Beijing, Beijing

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Beijing has been the political and cultural center of China for centuries.

For that reason, many travelers flock here to soak in the overflowing temples and gardens, palaces, ancient treasures, and public squares. Many find Beijing to be a rich and dynamic, if not overwhelming destination. Beijing itineraries include visits to the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Earth, Tiananmen Square and Mao’s Mausoleum, and sections of the Great Wall of China nearby. But here at Matador, we know that destinations like Beijing are more than just their big attractions.

In fact, we’ve collected articles about biking, eating, avoiding tourist traps, and living there. In addition, the Matador community has contributed personal narratives and reflections on the city and photo essays of festivals and important sights.

Have you taught English or studied abroad in Beijing? We welcome your stories.

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Beijing, Beijing Articles

8 underground cities and tunnels you can visit

[Daily dispatch] a day without immigrants

6 sinful things you’ll get addicted to if you live in Beijing

As Beijing’s smog gets worse, residents are buying bottled Canadian air by the canister

For everyone who says living abroad isn’t ‘real life’

I lived in Beijing during military lockdown. Here’s why I’ll never go back.

You’ll soon be able to take a road trip from Moscow to New York

18 of the world’s most bike friendly cities

Dream job alert: Apply to work with baby pandas!


What rooftop gardening looks like in China

I’ll never diss the NYC subway again after watching this

What it’s like to permanently resettle in China [interview]

An alternative trajectory for travel narrative: Bustling Towns

Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations

Mooseheads, caesars, and street hockey: Where to celebrate Canada Day outside of Canada

After 10 years, Chinese gymnasts stripped of medal

The best, worst, ugliest, busiest airports in the world

The symbol factory

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