The capital of China is one of the world’s biggest cities. Rich in history and tradition, Beijing plays as significant a role in global events today as it ever did (if not more so). It’s also a fascinating destination, but one that can seem like a tough nut to crack to outsiders who don’t speak the language. Fortunately, plenty of excellent resources to help you make the most of your big Beijing plans are out there though. Shall we have a look at some of Beijing’s most informative sites for English speaking vistors and expats? Let’s.
The Beijinger is an English-language magazine and website featuring “the best in the city’s dining, nightlife, style, and arts and culture communities.” For the low down on what’s up in Beijing, it’s hard to beat a browse through its pages, either printed or online. Find out more thebeijinger.com.
This thorough (if rather rose-tinted) resource from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development is a smart site to bookmark for its many tips for things to do in Beijing. From guides about where to eat regional cuisine and what to do during the weekend to lists of ideal day trip destinations and interesting facts about the city, visit the site at english.visitbeijing.com.cn.
This popular English-language entertainment guide shares – via magazine, website and app – choice suggestions from a team of locals and foreigners who “love everything Beijing has to offer.” Many readers swear by City Weekends’ active classifieds section. City Weekend also publishes in Shanghai, Suzhou, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Go to cityweekend.com.cn for more.
If it’s your entrepreneurial drive that’s taking you to Beijing, giving Startup Noodle a good long browse would be wise. The site offers great advice on business travel and expat living in the Chinese capital with posts like “Entrepreneurs in China – Which Chinese Visa Would be Best for you?” alongside commentary and news to help readers get a feel for the pulse of the city from a startup business perspective. Check it out at startupnoodle.com.
Time Out Beijing
Wondering what the ten best day trips around Beijing are? Or maybe where to get “LA street-style tacos” for fun but atypical taste of 21st century living? As is the case for so many other cities across the globe, Time Out provides cutting edge listings and editorial comment on current things to see and do from a perspective that’s helpful to visitors and residents alike. More at timeoutbeijing.com.