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Overview of Beijing

Beijing consists of a downtown area and a suburban area. The downtown area consists of six districts including Dongcheng and Xicheng (the traditional city center), Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai, and Shijingshan. The suburb area consists of 10 districts including Mentougou, Fangshan, Tongzhou, Shunyi, Changping, Daxing, Huairou, Pinggu, Miyun and Yanqing.

Most expatriates prefer to live in the Chaoyang District, while there are others that rather live in Shunyi District due to the large number of international schools in the area. Overall, Beijing has a total of 16 districts. In Beijing, the housing options are diversified, like all other major metropolitan cities around the world. Properties available include townhouses, semi-detached houses, apartments (Private & Serviced Apartments), and fully detached houses which are often generally referred to as "villas". Besides, Beijing has a unique kind of residence called Siheyuan (A courtyard with rooms lying in the form of a square and an open yard in the center). Singles and young adults often settle in the downtown districts of the city where the nightlife is busy. Students prefer living close to their university (Mainly in Haidian District) where cheap living apartments are supplied. Families with kids prefer mid-levels where schools are in the neighborhood and big apartments or villas are supplied. Quality houses are located all around Beijing from Dongcheng and Chaoyang to Shunyi, where plenty of high-end apartments, serviced apartments, and dazzling villas can be found.

  • Districts Map
  • Townships: 318 Towns and Subdistricts
  • Timezone: China Standard time (UTC + 8)
  • Govenrment type: Municipality
  • Postal code: 100,000
  • Population: 19,612,400
  • Area code(Local/int.): +10/+86
  • Demonym: Beijinger
  • City Flower: Chinese Rose
  • Religion: Buddhism 6.75%,Protestant 1.9%,Catholic 0.5%
  • Language: Mandarin,Beijing Dialect
  • Internet Domain: .cn


Beijing has a temperate and continental climate, with four distinct seasons and big differences in temperature between day and night. Summer in Beijing is hot and humid, while winter is cold and dry. Spring and autumn are short and cool. 75% of the annual precipitation is concentrated in summer from June to August, with frequent showers in July and August. The coldest month is January at an average of -4 °C (25 °F), and the hottest month is July at an average of 26 °C (79 °F).
Spring (Mar-May)
It is from March to May, with frequent intervals of rising and lowering of temperatures. There is much wind and dust in spring, and sometimes sandstorms. Spring is the season when flowers bloom. See places to see flowers in Beijing. May is a good time for spring outings and many shows and performances are concentrated in this month.
Summer (Jun - Sept)
It is from June to August, usually scorching with sizzling temperatures at noon. There are occasional downpours. Umbrella, sunglasses and sun screen are recommended. Wear any summer clothes, such as T-shirts, shorts and skirts. Summer is considered peak season, when hotels typically raise their rates and the Great Wall nearly collapses under the weight of marching tourists.
Autumn (Oct – Nov)
It is from September to November and the most beautiful and pleasant season in Beijing. Though there are intervals of weather changes, it is generally comfortable. Climbing the Great Wall or seeing the red leaves at Fragrant Hill is recommended for this season. There are many places that you can go to see fall foilage in this season.
Winter (Dec – Feb)
It is from December to February. It is cold and dry with occasional snow. The temperature is usually well below zero. Get ready to prepare down jackets, thick jeans and long johns, sweaters, hats and gloves. You might also need a mask to protect your nose on windy days. Eating steaming Mongolian hotpot can warm you up in winter. Celebrating a traditional Chinese New Year in the Hutongs, attending bustling temple fairs, and learning to make dumplings will surely give you an authentic experience of local people's life. In addition you can enjoy skiing at Nanshan Ski Resort, Huaibei Ski Resort, and the Bird's Nest (the National Stadium, main venue for the 2008 Olympics Beijing). Also check out Top Ski Resorts in China.


As is known to all, to settle down in a new city of a new country is difficult, but things will be much different if you are familiar with the culture of the city. Hope our Culture Guide can help you get a better knowledge of Beijing for all aspects about daily life and make your new life in Beijing much easier and more enjoyable!

Banquet Manners

For Chinese Banquet, an elaborate ceremony of deference may take place at the door, where the most honored guest is supposed to enter first. Usually, the guest of honor sits directly across from the host, who takes the least honorable seat near the serving door.

The meal begins with a toast by the host. Throughout the meal, the host displays great solicitousness for the guests. Guests may refuse offers of food or drink two times or more without really meaning their polite refusals.

The host often decides on one sort of alcoholic beverage either a wine or liquor, which will be served throughout. The banquet will probably be marked by guests challenging each other to drinking games throughout the evening.

At the end of the meal, when the guest of honor feels that everyone appears to have had their fill of postprandial brandy or ceremonial final cups of tea, he should rise. In theory, no other diner can rise until the guest of honor has.

Life Service

As a modern metropolis, Beijing boasts excellent service industry offering great services covering all aspects of your life, from international moving to housing agency, domestic help, driving training, car rental as well as pet service. All these services will make your relocation to & from Beijing smooth and easy, your life in Beijing Stress-free and more enjoyable.
International Moving
Finding an experienced Global Moving Agency will make your move to and from Beijing much easier. According to our experience and that of our customers, SAE is really a good choice.

SAE Asia
Established in Shanghai in 2005 by three enthusiastic logistics professionals, SAE Asia was created to provide solutions to address the growing demands from individuals and small to medium sized businesses for their moving and shipping needs in China. By understanding the challenges and difficulties one could face when dealing with large corporations or local companies, we have designed solutions that provide the highest quality of service while remaining affordable. Now regarded as the #1 choice by our ever-growing client base, we are proud to continue our leadership by providing reliable, cost-effective, and service-oriented moving & shipping services between Greater China, Singapore and the rest of the world.
• Household Move
• Office Move
• Mini Move & Excess Baggage
• Pet Relocation
• Shipping
• Storage      Hotline:4006 806 132
Housing Agency
Finding a comfortable residence is the first and most important step for your happy life in Beijing. In Beijing, there are many housing agencies, among them Joanna Real Estate is recommended for its long history, rich experience, all-round excellent services, and high customer satisfaction rate.

Joanna Real Estate
Founded in 1993, JRE is a real estate agency focused on providing one-stop, stress-free, relocation service to expats. With extensive scope from airport pickup and sendoff, hotel booking, tailored housing research, city orientation, immigration service and management (Visa, Work Permit, Residence Permit, etc.) as well as tenancy management with 24hrs after-sales contact. We bring abundant housing resources together with nationwide service coverage, 24 of years' industry experience, excellent multilingual service team consisting of both locals and expats as well as great local knowledge on housing, dining, clothing and transportation. These traits make JRE capable of ensuring you a smooth and trouble-free relocation process.
Website:      Hotline: +86 139 1115 3118      Email:
Domestic Help
Ayi's are usually good with basic housework, although you do have to show them how you want things done. A large number of Ayi's speak little or no English, yet, some can be found with a good command of the language (usually non-Chinese). The majority of expatriate's employ an Ayi, on a daily basis, five to six days a week, while other maids live-in. Many of the homes in Beijing are equipped with a maid's room, either in the basement or next to the kitchen or laundry areas.
The average wage for a maid who can speak English and comes to your home on a daily basis, five to six days a week from 9:00am to 6:00pm is about RMB 6000-10000 a month depending on their experience and workload.You can tailor your Ayi's schedule and roster of duties to meet your needs. Most Ayi's do laundry, iron, cook, clean, taking care of children & seniors and even do the shopping and pay bills. They can be invaluable when having to deal with the building management or when telephoning to get things fixed!
The best way to find a reliable Ayi is by word of mouth. With the expatriate community always being on the move, you can usually find someone that is leaving and is trying to find their maid/nanny employment before departing. Finding a maid that has already been trained by a Western family is a real find! If you have no luck here, there are also agencies available where you can hire an Ayi. When calling an agency, make sure to ask what training the Ayi's have had, how long they worked in their last job and what the hourly or monthly rate is. If you do go through an agency, expect to pay a commission equals up to a month's salary of the Ayi. In Beijing, some of the apartment buildings and housing complexes either offer this service or can help you locate an Ayi, make sure to ask when looking at housing.
Here we recommend Coleclub-嘉乐汇 to you for find a good Ayi for its nationwide coverage, long history and good reputation.
Add: Rm103, 1/F, East Park International Apartment, Chaoyang District
Hotline: 8450 1671/1798      English:400-060-1560
Website: /

Driving Training
Foreigners who want to drive by themselves in Beijing must get a Chinese driver's license. To get a Chinese driver's license, a foreign applicant aged 18-70 must have a valid foreign driver's license and a valid residence registration certificate( from the applicant's local PSB bureau). He/she must undergo a brief eye exam at an approved public hospital. Applicants must translate their foreign license into Chinese, pass a computerized test of the road rules, submit a completed application form ( in Chinese) with several passport-sized photos and pay fees. The computerized test involves true/false and multiple-choice questions and can be taken in English, French, German, Spanish, Korean and Japanese. You must score 90 percent or better on the challenging 100-question test to pass. Applicants with valid foreign licenses do not need to pass a road test.

Here we recommend a reliable Driver School for you.
Oriental Fashion Automobile Driver School 东方时尚驾校
Add: Huangcunzhen, Daxing District
Hotline: 5128 5200/5840 1255
Car Rental
With the fast development of Internet, nowadays it is very easy for foreigners to rent a car in Beijing. Though a mobile App called China Auto Rental ( which you can find in App Stores in your smart phone by searching "神州租车"), with requested documents and materials, foreigners can rent a car fast and safely.
First, you should download the App and then log into it and fill in all the requested info and upload scanning copies for both original version and ectype version of the following documents:
1. Your passport ( the page with photo)
2. Visa ( with proof of last time use in the form of seal)
3. China Driving License
Note: Validity period for all documents should no less than 2 months.
After registering on the App, the relative info will be checked and confirmed in a workday. When pass the check, you can go to the nearest shop to get the car. When you don't need it, you can return it back at the shop. Car rentals range from about RMB 100-RMB 1000/day depending on car brand and conditions. A deposit is requested and returnable.
Website:      Hotline: 400-616-6666      (English) +86 10 58209555

Pet Service
For many foreigners, pets are just like members in their family. When moving to another country for a long time, many foreigners choose to take their pets with them. So here we recommend some good Pet Service Providers to help you take good care of your beloved pets in Beijing.

International Center For Veterinary Services

Introduction: ICVS is a full-service international standard veterinary hospital whose services include internal medicine, hospitalization, spaying/neutering, radiology, dermatology, vaccinations, obedience training and import/export advice. Boarding kennel, day care, grooming salon and pet shop are available. All services are in English and Mandarin.
Add:No.13-16, Oliver Business Street, Futong West Street, Wangjing, Chaoyang District
Tel: 8456 1939
Hrs: 8:00am-8:00pm (Mon-Sat) 10:00am-7:00pm (Sun, by appointment only)

Beijing Ornamental Animal Hospital

Introduction: Run by the Health and Quarantine Station of China, this hospital provides the Beijing International Companion Animal Health Inspection Form needed to export your pet. After vaccinating your pet, they can give you the official red booklet. Veterinary acupuncture is also available. Services are available in Chinese, English and Japanese.
Add: No.7 Middle Road of North 3rd Ring, Xicheng District
Tel: 6204 9742
Hrs: 9:00am-6:30pm

Aikang Veterinary Hospital

Introduction: Dr. Liu Xi and Dr. Zhang Zhizhong speak English.
Add: No.45 Tianshuiyuan Dongli, Chaoyang District    Tel: 6504 2085    Hrs: 9:00am-10:00pm

K.K. Animal Hospital

Introduction: Treatment, surgery, vaccinations and other veterinary services for your pets. Offers kenneling, grooming, obedience training and a wide range of pet care products.
Add: No.801-802, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District
Tel: 8046 2358        Hrs: 9:00am-7:00pm

Chinese Traditional Festivals

Characterized by diverse styles and themes, traditional Chinese festivals are an important part of the country's history and culture, both ancient and modern. Almost every festival has its own unique origins and customs which reflect the traditional practices and morality of the whole Chinese nation and its people.


1. Chinese New Year
  1st – 15th of the first Lunar Month
2. Lantern Festival
  15th day of the first lunar Month
3. Qingming Festival
  April 4th or 5th of the Solar Calendar
4. Dragon Boat Festival
  5th Day of the 5th Lunar Month
5. Double Seventh Festival
  7th Day of Seventh Lunar Month
6. Mid-Autumn Festival
  15th Day of the 8th Lunar Month
7. Chongyang Festival
  9th Day of the 9th Lunar Month
8. Winter Solstice
  Dec 21st, 22nd, or 23rd in Solar Calendar
9. Laba Festival
  8th Day of the 12th Lunar Month

Beijing Government

The Politics of Beijing is structured in a dual party-government system like all other governing institutions in the mainland of the People's Republic of China (PRC). In the last few decades the city has produced many of the country's eventual senior leaders, including Jiang Zemin, Zhu Rongji, Wu Bangguo, and Huang Ju.
The Mayor of the Beijing Municipal People's Government (上海市人民政府市长, shorten as 上海市市长 ie Mayor of Beijing Municipality) is the highest ranking executive official in Beijing. Since Beijing is a direct-controlled municipality of China, the mayor occupies the same level in the order of precedence as provincial governors. However, in the city's dual party-government governing system, the mayor has less power than the Communist Party of China Beijing Municipal Committee Secretary (中国共产党上海市委员会书记, shorten as 中共上海市委书记), colloquially termed the "Beijing CPC Party chief" in English.
Before 1941, Beijing had a split administration: the International Settlement (governed under the Beijing Municipal Council), the French Concession, and the Chinese City. The Chinese city was invaded by the Japanese in 1937 and the foreign concessions were occupied by the Japanese in 1941. After the occupation, the foreign powers formally ceded the territory to the Nationalist Government in Chongqing (a move largely symbolic until the Japanese surrender since the Nationalists no longer controlled Beijing).

Beijing Property Types

As a metropolis with long history, Beijing has various kinds of properties to meet different housing demands. Here in Beijing, no matter you are a single, a couple or a family to seek modernity or traditional Chinese culture, bustle or serenity, the warmness of a home or the convenience of a hotel, there are always wonderful residences for you to choose from. Now let's see what kinds of nice homes Beijing has to offer.


Apartments in Beijing are usually located in thriving city center or high-end compounds in suburbs. They often boast reasonable layouts, modern kitchen and bathroom facilities, stylish modern furnishing, 24h security as well as great on-site amenities like gym and mature living facilities like international shopping malls, schools and hospitals nearby.

Apartments are of various layouts, ranging from cozy studio to 1Br units, 2Br units, 3Br units even duplexes or penthouses with more than 4 bedrooms. Some apartments in upscale compounds are in modern style with nice indoor or outdoor balconies, French windows, open kitchen, bath tub as well as cloakrooms. Some apartments are equipped with floor-heating and central air-conditioning. Rentals for apartments are of wide range from RMB 8,000-100,000/month depending on sizes, layouts, locations and furnishings.


Maybe for many expat families who are accustomed to big houses with ample indoor and outdoor spaces, villas are their best choices. There are villas in both downtown and suburb, with those in downtown boasting great service, thus higher rentals.

Villas in suburb are mainly located in Shunyi area along airport expressway and surrounded by many international schools. There are townhouses, semi-detached villas and detached villas, nearly all of which boast big balconies, large terraces, beautiful gardens, garages as well as multi-functional basements. For some luxury ones, they even have private swimming pools. Villa compounds usually boast beautiful & quiet environment featuring hills, lakes, forests and mature amenities like gym, swimming pool, clubhouses, international schools & kindergarten, jogging tracks on-site as well as parks and international shopping malls nearby. Rentals for villas range from RMB 28,000-100,000/month depending on sizes, layouts, locations and furnishings.

Serviced Apartment

Service apartments are usually located in thriving city center with convenient transportation and great entertainment & relaxing facilities nearby. They are ideal choices for business person and upscale families who seek quality life as they are of various layouts ranging from studio to 4Br penthouses, equipped with quality modern furniture, imported kitchen & bathroom appliances as well as great hotel-level services such as room-cleaning, 24h security, maintenance and reception, some even with breakfast, childcare and airport pickup & sendoff.
Amenities in service apartment compounds usually are complete and mature including gym, swimming pool, spa, cafes, restaurants and meeting rooms. For their great advantages over general apartments, rentals of service apartments are accordingly relatively high ranging from RMB 12,000-100,000/month depending on sizes, layouts, services, locations and furnishings.


There is also a unique residence type in Beijing called Courtyard or Siheyuan (A courtyard with rooms lying in the form of a square and an open yard in the center). They are traditional Beijing residences kept today for historical and cultural reasons, thus ideal places for those expats who want to fully taste Chinese culture.
Nowadays, most courtyards are nice houses with traditional Chinese residence appearance but modern facilities. They boast an ambience of serenity and comfort for their nice yards, reasonable layouts, practical roof terraces and basements (some don't have) as well as great locations in quiet alleys surrounded by thriving traditional businesses. Besides, there are also many nice shops, bars and restaurants opened by foreigners. So courtyards are really ideal choice for those who want to live a life with a great balance between prosperity and serenity while fully tasting Chinese culture. Rentals for courtyards range from RMB 18,000-100,000/month depending on sizes, layouts and furnishings.

Living in Beijing

As China's capital as well as political and culture center, Beijing is a livable city with basic facilities and amenities always conveniently available. Beijing has an extensive public transportation system consisting of metro lines, bus routes and taxis, all of which can be paid by the Beijing Public Transportation Card. The Beijing Metro incorporates both subway and light metro lines, which extends to every major district and many suburban districts. With nearly 1200 bus lines, the Beijing bus routes network is one of the most extensive in the world.
Like any other expanding city, private car ownership has been rapidly increasing over the years, and therefore increasing traffic concerns. In the city center, there are several elevated expressways to ease the congestion, but the demand continues to push the limits of the city's capacity. To manage the growth of new private cars on the road, the Beijing government auctions out only a limited number of license numbers every two months. In addition, only those who are registered Beijing residents or have paid social insurance and income tax for over 5 consecutive years may purchase a license.

Some environmental problems include smog, water and noise pollution, as well as overpopulation. Air pollution in Beijing is low compared to other major Chinese cities, but still high by world standards. Fortunately, with more than 160 parks around the city, the extensive public park system in Beijing provides residents with some serenity.
Despite living with problems typical of life in a megacity, Beijing remains very popular among expats in many ways. As one of the most expensive cities in the world for expats, sometimes the cost of living in Beijing can be a pressure for those on a budget. Residents with a taste for luxury goods will find a plethora of choices in any of the high-end shopping malls around the city. The cosmopolitan atmosphere of life in Beijing exudes a vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene to allow anyone to indulge in delight. However residents with a tighter budget need not worry, a stroll around the neighborhood would most likely have plenty of choices to suit your needs.


Most expats needing healthcare in Beijing go to the city's private hospitals and medical centres. Public hospitals are cheap but waiting times are long and the quality of treatment can vary greatly. Private medical centres are also preferred for non-emergency visits. The Chinese in Beijing generally don't attend separate general practitioner clinics but queue at the public hospitals for non-emergency treatments and advice. This creates enormous and frustrating waits that can be avoided at private centres.

Doctors at private clinics generally speak English and are often expatriates from Europe or the US themselves. Some Chinese doctors use elements of traditional medicine in their practice although, in general, the two fields have little overlap in Beijing medical centers.

The most prominent expat-friendly hospitals in Beijing include:
United Family New Hope Clinical Center
No 9-11 Jiangtai West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 4008919191
United Family Jianguomen Clinic
Building 14 and 15 Jianwai Diplomatic Residence, Jianguomen, Chaoyang Beijing
Tel: 4008919191
United Family Shunyi Clinic
No 818 Rongxiang Square, Yuyang Road Tianzhu County, Shunyi Dstrict, Beijing
Tel: 4008919191
United Family Chaowai Clinic
Room 3017 Second floor, Building AB Van tong Centre, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 4008919191
United Family Liangma Clinic
No 27 Building, Building 19 East Dongfang Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 4008919191
Beijing International SOS Clinic
Add:Suite 105,Wing 1,Kunsha Building,
16 Xinyuanli,Chaoyang District
Tel: +86 (0) 10 6462 9100
Peking Union Medical College Hospital
Add:No.1 Shuaifuyuan Wangfujing Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 010-69156114
Beijing Orient Care Clinic
Add:Unit 102, Business Building16, China Central Place, Chaoyang District
Tel: 021 5489 3781/6468 8888
Amcare Women's and Children's Hospital
Add: No.9 Fangyuan West Road, Chaoyang District
Tel: 400-10000-16
Beijing Aier-Intech Eye Hospital
Add: No.12 Panjiayuan Nanli,Chaoyang District,Beijing, P.R.China
Tel: 24hr Hotline: (010)87789662
Malo Clinic Dental Care
Add: 2168,North Tower, Shangdu SOHO, No.8 Dongdaqiao Road,Chaoyang District
Tel: 010-5900038
Bayley & Jackson Medical Center
Add:7 Ritan Dong Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020, PRC
Tel: 010-85629998
International Tower Clinic(Arrail Dental Clinic)
Add:Room205, Block A, International Tower, Chaoyang District
Tel: 010-85629998
CBD Clinic(Arrail Dental Clinic)
Add:2nd floor,Century Fortune Center,No.5 Guanghua Rd,Chaoyang District,Beijing
Tel: 010-8416 7988
Lufthansa Clinic(Arrail Dental Clinic)
Add:Floor 1,Somerset Fortune Garden,Chaoyang District
Tel: 010-8440 1926
Shunyi Clinic(Arrail Dental Clinic)
Add:Room 104,No.31 Ronghe Plaza,Linyin Rd,Tianzhu town,Shunyi District,Beijing
Tel:010-8416 7988


As the capital of China, Beijing brings together people from all over the world. The prosperity of the city has brought about a varied and colorful nightlife. The diverse nightlife in Beijing makes it suitable for people with different interests, but especially for the young. There are cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, bars, song and dance halls, Karaoke clubs, restaurants, Beijing opera, or teahouses, not to mention Kung Fu and acrobatics shows. There are hundreds of bars in Beijing, the famous bar streets, such as Sanlitun or Houhai, cater for the local youth as well as many foreigners. The music, décor, and various kinds of activities make them enjoyable places to relax and make friends.
For any traveler to Beijing the city's history and culture can be daunting. The Chinese capital is brimming with more sights, eats and treats than most countries. The city streets pulse with an intermixing of tourists and locals inspired by the lights, sounds and tastes of the night. This daytime and nighttime culture cross, contrast and lie upon the pedestal of thousands of years of history, making Beijing not just the cultural and political capital of the country but also the center of the party.

798 Art District
It is one of the largest art locales in the country. Reconstructed from a 1950's factory and railway station the district has been rebuilt and reborn with the breath of art. Hundreds of galleries with artists from every corner of the country and globe gather and offer themselves to world. Taking a break in one of the many western style cafes nestled betwixt the galleries is perhaps the best way to recharge after a full day of art viewing and sightseeing though 798 also offers some of the best traditional Chinese tea shops in the country.
It could be called the tourism capital of the city, filled with embassies, five star hotels and familiar landmarks like Pizza Huts and Hooters. A place to feel at home abroad, it offers a wide selection of international eats and treats. The Italian, Spanish and French restaurants built into the hutongs blur the lines between east and west. Indian, Russian, American, Mexican and Afro-Caribbean restaurants add to the international cornucopia of cuisines that lure customers in with a mere scent from the kitchen.
The Hutongs
The ancient homes and alleys of foregone China, dubbed hutongs, are renovated and revived. Tourists watch HD sports as they sip on their selection of drinks in five hundred year old abodes. Lying amid the secret streets and alleys of hundred year old hutongs is the modern pub hub built into an ancient fishing lake called Houhai. The area attracts hordes of tourists both foreign and domestic during the daylight hours with shopping and local snacks. A local carriage peddler is always eager to carry tourists around rather than have them stroll on foot.
LGBT Beijing
Beijing also has no shortage of LGBT-friendly bars and clubs. None of them are specific to a certain group, and although many nights and clubs are male-dominated, the scene is friendly and welcoming to everyone. Even the generic bar area in Beijing's Sanlitun (pictured below) is LGBT friendly; so go explore the street that turns from a chaotic shopping and dining street into a lively bar and club area at night.
• Alfa is a popular club with a gay night on Fridays which that has been around for a long time, but is still a great night out. Many of the LGBT community come here throughout the week though, as long as you are up for dancing. The drinks are generous, and the inside is typical for a Chinese club: lots of shiny furniture and accessories.
• The same goes for Destination, which is more male-oriented but also welcomes women, and has been around since 2004, when it was the first gay club. Both of these are located in the Sanlitun Area.
• A new addition to the LGBT Nightlife scene is Funky, a popular club located on Gongti Xilu which attracts a lot of youngsters, especially in summer as there is a great rooftop which feels more like a bar than a club and is perfect for a relaxed drink in the summer months. Funky also has some great themed parties ranging from Drag Shows to Neon parties, which are advertised on the website.
• To experience the real underground LGBT Beijing Nightlife head to Kai Club, a combination of a bar and club which, although a little stuffy and with a very young crowd, is still a favorite for many as the drinks are a lot cheaper. It is located on the above-pictured street in Sanlitun.
• If you'd rather go somewhere a little bit quieter, try Two Cities which is a lot calmer and is actually more like a coffee shop than a bar, the perfect location to socialize with all friends or to meet new people.
• For a relaxed bar environment, try Mesh, where the official 'gay night' no longer operates, but a lot of the Beijing LGBT community still likes to go for a much calmer, and more elegant drinking option, also conveniently located in Sanlitun close to many other options.


Beijing has been called the Paris of the East, now they're saying it's China's New York. It's neither, it's unique. Beijing is one of the world's great cities with an entertainment scene to match. Stylish restaurants, quality cuisine and a nightlife that's full of surprises.

Top 10 Things to do in Beijing:

1. The Bund

2. Beijing Circus

3. Beijing World Financial Center

4. Yu Garden

5. Beijing Museum

6. Beijing Tower

7. Oriental Pearl Tower

8. Former French Concession

9. Xintiandi

10. Beijing Disney World


Top 26 Restaurants Awarded Micheling Stars

1. T'ang Court: (5/F The Langham Xintiandi Beijing, No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District,Beijing )

2. 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana: (Rockbund, Associate Mission Building, 6-7/F, 169 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu)

3. Canton 8: (Room 101, No.63 Nvwan Jie, Luwan District)

4. Imperial Treasure: (Room 402-403, 4/F, 99 Beijing Dong Lu, near Yuanmingyuan Lu )

5. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon: (18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu )

6. Ultra Violet: ( Bund 18, 6/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Beijing 20002)

7. Yi Long Court: (The Peninsula, 2/F, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu.)

8. Yongfoo Elite: (200 Yongfu Lu, near Hunan Lu )

9. Da Dong: (Reel Mall, 5/F, 1601 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Changde Lu )

10. Fu He Hui: (1037 Yuyuan Lu, near Jiangsu Lu )

11. Jade Mansion: (IFC Pudong, 4/F, 8 Shiji Da Dao, near Lujiazui Huan Lu )

12. Jin Xuan:( ifc mall, No.8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong | 53 Floor, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing)

13. Kanpai Classic: (5/F, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu)

14. Lao Zheng Xing: ( – 556 Fuzhou Rd near Zhejiang Middle Rd )

15. Le Patio & La Famille: (768 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu )

16. Lei Garden: (IFC Pudong, 3/F, 8 Shiji Da Dao, near Lujiazui Huan Lu )

17. Madam Goose: (Suite 422, 4/F, 5001 Dushi Lu, near Xinzhu Lu )

Shopping in Beijing

As is known to all, Beijing is the capital city of China and it's also a modern large city. So when you come here for traveling, shopping shouldn't be missed, you can not only enjoy the happiness of shopping, but can also enjoy the traditional culture of Beijing and China.
Beijing Wangfujing Street 王府井
Almost 1 mile from end to end, Wangfujing Street starts from Chang'an street in the south and end in Chinese Art Gallery in the north which has more than one hundred years history and it is located in the center of Beijing and next to Tiananmen Square. There are too many local snacks and many famous restaurants here, you can also enjoy Beijing Roast Duck here, it's very delicious and famous all around China. There are many tall buildings here and the night sightseeing is very beautiful, in summer, many people come here to have a walk after dinner and enjoy the night sightseeing.
Location: about 15 minutes' walk east from Tian'an Men Square
Buses: 10, 20, 37, 41, 59, 99, 140 fast line (104快车), 120, 126, 203 night line (203夜班), 205 night line (205夜班), or 420 to Wangfujing (王府井).
Subway: Line 1 to Wangfujing (王府井).
Recommended time for a visit: one day
Beijing Shine Hills Shopping Center 中粮祥云小镇
This new shopping center has sprung up to cater for the rapidly growing population in the area. A big number of apartment buildings have gone up in the last few years. What Shine Hills has a lot of kids stores. Clothing, toys, furniture, accessories – everything you need for babies and little ones. Not all the stores are open yet. When they are, parents of younger kids will be spoilt for choice. Mothers work specialize in strollers, car seats, carriers, and baby safety equipment. They also stock kid's books, toys, and games. Kid's Land is good for toys, games, and presents for little ones. Other stores include Adidas kids for clothing, and Blue Pink Baby Home. For groceries there's Hola and BHG Supermarket, for toiletries Watson's, and for your pet Pampers. For clothing there's GAP and Uniqlo.
Location: 9 Anxiang Dajie, Shunyi District
Buses: 816, Line 14, 855 to Central Art University Design Department(中央美院设计学院站)
Recommended time for a visit: half day
Beijing Skp 新光天地
One of the largest and the most luxury shopping mall in Beijing which is located in No.87 Jianguolu road, Chaoyang district, Beijing. Most luxury brands are in the first and the second floor, each shopcase is special and designed beautifully. Beijing Skp is a gathering place of young people and it opens from 10am to 10pm, the shop assistants are very polite and when you leave the store, they will bow for you. Many international brands will be sold firstly in this center while other centers don't have.
Location: Beijing CBD, Chaoyang District
Buses: 1,57,58,312,405,421,666 to Langjiayuan (郎家园)
Recommended time for a visit: half day
Indigo 颐提港
It will only take 15minutes to by bus from Indigo to Beijing Airport and Beijing Central Business District, 10 minutes to Sanlitun village, 5 minutes to 798 art park, the transportation is very convenient.
Situated south of Jiangtai Road and east of Jiuxianqiao Road in Chaoyang District, Beijing, INDIGO is a retail-led mixed-use project with a total site area of approximately 59,000 sqm and a total gross floor area of approximately 176,000 sqm. The development includes a shopping mall, a 25-storey Grade A office tower - ONE INDIGO, as well as a lifestyle business hotel with 369 rooms and suites - EAST, Beijing.
The ambience inside INDIGO is designed for international brands to cater to discerning shoppers' every need. Dining options are equally diverse with a great choice of fine restaurants. Meanwhile the 2,400 sqm Winter Garden provides a unique spacious interior space with a sweeping glass rooftop. The Winter Garden also features a wide array of fine restaurants, a large event space, and direct access to the outdoor park with children's playground.
Location: jiuxianqiao road 18 Chaoyang, Beijing
Buses: 516,659,983, to Jiangtai stop( 将台站)
Recommended time for a visit: half day
Solana Life style Shopping Park 蓝色港湾
More than 300 stores in Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park which includes brands stores, children cities, restaurant and drinking streets, bar streets, supermarkets, movie theaters, skating rink, beauty and fitness center. It's suitable for a family to come and visit, you can enjoy many things here, and the things are not too expensive. There is a light festival here every year, from 15th December 2017 to 18th February of 2018. The buildings here are all European styles, simple, fashion and attracting. There is also a music fountains here, many people come just for taking beautiful photos. You can taste the Chinese food while enjoying the nice scenery.
Location: Chaoyang District
Buses: 31, 302, 431, 677, 682, 731, 750, or 852 to Liulitun (六里屯) or Chaoyang Gongyuan (朝阳公园); or 657, 740, 753, 976, 988, or Yuntong 111 (运通111) to Chaoyang Gongyuan Dongmen (east gate of Chaoyang Park 朝阳公园东门).
Recommended time for a visit: 3 hours

South Luogu Lane 南锣鼓巷
Nanluoguxiang, also named South Luogu Lane, is one of the oldest alleyways in Beijing. It is an 800-meter long North-South alleyway with cafes, bars, and shops all designed in classical Chinese 'hutong' style. With a history of over 800 years, Nanluoguxiang has become a hotspot of attraction reported by Fashion magazine. Tourists from abroad regard it as a must-see attraction in Beijing. With a length of 800meters (2624 ft), Nanluoguxiang has 16 Hutongs running across from south to north; 8 in the east and 8 in the west. Lots of officials and celebs have been lived here since Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1636-1911). Historical marks can be found in every Hutong here. Nanluoguxiang is among the first 25 areas listed as historical sites by Beijing Municipal Government in 1990. With its impressive historical reputation and cultural influences, Nanluoguxiang has become a popular attraction in Beijing.
Location: Dongcheng District
Buses: 5, 60, 82, 107, 124, or 210 to Gulou (鼓楼).
Subway: Line 2 to Guloudajie (鼓楼大街).
Recommended time for a visit: half day

Silk Market 秀水
Silk Market (also Xiushui Market) which is filled with everything imaginable – clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, electronics, and fabrics – each with its own section. Be prepared for loud and pushy sellers who are accustomed to dealing with foreigners. It is a 5 floor huge market and there are always too many people here. The Silk Street attracts approximately 20,000 visitors daily (from 9am to 9pm) on weekdays and between 50,000 and 60,000 on weekends. Most of the visitors are foreigners.
Silk market carries just about anything you could imagine. mostly knock off stuff, clothing, bags, watches etc. it is the largest silk/pearl market in Beijing, and you can usually find some pretty good stuff here.
Location: No 8, Silk Market East Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Buses: 1,9,43,58,120,126,619,668 to West of Yonganlilukou (永安里路口西)
Recommended time for a visit: one day
Tai Koo Li Sanlitun 三里屯太古里
Tai Koo Li Sanlitun which is the only fashion place in Beijing. You can not only enjoy the delicious food, happy shopping and freedom playing, but can also create art and lead fashion. Each building here is with special style, there are also many movie stars and singers showing up, if you are so lucky, you can meet the star which you love. Because of the special style of the buildings, many people including foreign guys like to come here to take beautiful pictures. You can also meet many bars here.
Location: east Chaoyang District
Buses: 113, 115 electronic line (电车), 431, 701, or 758 to Sanlitun (三里屯); 117 to Changhongqiao West (长虹桥西); 110, 118 electronic line (118电车), 120, 208 night line (208夜车), 403, 623, or 673 to Beijing Worker's Stadium (北京工人体育场).
Subway: Line 10 to Tuanjiehu (团结湖) or Line 2 to Dongsishitiao (东四十条).
Recommended time for a visit: half day
The Beijing Central Business District (CBD) 国贸商城
The Beijing Central Business District, or Beijing CBD is the primary area of finance, media, and business services in Beijing, China. As Beijing is becoming one of the most important international financial centers in China, Beijing CBD was recently positioned as the secondary core area in Beijing's International Financial Center Development strategic plan published in May, 2008. Beijing CBD is also emerging as China's media center as Beijing Television Station (BTV) just moved in its new headquarters (Beijing TV Centre) in this area and the new CCTV Headquarters was officially opened on 15 June 2008 night. In the eight years since the government decided to speed up construction of the district, the Beijing CBD has attracted 117 Fortune 500 businesses in the financial, media, information technology, consulting and service industries. More than 60 percent of overseas-funded companies in Beijing are in the CBD. The things in CBD shopping mall are very expensive, most international brands locate there, it's not suitable for the common people to shopping
Location: No 1, Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Buses: 1,9,28,58,619,668, to Dabeiyaolukou west( 大北窑路口西)
Recommended time for a visit: half day
The Place 世贸天阶
The Place is one of the modernist places in Beijing, located in Beijing's CBD. The LED screen on the roof is the biggest highlight of the Place. You can send messages, which will appear on the screen. Restaurants serving Chinese and Western buffets, book stores, and clothes shops are luxurious and elegant.
China Highlights suggests you take a trip there at night, when the buildings looks more fabulous. If you want to search for superior commodities and have a great feast of exquisite food go to the Place!
Location: Beijing CBD, Chaoyang District
Buses: 28, 43, 120, or 126 to Fangcaodi (芳草地).
Subway: Line 1 to Yong'anli (永安里) and use Exit B; or Line 10 to Jintaixizhao (金台夕照) taking Exit A.
Recommended time for a visit: half day

Xidan Commercial Street 西单
Xidan commercial street, one of the largest shopping centers with the following functions such as: shopping, supermarket and delicious food which is located in Xidan business avenue, Chaoyang district Beijing, covering area is 42 thousand square meters. Since established in 1930, Xidan commercial street has been being honored as "common shopping center" in Beijing. In recent years, there are more and more luxury international and homeland brands showing up here which including clothing, watch, jewelry and such this. Xidan Commercial Street is similar to Wangfujing Shopping Street, where you can go on a crazy shopping spree in the large shopping malls.
Location: about one hour's walk from Tian'an men Square
Buses: 22, 46, 47, 83, 102, 105 electronic line (105电车), 109 electronic line (109电车), 603, 604, 626, 690, 808, or 826 to Xidan (西单).
Subway: Line 1 or 4 to Xidan (西单).
Recommended time for a visit: one day
Yandaixiejie Beijing 烟袋斜街
Yandaixiejie which is a traditional cultural characteristics of commercial pedestrian street is located in Shichahai Qianhai northeast, it is Beijing's oldest commercial street. Although the street is not big, it's popularity in the heart of the old Beijing and it is also very quiet. The buildings at both sides of Yandaixiejie are simple and elegant which is the traditional style in Ming and Qing dynasties. Yandaixiejie is like a time tunnel, into which you can see bright clothing fashion visitors who speak different languages, it was a different color. There are many courtyards and courtyard houses which are not only an old commercial street in Beijing, but also the ancient culture street.
Location: in front of Gulou Avenue Di'an Men railway station
Buses: 5,635 to zhuzhongchang (铸钟厂)
Recommended time for a visit: half day


Beijing has a highly developed transportation system both for arriving at and departing from the city, and traveling within the city. There are two airport (Beijing Capital International Airport and Nanyuan Airport), four railway stations and dozens of long-distance bus stations in Beijing. For traveling within Beijing, subways, city buses, taxis, rental bicycles and tourist buses are all available, and the Beijing Transportation Smart Card can bring you a great convenient when traveling in Beijing urban area. However, due to the high population, traffic congestion is commonly seen, which means, you might need to prepare more time if you are catching a flight or a train. For short distance, to be fast and avoid traffic jam, you can try sharing-bikes placed around nearly all subway stations, bus stops and main office buildings.



Beijing Capital International Airport
Of the five major international airports in China, Beijing Capital International Airport offers the largest number of domestic and international flights. Currently, there are flights to 252 domestic & international destinations. There are at least 50 foreign airlines that have established offices at the airport and link the capital city to every corner of the world. Major direct international destinations include Hongkong, Tokyo, Paris, London and New York. Major direct domestic destinations include Beijing (2 hours), Guangzhou ( 3 hours) and Shenzhen ( 3 hours), among many others.

Beijing Capital International Airport is approximately 25 km northeast of the center of the city. The airport is easily reached by shuttle (RMB 25) and taxi (RMB 70 to 120).The shuttle, operated by the Civil Aviation Authority, is the most economical way to travel to and from the airport, running every 30 minutes from the air-port to various locations in downtown Beijing, and even more frequently from city locations to the airport. Alternatively, taxis to the city( not including suburbs) are available for apporximately RMB 70 ( to Sanlitun) and RMB 120 ( to Tian'anmen). Though taxis in Beijing charge according to a meter, travelers need to pay not only the meter price but also the price of any tolls.

The best way to the airport is taking the Airport Express ( Beijing Subway)
The Airport Express of the Beijing Subway (simplified Chinese:北京地铁机场线;pinyin: Beijing Ditie Jichangxian) is a 28.1 km light rail line that connects the Beijing Capital International Airport with Beijing's urban center. The express line has only four stops: Dongzhimen and Sanyuanqiao in the city, and Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 of the Capital Airport. The line entered into operation on July 19, 2008.

One-way fare costs RMB 25.

Hours of Operation Airport-bound trains depart from Dongzhimen from 6:00am-10:30pm. City-bound trains depart Terminal 3 from 6:21 am to 10:51pm and Terminal 2 from 6:35am to 11:10pm. A trip from Dongzhimen to Terminal 3 takes 16 minutes.

The Ticket Booking Office of CAAC is located at No.15, Changan Xijie. There are special ticket windows for foreign passengers ( you must present valid documents when buying tickets)

Beijing Capital International Airport (Beijing Shoudu Guoji Jichang)
Inquiry Tel: 6454 1100
Ticket Hotline: 8747 3308/22
Complaint Hotline: 6454 1100

There is also a large airport in Daxing District in the South part of China , which is still under construction.

Most Popular Districts for Expats to Live in Beijing

Beijing is an enormous city. Its size and many different neighborhoods can make you confuse when deciding in which district in Beijing to live. So, before deciding where to live, you need to keep in mind your priorities and the type of lifestyle you want to live. A few key factors will help narrow down the areas: price, distance to work place, university, school and access to western amenities are the main factors which help to decide where to live in this megalopolis.
As usually singles and couples prefers to live close to their office or universities which are mostly in the city center, while families with kids would rather choose suburbs due to it's proximity to most of international schools. Of course you can find places to live in most areas in Beijing but the most popular districts among foreigners are Chaoyang, Dongcheng, Haidian and Shunyi.
Chaoyang District
Located in the east of the city, without doubt it is the most popular district among expats. The large majority of foreign embassies are located in Chaoyang, as well as the central business district (CBD) with the majority of foreign companies. The big advantage of this district is that it is in one of the most modern areas of the city, where the majority of the restaurants, leisure activities, and shopping for foreigners are located. In addition, a lot of the international schools are located in Chaoyang. The only disadvantage for this district is that rental prices tend to be inaccessible for many people.

The most popular sub-districts

Chaoyang Park Area Apartments for rent
This area is famous for its livability as it close to the large beautiful Chaoyang Park. There are many shopping malls, like Solana Shopping Mall. Other places of interest for foreigners are Etonkids Bilingual Kindergarten, German School, Canadian School, Beanstalk International Bilingual School, Yew Chung International School and United Family Hospital. With all these great resources for health care and education within easy access, the Chaoyang Park area is really family-friendly and popular among expats.
The Chaoyang Park area has four main compounds where expats live.
• Park Avenue
• Park Apartment
• Victoria Gardens
• Palm Springs
These compounds consist of apartments with monthly rentals range from RMB 14,000-33,000 for apartments varying from 1-bedroom layout to 3-bedroom layout.
Key Distances:
•4 Kilometers/17 minutes drive to the closest hospital
•24 Kilometers/35 minutes drive to Beijing International Airport
Central Business District (CBD) Apartments for rent
This area is considered the heart of the business district, where the headquarters of national and international companies are located. Expats can find a wide selection of serviced and non-serviced apartments. There are many international shopping malls, like The Place, Wanda Plaza, and The Central Mall. Except for various catering facilities, other attractions in the district are the Temple of Sun Park, CCTV headquarters and Tuanjiehu Park. Other places of interest for foreigners are Beanstalk International Bilingual School, Yew Chung International School, United Family Hospital
Popular expat compounds in the district are places such as
• Central Park
• CBD Private Castle
• Fortune Plaza
• Fraser Suites CBD (Serviced Apartment)
• Global Trade Mansion
• Millennium Residence (Serviced Apartment)
These compounds all consists of apartments with monthly rentals range from RMB 15,000-36,000 for apartments varying from 1-bedroom layout to 3-bedroom layout.
Key Distances:
• 2 Kilometers/10 minutes drive to the closest hospital
• 26 Kilometers/40 minutes drive to Beijing International Airport
Lufthansa Area Apartments for rent
Lufthansa area has a major embassy area within it, which makes it very popular among expats. As an area of fast growing, there are many convenience and entertainment facilities to ensure you a comfortable modern urban life. Lucky Street famous for its many international restaurants and Solana shopping mall are around the corner, and Lady Street, a huge indoor market where you can pick up plants, clothes, authentic Chinese furniture and much more is only up the road.
The Lufthansa area has three main compounds where expats live
• Gemini Grove
• Beijing SOHO Residence
• United Apartment
These compounds consist of apartments with monthly rentals range from RMB 12,000-38,000 for apartments varying from 1-bedroom layout to 3-bedroom layout.
Key Distances:
•1 Kilometer/15 minutes walk to the closest hospital
•22 Kilometers/30 minutes drive to Beijing International Airport
Sanlitun Area Apartments for rent
Sanlitun area is a popular expat hangout for its proximity to two major embassy districts, various expat-friendly catering facilities as well as the famous Bar Street. Other attractions in this area include Sanlitun Taikooli, 3.3 Shopping Mall as well as Workers' Stadium. British School of Beijing is also within walking distance.
The Sanlitun area has three main compounds where expats live.
•Sanlitun SOHO
•East Avenue
•Guangcai International Apartment
These compounds consist of apartments with monthly rentals range from RMB 15,000-32,000 for apartments varying from 1-bedroom layout to 3-bedroom layout.
Key Distances:
•2 Kilometers/5 minutes drive to the closest hospital
•24 Kilometers/50 minutes drive to Beijing International Airport
Wangjing Area Apartments for rent
Located in the intersection of Northeast 4rd Ring Road and 5th Ring Road along Jingcheng Expressway, Wangjing area is west to Zhongguancun Etown Science Park, south to 798 Art District as well as expat-friendly Lido and Lufthansa area, north to Shunyi Central Villa District. Its great location together with its ever-improving facilities as an emerging business center and nice housing resource of good quality and relatively low price makes it more and more popular among MNCS and expats, especially among Koreans. Main attractions there are IKEA and Youth Academy.
The Wangjing area has three main compounds where expats live
• Baoxing Residences
• Dong Hu Wan
These compounds consist of apartments with monthly rentals range from RMB 8,500-26,000 for apartments varying from 1-bedroom layout to 3-bedroom layout.
Key Distances:
•5 Kilometer/20 minutes drive to Beijing United Family Hospital
•20 Kilometers/27 minutes drive to Beijing International Airport
Dongcheng District
Dongcheng is Beijing's most important tourist district, which is home to Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City and many shopping streets: Dong Dan and Wangfujing. It is also next to a major Embassy District. The main attraction of this district is that it offers a combination of tradition and modernity with a number of cafés, bars, restaurants and stores with the latest trends. All of this is surrounded by historical sites and traditional houses (old houses or luxury houses) and places adapted to tourists. There are various high-end modern apartments and service apartments as well as Beijing's traditional residence-Siheyuan ( Courtyard House). The most popular areas are undoubtedly Dongzhimen, Houhai lake, Gulou, Andigmen and Yonghegong (Lama Temple) areas. As there is a large transportation junction ( Dongzhimen Transportation Junction), it boasts easy access to main destinations in Beijing.
Dongcheng District has five main compounds where expats live
• Seasons Park
• Pop Moma
• Oakwood Residences (Serviced Apartment)
• East Gate Plaza (Serviced Apartment)
• Ascott Raffles (Serviced Apartment)
These compounds consist of apartments and service apartments with monthly rentals range from RMB 10,000-50,000 for units varying from studio layout to 4-bedroom layout. Courtyards in this area are also popular among some expats, especially those near Gulou and Houhai. Most of them are houses featuring traditional appearance and modern decoration and equipments with nice yard located in quiet alley surrounded by thriving business. Rentals for them ranges from RMB16,000 to RMB 50,000 according to size and status.
Shunyi District
After more than 10 years development, Shunyi Central Villa District has become a really upscale international community featuring agreeable environment, nice family-friendly villas as well as mature facilities. It is of easy access to The Capital International Airport, Lufthansa Embassy District as well as several express ways. The picturesque Wenyu River runs through it and many international schools can be found within this area. Big comprehensive shopping malls like European Ring Plaza, Pinnacle Plaza as well as the newly-established Shine City Town are paradise for shoppers.
The Central Villa District has five main compounds containing both villas and apartments where expats live
• Beijing Riviera
• River Garden Villa
• Orchid Garden
• Grand Hills
• Capital Paradise
These compounds consist of villas with monthly rentals range from RMB 25,000-50,000 for villas varying from 3-bedroom layout to 4-bedroom layout.
Key Distances:
•0.5-6.5 Kilometer/8 minutes walk or 15 minutes drive to the closest hospital
•9-13 Kilometer/22-30 minutes drive to Beijing International Airport
Haidian District
Located in the northwest part of the city, it's a home to the city's major concentrations of universities. In addition, Haidian is one of the main technological innovation centers in the country, that is why it's popularly referred to as 'China's Silicon Valley' in Chinese local media. This district is mainly populated by foreign students and younger expatriates and offers large array of bars and nightclubs.The main advantage of this district is that despite being a very active area, the cost of living is quite a bit lower than in other districts.
The two most popular sub-districts are: Wudaokou: It's an area hosts two most important universities in the city and country (Tsinghua and Peking), as well as the most popular languages university among foreign students (Beijing Language and Culture University). So this area is very popular among foreign students.
Zhongguancun: Known as the electronic city, this sub-district is home to numerous shopping malls with electronic devices and many MNCs in Electronic industry. As Beijing's first High-tech Industry Development Zone, there are mature facilities for living, entertaining, relaxing and refreshing, making it very popular among expats.