Beijing Attractions — Sometimes Lesser Known is Better
With the wealth of locales to tour during a visit to Beijing many tourists overlook the lesser known sites and bites of the capital. Though these locations don’t hold the same prestige as others yet they are able to sustain an air of mystery and chastity others have lost. Thus, on occasion, the lesser known the site, the better.
The HIAS Gourmet asks the question why just indulge in the most exquisite Chinese and Asian cuisine in the Orient — why not learn how to cook it too? Hidden within the central hutong area, 7 Xinsi Hutong to be exact, the HIAS offers not just some of the most mouth watering dishes in town but it also gives customers the chance to learn from top chefs, make a few new friends and “play with their food”.
Kill two birds with one stone is an idiom of Chinese origin and so is Chinese Tea. Ming Xiang Ge Tea House provides both the traditional serving styles in an establishment that has serves customers for centuries as well as serving up modern, mouth watering dishes. Located in the Nanluoguxiang, 5 Heizhima Hutong it offers the chance to both see the preserved culture and then consume it.
The Purple Bamboo Park resembles the cinematic backdrop of Chinese legends and films without the lines and paparazzi-esque visitors. This well-kept Beijing secret is conveniently located nearby the Wanshou Temple and the Beijing Art Museum, offering tourists a full day of sightseeing. Filled with streams and lakes yet somehow fitted right in the center of the city, visitors may enjoy one of the few truly serene locales in the Beijing.
For those who enjoy antiques the Baoguo Temple Culture Market presents the opportunity to explore the richest selection of Buddha statues, vintage fashion as well as prayer beads, jade bracelets and other orient oriented jewelry. And what better souvenir in China than “China” itself. The market offers most every style of China from the shiny new to antiques as well. Find all this and more at 1 Guanganmen Nei Dajie.
Watch the Tea Houses, Cafés and Art Houses of Wu Dao Kou transform into one of the liveliest bar and club streets in the city. Attracting tourists and locals alike, the mix of neon lights and skin tones provides an oriental backdrop with an international crowd and infinite possibilities. From a dance to drink, enjoy the highlights of the Wu Dao Kou bar street into the wee hours of the morning.
Inside The Artist Studios, nestled in the 798 Art District not only offers you the option of not just taking in some of China’s ancient art and culture it also offers the chance to take some home with you? The choices range from the contemporary to the controversial. Inside the Artist Studios is hidden within the largest art district in the city: Dashanzi 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Road.
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I updated this article on September 21, 2013
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