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How to Travel like a Local in Beijing

Beijing is China at its colorful, lively best. The list of fun stuff to explore in Beijing seems endless. But for those who want to explore the vibrant city like a local, there are some things you need to bear in mind before making your trip plan to Beijing.

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First of all - dress like a local.
You may never look like a local, or talk like one, but dressing like one will more likely land you some opportunities to mingle with the locals. Dressing like a local shows that you are interested in Chinese art and culture, so the Chinese people will welcome you as much as possible. You may give them a feeling that they are the host and you are the guest, therefore, they would go out of their way to make sure that you have a good time while visiting Beijing. There are plenty of locations or shopping spaces in Beijing where you may easily pick some local outfits to try on and be more local-like. If you still have no clue as to which one to pick, than Tang Suit is a good bet as it is hailed as the signature dress of China. Moreover, it is highly recommended to head for those time-honored shops in Beijing, selling iconic Beijing curios. By the way, dressing like a local is a best way to memorize your travel to China, with everything looking like Chinese-style.

Second of all - hang out at favorite venues of locals
If you ask a local how he or she spends spare time while living in Beijing, the answer may shock you. Nowadays, the locals living in Beijing like to hang out to their favorite haunts, like the teahouses, opera theaters, massage centers, night clubs and pubs as well as shopping malls –the list could really go on forever! For an in-depth taste of the lives of the locals, it is best to hit some lanes and alleyways in the city, but be careful as you may easily get lost while finding your way out. With a leisurely wander down some lovely lanes in the city, you will get a closer look at the laid-back lifestyle led by the locals. Some playing chess, some drinking tea by the steps of the courtyard, some just wandering around like you - all will give you a sense of the life of today led by the locals. It will be fun and an essential Chinese experience too.

Overall, with these tips in mind, you will do just fine while traveling in Beijing, less traveler-like!