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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

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Beijing CBD Area at Night

Friday, February 7th, 2014
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Plan your Beijing tour? Beijing CBD area refers to Beijing Central Business Center, a cluster of domestic  and international firms and the center of trade, finance, creativity industry and media in Beijing.  It is also a primary area of  modern buildings and starchitectures.  Beijing CBD is located on the east of Beijing between the 3rd Ring Road and the 4th Ring Road. Personally, I think China World Hotel is the center of Beijing CBD.

You can easily get to  the core of Beijing CBD by taking Subway No.01 or No.10 and get off at the station of Guomao (国贸) and using either Exit A or B, where you are just next to China World Hotel and Guomao Bridge.

Beijing CBD is a showcase for Beijing’s modernity and alluminated night. It is a photogenic spot, especially for a night view of Beijing. It is one of the Top 10 evening  sites in Beijing, a good choice of Beijing night tour.

A few days ago, I took a stroll around Beijing CBD area and snapped some pictures of the cluster of hotels and office buildings  at night.

China World Hotel and China World Trade Center Tower 3

China World Hotel and China World Trade Center Office Building 2 Block

China World Hotel and China World Trade Center Office Building 3

The streetfront garden was decorated with various forms of lights in front of China World Hotel.

The streetfront garden was decorated with various forms of lights in front of China World Hotel.

The streetfront garden was decorated with various forms of lights in front of China World Hotel.

Jianwai SOHO opposite China World Hotel

Jianwai SOHO

Jianwai SOHO

Office Buildings by Gaomao Bridge

Office Buildings by Gaomao Bridge

Office Buildings by Gaomao Bridge

The Tower 3 of China World Trade Center

The Block 2 of China World Trade Center

The Block 3 of China World Trade Center

Illuminated Beijing Kerry Center Hotel

Illuminated Beijing Kerry Center Hotel

Illuminated Beijing Kerry Center Hotel

In the compound  of China World Trade Center

In the compound  of China World Trade Center

In the compound of China World Trade Center

A brightly lit kids’ paradise in the center

A brightly lit kids' paradise in the center

A brightly lit kids’ paradise in the center

The illuminated CCTV Headoffice

The illuminated CCTV Headoffice

The illuminated CCTV Headoffice

 

The World City of Zhongjun

The World City of Zhongjun

The World City of Zhongjun

The Place that has a huge led TV rooftop screen

The Place

The Place

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Best Karaoke Venues in Beijing

Friday, February 1st, 2013
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Plan your Beijing  night tour? If you are searching for a great place to enjoy a spot of singing in Beijing, my “Beijing Best Karaoke Venues” list will be useful for you. No matter you are going to have a birthday party, or have a great time with your friends, these top karaoke bars will bring laugh and happiness to your short stay in Beijing.

This “Beijing Best Karaoke Venues”featured in the selecton make sure you are in the hands of healthy and well managed Karaoke boxes. The KTV scams mentioned in the “Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing” will never happen to these esteemed KTV establishments.

Well, follow me to have a glimpse of these top karaoke venues in Beijing.

1. Party World KTV (钱柜)

Beijing Party World KTV has the most complete music library which has stored over 20,000 recorded songs. This karaoke bar maintains the latest updates on the new songs. Singing here in Party World KTV, each singer sings like a professional singer. The whole set of acoustic effects are synchronized updating with the those in the Head-quarters in Taiwan.

Locations

1) Beijing Party World KTV (Lama Temple) 北京钱柜KTV雍和店
Tel: 010-88576566 010-58113888
Add:1 East Building, 28 Dongdajie, An Ding Men, Dongcheng District, Beijing 

北京东城区安定门东大街28号雍和大厦东楼1楼

2) Beijing Party World KTV (Chaoyang) 北京钱柜KTV朝阳店
Tel: 010-88576566 010-65883333
Add: First Floor, Fanli Plaza, 22 Chaowai Dajie, Beijing

朝外大街22号泛利大厦一层

3) Beijing Party World KTV ( Capital Stadium ) 北京钱柜KTV首体店
Tel: 010-88576566 010-88576588
Add:The attached building of Tenda Plaza, 168 Xizhimen Wai Dajie, Xicheng District, Beijing 

西城区西直门外大街168号腾达大厦裙楼

4) Beijing Party World KTV (New World) 新世界店北京钱柜KTV
Tel: 010-67088899
Add: Firth Floor, Zhengren Building, Chongwenmen Waidajie, Beijing

崇文门外大街9号正仁大厦1层5) Beijing Party World KTV (Huixin) 惠新店北京钱柜KTV
Tel: 010-88576566 010-59639666
Add: 4 Huixin Dongjie, Dongcheng District, Beijing

东城区惠新东街4号

5) Beijing Party World KTV (Baiguang) 百广北京钱柜KTV

Tel: 010-63544362 010-63536699
Add: Opposite to Guangan Cinema, 11 Baiguang Road, Beijing 

白广路11号广安门电影院对面

 

KTV Prices
Each Beijing Party World KTV bar has multiple rooms containing karaoke equipment which are rented out for time periods. Different times in a day are charged differently. The prices on weekends are higher than weekend days.

The singging rooms are divided into three kinds – small, Medium and large.

BuffetFood
Buffet(08:00-10:30)
Featured Breakast:egg pies, Oily Pie, Yellow,bread, yummy poridge and cold noodle.
Buffet Lunch(11:00-14:00)
Main food:Brief mixed with rice, oily fried noodle, Shijing Rice and Niuhe and Shanghai food.

After buffet: Afternoon tea (14:30-16:30)
Buffet Dinner (17:00-20:30)
Self-service Night Snack (01:30-04:00)
2. Party Life (乐圣)

Party Life has over 200 singing rooms with good sound effects. This karaoke box offers complimentary buffet.

Locations

1) Party Life (Zhongguancun) 乐圣KTV 中华(swinning)
Tel: (010)62140299
Add: 32 Zhongguanggen, Nanjing
海淀区中关村南大街32号
2) Party Party Life (Chongwen) 乐圣KTV(崇文店)
Tel: (010)67086666
Add: First Floor, Zhengren Plaza, 9 Chongwenmen Waidajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing
北京东城区崇文门外大街9号新世界正仁大厦1楼
Complimentary Buffet at Party Life

Complimentary Buffet at Party Life

 3. Melody KTV (麦乐迪)

Melody is the earliest Discount-style KTV in Beijing. This karaoke box is quick in offering the latest KTV songs. But it doesn’offer complimentary buffet. It provides a small supermarket and a restaurant.

Locations:

1) Melody KTV (Zhongguancun) 麦乐迪(中关村店)
Tel: (010)62189088
Add: 24 South Avenue, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

北京海淀区中关村南大街24号

2)Melody KTV (Chaowai) 麦乐迪(朝外店)

Tel: (010)65510808
Add: Yi77,Waidajie, Chaoyangmen,Chaoyang District, Beijing

北京朝阳区朝阳门乙77号

3)Melody KTV (Yuetan) 麦乐迪(月坛店)

tel: (010)68085888
北京西城区月坛北街月坛大厦北门
Melody KTV (麦乐迪)
4. Tango KTV (糖果)

Tango (Candy) KTV is one of the most luxuary karaoke boxes in Beijing. Cand KTV is in the basement of Tango Leisure and Amusement Space. There are various kinds of singing rooms available with rich selection of songs.

Location

Close to the south gate of Ditan (地坛), 79 Hepingli West Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
北京东城区和平里西街79号雍和宫桥往北
Tel: (010) 64282288
How to get there
Metro: take metro line 2 and get off at the station of Lama Temple
Bus Lines: 13, 116 and get off at the stop of Lama Temple
 5. The Same Song (同一首歌)

The Same Song KTV is an affordable karaoke box. It offers several styles of singging rooms including mini, small, medium and large, the four kinds of singging rooms. This KTV also offers free buffet.

Location

Tel: (010) 62256688
Add: East Huiwen Bridge, North Street, Xizhimen, Beijing
北京西直门北大街文慧桥东
How to get there
Bus Lines: 21,375, 392,604 and 650. Get off at the stop of North of Huiwen Bridge
6. Haoledi KTV (好乐迪)

Haoledi KTV is a karaoke brand from Shanghai, one of the famous karaoke boxes in Shanghai. It offers affordable prices with good location.

Location

Tel: (010)67726311
Add: 1-5 Shunwanjinzhuan Building, Yi52 East Third Ring Road South, Chaoyang District, Beijing
北京朝阳区东三环南路乙52号顺万金钻大厦1-5楼
How to get there
Bus Lines: 35, 37, 638 and 707. Get off at the stop of Jingsong Mis-Street. 
Add on:
Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing at Night
Beijing Night Tour
Top 10 Beijing Cinemas
Any questions, just drop a line.