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Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing at Night

Monday, June 8th, 2020
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Plan your Beijing night tour? Beijing nightlife is plentiful with numerous attractions to see and things to do at night for you to choose. Below are the top 10 things to do at night in Beijing selected by Tour Beijing.

1. Chang’An Avenue & Tiananmen Square
Chang’An Avenue is regarded as the longest and widest street in the world. It is also reputed as “The First Street in China”, one of the most significant streets in China. Chang’An Street is an east-west axis avenue starting Dongdan in the east and Xidan in the west.

Shortly after the sun is setting over Tiananmen Square, most of the buildings in or surrounding Tiananmen Square will be lit up, turning the square a multi-colored wonderland. Check out: Night View of Tiananmen Square.

Beijing Tiananmen Square is located on the south of the mid Chang’ An Avenue while Tiananmen Tower on the north.

Chang'An Avenue

Tiananmen Tower on the Midde? of Chang’An Avenue


2. Beijing CBD & Guomao Area

Beijing CBD area refers to Beijing Central Business Center, a cluster of domestic and international firms and the center of trade, finance, creativity industry and media in Beijing.It is also a primary area of modern buildings and starchitectures.

Beijing CBD is located on the east of Beijing between the 3rd Ring Road and the 4th Ring Road. Personally, I think China World Hotel is the center of Beijing CBD.China World Trade Center Tower III used to be the tallest skyscraper in Beijing with 81 floors, 4 underground floors, and 30 elevators.It is located in vicinity of Beijing Business District, close to China World Hotel and Dabeiyao. Now It is surpassed by China Zun.

Check out the two links below:

The Night View of Beijing CBD
A Good Place to See Beijing’s changing skyline.

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The CCTV Building and China Zun – the Tallest Buidling in Beijing


3. Shichahai Area ( Back Lake )
“Shichahai” literally means “Ten Temples Lake”. The lake was once circled by 10 temples, hence the name. The lake was called “Haizi”, a long and square lake in Yuan Dynasty (1271 -1368).

Later the lake was narrowed?and divided into three connected lakes – Qianhai (Front Lake), Houhai (Back Lake) and Xihai (West lake) in Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644).

Shichahai Area?has become a?leisure and summer cooling place even since Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911). Now Shichahai area is rife with?bars and restaurants.

Check out the two links below:
The Old World Charm in Beijing
Night View of Shichahai.

Shichahai is shot through with chic bars and restaurants.

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4. Qianmen Street
“qianmen” literally means “Front Gate”. Qiamen Street is located south of Qianmen Tower in south of Tiananmen Square, hence the name of the street.It lies on the north and south axis of Beijing. Qianmen Street runs south from Tiananmen Square, just along the Beijing central axis.It is one of the last remnants of the business centers of old Beijing.

It has been transformed into a modern commercial pedestrian street, the second walking street after Wangfujiang Street in the downtown shopping district Beijing.Check out the link: Night View of Qianmen Street
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qianmen street at night

5. Sanlitun Bar Street

Sanlitun Bar Street is one of the most well known bar streets in Beijing with its first bar opened in 1983. It is located to west of Worker’s Stadium, in the vicinity of the foreign embassy area.

Sanlitun’s bar street is extremely popular for expats and young men to blow off steam, party and drink.

Sanlitun Bar Street

6. The Place
The Place is mainly composed of the huge screen in the middle and two luxury buildings on it’s both sides. People walk around under the screen enjoying the space art, high technique, lighting.

The Place is also a place for luxury shopping and gourmet experience.

The Night View of the Place


There are several open-air bars for you to relax. The Place is a blend of shopping mall, office building, Space Art and Fashion. The Place is designed by Jeremy Railton. He is also the designer for the world largest electric screen in Las Vegas.

The Place is located about 500 meters north of Guiyou Mansion or Silk Market Building. It is in the center of CBD (Central Business Center).

Check out the link:? Night View of the Place

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7. Solana

Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park is like a small town coming from the European by air. It is a perfect blend between commercial civilization and the natural landscape and is full of innovation and surprises.As a water shortage city of Beijing, SOLANA has a superior hydrophilic environment on its three sides, the south and east are teeming with the water from Chaoyang Park, and the north from Landmark Lake.

If not in person, you are hard to believe that there is such a beautiful environment in the city center!Solana houses more than 1,000 international brands, with dozens of retail shops, restaurants as well as a lively bar and clubs. It is located south-west of Chaoyang park, the largest city park in Asia.


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Solana

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?8. CCTV Tower

( China Central Television Tower ) or CCTV Tower that we mention here is different from China Central Television Headquarters Building (New CCTV Tower). The latter is the headquarters of China Central Television.The New CCTV Tower is in the east of Beijing while CCTV Tower is in the west of Beijing.

CCTV Tower is the tallest structure in Beijing with the height of 405 meters including the tip of its antenna.In the evening, you will see a Beijing resembling a wonderland with lighting all over the city. The tower itself goes red like a giant red lantern. of course, having dinner on the revolving restaurant is very romantic with a lit Beijing down below.

Check out the link: How to visit CCTV Tower

CCTV Tower and West Hill

9. Bird’s Nest (Beijing National Stadium) & Water Cube (Beijing National Aquatics Center)
Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed “Bird’s Nest”,?is located?in the center of Beijing Olympic Park. It was the site for the opening and closing ceremony for the Olympic Games in 2008. It was the place where Usain Bolt of Jamaica broke the world record by winning both the 100 and 200 gold medals at the Olympics.

Water Cube (Beijing National Aquatics Center)National Aquatics Center, nicknamed “Water Cube”, is located in the Olymoic Park, north of Beijing.It is dubbed “cube” because of its semi-transparent “bubbles” spread out all over its surface with a shape very similar to the structure of “H2O”.

It was the place where Michael Phelps of America makes history with 8 Gold Medals in the 2008 Olympic Games Beijing!

Check out the link: How to Visit Olympic Sites Beijing

10. Ghost Food Street
Plan your Beijing night tour? If you can spare some time for the sightseeing at night, you are recommended to stroll Gui Jie ( Ghost Street 簋街), an almost 24-hour food street with numerous eateries on both sides. It is quite popular with local Beijing people, expats, tourists, etc .

The Ghost Street

Almost all the restaurants here are decorated in red – red store-front plaques, red lanterns and red lights with great vibe, a great place for ?friends, families and couples all to meet for dinner here.

Check out the link: Night View of Ghost Street

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06611Tip:? Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,? here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Night Tour from From US$ 33 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Chinese version of the travel guide:

夜游北京做的10件事情

How to take subway in Beijing

Saturday, June 6th, 2020
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Are you thinking of planning a Beijing subway tour, visiting Beijing by using the rapid transit rail network? The subway is the fastest, cheapest way around Beijing in comparison with Beijing taxis and easier to manage than the daunting Beijing public buses.

Below are some instructions and tips on how to take the subway in Beijing only for your reference:

1. Subway fare in Beijing
Ticket fare:
within 6 km: 3 yuan
6 -12 km: 4 yuan
12 -22 km: 5 yuan
22 – 32 km: 6 yuan
32 km up : extra 1 yuan for extra 20km

Beijing airport express trains: RMB25.
Children below 1.3 metres in height enjoy free rides accompanied by a paying adult.

Note: If you stay in Beijing for quite a few days, or want to have more transport convenience when you traveling Beijing, you are highly recommended to buy a Beijing bus IC card, a kind of transportation smart card. Basically you are eligible for 10% discounts using “Yikatong” to pay for subway and buses.

A bus IC Card can be also used to pay for Beijing taxi, Beijing subway and S trains to Badaling Great Wall. The official name of the IC card is called “Yikatong”, which means “one card pass” in Chinese, similar to Hong Kong’s Octopus card, Singapore’s EZ-Link, or the Oyster Card used by TfL in London in United Kingdom.

More information on “Yikatong” card:
1. Par value RMB100.00 ( including RMB20.00 deposit )
2. When you leave Beijing or don’t want to use the card anymore, you can return it to places which are appointed by Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card Co. Ltd. Then they will refund you RMB20.00 if your card is not damaged.
3. You could refill the bus IC card from over 700 places including the ticket counters at Beijing subway stations, railway stations, most post offices, big supermarkets and so on.
4. Yikatong Service phone number: 88087733 www.bjsuperpass.com (mainly in Chinese).

2. Find a latest Beijing Subway map
Try to find a latest Beijing subway map, physical or online. Beijing subway is on a constant change. Very often either online subway maps or ordinary maps are hard to catch up with the latest version of Beijing subway.

3. Basic information on the subway lines in Beijing
Try to locate your hotel, attractions and your business places in Beijing with the help of Beijing subway lines. Right now, there are 14 subway lines. The overall expansion plans call for 19 lines and 1,050 km (650 mi) of track by 2020.

Subway Lines serving Beijing urban area

Subway Line 1:

a straight east-west line under Chang’an Avenue passing Tiananmen Square, dividing the city into two parts – north and south. Line 1 links major commercial centres – Beijing CBD, Dongdan, Wangfujing, Xidan and Financial Street.

Subway Line 5:
one of straight north-south lines, but mainly running just east of the city centre. It has some important stops such as the Temple of Earth, Lama Temple, Dongdan and the Temple of Heaven.

Subway Line 6:
Running between Haidian Wuluju (Haidian) and Caofang (Chaoyang)Line 8: Phase I (Olympic Branch Line) branches off Baitucheng Stop of Line 10 with three stops in the Olympic Green.

Subway Line 9:
Running between National Library (Haidian) and Guogongzhuang (Fengtai)

Subway Line 10:
an inverted L-shaped line running east-west. Starting from the west, it runs along the Yuan dynasty city wall in the north, passing by the south of the Olympic Green and runs south at Sanyuanqiao, following the eastern 3rd Ring Road passing through the embassy district and Beijing CBD.

Subway Lines serving Beijing suburbs

Subway Line 13:
an arcs line running the suburbs north of the city and takes commuters to Xizhimen and Dongzhimen where interchange for Line 2.

Subway Line 14:
Running between Zhangguozhuang (Fengtai) and Xiju (Fengtai)

Subway Line 15:
extended from the Line 13 at Wangjing West, then running northeast to suburban Shunyi District.

Batong Line:
extended from Line 1, running eastward from Sihui to suburban Tongzhou District.

Changping Line:
extended from Line 13 at Xi’erqi, running north to suburban Changping District.

Daxing Line:
branches off Line 4 south to suburban Daxing District.

Fangshan Line:
is at the moment unconnected with the main lines in Beijing, standing alone line in southwest Beijing that linking Dabaotai in Fengtai District with suburban Fangshan District.

Yizhuang Line:
extended from Line 5’s southern terminus to the Yizhuang Economic & Technological Development Zone in the southeastern suburbs.

Airport Express:
linking the Beijing Capital International Airport ( 25 km northeast of the city), with Line 10 at Sanyuanqiao and Lines 2 and 13 at Dongzhimen.

Beijing Subway Map

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Beijing Subway Map

4. Beijing Subway Operation Hours
The first trains depart terminals at around 5:00 am and the last leave at around 11:00 pm. The Airport Express train starts at around 6:00am and ends at 10:30 pm.

5. Get to the Subway Station
Make sure you are heading to the closest station. The subway signs are easily to be recognized.

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Beijing Subway Sign

Beijing Subway Sign

Subway Station Exterior

Subway Station Exterior

Subway Station Exterior

6. Buy a subway ticket
You may buy a single-ride ticket or use a Beijing Transportation (Yikatong) Card, similar to the oyster cards in UK.

If you stay in Beijing for a longer period, it is advisable to buy Yikatong card.1) You may buy a single ride ticket through automated machines which take coins and small bills. or you may buy it at the ticketing windows.

A single ride Electronic ticket

A single ride Electronic ticket

(2)If you stay in Beijing for quite a few days, or want to save money when you traveling Beijing by subway or bus, you are highly recommended to buy a Beijing bus IC card, a kind of transportation smart card. A bus IC Card can be also used to pay for taxi or subway.

The correct name of the IC card is called “Yikatong”, which means “one card pass” in Chinese, similar to Hong Kong’s Octopus card, Singapore’s EZ-Link, or the Oyster Card used by TfL in London in United Kingdom.

7. Get to the platform and choose the right track
Swipe the card across the sensor, or insert the ticket in the turnstile to enter through the fare gate.

Basically, there are two tracks for trains running for opposite directions, so you should follow the sign and choose the correct side of the tracks.

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Waiting on the platform


8. Inside the Trains and transfer
Once taking the subway, the display screen inside the each car of the train will show arrival times, destination information, and show short television programs. If you want to transfer, just look for a sign that says “Transfer” and follow the directional arrow on the sign.
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9. Leave the subway station
After you leave the train, you are required to insert the single-ride electronic ticket in the turnstile, or swipe the transportation card over the sensor.Next, look for the signs which show how to exit the station.

Usually, there are four exits for each station; each exit leads to a different direction. Find the direction of your destination and choose the right exit to get out of the station.

10. Try to avoid taking subway in rush hours
You’d better avoid taking subway during rush hours. Beijing Rush Hours: 07:00am – 09:00am), and 6:00pm – 08:00pm.

Beijing subway is getting extremely crowded at rush hours

Beijing subway is getting extremely crowded at rush hours

Beijing is a very overcrowded city. Beijing subway is getting extremely crowded at rush hours.

11. Important Places accessed by subway
1) Beijing South Railway station: Subway Line 4
2) Beijing West Railway Station: Subway Line 9
3) Beijing North railway Station: Subway line 2, 4 and 10
4) Beijing Railway Station: Subway line 2
5) Beijing Capital Airport: Express Train + Subway Line 2
6) Summer Palace: Subway line 4 and 10
7) Badaling Great Wall: S Trains ( from Huangtudian Railway Station ) Line 8 or 13
8) Temple of Heaven: Subway Line 5
9) Tiananmen ( Forbidden City): Subway Line 1
10) Lama Temple: Subway Line 5
11) Olympic Park: subway 8

Add on
Beijing Public Buses
Beijing taxi
Badaling Great Wall by train

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Chinese version of the travel guide:

在北京如何乘坐地铁

Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub

Friday, June 5th, 2020
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Situated in the northeastern Beijing city proper, Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub is one of the important transportation hubs in Beijing Transportation. The hub’s Chinese name is called “东直门交通枢纽”, which is often translated into different versions in?English on the internet such as Dongzhimen Transit Hub, Dongzhimen Transportation Hub, Dongzhimen Public Transit Hub, Dongzhimen Transport Hub.

Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub (东直门交通枢纽) is mainly composed?of three?forms of public transport? – Dongzhimen Bus Station ( or officially called “Bus Transfer Hall”), Dongzhimen Subway Station ( Subway Line 2 and 13) and Dongzhimen Airport Express. These three?forms of public transport are connected underground as a whole.

Dongzhimen Public Transport is housed in a huge?business complex building lying?on the?northeastern corner of Dongzhimen Bridge. When talking about Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub (东直门交通枢纽), we very often refer it to Dongzhimen Bus Station (?Bus Transfer Hall of Dongzhimen Transport Hub).

For many passengers coming to Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub, they would go to Dongzhimen Bus Station that brings them to Huairou District ( then change for Mutianyu Great Wall), Miyun (Jinshanling or Simatai Great Wall), Pingu District? (Glass Sightseeing Platform) or Shunyi District since Dongzhimen Bus Station covers the public bus transport in the??northeast suburban area around Beijing.

There are mainly two entrances – the South Entrance and North Entrance to the Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub.

The South Entrance to the Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub

The Bus Transfer Hall ( Dongzhimen Bus Station ) is on the first floor of the Dongzhimen Transport Hub Building.

The Bus Transfer Hall is mainly composed of two parts – North Platform and South Platform.

The Bus Transfer Hall ( Dongzhimen Bus Station ) is on the first floor of the Dongzhimen Transport Hub Building

The Bus Transfer Hall ( Dongzhimen Bus Station ) is on the first floor of the Dongzhimen Transport Hub Building.

Bus Schedule at North Platform of Bus Transfer Hall (Suburbs)

All buses at North Platform go to the suburbs of Beijing including Huairou (Mutianyu ), Miyun (Simatai and Jinshanling), Pinggu, South Railway Station and West Railway Station.Click “How to Get to Mutianyu Great Wall by Public Bus” for more information.

Bus 916 Express to: Huairou Bus Station, then connect to Bus Dongtai (洞台) 23 or 24 for Mutianyu Great Wall)
Please check out: How to visit Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus for more information.

Bus 915 to: Nancai Bus Station in Shunyi

Bus 852 and 918 express to: Pinggu Bus Station (Further to Pinggu Sightseeing Glass Platform. Please check out the link: How to visit Pinggu Sightseeing Glass Platform for more travel information.

Bus 980 to: Miyun Bus Station, connect?a local van for Simatai Great Wall or? Jinshanling Great Wall )
Bus 823 to: Beijing West Railway Station
Bus 106 to: Beijing South Railway Station

Bus Schedule at South?Platform of Bus Transfer Hall? ( Outer Suburbs)
Bus 401 to: Jiuxianqiao Department Store
Bus 132 to: Dongkou, Wanjingbei Road
Bus 404 to: East of Wanjing Beilu
Bus 123 to: Jinxing Department
Bus 418 to: Jinzhuang

How to get to Dongzhimen Bus Station ( Bus Transfer Hall ) by subway:

It is convenient to take subway line 2 and get off at Dongzhimen Subway Station, where you walk through the underground passage leading to Dongzhimen Bus Station, or interchange for Subway Line 13 or Airport Express.

Get off the Dongzimen Stop of Subway Line 2, walking through underground passages to the Bus Transfer Hall, Airport Express and Subway Line 13.

To the Bus Transfer Hall, Airport Express and Subway Line 13.

Public Bus 916 for Huairou ( further to Mutianyu Great Wall )

On the first floor – by the side of Mcdonald’s on?the Bus Transfer Floor is the Bus 916 Express for Huairou.

Mcdonald’s

Line up for the Bus 916 Express at the bus fare of CNY 12 ( If you have a transportation card, you will be entitled to half price.).

Line up for the Bus 916 Express

There are totally 20 stops for Public Bus 916 and you get off at the 15th stop of Beidajie ( North Street – 北大街 in Huairou District ).

Then connect a local taxi ( about 50 yuan ) or connect the H23,or H24 for Mutianyu Great Wall.? The Bus Stop for Bus H23,or H24 is just across where you get off at Beidajie ( North Street in Huairou ). The bus fare is 5 yuan ( If you have a transportation card, you will be entitled to half price.).

Click “How to Get to Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus” for the latest Mutianyu bus travel information.

Do you pay for your ticket while boarding the buses or do you need to buy them in advance?
1. Public Bus Service within downtown Beijing
Basically two options:

1) Buy a Beijing bus IC card, a kind of transportation smart card. Boarding a bus, you swipe your card at the front door and swipe again at the back door again when you alight.

2)Be ready for coins and drop the coins or some value paper money into the slit of an iron box standing at the front of the bus by the driver.

Note: Tell your driver where you are going and he will tell how much you should pay.

2. Suburban Buses going to the outskirts of Beijing
Basically you also have the same two options:
1) Buy a Beijing bus IC card, a kind of transportation smart card. Boarding a bus, you swipe your card.
2)Be ready for coins and drop the coins or some value paper money into the slit of an iron box standing at the front of the bus by the driver.
Note: Tell your driver where you are going and he will tell how much you should pay.

3. Long-distance buses going to other cities
Basically you also have two options:
1) Buy your bus ticket at a ticketing office
2) Or you pay while boarding the bus to make up a ticket, but this option can not secure you a seat if your bus is overloaded.

For more information in public buses, check out the link: http://www.whdww.cn/public_bus/

Tip:? Hassle-free Great Wall Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,? here are some options for guided tours to the Great Wall of China around Beijing:

Mutianyu? Great Wall Join-in Tour ( No Shopping )
Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour ( No Shopping )
Jinshanling Great Wall Private Tour ( No shopping )
Simatai Great Wall Private Tour ( No Shopping )

Chinese version of the travel guide:

北京东直门交通枢纽中心