Discovering Beijing's Hidden Treasures
After nearly twelve years in Beijing, I'm still discovering interesting places I've never seen before. On a recent bike ride along a west side canal I came across a little park that I didn't know existed.
Beijing Rural Family Fun
It's easy to miss out on Beijing's best spots when we limit our advantures to expat favorites like Sanlitun, Houhai, etc. In the comfort of those venues there are so many "foreigners" that we don't need to speak Chinese.
Science & Technology Museum
It was nearly impossible to pull our kids out the door, even after they'd already had more than three hours of "play." We spent the morning at the Beijing Science and Technology Museum.
Best Park in Town - A University
There's no denying Beijing residents are blessed with lots of scenic parks, but one of my favorites isn't exactly a park. Some of the city's university campuses are at least as picturesque as many of the public parks.
Aeronautics University – A Family Outing?
The Beijing Aeronautics University, known to Chinese as simply Beihang, as a great place to study, but who would have ever thought of it as a venue for a family outing?
These Temples Hidden in the Downtown Area in Beijing
Fayuan Temple, located in Fayuansihou Street, Xicheng District of Beijing, is the oldest existing temple in Beijing. The temple was renovated in 1955, and now it is the site of the Chinese Buddhist Academy and the exhibition center for Buddhist cultural relics.
Hidden Treasures: 5 Little Known Markets in Beijing
Aside from eating, drinking and cavorting, shopping has to be a favored activity of many expats. There are miles of shiny marble-floored malls filled with couture boutiques that are filled with stylishly refined shelves in Beijing.
Beijing is a Fun and Colorful Place for Kids!
Parents never have to worry about their kids being bored in Beijing. The only limitation to perpetual fun is how much time and money mom and dad are willing to spend.
Panjiayuan Antique Market
Among thousands of sites particularly interesting to foreigners that Beijing has to offer, one definitely deserves attention and is mainly popular among single day or "weekend tourists".
A Millenium's Monument Which is Truly Worth Its Name
What can you do on some random, sleepy Sunday afternoon in Beijing? Naturally, in a city with a population higher than that of many of the world's countries it shouldn't in the least pose a problem.