Beijing's Trendiest Nightlife
For any traveler to Beijing the city's history and culture can be daunting. The Chinese capital is brimming with more sights, eats and treats than most countries. The city streets pulse with an intermixing of tourists and locals inspired by the lights, sounds and tastes of the night.
This daytime and nighttime culture cross, contrast and lie upon the pedestal of thousands of years of history, making Beijing not just the cultural and political capital of the country but also the center of the party.
Beijing is no longer the "sleeping tiger"of the east; it is awake, alive and roaring with nightlife.
The ancient homes and alleys of foregone China, dubbed hutongs, are renovated and revived. Tourists watch HD sports as they sip on their selection of drinks in five hundred year old abodes.
Lying amid the secret streets and alleys of hundred year old hutongs is the modern pub hub built into an ancient fishing lake called Houhai.
The area attracts hordes of tourists both foreign and domestic during the daylight hours with shopping and local snacks. A local carriage peddler is always eager to carry tourists around rather than have them stroll on foot.
Beijing and perhaps China's most well known restaurant Quanjude, famous worldwide for its roasted duck, can be found at the center of Houhai for a perfect lunch or dinner.
But as the sun sets and the neon lights rise the shopping hub is transformed into a hotspot of twenty-four hour restaurants, bars and upscale night clubs. Live bands set the tone with everything from R&B to jazz.
Many visitors take to the water in small boats full of wine and snacks and the sail away under the moonlight.
Beijing's secret escape, Houhai is a perfect stop for any tourist.
798 Art District
The 798 Art District is one of the largest art locales in the country. Reconstructed from a 1950's factory and railway station the district has been rebuilt and reborn with the breath of art.
Hundreds of galleries with artists from every corner of the country and globe gather and offer themselves to world.
Taking a break in one of the many western style cafes nestled betwixt the galleries is perhaps the best way to recharge after a full day of art viewing and sightseeing though 798 also offers some of the best traditional Chinese tea shops in the country.
Sanlitun could be called the tourism capital of the city, filled with embassies, five star hotels and familiar landmarks like Pizza Huts and Hooters. A place to feel at home abroad, it offers a wide selection of international eats and treats.
The Italian, Spanish and French restaurants built into the hutongs blur the lines between east and west. Indian, Russian, American, Mexican and Afro-Caribbean restaurants add to the international cornucopia of cuisines that lure customers in with a mere scent from the kitchen.
Shopping in Sanlitun also keeps tourist on their toes. From local souvenirs to the latest domestic high-tech devices and western fashion, there's nothing one can't buy.
Then as the daylight wanes and moonlight takes its shift, Sanlitun nightlife is born. The cafes and restaurants are transformed into both laid back and luxury nightclubs. Samba, hip hop and tango dancehalls offer everything for those with frisky feet.
The nightlights and night-sights of Beijing rival that of the liveliest in New York or Paris.
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