Don’t worry about everything being closedduring the Christmas holidays. In Beijing everything's open. Cinemas, restaurants,shopping malls, it's a winter wonderland of options for travelers searching forholiday spirit in the Orient.
The Christmastime and the New Year, is considered the peak season for shopping, and not just in the West. During Christmas and New Year, most department stores and shopping malls will launch promotions and prolong business hours. Be prepared for large crowds in public places and remember to keep your belongings in a safe place. Check out our Beijing shopping guide.
Christmas Trees and Ornaments Shopping: Before Christmas, Christmas trees are usually available at flower markets. Christmas ornaments can be found in small goods markets and some large supermarkets.
It is the largest flower market in Northern China, offering wholesale, retail services and flower auctions. The market offers Christmas trees of every size and ornaments for customers to choose from.
Opened in 1992, Tianyi is the largest small goods wholesale market in Beijing. Retail markets are also available. It's commodities include clothing, daily necessities, kitchen ware, and stationery. Before Christmas, the market is swarming with customers who go shopping for Christmas trees, ornaments and other seasonal buys.
China Highlights has designed some exquisite Christmas e-cards. Check them out and send cards to your family or friends, for free.
Hoping to capitalize on the holiday spirit,retailers and communities alike decorate the city in their Christmas best andlure you in with Christmas concerts, music and countless other events. BeijingPlayhouse is one of the biggest holiday players with a Christmas themed playedevery year. The Bookworm features readings and live music in the evening thatlink China to Christmas like never seen before.
There are 11 churches in Beijing, among which six are Catholic and five are Protestant. There are activities, mostly choirs, on both Christmas Eve and Christmas. Christmas choirs usually start at 7 p.m. and last for 2 or 3 hours. It is advisable that you call the church in advance for more details. Below is a list of churches in Beijing.
Established in 1652, it is the first Catholic Church in Beiing.
Established in 1703, it is the location of Beijing Cardinal Bishop Office.
It is located near the foreign embassies area.
Chongwenmen Church of Beijing Christian Council was established in 1870, when it was called Asbury Church. It is the largest Christian church in Beijing, enjoying high prestige both at home and abroad. It has hosted countless big names like Former U.S. President George Bush, Bill Gates, and George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury.
Get yourfill ofthe Christmas spirit with the numerous Christmas buffets around thecity. 4-star and 5-star hotels and upscale restaurants oftenoffer the best in special Christmas Eve dinners, buffets and serves of allkinds, like Christmas turkey, ham, apple pie and even eggnog. Reservations are essential.
Warm things up during the chilly holidayseason by hittingBeijing’s hottest slopes. Some of the best in Asia andgradually approaching world renowned status, slopes like Huaibei, Snow Worldand Nanshan Ski Resort offer winter fun for the whole family.
The balldrops in New York City, the Eifel Tower gleams on aback drops of fireworks and now the excitement doesn’t end at the Great Wall inBeijing. This once a year gala includes dinner, dancing, and live jazz in theSchoolhouse Art Room.
Another great New Year's alternative is ThePlace in Beijing’s Financial District. Beijingers, Chinese out-of-towners and foreigntourists pack the square and countdown in unison. Free and open to the public,it’s an improvised, play-it-by-ear ceremony and ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN. And that’sa good thing.