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Top 10 Hot Spring Resorts in Beijing

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021
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Plan your Beijing Spa tour? One of the popular attractions are the hotspring resorts dotted around the outskirts of Beijing. Most of the hot spring resorts are clustered around Xiao Tang Shan in Changping District of Beijing.

The waters from these hot spring resorts are believed to be therapeutic and a soak or a sip in the waters are supposed to cure almost any ailment. Mineral-rich natural springs are set on a comfortable temperature for pools and tubs, and parks, frequented by locals and travelers.

As international travelers, you won’t miss one of your must-to-do activities – Hike or walk on the Great Wall of China. You may combine your Great Wall hiking with your relaxing soak into the waters of a hot spring resort, creating a perfect Beijing tour.

1. Jiuhua Spa & Resort 九华山庄温泉度假村

Built on the original site of the formerly imperial hot spring resort, the hot spring from Jiuhua Spa & Resort is lauded as one of China’s four major hot springs, abundantly rich in minerals and elements which are beneficial to the wonders of medical treatment. Rejuvenate Your Spirit at the hot spring.

The unstable microelement in the water will form something of pellicle on the skin. It has a good effect on curing skin disease, pigment deposition, The Jiuhua hotspring comes from 1230 meters underground, and the temperature of the hot-spring keeps around 40 degrees Celsius. It has modern outdoor Jacuzzi type hot tubs and indoor pools inside rooms and the outside hot spring pools of various sizes.

Jiuhua Spa & Resort

Add: 75 Shunsha Road, Xiaotangshan Town, Changping District, Beijing 北京市昌平区小汤山镇顺沙路75号
Tel: 010-59793144
Official Website: www.jhwqszdjc.com
How to Get There:
Self-drive: Drive along Badaling Expressway and get off at Beiyuankou (北苑口)of Xiaotangshan, then drive 2km and you will see the Daliushu Roundabout (大柳树环岛), then turn right for 500m, total 40km.

2. Longmai Hot Spring Resort 龙脉温泉度假村

“Longmai” literally means “the Pulse of a Dragon”. The Longmai Hot Spring Resort is located not far from Jiuhua Spa & Resort, and both of them are built on the original site of the formerly imperial hot spring bathing area.

The hot water of the Longmai Hot Spring Resort is composed of 56 minerals and micro-elements necessary for one’s body. The hot spring has effective treatments on arthritis and respiratory disease. Frequent soaks in the waters will make your skin fine and smooth, unique effects on your beauty maintenance.

There are 80 pools nestled in the bamboo forest with much privacy. In all these featuring pools, you are able to enjoy happy privacy. It has both indoor and outdoor hot spring pools.

The indoor hot spring hall takes an area of 20,000 square meters with a plethora of water activities including Water Amusement, 3m Springboard, Sauna, Hot spring pools, man-made waves, drifting, Alpine slide, children’s park, high-temperature sand, beach bathing, slab bathing, milk bathing, aloe bathing, Spa slat bathing, medicinal bathing, mint bathing and more.

Longmai Hot Spring Resort

Add: Xiaotangshan Town, Changping District, Beijing 北京市昌平区小汤山镇
Tel: 010-56028788
Website: www.bjlongmaiwenquandjc.com
How to get there:
Self-drive: Drive along Badaling Highway and exit at Exit 11 (Xiaotangshan exit), turn right at the first intersection, and then go east (Baishan, Xiaotangshan direction), and get to Xiaotangshan town where the hot spring resort is located.

3. Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resorts 春晖园温泉度假村

Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resorts has the same springhead – Xiaotangshan hot spring. Xiaotangshan has been famous for its hot springs for over 300 years. Local legend has it that the imperial family of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) went there to relax. People have used hot spring water in therapeutic baths for more than 200 years to treat rheumatism and other ailments. For foreign tourists, this is perhaps one of the most memorable cultural experiences and it will certainly spoil you.

Stay overnight at Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort is a good idea to escape the busy city life and rewind yourself. Basically there are three kinds of accommodations – Lakeside Villa, Villa Hotel and Chunhuiyuan Warm Spring Hotel. Each room of the hotels has a private hot spring indoor bath pool. Lakeside Villa is a row of one floor building by a small lake with 20 rooms. Each room is well furnished with an indoor private hot spring bath pool. You can reserve a room with with a full size outdoor Jacuzzi style tub. experience complete relaxation and renewal in my stays.

The outdoor hot spring pools of variuos sizes

Add: Yuzhuang Village, Gaoliying, Shunyi Bridge. 北京市顺义区高丽营镇于庄
Tel: 010-69454433
Website: www.chunhuiyuan.cn
Public Bus: Take bus 942 from Dongzhimen Transport Hub and reach its final terminal
Self-driver: Drive along Jingcheng Expressway and get off at the stop of Huosha Road (火沙路).

4. Beijing Jinyu Badaling Spa Resort 北京金隅八达岭温泉度假村

Beijing Jinyu Badaling Spa Resort is located in Yanqing District, about 80km north of the Beijing dwontown. It is adjacent to the Badaling Great Wall, Longqing Gorge, Wild Duck Lake, Shijinglong Ski Resort, Songshan other tourist attractions. It is a leisure complex including spa, business conference reception, leisure and entertainment.

The Resort covers an area of about 200,000 square meters with the Guishui River crossing through. The hot spring water originates from 2,000 meters underground with outlet temperature reaching 54 ℃. The warm waters is of good quality and rich in fluorine, sulfur, iron, silicon and many other kinds of mineral substance and microelements needed by human body.

The hot spring resort is a unique spa park with an area of 6,000 square meters. It has 32 indoor and outdoor hot spring pools. And the Resort also has more than twenty different-sized conference rooms and multi-functional halls equipped with advanced simultaneous interpretation equipment and other facilities, suitable for both domestic and international professional meetings. Meanwhile, the recreation center has many leisure and entertainment activities, such as table tennis, badminton, tennis, beach volleyball, real CS, KTV, swimming, fishing, skating, boating, etc.

Beijing Jinyu Badaling Spa Resort (Photo Credit: mafengwo.net)

Tel:010-69148833
Add:1 Guishui Beijie, Yanqing County, Beijing 北京市延庆区妫水北街1号
Beijing Bus Route: Take Bus 919 ( choose the slow Bus, not express bus) at Deshengmen Bus Terminal and get off at the last bus stop.
Self-drive Route: No. 62 Exit on Beijing-Xizang Expressway – northward from Yingchengzi Toll Station – Yingbin Roundabout, then passing through 6 traffic lights, you will arrive at the resort.

5. Fengshan Hot Spring Resort 凤山温泉度假村

Fengshan Hot Spring Resort is a 4-star resort-type hotel. It is located to the south of Mangshan Mountain and to the west of the Ming Tombs Reservoir, perched between the green mountains and sapphire waters. Bestowed with miniral-rich hot springs, Fengshan Hot Spring Resort has been turned into a shangri-la, separated from the hustle and bustle of the city.

This garden hotel is composed of service items including meeting rooms, hot spring therapy, amusement facilities, drinking and beverage, dining and hotel accommodation. Its 21,000 square-meter hot spring paradise features a typical hot spring with 72 kinds of items. The hot spring comes from the 3800 meters deep undeground. These hot springs containjing a few elements and minirals, which are good for one’s health.

Fengshan Hot Spring Resort (Photo Credit: .cpweb.gov.cn)

Add: 10 Mangshan Road, Changping District, Beijing 北京市昌平区蟒山路10号
Hotel Room Rate: RMB 480
Tel: (010) 60713942
How to get there:
Public Transport: Take bus 919 (支线) from Deshengmen Bus Terminal and get off at the Fenghuang Winter Resort.
Self-drive: Drive along Badaling Expressway and exit at the Exit 13C. Continue to drive to the east and turn too te north at the reservoir

6. Yunheyuan Hot Spring Resort 运河苑温泉度假村

Yunheyuan Hot Spring Resort is a four-star tourism resort officially approved by the National Tourism Administration. It integrates business, recreation, leisure, holiday, food and tourism. Yunheyuan provides an elegant venue for meetings of various sizes and a peaceful resort holiday makers.

The resort has 144 sets of different types of luxury rooms, 15 different styles of a european-style villas, many large, medium and small conference rooms. The resort enjoys good reputation of cooking – the meat dishes, fresh raw seafood meals, north and south flavor of special vegetables.

Yunheyuan Resort hot spring is well known for its hot spring extracted from natural geothermal water two kilometers deep underground. The Hot spring temperature is nearly 60 degrees Celsius, and it is rich in minerals.

The Water World at Yunheyuan Resport (Photo Credit: yunheyuandujiacun.com)

Add: Chaobaihe Park, Baimiao Village, Songzhuang, Tongzhou District, Beijing北京通州区宋庄镇白庙村潮白河公园
Tel: 010-59793104
Public Transport: First take Subway Line 1 and get off at Dawanglu Station, exit from Exit B, then take Bus 930 and get off at Yanjiao (燕郊), then take the locak taxi for 5 yuan to the resort.

7. Nan Gong Spring Season Hotel Beijing 南宫温泉度假酒店

Nan Gong Spring Season Hotel is a 5-star standard hot spring hotel. This tourism and leisure hotel is located in Wangzuo Town, Fengtai District, Beijing.

Nan Gong Hot Spring Water World has an international standard swimming pool, waves making pool, water amusement garden,hot spring massage pool, frifting and water playing slides. In addition, there are available wooden board bathing, gym, sauna and many more.

Nan Gong Spring Season Hotel Beijing (Photo Credit: you.ctrip.com)

Add: 39 Fugong Road, Wangzuo Town, Changping Strict, Beijing
Tel: 010-83315566
How to get there:
Bus lines: Bus line 321 (from Liuli Bridge), 339 and 662; 983 (Zhongguancun)
Self-drive: Drive along Jinggangao Expressway(京港澳), and get off at the exit 19A and continue to go for a 3-km.

8. Beijing Longxi Hotspring Resort 北京龙熙温泉度假村

Beijing Longxi Hotspring Resort is a five-star holiday hotel. It is located in Daxing District of Beijing, adjacent to the Beijing-Kaifeng expressway. Beijing Longxi Hotspring Resort has a large golf res. It also has move ten large, medium-size and small meeting rooms as well as multi-functional halls.

There are 274 sets of luxurious guest rooms and eight villas with different styles, which are comfortable, elegant and full of the breath of times. And in four dining halls with various styles, you can make a taste of healthy and nutritious Chinese and foreign food, and truly experience the fashionable, healthy, leisure and elegant atmosphere.

Beijing Longxi Hotspring Resort (Photo Credit: hengyi128.com)

The highlight of the resort is the 10000 square meters Hot Spring World. There are totally 41 hot spring pools in outdoor and indoor buildings. Of the 41 pools , there are 16 medicinal pools.

Add: Panggezhuang, Daxing District, Beijing.
Tel: 86-10-89282222

9.Flowery Bay Magnetic Spa Resort 花水湾磁化温泉度假村

Flowery Bay Magnetic Spa Resort is located in Gaoying Town, Shunyi District, Beijing. It is ringed by the fruit trees in large numbers with picturesque environment and beautiful views. It is the only natural magnetic hot spring resort. The magnetic waters has impressive treatment effects on the diseases including heart disease, arthritis, respiratory disease, rheumatism.

The Hot Springs Resort & Spa also offers many lodging options, a wide range of recreational options and an abundance ofspa and sparkling mineral water pools.

Flowery Bay Magnetic Spa Resort (Photo Credit:travel.sohu.com )

Add: 99 Beigao Road, Gaolingying Town, Shunyi District, Beijing 北京市顺义区高丽营镇北高路99号
Tel: 010-010-69456668
How to get there:
Public Bus: take bus 942 from Dongzhimen Bus Terminal directly to Flowery Bay
Self-drive: Drive along Jingcheng Expressway and get off at Bai Ma Road (白马路), continue to drive on the right and follow the sign to the resort.

10. Beijing Wendu Water City 北京温都水城

Hongfu Hot Spring Leisure City is a 5-star hot springs hotel, about 20km north of Beijing city center. It is located on the north of Wenyu River, the mother river of Beijing. More than a luxury hotel, Hongfu Hot Spring Leisure City is a green and leisure tourist mecca incorporating a huge water amusement park, therapuetic mineral waters, sightdeeing tourism and business meetings.

The hot water city is equipped with facilities & services designed to hold weddings, family gatherings, reunions, retreats, meetings, trainings and much more.

Beijing Wendu Water City (Photo Credit: touch.piao.qunar.com)

Add: 55 Wangfu Street, BeiQijia Town, Changping District, Beijing
Tel: 010-81788888
Reference Price: RMB198
How to get there:
Public Bus: Line 839, 803 and get off at Hongfu Community
Self-drive: Drive along Badaling Expressway and get off at the exit of Huilongguan (回龙观出口), then drive east to the resort, 1km east of Huilongguan Community.

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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:

Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


How to Plan a Trip to Beijing
Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
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 Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

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

Wangfujing Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
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Dear Travelers

We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Beijing.

If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!


Plan your Beijing tour? Most foreign travelers feel very safe when traveling in Beijing. But that doesn’t mean you should lower your vigilance on possible travel scams in Beijing.

The remark below is quoted from Percy from USA:
Thank you for having this site. As a traveler and student of human nature, I appreciate the scam warnings and the comments. I am a native New Yorker, and I feel it important to remind people that scams are not only in China.

Anywhere around the world where there are larger groups of humans, there will be more opportunities for scams. It seems the way of the Universe that these will be filled. You should always be aware, do research and remember that if it seems off, or too good, it is probably a scam. This is true in China, the U.S., or any other place where humans exist.”

Latest feedback from Denis:
Hi, you website is very helpful. I can share my experience about another scam:

We used an official taxi with the meter, so when the ride was over, we wanted to pay with 100 RMB, as we didn’t have any other bills. The taxi driver didn’t like the bill we gave to him and asked for another one. Then for another one and so on (every time giving back the previous one of course).

He was also friendly but insisted on the other bill and we couldn’t understand what’s wrong and what did he wanted, so we just kindly gave him different bills to try out. At some point we just decided to leave because it started to become annoying.

After some more negotiations he finally took one of our bills, gave us the change and left. The next day, when we tried to pay by cash at a grocery store it appeared that 4 of our bills are fake and I’m quite sure they were not fake before.

Not such a big amount for learning a new type of scam (I have forgotten already that there is such a thing as fake money on the streets) though.


Scam #1 Avoid KTV bars

Whether you enter on your own or taken by a Chinese “friend.”, in most cases you are in for a trap! It is a karaoke place. You enter the room to sing a few songs and have a few beers. Suddenly girls appear and want to drink with you. Then suddenly a cart appears with lots of snacks and beer.

The snacks are NOT free and they are expensive–but more on that later. The girl wants a brandy and you say okay. You will end up paying huge amount of money! Just avoid KTV!

Scam # 02:  Tea Scam

At some heavy tourist areas (like Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing Street…),  you will be approached by one or three  attractive females or gentlemen, who are  willing to have a natural and nice talk with you or  even give you a free tour of hutong  in a polite way.  She or he will talk about the interesting things in Beijing, or talk about the culture or history of your home country and even world affairs!

Then if everything goes smoothly, then  invite you to a traditional Chinese teashops or ceremony. The whole ceremony proceeds then at the end of the ceremony your “friends” will ask you to pick out some favorite teas. So the scam start when it comes time to pay the bill, and it can again run into the hundreds or thousands of dollars. Simply don’t go for it!

To make the tea scam more natural,  they  pretend to be very friendly. They even don’t suggest you pay the whole amount. It is to be split between you and your “friends”.  So you  will see them pay their part. It is a scam!

It happens in central part of Beijing mainly, esp. in Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the surroundings.

Scam # 03: “Art Student” Scam

Also at some big tourist destinations,  some young people,  disguised as ” art student’”,  will approach you. They offer you a free tour of an art show. Thus begins the “Art Student” scam.

Actually they will take you to an art shop selling all kinds of “art” stuff. This is just a waste of time. You can easily find these art pieces on the market. They sell the same “art” at higher prices. Simply say bye to them.
It happens mainly in historical sites, and public transport hubs. They are good actors(actresses) indeed. To us Chinese people they say they are out job-hunting and is penniless; to overseas travelers they say they are art students. Many of them are very properly dressed.

Scam # 04: Rickshaw Scam

Some first-time oversea or even domestic travelers visiting Beijing fall into the traps of some seemingly “humble rickshaw drivers”. For example, let’s say, you and a rickshaw driver agree on a price of RMB 40 for a pedicab ride. It will turn out to be RMB400!. The trick is that your rickshaw driver will pretend to be ignorant and he will pull out a laminated price list and say it is 400 yuan instead of 40 yuan. Better take a taxi than a pedicab.

1) Rickshaw Scam at the North Gate of Forbidden City
There are two entrances to the Forbidden City – the south gate ( Meridian Gate – Wumen)  and north gate( Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men).  The south gate is linked to Tiananmen Square to the south. You have to enter Forbidden City from its south gate and exit from its northern gate, which is officially set as a one-way south to north travel route.

Make sure you are taken by your taxi to the south entrance of Forbidden City (better yet, take the subway line 1 –  its very nice and very cheap!). Don’t ever take a Rickshaw at the north gate of Forbidden City unless you feel like getting lost and extorted.

So if you visit Forbidden City by getting to a wrong gate (north gate), don’t use a local rickshaw to get back to the south gate, just walk to the right gate (south gate). For the same reason, if you exit from the north gate after visiting Forbidden City, don’t use a rickshaw for your next place.

2)  Rickshaw scams also occur at the entrance to the “Legend of Jinsha” which is performed at the Beijing Workers’ Club in Beijing.

3)  Rickshaw scams possible at any places in Beijing
Rickshaw scams could occur at any other places in Beijing. Be Vigilant!

 Scam #05: “Black” Taxis

When arriving at the airport, keep away from the taxi drivers who approach you in the terminal or outside the terminal as they will charge you much more than the actual price. Just following the sign pointing to the taxi line just outside the terminal. Taxi drivers should use their meter; make sure that the driver puts down the flag.

Taking a taxi from the airport to the downtown Beijing costs just over RMB 100 plus RMB 5 toll fee. Beijing legitimate taxi license plates will begin with the “Beijing B” otherwise it is possibly a black taxi!

After paying a legal taxi, you will get a legal computerized receipt in which you can find the taxi company’s phone number while a black driver only offers you a hand-written receipt with which you will never find him! A black driver would charge you RMB 400 – RMB 500 for the airport downtown drive! Normally a taxi ride from the airport to the downtown of Beijing costs you around RMB 120.

Black cars could be found around the subway stations, shopping malls, and also around some major tourist attractions such as Summer Palace, Forbidden City and Wangfujing Street and Beijing Railway Station as well.
By the way, your taxi driver may pull out a very official looking list of all hotels and official airport price. Never belive so-called official taxi-rate list of all hotels and official airport price. Never such a taxi-rate list!

It seems that there is a new kind of scam in Beijing when it comes down to the taxi’s.  Taxi drivers are asking their passengers to get out of the car and help to push it / close the trunk. When the passengers are outside, the drivers takes of with all their belongings.

For more information on taxi, please visit Beijing Taxi.

Scam #6:Fake helpers/officials around Mao’s Tomb at Tiananmen Square 

When you line up for entering Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, you will probably meet some fake helpers or officials who are trying to “grab” some money from you.  To avoid being cheated, please read the following travel tips:

The admission to Mausoleum of Mao Zedong is free. No need for passport ID check and no need for buying shoes to replace your sandals (though not encouraged). As with most mausoleums, strict rules are enforced for visitors. No bags and cameras are allowed inside the hall. One locker is located 500m to the east of the mausoleum. The deposit is not free ( yes, a little strange)! The charges on deposit locker ranges from CNY 2 to 10.

Scam #07:  Scams Occurring Around Tiananmen and Forbidden City

The area around Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City is a favorite hangout for scammers.  Below is a trip by a scam victim named  Akalan:

In fact this was my 4th trip to China, but first trip to Beijing. Many a times many people, usually young ladies chatted with me and they helped me a lot. Even on the same day morning I went to the Great Wall and a young girl with good English walked with me. All those I met earlier were genuine people who just wanted to help a visitor to their country. Most of the time they did not even allow me to pay a bill, ticket price or taxi fare.

With that sort of experience, I had no suspicion on this woman. Still my priority was to get into the Forbidden city ASAP, as it was passed 3pm and I knew that the ticket sales would stop at 4 pm. This lady said that she would show me the “East gate” where I can enter without a long queue. Yes, there was a queue of people at the main entrance.

I simply followed her advice and she walked with me to “show” the entrance. On the way she said she is from Xi’An (a city I visited 1 month ago) and we had quite a good conversation on history, culture and languages. She also explained some history of the area.

She said her friends from another province are there and they will meet her in 10 min. If I can wait 10 min, they also can join me to go inside the Forbidden city. While waiting for them, she suggested me to sit some where and have a tea or fruit juice. In fact after walking and climbing whole morning in Great Wall area, I was thirsty and wanted to sit and stretch my legs. So I agreed.

I tried to sit on some chairs laid outside, but she suggested to go inside – less noisy, less dust and air-conditioned! I picked a Chinese tea and the scam began!

You know the rest. Yes, she split the bill, still I lost a few hundred! Worst thing was that she took me to a gate, assuring that I could enter from there, but obviously there were no ticket counters. I had to get to an electric car. The driver charged 20, instead of 2, as he sensed my urgency!

He actually did not take me to the ticket counters, instead, he stopped somewhere and a woman approached me. She was telling me that the ticket counters are closed and she would sell a ticket to me for 100 ! I did not want to let some one rip me off for 3rd time, within 15 min. Finally when I found the ticket counters, they were closed! So I missed the Forbidden City!

Scam #08: Avoid Itinerant Tour Companies at Streets

AVOID TOURISM COMPANIES, the ones who talk to you at street, promising a great price to go meet Great Wall (for example), they will make you pay more inside the bus, will take you to the worse section of the Great Wall, and prepare yourself for a long day stopping at market places, really awful experience.

If you want sightseeing, get a legal one, from important sites.

Scam #09: Cheating Rampant at North Gate to Forbidden City 

There are two main gates to the Forbidden City – the south gate ( Meridian Gate – Wumen)  and north gate( Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men).  The south gate is linked to Tiananmen Square to the south. You have to enter Forbidden City from its south gate and exit from its north gate, which is officially set as a one-way south to north travel route.

So don’t try to go to the North Gate to Forbidden City.  The North Gate now only serves an exit gate.  If you get to a wrong gate ( the north gate ),  just walk along the streets circling Forbidden City and move on to the south gate. In this case, you are not encouraged to use a rickshaw or a 3-wheel motorcycle taxi at the north gate of Forbidden City.  Some  of the rickshaw and 3-wheel motorcycle taxi drivers are just disgusting swindlers.  Avoid Them!  Below is the account by Bill of the victim at the North Gate to Forbidden City.

I was a victim of two scams in the same day! The first was with a 3-wheel motorcycle taxi at the north gate of the forbidden city. I was offered a ride to the south gate for 3 Yuan. The taxi drove through a maze of narrow alleys and he stopped at an isolated spot. Then he demanded 300 Yuan, about $48.

The second incident was the tea shop routine. A nice couple invited me to a local place near Tiananmen square. I told them about the taxi incident and they sounded shocked and empathetic! We were given snacks (2 Yuan per bag in the store), some high quality tea, orange juice, and about 1-2 ounces of wine. The bill was 1200 Yuan plus 100 for the tip. He paid half (money probably borrowed from the owner), but I was still squeezed for over $100.

The next day, near the same square, a woman began a nice friendly conversation with me and tried to do the same thing. The good-bye was very quick.

Scam #10:  The Counterfeit Money

Hi there – another scam to add to the list is the counterfeit money. We used a standalone ATM at the silk markets and received many hundreds of RMB that was fake. We didn’t know of course – its nearly impossible to tell. Now we have some lovely souvenirs that look like 100 RMB notes 🙂
The advice would be to use a bank ATM I guess.

More Tourist Scams:

Tourist scam on Chinese Medicine ( Feedback from christian Holscher )
There is a tourist scam where people pretend to be part of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. They pretend to be doctors and ‘diagnose’ an illness just by taking the pulse. Then, they sell very expensive pills which are most likely just herbal remedies.

The company does not give receipts for their sale, and no address or contact number was provided. They clearly do not pay tax. All what they give to the customer is a worthless certificate with no address. The real of this company can be found on the credit card receipt.

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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:

Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams 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.

Top 10 Things to Do at Night in Beijing (Updated 2021)

Thursday, July 8th, 2021
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Plan your Beijing night tour? Beijing nightlife is plentiful with numerous attractions to see and things to do at night. I round up my subjective list of the top 10 things to do at night in Beijing, which might offer some useful tips for planning your own Beijing night trip.

1. Night view of Chang’An Avenue & Tiananmen Square

Chang’An Avenue is regarded as the longest and widest street in the world. It is also reputed as “The First Street in China”, one of the most significant streets in China.

Beijing Tiananmen Square is located on the south of the mid Chang’ An Avenue while Tiananmen Tower on the north. 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.

Come to Tiananmen Square and Chang’An Avenue at night to feel the vibe and mix with the locals!

Check out my other two articles beow for more information:
Night View of Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Tiananmen Square

Chang'An Avenue
Tiananmen Tower on the Midde  of Chang’An Avenue

2. Night View of Beijing CBD

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. China World Trade Center Tower III used to be the tallest skyscraper in Beijing with 81 floors, 4 underground floors, and 30 elevators. Now It is surpassed by China Zun.

Sunset Glow over the CCTV Building

Designed by architecture firm Farrells, China Zun is 528 meters high, ranking the 9th in the world, the 5th in China and the 1st in Beijing among all the completed skyscrapers in the world.

China Zun, the highest building in Beijing ( from the internet)

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 and using either Exit A or B, where you are just next to China World Hotel and Guomao Bridge.

If you want to see the CCTV Building, China Zun and neon-lit CBD, you may come to Blue Frog ( Gumao ) on the 6th floor of the North Section China World Mall, an amazing place to view the CBD area.
Check out my two articles below for more information:

A Good Place to See Beijing’s changing skyline.
The Night View of Beijing CBD

3. Hanging out in the evening at Shichahai (Back Lake)

If you like to hang out in the evening, Shichahai is a great place to kill your time, drinking and gossiping. Shichahai is shot through with chic bars and restaurants. Hiding yourself in one of the bars and escaping the hustle and bustle of the carzy world temporarily.

Guitar Bar at Shichahai

If you would like have a window shopping for a flea-market type of experience, Yandai Xiejie at Shichahai is a perfect place. Yandai Byway or Old Pipe Street is one of such old commercial streets that showcase Beijing’s past.

The stone and slab paved street is flanked with shops and boutiques.

Check out my following articles for more information:
How to visit Shichahai
Shichahai, a nice place to walk at night in Beijing
How to Visit Yandai Xiejie
Night View of Shichahai
The Old World Charm in Beijing

4. Catch the vibe in the illuminated Qianmen Street

“Qianmen” literally means “Front Gate”. Qiamen Street is located south of Qianmen Tower to the south of Tiananmen Square, hence the name of the street. It lies on the north and south axis of Beijing. Qianmen Street runs south from Tiananmen Square, just along the Beijing central axis. It is one of the last remnants of the business centers of old Beijing.

Strolling along Qianmen Street and its branch-off alleys in the evening is a pleasant familiarization and sightseeing walk, getting yourself closer to the local people and their life.

Check out my following articles for more imformation:
Qianmen Street
Night View of Qianmen Street
Central Axis of Beijing

Qianmen Street at night

5. Snacking & Shopping in the neon-lit Wangfujing Street

The 810-meter Wangujing walking street is packed with shops, stores,and restaurants including several big shopping malls, such Oriental Plaza, Beijing Department Store, Sun Dong An Plaza, the New China Woman and Children Department etc. It also has two large bookstores – the Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore and the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore.

Wangfujing Pedestrian Street

One highlight on Wangfujing Street is Wangfujing Snack Street (王府井小吃街)which is set on a narrow alley off the main walking street.

Wangfujing Snack Street

Take subway line 2, get off at the station of Wangfujing and use Exit C. Follow the throng into the Wangfujing Pedestrian Street. Walking north  for about 50 meters, you will see a KFC on your right side, and opposite the KFC is a decorated archway, the east entrance to Wangfujing Snack Street.

Check out my following articles for more information:
Wangfujing Street, a famous pedestrian street in Beijing
Stroll on Wangfujing Snack Street

6. Hanging out at TaiKoo Li Sanlitun in the evening

It is dubbed as the capital’s hottest fashion destination and the coolest place to hang out.

Taikoo Li Sanlitun is an open shopping district consisting of 19 low-density contemporary buildings. Sanlitun Taikoo Li itself represents a cultural gathering, so it’s all about people: creating art and leading fashion as well as enjoying food, shopping and fun.

TaiKoo Li Sanlitun (Photo from english.visitbeijing.com.cn)

Add: Courtyard 19, Sanlitun Road, Sanlitun
Tel: 10-6417 6110 / 010-6417 7110
Web: www.taikoolisanlitun.com/en/
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm

Subway: take subway line 10 and get off at at the station of Tuanjiehu (团结湖), and exit from Exit A, 500 meters to the west; take Line 6 to Dongdaqiao Station (东大桥), exit B, 700 meters to the north.;take Line 2 to Dongsishitiao (东四十条)Station, exit from Exit C.

7. Night View of Bird’s Nest and Water Cube

Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed “Bird’s Nest”, is located in the center of Beijing Olympic Park. It was the site for the opening and closing ceremony for the Olympic Games in 2008.

Beijing National Aquatics Center,nicknamed “Water Cube”, is west of Bird’s Nest in the Olympic Park. It is dubbed “cube” because of its semi-transparent “bubbles” spread out all over its surface with a shape very similar to the structure of “H2O”.

Of course, during the daytime, you can have a close look at their true faces. But the bird’s nest is so much concrete and the water cube looks lifeless. Just too little shade and shelter provided by trees, very hot in summer!

Visiting Beijing National Stadium

If you come here in the evening, things are a world of difference! The Water Cube displays a different color pattern each evening, looking like a fantastic magic box.

It is said that solar panel inside the nest collects the sun’s rays by the daytime and light the bird’s nest by night. An illuminated bird’s-nest gives you much for thinking

Check out my another article How to visit Bird’s Nest and Water Cube for more information.

8. Eating at Ghost Food Street

If you want to eat out in the evening after a daytime trip, you are recommended to stroll Gui Jie ( Ghost Street 簋街), an almost 24-hour food street lined with numerous eateries on both sides. It is quite popular with local Beijing people, expats, touris as well.

The Ghost Street

Almost all the restaurants here are decorated in red – red store-front plaques, red lanterns and red lights with great vibe, a great place for  friends, families and couples all to meet for dinner or just for the vibe here.

Check out my following articles for more information:
Night View of Gui Jie (the Ghost Food Street) in Beijing
Ghost Street by Night

9. Beijing Kungfu Show

This show is put on in the Red Theater located on the east of Tiantan Hotel in Xing Fu Dajie, Dongcheng District. CHC has collected a group of the best Kung Fu practitioners of China and invited the best directors and designers of the country. The show is a must-see production in Beijing for tourists and Kung Fu lovers.

This is a great show. It tells a story of Chin Yu entering the monastery and making his way through life to finally becoming the Abbott. There are many demonstrations of Kungfu and strength throughout the show. The costumes and the choreography are great.

Add: 44 Xing Fu Da Jie ( Xingfu Street ), Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京东城区幸福大街44号

Check out the following links for more information:
Discount Kung Fu Show Ticket Booking
Beijing Chinese Kung Fu Show
Beijing Evening Dinner & Shows

10. Beijing Opera Show

Experience the nightlife of Beijing by watching Beijing Opera show dubbed as “Moulin Rouge in China”. Peking Opera has entertained Beijingers for over 200 years with its elaborate costumes, ear-splitting arias, dazzling martial arts and musical dialogue.

Beijing Opera Show

Beijing Opera is quite a cultural experience, completely different of the western opera. The ritual of the dressing, the make up and the masks are unique. The stories are interesting, they play several short performances with very different characters.

Check out the following links for more information:
Peking (Beijing) Opera
Peking Opera Make-ups
Beijing Evening Dinner & Shows

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 Night Tour
Beijing Evening Tour

Beijing Highlight Day Tour
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams 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.

Chinese version of the travel guide:

夜游北京做的10件事情