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24 Hours in Beijing Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Culture, Vocabulary

What could you accomplish with a full 24 hours in Beijing? Probably a lot more than you think! In this video, I take you on a whirlwind tour of the Chinese capital, hitting plenty of the famous sights, enjoying tons of local food, living like a local in some of the parks, and partying like a rock star with one crazy night full of music, drinks, and people.


While that may seem impossible to achieve in one day, I assure you it is very doable. You just need to have the motivation, the energy, the know-how, plenty of coffee during the day and some stronger stuff at night. Of course, an afternoon nap (午睡 – wǔ shuì) was crucial to the success of this day, and that’s a common habit among locals anyways!

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“Hi everyone, my name’s Sasha and my destination is Beijing. Today I’m going to show you just how much you can do with 24 hours in Beijing. This is the heart of China. The place where Mao Zedong established the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

After the flag raising, take a stroll along Qianmen Street. it’s 8 o’clock. I’m cold and hungry. It’s time for some Beijing breakfast. Enjoy a classic Chinese breakfast of steamed stuffed buns, porridge, and soybean milk.

Next, head to the Forbidden City. This massive complex served as the imperial palace for Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Just north of the Forbidden City, you’ll find Jingshan Park. For just 2 RMB, you can enjoy morning exercises in the park and head to the top for stunning views of the city.

To get around Beijing you’ll want one of these cards. It’s good for the buses, subways, and most taxis.

A visit to the Drum and Bell Towers gives you a panoramic view of old Beijing neighborhoods, and you can also catch a drum show.

In between the towers, you’ll find Sculpting in Time, a great place for a coffee.

Well it’s 12:30. You know what that means – time for lunch!

Pack in with the lunch crowd and munch on shredded potatoes, cucumbers, and wonton soup.

It’s 1:30 now and we’re here at Shichahai, a series of three man made lakes in the city center. It’s a great place to walk around anytime of year. You can also rent a bike. Cruise through Beijing’s traditional alleyways.

It’s 5 o’clock and we’re getting the party started early at one of Beijing’s very own microbreweries. At Slow Boat, you can order a flight to sample their many craft beers.

For dinner, head to Ghost Street, where you can warm up with a Chinese favorite and a great dining experience – hot pot.

Kick off your night with a stroll along NLGX, a hip area full of shops, street vendors, snacks, and bars. Drop in Salud to sample one of their creative shandies or a glass of mulled wine, while you listen to Spanish music.

Turn it up to 11 at Temple, one of Beijing’s most popular bars with live music every weekend.

Down the street, you’ll find 4corners, a creative space that focuses on food, drinks, art, and people.

After midnight, the place to be is Sanlitun, where crowds gather to share two of the finer things in life, street beers and street food.

Take a quick rest in one of Beijing’s countless net bars, and then get crazy in Dada with an all night drum and bass party.

Well it’s almost 5 AM and a dim sum breakfast is the perfect way to end the day. This popular Cantonese joint is open 24 hours.

Finally, stroll around Ditan Park and reflect on your awesome day.”

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


  1. Soyeon:

    Hi Sasha, this is Soyeon from KAI Communications in Beijing. We are very impressed of your contents here, and those are very informative!
    At this moment, we are looking for bloggers for our new project call GTC(Global Talent China), so we would like to invite you to be our blogger. There is no email address of yours in this website so we leave this message and my contact here. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you very much!

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