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Off Beaten Trail Countryside in Beijing - Chuandixia Village

Wondering how to get away from the bustling metropolis - Beijing City and enjoy ultimate outdoor excursion? The Chuandixia village would make a perfect off-the-beaten-trail outdoor excursion destination while traveling in Beijing. You could easily spend a few days exploring the village without running out of things to see, do and experience.

History of Chuandixia Village

The Chuandixia Village can be dated back as early as hundreds of years ago. Coming into being during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the village features a strong Han group styles in architecture, decorations, furnishings and layout. A bustling stop along the post road, the village once served as a key transit point for accessing to Shanxi Province from Beijing. The economy of the village mainly comes from farming and trading up to this day. The ancient architecture dominating the village can be traced back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). With a walk in this lively museum, the ancient courtyards, intricate carvings and cultural relics will give you a good sense of how the daily lives of the local villagers look like. Sprawling dozens of fun stuff to explore, the village never stops surprising its visitors while traveling around here.

What is Worth exploring in Chuandixia Village Today?

For those looking for some countryside sights in China and off the beaten trail walking, Cuandixia Village is a dream for backpackers. With a visit to the village, the ancient courtyards, local villagers and spectacular countryside scenery are all worth exploring while walking around the area. Despite the economic growth of Beijing, diverse and vibrant traditional folk culture and ancient architecture are well preserved in the village. Featuring its old glory and elegance, the village is sprawling with evergreen pine trees, verdant cypresses and mountainous valley. While exploring the village, you will have a lot of fun climbing up steep stairs and lanes paved with pebbles, traversing through ancient courtyards, old streets and ancient houses where the local villagers lead a relaxing lifestyles - enjoying playing cards or people watching in the street. Exploring an off the beaten track countryside excursion is all about an adventure down to Chuandixia Village.

The village of Cuandixia will make for a perfect vacation destination to spend some quality time with family and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle. Alternatively the area is sprawling with amazing trails which will make for ideal walking experience for those adventurers.

Art Hub of Beijing - 798 Art Zone

Hailed as an art hub of Beijing, 798 Art Zone is a dream for the art buffs and tourists alike. With a visit to the creative neighborhood, you will have a chance to soak up the artistically atmospheric area of Beijing.

Brief Introduction of 798 Art Zone

Located in Chaoyang District in Beijing,  the 798 Art Zone covers an area of over 230,000 square meters and is home to thousands of cultural institutions and organizations, such as galleries, design studios, art exhibition spaces, artists' studios, fashion shops, restaurants etc... There are more than 400 organizations which call 798 Art Zone home, like galleries, artists' private studios, cultural companies producing animated cartoons, television media, publishing, design and consultation. These institutions and companies come from all over the world, including China, France, Italy, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other countries and regions in the world. 798 Art Zone has become a popular haunt for the artists and tourists alike, and now it has enjoyed a far and wide reputation in the world as a gathering place of art and culture.

Developments of the 798 Art Zone

Over the years, Beijing 798 Art Zone has become home to a large number of celebrated artists and world-wide cultural institutions and fashionable companies. 798 Art Zone has hosted thousands of international art exhibitions, events and fashion shows, which have drawn a bunch of worldwide political leaders, movie stars and social celebrities. The 798 Art Zone has become a must-visit spot for world-wide  figures, including Prime Ministers from Sweden, Switzerland and Austria, ex-prime minister from German (Schroeder), the president of European Union (Barroso), the Queen of Belgium, the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's wife, French ex-president Chirac's wife, Norway Prime Minister's wife and Belgium Crown Prince. Moreover thousands of established world-wide companies had done some promotions here including Sony, Motorola, West Wasted, Dior, Omega, BMW and Chinese Yahoo, etc…

Today 798 Art Zone has risen up as one of the most vibrant communities across Beijing. Chaoyang District Government has long been playing an active part in creating and promoting the 798 Art Zone. Nowadays, 798 Art Zone is trying to build its own brand as an artistically active concentration area across Beijing City. 798 Art Zone has played a key role in the development of contemporary art and culturally creative industry in Beijing. All in all, 798 Art Zone is not to be missed by visitors to Beijing.

Top Nightlife Haunt in Beijing - Sanlitun

A visit to Beijing won't be complete without soaking up the vibrant nightlife in Beijing. As dark sets in, the city comes alive with bars, clubs and neon-lights. At the mention of nightlife in Beijing, a night out to Sanlitun is like a dream come true for those looking for cool stuff to do.

Brief Info about Sanlitun
Bars in Sanlitun

Used to be a small village, Sanlitun is a favorite haunt for foreign expats and locals alike these days. Largest entertainment area across Beijing City, Sanlitun is jam-packed with dazzling arrays of bars, clubs and restaurants, etc… Over time, it has been hailed as an icon of nightlife in Beijing, trendy and luxury. The bars at Sanlitun are all exquisitely designed in diverse styles, especially the interior decorations. This is a place where fashion, trend, booze, music, neon are mixed. The visitors usually hang out here to drink, chat or just relax for a while. Some prefer to hang out here in the afternoon, when the street gives a laid-back feel with the sunlight elegantly and lazily dancing here and there, to savor a cup of coffee and tea or just lay back in a chair enjoying the people watch. While others just can't wait another minute to get down here as the night falls and the vibrant nightlife kicks off at Sanlitun.

Highlight Street at Sanlitun
Bars in Sanlitun

Highlight of highlights at Sanlitun, Sanlitun North Street is notoriously famous for its old complex architecture which houses a dazzling array of exotic bars and clubs as well as restaurants. Moreover, the legation quarter is also nestled nearby; therefore, the majority of the foreign expats tend to hang out in here. Iconic bars line up the street, including Poachers, Boys & Girls, Lang Gui Fang, Milan Club, The Tree, Public Space and Vogue, etc… With music ranging from classic to rock & roll kicks off, the street comes alive with customers and cars within just a few minutes. What's more, visitors can also venture deep down and pass through the legation quarter lined with exotic restaurants and boutique shops, where you will get a sense of the culture crash between the east and west.

To sum it up, Sanlitun is absolutely worth a stop-by during your trip to Beijing. A visit to Sanlitun will give you a quick look at the diversity of today's Beijing.

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