Chaoyang district is a large region of Beijing. The main precincts you are likely to visit are:
Olympic Green The home of the 2008 Olympics continues as breathtaking parks, exhibition centers, and of course, everything to do with sports.
Sanlitun Sanlitun is the international retail, food and entertainment district in central Chaoyang. In this area you can find the best restaurants, the coolest nightclubs. Sanlitun leads the way in fashion and style.
CBD Features spectacular modern architecture and high end shopping. It is also known as Guomao. Location for international and high-end food, but stepping up a level.
798 Art Zone 798 is a major art district fashioned out of an abandoned industrial zone in north-east Chaoyang. There are hundreds of galleries and art centers all within walking distance.
Capital Airport Beijing's busy international airport is in north-east Chaoyang. Here is your likely entry and exit point to the capital, but holds business hotels and an exhibition centre.
Chaoyang is a massive district, roughly covering the urban area to the north and east of central Beijing, beginning at the Second Ring Road, and stretching beyond the Fifth Ring Road. While Chaoyang district does not have that many historic tourist sites, most visitors to Beijing will find themselves going to Chaoyang, especially for the art districts, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.
Subway line 10 travels along or parallel to the Third Ring Road and is the main north-south line serving the district. Line 1 runs east-west through the CBD and Line 6 on the northern border of CBD. Line 5 runs north-south in the northwestern part of the district whilst Line 13 runs in the north-central portion. Line 15 connects north-central with northeast portion of the district (and when the western portion of the line is finished in 2014, will extend beyond the western border of Chaoyang). Airport Express has two stations overall (other than the airport stations), one, named Sanyuanqiao Station, which is in Chaoyang.
Many of the Olympic venues are situated in or around the Olympic Green in Chaoyang. Note that the Olympic Green area is now like a public square that can be visited for free. Admission is charged if you want to visit inside the venues:
National Stadium (北京国家体育场; Běijīng Guójiā Tǐyùchǎng), Olympic Park, Chaoyang District (Olympic Green Stn (Line 8)), ☎ +86 10 8498-6888. 09:00-19:00, lights on until 21:00 or later, check with your hotel. Also known as the "Bird's Nest" (鸟巢 Niǎocháo), this stadium, designed by Herzog & Meuron, is the world's largest steel structure. It hosted opening and closing ceremonies, as well as athletic and football matches during the olympics. It was planned to host football matches after the Olympics, but due to few expected spectators the football club backed out of the agreement. Therefore, the stadium has found very little use after the olympics and is planned to be converted to a shopping and entertainment complex.¥50. edit
National Aquatics Center (国家游泳中心; Guójiā Yóuyǒng Zhōngxīn), (Olympic Green Stn (Line 8)). Lights on until 21:00 or later, check with your hotel. Also known as the "Water Cube" (水立方 Shǔilìfāng) Swimming and diving venue. Tickets to visit the inside of the Water Cube are sold throughout the day. The ticket office is inconveniently located by the tour bus parking lot at the northwest corner of the building (which is a fair hike from the building entrance at the southeast corner, facing the stadium). The building also sometimes now hosts sound and light shows in the evenings.¥30. edit
National Indoor Stadium (国家体育馆; Guójiātǐyùguǎn), 18 Beichen E Rd (北辰东路18号; Běichén Dōng Lù). Gymnastics venue.edit
CCTV Building (中央电视台新楼 Zhōngyāng Diànshìtái Xīnlóu). Just north-east of Guomao station along the Third Ring Road is this beautiful and unique tower by Dutch architects Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, housing China Central Television Station. A New Year's firework accident in 2009 burnt down the adjacent Mandarin Oriental Hotel building.edit
World Trade Center Tower III. Just north-west of Guomao station, and north of China World Trade Center I. This is Beijing's tallest building and features multiple restaurants and bars at the top.edit
Dongyue Temple (东岳庙; Dōngyuèmiào), 141 Chaowai Ave (朝外大街141号; Cháowàidàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6551-0151. 08:30-16:30. Taoist temple founded in 1319 with hundreds of life size plaster figures and the possibility of making offerings to different gods responsible for all kind of stuff. The temple also houses the Beijing Folk Arts Museum. Very quiet and peaceful spot.¥10. edit
Chaoyang Park (朝阳公园; Cháoyáng Gōngyuán), 1 Nongzhan S Rd (农展南路1号; Nóngzhǎn Nánlù) (btwn Third Ring Rd E and Fourth Ring Rd E. S gate is 1.5 km E of Tuanjiehu Stn (line 10), 2 stops by buses 305 or 406 from there will take you the last bit), ☎ +86 10 6506-5409 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 65075179), . 06:00-22:00. The largest park in Beijing at 3 km by 1.5 km. The park features an artificial beach, two large swimming pools, a bungee jumping tower, boat rental, concert stages, sports areas, a number of amusement park rides, flower areas and much more. The individual entertainment options might not be impressive, but the size of the park and the number of local visitors makes a stroll here delightful anyway.¥5. edit
Ritan Park (日坛公园; Rìtán Gōngyuán), 6 Ritan N Rd (日坛北路6号; Rìtán Běilù) (1 km NE of Jianguomen Stn (lines 1 and 2)), ☎ +86 10 8561-6301. 06:00-18:00. The park contains the Temple of the Sun with an alter built in 1530 and used for sacrifices to the sun. Great park with entertainment for the children, good cafés and restaurants, plenty of local life to watch and also historical stuff. The altar itself is a round open space popular for flying kites. If you couldn't get close to the "Echo Wall" at Temple of Heaven due to crowds, you can do the same trick here (although only on a quarter rather than the whole circle). Also climb to the pavilion at the top of the small hill in the park for a surround view of the CBD skyline.Free. edit
Chinese Ethnic Culture Park (China Nationalities Museum) (中华民族园 (中华民族博物院简介); Zhōnghuámínzúyuán (Zhōnghuámínzúbówùyuànjiǎnjiè)), 1 Minzuyuan Rd (民族园路1号; Mínzúyuánlù) (500 m NW of Beitucheng Stn (lines 10 and 8)), ☎ +86 10 6206-3640 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 08:30-18:00. Park and museum with buildings and exhibitions showing the characteristics of China's 56 nationalities. This does give a good overview and a better understanding of the diversity of China, but everything seems a bit dated and dusty. Also estaurants and shops in the park.¥90. edit
Happy Valley Amusement Park (北京欢乐谷; Běijīng Huānlègǔ), Xiaowuji N Rd, S end of Fourth Ring Rd E (东四环南路小武基北路; Dōngsìhuánnánlù Xiǎowǔjīběilù) (SE of Sifang Bridge (E of Fourth Ring Rd and S of Jingshen Expressway). Bus 52 (eg from Tian'anmen) to Jingsong Bridge E Stn (劲松桥东站) and change to bus 41; or the subway to Dawanglu Stn and change to bus 31), ☎ +86 10 6736-0303 (email@example.com), . 09:30-22:00 (but many rides close down around 17:00). Amusement park established in 2006 and by far the largest in Beijing covering around 1 km² and comprising more than 40 rides divided in different themed areas.¥160, children 1.2m-1.4m ¥80. edit
Honglingjin Park (红领巾公园; Hónglǐngjīn Gōngyuán), Houbalizhuang, Forth Ring Rd E (东四环路后八里庄5号; Dōngsìhuánlù Hòubālǐzhuāng) (NE of Honglinjing Bridge (east of Fourth Ring Rd and N of Chaoyang N Rd. Buses 126, 306, 440, 682 to Honglingjin Park Station), ☎ +86 10 8581-9548 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Summer 06:00-22:00; winter 06:30-18:00. Here you can watch sculptures and gingko trees. The park also features indoor and outdoor playgrounds, boats for hire and a number of amusement park rides.Free. edit
Side Park (四德公园; Sìdé Gōngyuán), 6 Fangyuan W Rd (芳园西路6号; Fāngyuán Xīlù), ☎ +86 10 64321659. 06:00-21:00. Park featuring sport activities and play grounds.¥10. edit
China National Film Museum (中国电影博物馆; Zhōngguó diànyǐng bówùguǎn), 9 Nanying Rd (南影路9号; Nányǐng Lù 9 hào) (Dongzhimen(东直门) Stn (Lines 2, 13). Walk to the nearest bus station just outside the subway station. Take bus# 688, 402, 418, or 973 for roughly 40-50 min to Nangao(南皋) stop. When you get off the bus, continue to walk in the same direction until you come to Nanying Rd(南影路). The National Film Museum will be on your right. If you have trouble when you get off the bus, just pay attention to the signs pointing you towards the museum.), ☎ +86 10 84355959, . 09:00-16:30, closed M. Free. edit
National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature (中国现代文学馆; Zhōngguó Xiàndàiwénxuéguǎn), 45 Wenxueguan Rd, Shaoyaoju (芍药居文学馆路45号; Sháoyàojū Wénxuéguǎnlù) (1 km NW of Shaoyaoju Stn (lines 10 and 13)), ☎ +86 10 8461-9071 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 8464-5310), . 09:00-16:30. Very large museum on modern Chinese literature and writers including reproductions of writers' homes, original and copy manuscripts as well as personal effects.¥20. edit
Dashanzi Art District (大山子艺术区 Dàshānzǐ Yìshù Qū), originally known as 798 Factory, is a district full of galleries of contemporary Chinese art, located in an old industrial district. Also many Western style cafes here. The area has until recently been undisputed as the centre for Chinese contemporary art. But beginning commercialisation and mainstreaming of the area and the rise of other areas in Beijing makes this less obvious. The area is now firmly on the tour group circuit and can be crowded at weekends. Recently many of the original galleries have closed or moved due to high rents, although there are more and more cafes and shops, some quite high-end. Full of young artists selling their handiwork, which makes for great shopping if you can't afford the big art pieces. Visiting the area is still a must for both art lovers and common tourists. It's located outside Fourth Ring Road, so it's easiest and fastest to get there by taxi. It's in the direction of the airport, so it can be a convenient stop on your way there or a quick trip back into the city on your last night. Alternatively, bus routes 688 and 418 go from Dongzhimen via Liangmaqiao for connections to/from the subway system.
798 Photo Gallery (百年印象摄影画廊; Bǎinián Yìnxiàngshèyǐng Huàláng), ☎ +86 10 6438-1784 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 64375284), . 10:00-18:00. Established in 2003 as the first gallery in China to focus on photography. Still one of the best places in China to see photographic work. New exhibitions every month.edit
798 Space (798 时态空间; 798 Shítàikōngjiān), ☎ +86 10 6437-6248 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 6437-6248), . 10:30-19:30. The gallery giving the original name to the whole area. Now more interesting for its parties, events and high couture product launches than for its art exhibitions.edit
Beijing Commune (北京公社; Běijīnggōngshè), ☎ +86 10 8456-2862 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Exhibitions in all media focusing on discovering and promoting the newest trends. Also engaged in organising conferences and publishing books.edit
Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, ☎ +86 10 8457-3245 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 8457-3246), . Tu-Su 10:30-18:30, Nov-Mar 10:30-17:30. One of the first galleries to open here and continues to have interesting exhibitions in all media with East Asian artists.edit
Chinese Contemporary Beijing (中国当代画廊; Zhōngguódāngdàihuàláng), ☎ +86 10 8456-2421 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 8456-2473), . 11:00-19:00. Large international gallery with branches in London and New York as well. Focusing on Chinese provocative avant-garde within all media.edit
Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, ☎ +86 139 1165 1353 (email@example.com), . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. One of Beijing's leading contemporary galleries, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery is the first in China to exclusively show contemporary works on paper.edit
Iberia Center for Contemporary Art (伊比利亚当代艺术中心; Yībǐlì Yàdāngdàiyìshù Zhōngxīn), ☎ +86 10 5978-9530 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. Established by the International Art & Culture Foundation of Spain. Focuses on Chinese films and videos with a focus on independent documentary film.edit
Marella Gallery, ☎ +86 10 5978-9587 (email@example.com), . 11:00-19:00. Milan based callery exhibiting both Chinese and international artists.edit
Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery I, ☎ =+86 10 5978-9262 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 5978-9262), . 10:00-18:00. Exhibits photography from both China and abroad. See also Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery II in the same area.edit
Star Gallery (星空间; Xīngkōngjiān), (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 84599630), . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. Focuses on exhibitions, publications and promotion of the newest generation of Chinese artists.edit
Tang Contemporary Art (北京当代唐人艺术中心; Běijīngdāngdài Tángrényìshùzhōngxīn), ☎ +86 10 6436-3518 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 6436-3018), . 10:30-18:00. Large gallery exhibiting both Chinese and foreign contemporary artists.edit
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, ☎ +86 10 6438-6675, . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. Large gallery with three exhibition halls and with ambitions of being the most comprehensive institute for contemporary Chinese art. Arranges also events within art, films and music as well as seminars on a wide range of art related topics.edit
Yan Club Art Centre (仁俱乐部艺术中心; Rénjùlèbùyìshùzhōngxīn), ☎ +86 10 8457-3506 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 8457-3622), . 10:00-18:00. This is one of the first and one of the largest galleries in the area. Exhibitions with emerting and established artists in a wide range of media. In the evenings, the place is used for trance and jungle parties.edit
Yuanfen New Media Art Space, (firstname.lastname@example.org), . W-Sa 11:00-19:00. This gallery exhibits online, video and new media art by international and Chinese artistsedit
Caochangdi is a satellite branch to Dashanzi established as Dashanzi became increasingly commercialised and as rents rose significantly there. Caochangdi was a village that has now been swallowed up by the city. It's located a few kilometres north-east of Dashanzi, just beyond the Fifth Ring Road (a short cab ride or a few stops on the same bus routes that go to Dashanzi). The galleries here are more spread out and can be hard to find, so this is a destination for more serious art aficionados.
Art Channel (艺术通道; Yìshùtōngdào), No 249-3, Zone B, Art district East, Caochangdi Village (草场地村艺术东区B区249-3; Cǎochǎngdìcūn Ýìshùdōngqū), ☎ +86 10 6433-5080 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 6433-5060), . Tu-Su 11:00-18:00. Gallery founded in 2006. Represents established, emerging and young Chinese and international artists. The gallery focuses on exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures and on dialogues with other traditions.edit
Boers-Li Gallery, 8A Caochangdi (草场地甲8号; Cǎochǎngdìjiǎ), ☎ +86 10 6432-2620 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 6432-2621), . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. Large gallery focusing on sculptural and video installations.edit
China Art Archives and Warehouse (艺术文件仓库; Yìshùwénjiàncāngkù), E of Tiedao Bridge, Caochangdi Village (草场地村铁道桥东侧; Cǎochǎngdìcūn Tiědàoqiáodōngcè), ☎ +86 10 8456-5152 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 8456-5154), . W-Su 14:00-18:00. CAAW was one of the first galleries in Beijing with a history at least dating back to 1993. The gallery was the first to move to Caochangdi. Focuses on experimental fine art from China, including painting, sculpture, photography, printing and installations.edit
Chambers Fine Art (前波画廊; Qiánbōhuàláng), No 1-D Red, Caochangdi (草场地红1号D座; Cǎochǎngdì Hóng), ☎ +86 10 5127-3298 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 5127-3298), . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. Chambers Fine Art opened in New York in 2000 exhibiting cutting edge Chinese art. In 2007, the Beijing branch opened.edit
DoArt Gallery, 261 Caochangdi (草场地261号; Cǎochǎngdì), ☎ +86 10 8457-4550 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 8456-5096), . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. This Beijing branch of a Seoul gallery opened in 2007. Aims at introducing Chinese comtemporary artist to the international scene.edit
F2 Gallery, 319 Caochangdi (草场地319号; Cǎochǎngdì), ☎ +86 10 6432-8831 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 6432-8203), . 10:00-18:00. Gallery representing and working closely together with a few Chinese contemporary artists.edit
Galerie Urs Meile, 104 Caochangdi (草场地104号; Cǎochǎngdì), ☎ +86 10 6433-3393 (email@example.com), . Tu-Su 11:00-18:30. Swiss gallery exhibiting both foreign and Chinese artistsedit
Pékin Fine Arts (北京艺门; Běijīng Yìmén), 241 Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang (催各庄草场地241号; Cuīgèzhuāng Cǎochǎngdì), ☎ +86 10 8610-5127 ext 3320 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 5127-3223), . W-Su 10:00-18:00. The gallery prepares exhibitions of contemporary Chinese artist with the purpose of sending them abroad.edit
Platform China Art Institute (站台中国当代艺术机构; Zhàntáizhōngguódāngdàiyìshùjīgòu), No 319-1, East End Art Zone A, Caochangdi (草场地村319-1艺术东区A区内), ☎ +86 10 6432-0091 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 8145-9360), . Tu-Su 11:00-18:00. Exhibits video and installation art. The gallery also aims at being at workplace and also has a residency program for international artists.edit
The Tavelin Kreisman Studio, 300 Caochagdi (草场地300号; Cǎochǎngdì), ☎ +86 135 0109 2984 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Tu, Th, Sa Su 12:00-18:00. Work space focusing on painting, print making, photography and video sculpture.edit
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (三影堂摄影艺术中心; Sānyǐngtángshèyǐngyìshù Zhōngxīn), 155 Caochagdi (草场地155号; Cǎochǎngdì), ☎ +86 10 6432-2663 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 6431-9693), . One of the most important venues for photography including exhibitions, café, workstations and library.edit
Liquor Factory is the third large art area in Chaoyang
Arario Beijing (阿拉里奥北京; Ālālǐào Běijīng), Jiuchang Art Factory, Beihuqu Lu, Anwai Beiyuan (安外北苑北湖渠酿酒厂; Ānwàiběiyuàn Běihúqúniàng Jiǔchǎng), ☎ +86 10 5202-3800 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 5202-3808), . 10:00-18:00 daily. This Korean owned gallery is by far the largest in the area with four galleries exhibiting local and foreign artists, both established and emerging, and within a full range of media.edit
Creation Gallery (可创铭佳艺苑; Kěchuāngmíngjiāyìyuàn), N end of Ritan E Rd (日坛东路北口; Rìtán Dōng Lù Běikǒu) (NE of Ritan Park), ☎ +86 10 8561-7570 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 8563-2740), . Tu-Su 10:00-19:00. Exhibits with significant influence from traditional Chinese art. Focusing on oil and acrylic paintings as well as traditional materials.edit
Imagine Gallery (想象画廊; Xiǎngxiàng Huàláng), 8 Feijiacun E Rd, Laiguangying E Rd (来广营东路费家村东路8号; Láiguǎngyíngdōng Lù Fèijiācūndōng Lù), ☎ +86 10 6438-5747 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Tu-Su 10:30-17:30. Exhibits Chinese and foreign artists and provides workingspace for artists.edit
Century Theater (世纪剧院; Shìjìjùyuàn), 40 Liangmaqiao Rd (亮马桥路40号; Liàngmǎqiáo Lù) (1 km NE of Liangmaqiao Stn (Line 10)), ☎ +86 10 6468-3311 ext 3163 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 6462-8470), . Upscale theater frequented by expats. Performances include dramas, classical concerts, dance performances, opera and other musical events.edit
China Puppet Theater (中国木偶剧院; Zhōngguómùǒujùyuàn), 1 Anhua Xili, E Third Ring Rd (东三环安华西里甲1号; Dōngsānhuán ānhuáxīlǐ), ☎ +86 10 6425-4798, . Performances throughout the day. China Puppet Theater Both classical Western and classical Chinese plays for children performed by puppets. Also a playground available.80-380 yen. edit
Crab Island (蟹岛绿色生态度假村; Xièdǎolǜsèshēngtàidùjiàcūn), 1 Xiedao Rd (蟹岛路1号; Xièdǎo Lù) (btwn Fourth and Fifth Ring Rds to the northeast, S of Jichang Expwy), ☎ +86 10 8433-5566, . Summer 08:00-01:00. Artificial beach with real sand, parasols and beach chairs. Features a large pool with wave machine and water slides.Free. edit
Tuanjiehu Pool (团结湖游泳池; Tuánjiéhú Yóuyǒngchí), 16 Tuanjiehu S Rd (团结湖南路16号; Tuánjiéhú Nánlù) (Hujialou Stn (Line 10)), ☎ +86 10 8597-4677. Water park with beach, pool with wave machine and water slides.¥30. edit
Fundazzle (翻斗乐; Fāndòulè), Gongti S Rd (工体南路; Gōngtǐ Nánlù), ☎ +86 10 6500-4193. M-F 09:00-17:30, Sa Su 09:00-19:00. Large indoor playground.¥15 in weekends, work days free; Children ¥30. edit
The Bigeast Ocean Gymnastic Club, 200 m E of Huawei Bridge, ☎ +86 10 8732-3329/8732-3328. Has a huge sauna, 3 different kinds of spas to soak in, a steam room, and showers. After a jaunt in the spa room, get dressed up in pajamas and head upstairs to witness a variety show with comedians, singers, and clowns. After the show, you can relax in the reclining sofa room or grab some snacks from the cafe. The truly unique experience for someone who's "seen it all" in China.edit
The Bookworm (书虫书吧), Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu 工体北路4号院 (100m south Sanlitun Rd and turn into gated lane), ☎ 6586 9507, . Daily 9am-late. Famous for its literary festive, this café-restaurant is a community centre for all things bookworms love.50-80 pp. (39.9311,116.45)edit
Silk Street (Silk Market 秀水街 Xiùshuǐ Jiē), 8 E Xiushui St, Jianguomenwai Dajie (Yong'anli Stn (Line 1)). The original foreign-oriented market, in the first embassy district (now the CBD). It was re-opened in March 2005 as a 5 storey air-conditioned building. You can find luggage, leather bags, electronics, sporting goods, jewellery, clothing and Chinese artwork -- and plenty of knock-offs. This market caters almost entirely to foreign customers. However, compared to other Asian markets in, say, Hong Kong and Bangkok, this market may be overpriced. Tourists may want to consider spending their money elsewhere.edit
China World Trade Center (国贸 Guómào). Here you will find a lot of designer brands.edit
Panjiayuan (潘家园 Pānjiāyuán). Also called the "dirt market" or the "weekend market," this is China's largest and possibly its most entertaining flea market. It operates from Su-Sa, most people visit there on the weekend, and it is located near Panjiayuan Bridge, on the eastern Third Ring Road. It begins early, around 07:00 in summer and 08:00 in winter (04:00 on the weekend). The flea market includes antiques (some genuine but mostly quality or amusing fakes) and large sections selling modern porcelain, jade, carved stone and wood, paintings, furniture, and other decorative items, used books, maps, Cultural Revolution kitsch (many are copies made in recent years). There are also sections selling Tibetan goods (mostly of low quality, especially the paintings). Ethnic textiles from Yunnan and Guizhou provinces are amongst the more interesting buys at the moment. Well worth a visit, unless you are allergic to crowds. Remember to haggle, try offer 1/10 to 1/3 of the original price and be sure to shop around as many stalls have similar or identical goods. Panjiayuan's established dealers also provide shipping service for large items to main ports around the world. Panjiayuan also has a large number of eyeglass vendors, many selling quality glasses at low prices, as little as 80 RMB for a decent pair of frames and lenses. (There are cheaper glasses to be had, but only if you want to wait weeks to get them.) When exiting Panjiayuan station, head north a couple hundred meters and you'll see many small street-level shops and large buildings full of eyeglass shops. The best deals are to be had by going into any of the larger markets, and heading to the shops on the 2nd or higher floors. There may be touts at Panjiayuan station trying to get you to follow them to their eyeglass shop; these shops charge 2 to 3 times the prices that the cheaper shops charge, in some cases for identical glasses. edit
Guwan Cheng (古玩城 Gǔwán Chéng). On the Third Ring Road, just beyond Panjiayuan. This four story white building houses the more upmarket variety of Chinese antiques, with prices to match. The management have been making determined efforts to stamp out fakes and low quality items in recent years and to some extent they have succeeded. However, the rule that applies to all antique shopping in China still remains in force: buyer beware.edit
Sunny Gold Street (阳光金街; Yángguāng Jīn Jīe), 2 Fangyuan W Lu (One block S and east of Lido Hotel). A small two-storey market selling clothes, T-shirts, luggage, purses, wallets, some souvenirs etc.edit
Friendship Store (友谊商店; Yǒuyì Shāngdiàn), CITIC building, Jianguomenwai Dajie (Line 1 and 2 Jianguomen Stn). A relic of communist China: where all foreigners used to have to shop. Prices are very high, and (not surprisingly) there's hardly anyone there. Come here to browse in peace and see what items and styles you like: then go to Silk market or Yashow to bargain for them.edit
Liangma Flower Market (亮马花市场; Liàngmǎ Huāshìchǎng). First floor is cut flowers, all very inexpensive. Around the sides are potted plants, home decorations, lamps. Upstairs are dishes and other kitchenware.edit
Ladies' Street (女人街; Nǚrén Jīe), (From Lufthansa Centre (Liangmaqiao Stn) walk NE on Liangmaqiao Lu, then turn L at the first traffic light). A varied shopping area in the new embassy district. Nuren Jie itself has restaurants and shops/market selling womens' clothing (hence the name). There is also the Laitai Flower Market, which sells potted plants, planters, cut flowers, and above and below has art and home decorations. Similar small shops line the street opposite the flower market. There is no longer an electonics market across the street.edit
Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park (蓝色港湾国际商区), 北京市朝阳区朝阳公园路6号. A modern US/European style outdoor shopping complex with lakeside restaurants and cafes, and many international brands.edit
Sanlitun and Workers' Stadium precinct is Beijing's best location for international and high-end Chinese cuisine, especially for evenings. This area developed after the opening up of China in the 1980's. Being close to the embassy area, many Chinese and expats decided here would be the best location for their dream of providing the best in quality, ambiance and style. The choice and range of restaurants exceeds the downtown districts of most American cities.
Not all of it is expensive. Within Sanlitun, you'll easily find Food Street which bustles every night with street snacks, cooked under tents. The surrounding restaurants and outlets are affordable too.
CBD and Ritan Park is another location for international and high-end food, but stepping up a level. If you're in the CBD for lunch or dinner, you'll be well served however there area lacks the range of Sanlitun. Budget restaurants are priced right out of the area. The CBD would be the place for a business dinner to celebrate that billion yuan deal.
North of Ritan Park is a restaurant street and pedestrian plaza with a variety of Indian, Central Asian, Middle East and Eastern European cuisine. It could open the door to a variety of international cuisines, you've never tried before.
Ri Chang (日昌茶餐厅), 1 Nongzhanguan S Rd (农展馆南路1号)Chaoyang Park (C), ☎ +86 10 6593-1078, . 09:00-04:00. Cantonese cuisine. The food and service is not remarkable, but it is cheap and it is open when everything else is closed.edit
Da Qing Hua (大青花), Panjiayuan Lu (W of the main (N) entrance to Panjiayuan market, on the S side of the street). Simple dumpling restaurant, good for a quick bite after shopping at the market.edit
Hua’s Restaurant at Huixin East Street (花家怡园惠新店), No. 6 Huixin East Street 北京市朝阳区惠新东街6号, ☎ 5128 3359 (toll free: 400-0101717), . Daily 11-10. Time-honoured chinese courtyard dining80-300 pp. edit
Makye Ame, 11A Xiushui Nanjie Jianguomenwai, ☎ +86 10 6506-9616. Tibetan restaurant, features live dancing and performances.edit
Xiao Wang's Home Restaurant (小王府; Xiǎo Wáng Fù), Inside Ritan Park N Gate (日坛公园北门内), ☎ +86 10 8561-7859. Very good "homestyle" Chinese food, in a beautiful setting in the park. Not as expensive as the setting would make you believe. Some tables on a rooftop patio. Open all day but they don't serve food for a few hours in the afternoon.edit
Xihe Yaju (羲和雅居), Ritan Dong Lu (日坛东路) (NE corner of Ritan Park), ☎ +86 10 8561-7643. Fairly upscale "homestyle" Chinese restaurant, popular with foreigners.edit
Cygnet Hotpot (小天鹅重庆火锅), C1-22 Solana Commercial Area, Chaoyang Park Rd 朝阳区朝阳公园路蓝色港湾国际商区C1-22 (116.4369), ☎ 59056381. Hotpot is a North China tradition, and this style is considered the best of the best(39.949,116.4704)edit
DARA Life Lounge, 798 Xi Jie, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang Distrct 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号798西街 (798 Art Zone), ☎ +86 10 6434-5382. Lunch ¥776, dinner ¥2,800. edit
Din Tai Fung (鼎泰丰), 24 Xinyuang Xili Zhongjie; 新源西里中街24号 (W of the Yuyang Hotel). 11:30-22:00. Expensive but delicious Shanghai-style dumplings. 2F is non-smoking. The same Taiwan eatery found the world over.edit
Pure Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, 12 Nongzhanguan S Rd (农展馆南路12号(通广大厦内)) (Somewhat hard to find. East from the NE cnr of Gongti N Rd and Third Ring (Tuanjiehu Stn), you have to go under an archway in behind the office building and around the corner.), ☎ +86 10 6592-3627. Upscale vegetarian restaurant. Setting and presentation is beautiful. In the tradition of Chinese vegetarianism, many of the dishes are typical dishes made with "mock" meat (tofu). Try the mock Beijing duck. There's a second location inside Holiday Inn Lido Hotel.edit
Shintori, Chaoyang District, 18 Jianguomen Wai Dajie (玄吧朝阳区建国门外大街18号), ☎ +86 10 6515-8585. 11:30-14:30, 17:30-23:00PM. Shintori is an exquisite Japanese restaurant which is almost impossible to find. Once you do find your way in, one can't help but be wowed when entering the main dining area. The food at Shintori is unquestionably good, but be prepared to pay a little more here.¥300. edit
Sureño Restaurant, Bldg 1, 11 Sanlitun Rd, Chaoyang Dist (Basement level, 30 m S of Miu Miu), . Mediterranean restaurant located on the lower ground level of The Opposite House. The warm interiors boast an open kitchen and a wood fired oven that evoke the casual style of the Mediterranean, where guests can also watch the live action while they dine. Wine list definitely worth checking out.From ¥300. edit
Sanlitun (三里屯 Sānlǐtún). Long the center of foreign nightlife in Beijing, Sanlitun is located beside one of the embassy areas in Chaoyang District. It is comprised of a main "bar street" divided into north and south sections, a side street with more casual (and cheaper) bars, and a few clubs/discotheques throughout. Sanlitun has near legendary status amongst travelers, but you are just as likely to be irritated by pushy bar-owners or knick-knack vendors as you are to be charmed by its offerings. Sanlitun is considered the 'old' nightlife district since Beijing started opening Western style clubs about 2005 in other areas, which means it is worth going to but if you are looking for the younger, party crowd then there are better places to go.
The main strip of bars along the east side of Sanlitun Lu (usually called Sanlitun North) are interchangeable and unremarkable bars, but the drinks can be cheap, and this is where the doormen will try to lure you in to their club with special offers. Two other clusters set back from the street itself:
The south section is located south of Gongti Beilu in what is a very commercial area with tall buildings, but walking a bit deeper into the compound area will reveal bars and restaurants very popular with the foreign -- especially Western -- crowd.
The "pedestrian" side street with more casual (and cheaper) bars is along a couple small back streets located immediately behind 3.3 Mall, north of The Village (Tai Koo Li, pronounced Taiguli in Mandarin). Here you will find:
The number of bars and clubs in the area around Workers' Stadium (Gongti) has increased over recent years. Anything as Sanlitun has been minimised by the city development. Now, the Stadium area shoud be considered a separate bar area. In fact, there are three distinct areas: the North Gate (Gōngtī Běi Mén) with the Kro's Nest, Vics and Mix; the huge entertainment complex on the West side (Gōngtī Xīlù); and Face Bar just opposite the south side of the Stadium.
Cargo Club, 6 Gōngtī Xīlù 工体西路6号. One of the more upscale dance clubs at the west gate of the Stadium. House music.edit
Destination, 7 Gongti Xilu, 朝阳区工体西路7号. Beijing's most popular (if only?) gay club, opens from 20:00.edit
Face Bar, 26 Dongcaoyuan, Gongti Nanlu 工体南路东草园26号, ☎ +86 10 6551-6788, . 12:00-02:00. This attracts a mature, well-heeled, beautiful-people crowd to the Gongti area. Tastefully decorated from around Southeast Asia, including opium beds for reclining in the bar area.edit
Durty Nellie's (爱尔兰酒吧; Àiěrlánjiǔbā), 1/B Liangmaqiao Flower Market (亮马桥花卉市场B1层; liàngmǎqiáo Huāhuìshìchǎng), ☎ +86 10 6593-5050 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 6593-3632). Su-Th 10:00-01:30, F Sa 10:00-02:30. Irish pub frequented by expats.edit
Lantung Thai Bar + Bistro, 16-1 Solana Park, 6 Chaoyang Park Rd (朝阳公园路6号), ☎ +86 10 5905-6213 (email@example.com). 10:30-02:00. Thai tapas bar specialising in infused vodkas. Great roof top terrace.edit
Suzie Wong's (苏茜黄俱乐部 Súqiàn Huáng Jùlèbù), West Gate of Chaoyang Park 朝阳公园西门, ☎ +86 10 6500-3377 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . One of the more expensive bars along the Chaoyang Park West Gate strip, but remains quite popular. Tuesdays have salsa sessions, and other days different music. Busy on weekends, with a large crowd of both foreigners and Chinese.edit
Banana GT (巴那那俱乐部 Bānànà Jùlèbù), 1F, 22 Jiànwàidàjiē Sàitè fàndiàn 建外大街22号赛特饭店1层, ☎ +86 10 6528-3636. One of the longest-running and most popular dance clubs in Beijing. DJ luminaries such as Armin van Buuren and John Digweed have played here.edit
What! Bar (什么酒吧 Shénme Jiǔbā). Local bands, tiny place. Bartenders and staff, especially Wudy, are friendly and helpful. Most speak some English.edit
Beer Mania (欧月啤酒吧), 1F, Taiyue Fang, 16 Nansanlitun Lu 南三里屯路泰乐坊1层 (At the corner of Sanlitun South Street and Baijiazhuang, Tuanjiehu. South-west of exit D Tuanjiehu Station), ☎ 6500 0559, . Daily 2pm-late. Serves every European beer and snacks, with nightly bands40-100 pp. (39.9259,116.449)edit
The Lounge (大堂吧), Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu 霄云路甲26号海航大厦万豪酒店 (116.45333), ☎ 5927 8888, . Daily 8am-1am. 70-100 pp. (39.99119,116.33063)edit
Discovery Youth Hostel (北京有家国际青年旅舍; Běijīng Yǒujiā Guójìqīngniánlǚshè), 10 Bldg, Jintaili, Jintai Rd (金台路金台里10号楼; Jīntái Lù Jīntáilǐ Shíhàolóu) (About a ten minute walk from Jintailu Stn (Line 10), or buses 671, 846, 855 to Hongmiaolukou W Stn (红庙路口西), or 30, 31, 117, 419, 502, 635, 677, 852, 985, 988 to Hongmiaolukou N Stn (红庙路口北)), ☎ +86 10 6597-6597. Free internet, safety box, fridge, laundry facilities (not free) and aircon available.Dorm ¥108/Single room ¥178 (with ¥100 deposit). edit
Lanting Youth Hostel (北京蓝亭国际青年旅舍; Běijīng Lántíng Guójìqīngniánlǚshè), 17 Sanqu, Anhuaxili, Anhualu (安华路安华西里三区17号; Ānhuálù Ānhuáxīlǐ Sānqū) (1.5 km SW of Hepingxiqiao Stn (Line 5), or take a bus one or two stops west along Third Ring Rd and walk S for 300 m), ☎ +86 10 6425-8738 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 6425-6083). Traditional courtyard hostel. Internet, aircon, safety box, bike rental, ticket office, guest kitchen, bar and recreation area available.Discounted rates for dorms from ¥45, doubles from ¥246. edit
Sanlitun (Huatong) Youth Hostel (北京三里屯华通国际青年旅舍; Běijīng Sānlǐtún Huàtōng Guójìqīngniánlǚshè), 1 Gongti N Rd (1 km NE of Dongsishitiao Stn (Line 2)), ☎ +86 10 5190-9288. Free internet available as well as bicycle hire, landry service, safe and ticket office available. Chinese and western restaurant as well as bar. Friendly staff, but the knowledge of sights and how to get there are not impressive.Discounted rates for dorms from ¥30, doubles from ¥140. edit
Anisun Hotel (北京艾尼森酒店; Běijīng'àinísēnjiǔdiàn), 1 Xiaohuangzhuang, W Heping St (和平西街小黄庄1号; Hépíngxījiē Xiǎohuángzhuāng) (300 m S of Hepingxiqiao Stn (Line 5)), ☎ +86 10 5109-9168 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 8427-6302), . Rooms with free internet. Business center available. No restaurant.Listed rates for doubles from ¥298, discounted from ¥172; no breakfast available. edit
Tai Yue Suites, 16 S Sanlitun St, ☎ +86 10 8595-2277, . A four star business hotel. It offers luxurious rooms, all of which have air-conditioner, cable TV, mini-bar, and broadband Internet access. Some of its amenities include Taiyuefang Chinese Restaurant, C'est La Vie Club Kerchi Restaurant, gym, spa and sauna.edit
Daizong Hotel (北京岱宗大酒店; Běijīngdàizōngdàjiǔdiàn), 19 Xiaoying N Rd (小营北路19号; Xiǎoyíng Běi Lù) (Outside eastend of Fourth Ring Rd, 1.5 km SE of Datunludong Stn (Line 5)), ☎ +86 10 6489-8808 (fax: +86 10 6489-8802). Rooms with internet access against surcharge. Business center, gift shop, beauty salon, laundry service, fitness facilities and sauna available. Chinese restaurant.Listed rates for doubles from ¥280, discounted from ¥163; breakfast ¥10. edit
Chaoyang Park (如家酒店 (北京朝阳公园店); Rújiājiǔdiàn (Běijīng Cháoyáng Gōngyuándiàn)), 105 Donglixiaoqu, Shifoying (石佛营东里小区105号; Shífóyíng Dōnglǐxiǎoqū) (700 m E of the SW cnr of Chaoyang Park), ☎ +86 10 8583-3388 (fax: +86 10 8583-2299), . Small rooms with free internet, cable TV and aircon. Business center and ticket office available. Chinese restaurant.Listed rates for doubles from ¥219, discounted from ¥181; breakfast ¥15. edit
Ciyunsi Bridge (如家酒店 (北京慈云寺桥店); Rújiājiǔdiàn (Běijīngcíyúnsìqiáodiàn)), 57 Ganluyuan (甘露园57号; Gānlùyuán) (300 m N of Chaoyang Lu, buses 411, 605, 639 to Ganlouluyuan Neighborhood Stn (甘露园小区)), ☎ +86 10 5202-9988 (fax: +86 10 5202-9619), . Courtyard style hotel with small rooms and free internet. Business center, ticket office and laundry service available. Chinese restaurant.Listed rates for doubles from ¥199, discounted from ¥181; breakfast ¥15. edit
Chengyuan Hotel, 19 S Jianhua Rd, Jianguomenwai Ave, ☎ +86 10 5130-5800, . Cheng Yuan Hotel is in the central business area of Jianguomenwai. It is approximately 28 km from Beijing Capital Airport. The hotel has over 100 rooms.From ¥555. edit
East Apartments: Serviced Apartment Hotel, 59 Fulicheng, E Third Ring Rd, (东三环中路59号富力城; Dōngsānhuánzhong Lù 59 hao Fùlìchéng (In the CBD), ☎ +86 10 5862-3125 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 5876-1872), . checkout: 12:00. Offers western style, high end, fully-serviced apartments and facilities. Due to the daily, weekly and monthly rates it is a good option for corporate accommodations, project assignment or interim stays. Residences are elegant and fully furnished in addition to being spacious and private. Western owned and managed. Services include 1, 2 & 3-bedroom serviced apartments with English speaking staff, housekeeping, DVD player, cable TV, fully-equipped kitchen, air conditioning, washing machine, fitness club with pool, 24 hour security and free wireless internet. No minimum stayedit
Free Town Hotel Apartment, ☎ +86 10 5867-4255, . They offer rooms with air-conditioning, cable TV, DVD player, high-speed Internet, an iron and ironing board. They also have a beauty salon, sauna, spa, and a swimming pool for all their guests.From at ¥420. edit
Holiday Inn Focus Square, Bldg 3, Yard 6 Futong East Ave, Chaoyang Dist, ☎ +86 10 6473-3333 (fax: +86 10 64395588), . Built in about 2010, 2 blocks from Airport Express and 1 block from Line 14 (opening 2014).¥450-1200. edit
Luxury Serviced Residence (北京丽舍服务公寓), 17 Jianhua S Rd, ☎ +86 10 6566-2200 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 6566-2211), . This residence in central Beijing, offers apartments with options of one to three-bedrooms, have a well-equipped kitchen, full-length windows for natural light, a home entertainment system and broadband Internet line.From ¥550. edit
Radisson Blu Hotel, 6A E Beisanhuan Rd, Chaoyang District, ☎ +86 10 5922-3388, . Right in the heart of the business district with 362 rooms including 24-hour room service.edit
Somerset Grand Fortune Garden Beijing (北京盛捷福景苑高级服务公寓), 46 Liangmaqiao Rd, Chaoyang Dist, ☎ +86 10 8451-8888 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 8451-8866), . Serviced apartments close to Beijing’s city centre and the city’s business, shopping and retail district.From ¥828. edit
Taiyue Suites, 16 S Sanlitun St, ☎ +86 10 8595-2277, . Decorating the city skyline with its handsome façade, this four-star hotel in Beijing stands along the Sanlitun embassy area and is close to plenty of attractions. Leisure guests will surely enjoy shopping at the Yansha Shopping Mall, while business executives can easily reach the World Trade Center and financial district. The Taiyuefang Chinese Restaurant invites you to savor delicious delicacies, while the spacious suites give you enough room to relax and indulge.From ¥551. edit
Ascott (北京雅诗阁服务公寓), 108B Jianguo Rd, Chaoyang Dist, ☎ +86 10 6567-8100 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Centrally located in Beijing's business and retail district. All apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms and three to four-bedroom penthouses have kitchen and a home entertainment system.From ¥1,288. edit
Grand Millennium (北京千禧大酒店 Běijīng Qiānxǐ Dàjiǔdiàn), Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Middle Rd, Chaoyang Dist, ☎ +86 10 8587-6888 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 8587-6999), . 521 rooms. Located in the heart of the business district.edit
Kempinski Hotel at Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Rd, Chaoyang Dist, ☎ +86 10 6465-3388 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 6465-3366), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Located in the centre of Lufthansa District. A great choice for business and leisure travelers alike as the Kempinski hotel provides a mixture of luxury and convenience. It distinguishes itself by its location and its high level of service and comfort. The newly renovated lobby and the adjacent You Yi department store contain good shopping opportunities, but at high prices. In addition, a supermarket with a variety of local and imported food and beverages including a very good wine selection is in the basement of the department store. The hotel boasts 7 international restaurants and especially the Paulaner Brauhaus is well frequented by guests as well as locals.edit
Hotel Kunlun, . The five-star hotel in Chaoyang District has as many as 12 restaurants, including a revolving lounge, cigar bar, and multicuisine dining options. Rooms and suites are just as impressive.edit
Park Hyatt (北京柏悦酒店; Běijīng Bóyuè Jiǔdiàn), (建国门外大街2号; Jiànguóménwàidàjiē), ☎ +86 10 8567-1234 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 8567-1000), . Luxury hotel at the top floors of the Beijing Yintai Centre in CBD. Rooms from 45m2 equipped with internet access (surcharge in most rooms), bathrooms with both tub and shower, private bar, espresso machine, walk-in closet, dvd player and international power outlets. Business center, gift shop, ticket office, fitness, pool, sauna and spa available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as coffee shop and bar. One of the sleekest and most modern hotels in the city.Listed rates for doubles ¥5,000-10,000, discounted rates ¥1,656-6,670, breakfast ¥276. edit
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