when night falls like other capitals around the world. It offers visitors a great variety of events and activities – extravagant dinners, exotic night snacks, breathtaking shows, romantic bars, lighted streets and buildings…

Here I recommend you some night hangouts in Beijing:

Wangfujing Street ( a famous traffic-free street)
No Beijing tour is complete without visiting Wangfujing Street (王俯井大街) and its vicinity. “Wangfujing” literally means “prince residence well”.

There used to live 10 princes in these area in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), hence the street name “Wangfu Street”. Later in Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), a sweet water well was dug here, then the street was renamed “Wangfujing”, which has been kept till today.

Wangfujing Street is 1600 meters in length, running from south to north street. Now the part of it has been transformed into a pedestrian street since 1999.

How to get there:
Take Beijing subway Line 1 and get off at the Wangfujing station, then walk along the Wangfujing Street.

Wangfujing Pedestrian Street

Beijing Guijie – Ghost Street by Night ( Beijing’s famous eating street)
It is a 1442-meter long gourmet street, located within Dongzhimennei Dongcheng District, running from the east of Dongzhimen Bridge. The street is lined with over 100 restaurants and most of them offer 24-hour service.

The business here is particularly booming at night, when the street sparkles with red lanterns lightening. Locals, expats, tourists and businessmen flock here each night.

The restaurants here serve a great diversity of dishes, including Sichuan, Canton, Shandong dishes, as well as snacks, barbecue, and ethnic minority dishes.ADD: 442 m from Dongzhimen cloverleaf junction in the east, to Jiaodaokou East Street in the west.

Eating seeds outside on benches and waiting for a seat in Ghost Street

Hou Hai Lake Area ( Shichahai area)
Houhai Lake has developed into one of Beijing’s top entertainment districts. The brightly lit bars and restaurants line the shores of the small lake and offer a healthy and more civilised night out than the somewhat shabby bars in the Sanlitun district in Beijing.

People come here to enjoy good beer, cheap pub food, lively crowd and plenty of sport on an array of TVs. Now this remains the finest place in the city for a quiet drink.

How to get there:
Take Subway Line 5 and get off at Zhangzizhong Station. Walk westward along Zhangzizhong Rd till Houhai Lake just opposit the north gate of Behai Lake.

The two-storey bars are by Yinding Bridge between Qianhai Lake and Houhai Lake

Nanluoguxiang ( Nan Luo Gu Lane ) ( South Lugu Alley ) at Night
This hutong has a history of over 700 years dating back to Yuan Dyansty in 13th and 14th century. Running from north to south, this lane is about 800 meters long with 16 hutongs – 8 hutongs on each side of the lane.
The lane is now famous for the cafes and bars and clothing and handcraft shops that line its hutong laneways as well as its traditional hutong and courtyards (siheyuan).It is another bar area besides Houhai Lake Bar Area, Workers’Stadium and Sanlitun bar street. Nanluoguxiang is a perfect blend of past and present. It is much quieter with reasonable prices.

How to get there:
South Entrance: Take Subway Line 5 and get off at Zhangzizhong Station. Walk westward along Zhangzizhong Rd till the south entrance to Nanluoguxiang.
North Entrance: The north starting point of Nanluoguxiang is just next to No. 108-2 Gulou Dongdajie ( East Drum Tower Street )

Nanluoguxiang ( Nan Luo Gu Lane )

The Place (My Trip to The Place – a blend of shopping mall, office building…)
The Place is located about 500 meters north of Guiyou Mansion or Silk Market Building. It is in the center of CBD ( Central Business Center ). The Place is mainly composed of the huge screen in the middle and two luxury buildings on its both sides.

People walk around under the screen enjoying the space art, high technique, lighting. The Place is alao a place for luxury shopping and gourmet experience. There are several open-air bars for you to relax.

The Place is a blend of shopping mall, office building, Space Art and Fashion. The Place is designed by Jeremy Railton. He is also the designer for the world largest electric screen in Las Vegas.
The business hours: From 10:00 to 22:00.
The show time of Skymedia:
Summer: From 19:30 to 22:00
Winter: From 18:00 to 22:00
ADD: 9 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, that is the east side of the Dongdaqiao Road.

How to get there:
Take the No 28, 43, 120, 126 bus, and get off at Fangcaodi station or Fangcaodinan station; or take the Subway Line 1 and get off at Yonganli station, then come out from Entrance C and walk northward, it will take you about 15 minutes; or take the No 10 metro line and get off at Jintaixinzhao station, then come out from Entrance D and walk westward, it will take you about 10 minutes.
Tel: 010-65871188

 

The Night View of the Place

Acrobatic Shows in Beijing
With a history of more than three thousand years, Chinese acrobatics has been praised as “A pearl of Oriental art”. When watching a Chinese acrobatics show, you will be strongly attracted both mentally and physically.
The acrobatic show is combined on the base of dance and opera arts, compositions, stage design, costume, light and sound.
Every night several acrobatic theaters put on acrobatic shows in Beijing.Chaoyang Acrobatic Theater:
Address: 36 North Road, Chaoyang District
How to get there:
Take Subway Line 10 to Hujialou Station, Exit C. Turn left as you exit and just cross the alley. Chaoyang Theater is right there. The ticket office is on the right side facing the main entrance.
Tel: 8610 – 65072421

Acrobatics Show

Beijing Opera ( Peking Opera )
If you are a first-time visitor to Beijing, then enjoying Beijing Opera should be covered on your must-do-things in Beijing. The acrobatic opera is enjoyed all over China.

Featuring athletic gymnastic feats and warrior arts, it has been developed into a broad martial-style of opera recognizable for its use of acrobats and stunts.

Beijing Opera Show (京剧)

Liyuan Theatre
Add: 1/F Qianmen Hotel, Yongan Road, Hufangqiao, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Tel: 63540841
Bus: Take bus NO.19,40,59,61,122,819 and get off at Hufangqiao stop
Ticket: 20—150yuan

Chang’an Grand Theatre
Add:In the Guanghua Chang an piazza ,East Chang an Avenue
Tel:65101309
Time:afternoon and evening show
Ticket: 20—180yuan

Huguang Huiguan Ancient Opera Building
Add: 3 Hufang Road, Xuanwu District ,Beijing
Tel: 63529134
Time: 9: 00—19: 00 closed on Monday
Bus: Take buses NO.5,6,23,50,53,102,105 and get off at Hufangqiao stop
Ticket: 150 yuan

Kung Fu Show
The magnificent wushu is the crystallization of human wisdom. In the boundless world of great wushu, the Shaolin kung fu, as a glittering pearl of wushu has been bright with radiating rays. Its broad and profound connotation, its mysterious and subtle skills command respect among heroes all over the world.
Red Theater ( Daily Kung Fu Night Show )
Add: No.44, Xinfu Dajie, Worker’s Cultural Palace, Chongwen District, Beijing
Tel: 51652145
Time: 19:30-20:15
Bus: 716, 320, 323,355,265,300, 8, 12, 23, 57, 517

Beijing Laoshe Tea House Performance
The teahouse is named after famous Chinese novelist and playwright, Lao She, and his masterpiece drama, “Teahouse”. It is a teahouse with short shows by comedians, singers, musicians, acrobats and opera performers.

You can have a rich review of Beijing culture while enjoying tea with light snacks.
Laoshe Teahouse is located in the busy shopping area to the west of the Qianmen Gate Arrow Tower on the southern edge of Tian’anmen Square.

How to get there:
Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Qianmen Station. Walk westward and on your left side you will spot the teahouse – 老舍茶馆.

Beijing Hard Rock
This hard rock is adjoined to Landmark Hotel. The restaurant entrance boasts a bright red 1960 vintage Cadillac, a huge neon-lit guitar, and marble piano keys that pave the way to the Cafe.

The interior offers an 8-metre-wide dome, painted with images of Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, and popular tourist spots such as Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven.
ADD: 8 North Dongsanhuan Road, Landmark Hotel, Chaoyang Distric, Beijing.
Tel: 86-10-65906688

Lighted Streets, Buildings and Landmarks
See Beijing that comes to life at night with all the major sights spectacularly floodlit – Olympic Stadium ( Bird Nest ), Water Cube, Beijing CBD & SOHO Business Street, Ancient City Wall, Changan Street, Tiananmen Sqaure, National Grand Theatre, Beijing Bank Street ( China Wall Street ), and Houhai Lake Bar Street and much more to be offered!

For hassle free Beijing night tour, please check:

Beijing Night Tours for more information.

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

 

Night View of Forbidden City

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
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Plan your Beijing tour? If you are lucky to have a clear night with good visibility in Beijing, having a few hours’ Beijing night tour is a smart choice. So where to see at night in Beijing? Beijing has much to offer after nightfall with numerous buildings and roads  lit up in a blaze of multicolored, making Beijing a place of surreal atmosphere.

Well, let’s start with Forbidden City. Though not allowed to enter Forbidden City for a night view,  people still have the opportunity to see Forbidden City’s night beauty. Climbing up to the top of Jingshan Park (just 180 meter stone steps) and have a panorama of Forbidden City. Or you may walk to the moat along on the northern wall of Forbidden City. The night view of the turrets of Forbidden City is stunning with traditional buildings coated with lights.

Standing on the terrace in the front of Wanchun Pavilion atop the hill north of Forbidden City,  take a clear picture of Forbidden City at night with the south backdrop of lit Tiananmen Square.

Forbidden City Panorama at night

Forbidden City Panorama at night

Move your camera from the middle to the right side ( northwest corner of Forbidden City) for a good shot.

The Northwest Corner of Forbidden City

The Northwest Corner of Forbidden City

Point your camera to the left side ( the northeast corner of Forbidden City).

The northeast corner of Forbidden City)

The northeast corner of Forbidden City)

Walk to the northwest corner of Forbidden City and take the exhilarating picture of the turret and moat with the backdrop of the bright moon.

The Northwest Turret of Forbidden City

The Northwest Turret of Forbidden City

A different angle of the Northeastern Turret of Forbidden City.

 different angle of the Northeastern Turret of Forbidden City

different angle of the Northeastern Turret of Forbidden City

Stroll along the moat outside the northern wall of Forbidden City.

Stroll along the moat north of Forbidden Cit

Stroll along the moat north of Forbidden City

 

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

 

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

For any questions, just drop a line.

Night View of Tiananmen Square

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
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Tiananmen Square is oft-lauded as the largest public square of this kind in the world, a geological center of Beijing as well as a  political barometer of China. Apart from the historical events and myths related to the square, Tiananmen Square has much to offer in terms of the significant buildings and solemn red flag raising and lowering ceremonies.

Visiting Tiananmen Square at different times of a day, you get  different views of the square  – Sunrise View of Tiananmen Square, Sunset View of Tiananmen Square. Today I’d like to present you the night view of Tiananmen Square.

Shortly after the sun is setting over Tiananmen Square,  most of the buildings in or surrounding Tiananmen Square will be lit up, turning the square a multi-colored wonderland. Plan your Beijing night tour? Tiananmen Square is an ideal place for a pleasant stroll.

North of Tiananmen Square is Beijing Tiananmen Tower ( Gate of Heavenly Peace ) . The tower sits on the platform which is a building with double-eave roof and yellow-glazed tiles. It has five archways with the middle gate used as the passage for Ming and Qing emperors.

Tiananmen Tower

Tiananmen Tower

The busy traffic before  Tiananmen Tower

The busy traffic before Tiananmen Tower

The busy traffic before Tiananmen Tower

A closer look at Tiananmen Tower

A closer look at Tiananmen Tower

A closer look at Tiananmen Tower

Standing in front of the Tiananmen Tower facing the south,  look at the center piece of Tiananmen Square – The Monument to a huge basket of flowers, People’s Heroes and Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum on the south.

The center of Tiananmen Square

The center of Tiananmen Square

National Museum of China sits on the east of Tiananmen Square

National Museum

National Museum

The Great Hall of the People sits on the west of Tiananmen Square, the meeting place of national people’s congress of the People’s Republic of China, a Chinese style of parliament.

The Great Hall of the People

The Great Hall of the People

Tiananmen Square is decorated with a huge basket of flowers and torch-like flowers

Monument to the People’s Heroes – There are eight white marble sculptures on the monument seat: including a series of important history events, Such as Opium burning in Humen, Jintian Uprising. Wuchang uprising, etc.

Monument to the People's Heroes

Monument to the People’s Heroes

Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum on the south. Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum started to build in November 1976 and completed in May 1977.

Chairman Mao's Mausoleum

Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum

The old building of Bank of China sits on the west of Tiananmen Square, a western style architecture.

The old building of Bank of China

The old building of Bank of China

Zhengyangmen Tower (Facing the Sun Gate), together with Arrow Tower is collectively called “Qianmen” (Front Gate), one of nine inner gates in the city wall built in Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is located south of Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum.

Zhengyangmen Tower

Zhengyangmen Tower

Arrow Tower, together with Zhengyangmen Tower is collectively known as “Qianmen”,  one of the nine gates in the city wall of Ming and Qing dynasties.

Arrow Tower

Arrow Tower

On the southeast corner of Tiananmen Square sits the old train station which has been turned into China Railway Museum.

 China Railway Museum.

China Railway Museum.

Add on
How to visit Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Sunrise View
Tiananmen Sunset View

 

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.