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The Coolest Places In Beijing

Of the cities in the orient, Tokyo is known for its tech, Seoul for its fashion and Beijing for its history, culture,tradition and… cool? Maybe not at first glance, but Beijing is littered with options for party-going traveler’s ideaof cool, adventure and thrill-seeker cool, and even those who prefer the leisurely concept of the word; every definition of cool can be found in the capital of cool. 

The Temple of Heaven

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There isn't enough time to visit all of the temples in Beijing so why not just visit the coolest. At number 5 the Temple of Heaven redefines cool. 

With over 600 years of history, visitors are able to stand on the same steps as emperors and imperial armies. Ascend the ancient steps for mediation, practice tai chi with martial arts experts, fly Chinese designed kites. 

This is the romantic and cinematic version of China so many outsiders fantasize about… how cool is that?

Wudaokou& Sanlitun

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For number 4 and 3 visitors must wait for the sun to set on Beijing and its moon to rise.

On the west side of thecity Wudaokou brings the breath of youth to the ancient city. It is a localefor shopping and international eateries during the day then bars, clubbing andevery avenue of the nightlife at after dark. Packed with foreign college studentsand recent grads Wudaokou’s nightlife can be more vibrant that its days, makingit one of the coolest places in town.

Sanlitun lies on the east side of Beijing. It’s known for its embassies, internationalvenues and is by far and large the foreign capital of the city. During thenight though it shines with upscale lounges and offers a more temperednightlife. With sophisticated nightclubs: jazz, blues, etc, Sanlitun welcomesthose with a taste for the finer side of the night.

Houhai

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With western-style drinks and music under Chinese-style architectural backdrops andan expansive lake wrapped around it all, Houhai is our number 2 coolest locale in China. Take a stroll around the festive yetpark-like environment, have a Chinese rickshaw tour around the historical landmarks or have a drink in the bar or on a private boat on Houhai’s lake. This hot spot can be as festive or as cool as visitors want it to be.

Wangfujing

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Wangfujing is our number 1 not because of its shopping, its picturesque photo ops, the local cuisine, street vendors, nightlife or the plethora of souvenirs that can and should be purchased there but because it is a whirl wind blend of everything in one: modern skyscrapers entrenched in ancient architecture, upscale boutiques with pricey china and jade jewelry juxtaposed with street vendors selling and bargaining handmade trinkets. 

There are a range of Chinese snacks with everything from dumplings to barbecued scorpion available as well; simply put, Wangfujing is the coolest spot in Beijing.

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