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Beijing - a few questions

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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Hi All

My trip to Beijing is looming in the very near future (YEAH) and l have a few questions to pose to my fellow TPers, we basically know what sites to visit and tours to take but what about the following:

  • Can anyone recommend some good bars - some where to chill out and have a few beers (maybe even a beer garden or outside seated area) perhaps with a view too! Nothing to clubby!
  • Any good restaurants?
  • Our hotel doesnt have a pool - is there anywhere (parks, outdoor pools) where we could go to relax and enjoy the sunshine and catch a few rays?



2. Posted by lynn1317 (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

i know the second question,it is quan ju de(beijing duck).very delicious.

3. Posted by nico_b (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

The tourist bar area is Sanlitun. It's got waaaay too many foreigners but you should go there at least one night to see what Beijing thinks Westerners want- usually two girls singing on a platform while a man plays the keyboard and most people studiously ignore them. The truth is there isn't much of a bar culture amoung the Beijingren. You can bargin for beer on Sanlitun, before you go in. Lots have chairs outside.

More restaurents than you can shake a stick at, I wouldn't know where to begin.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

I didn't find much in the way of bars in Beijing - the only listings I found were for more up-scale, expat type clubs and lounges. There's a free english language paper that would list those (can't remember the name). But if you just want to sit and have a few beers, you can do that in most restaurants.

As for catching rays, there are a bunch of parks where you could sit, watch the old dudes flying the kites and get some sun. Not sure how the locals would look upon you doing it in swimwear, though.

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Quoting GregW

As for catching rays, there are a bunch of parks where you could sit, watch the old dudes flying the kites and get some sun. Not sure how the locals would look upon you doing it in swimwear, though.

No l didnt think they would be too appreciative of me stripping and giving them an eyeful! Oh well l will just have to cope with tan lines!!


6. Posted by Bogman (Budding Member 61 posts) 10y

Depending on where your hotel is of course...

There is a great fairly traditional street that is outdoor bars and street food (most of it is sheep stomach...) just off Wangfujiang St. Find Wangfujiang, just east of the Forbidden City, and the street I mean is behind the big department store on the west side of the pedestrian mall...between Donganmen Dajie (which in itself is an outdorr food street) and the main street that runs to the north end of Tienanmen Sq. Very few tourists, safe, quite traditional with street shows, and relatively cheap beer (10 yuan for the large bottles). Loads of fun!

Another bar area is near the Bell and Drum Tower northwest of the Forbidden City.

Basically, what I would do is wander the streets and find somewhere...don't bother going to the expat bars as they are expensvie and fake. Just grab a beer anywhere (you'll pay 4 yuan at a cheap place and >35 at an expat bar).

As for restaurants...just walk down the street and find one.

7. Posted by LiuMang (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

If you want a place to chill and have a beer without blaring karaoke-style singing, stay away from Sanlitun. Sanlitun does cater to foreigners, but there are a few side-street discos that have mostly local upscale chinese and are great places to sow your oats if that's what you want.

Houhai has bars and restaurants, all pretty good, surrounding a small lake. You can walk around the lake and most of the bars have outside seating and decent music. There are even a couple of jazz/blues places.

Wangfujing doesn't have anywhere worth grabbing a beer, but the street food at Xiaochejie behind the department store has very cheap good eats.

Also, if you do end up going to Sanlitun or Hoahai never ever allow some local to take you to a "good place" or a "lady bar". You will get ripped of for everything on your person.

Guijie is my favorite place to eat and has over 100 restaurants along a 1.5km street.

8. Posted by linda70 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hi, these are the 2 best sites where to find bars, restaurants....