My 5: How To Ride The Beijing Subway.

How to ride the Beijing Subway

Reading from China? This My 5 contains a YouTube video, which can only be viewed with a VPN! 1. September 2018. Whatever it is you’ve come to China’s capital for, chances are you’re gonna get acquainted with the good old Beijing Subway! It’s unavoidable really, as the bus system is complicated, slow and predominantly Mandarin-driven, […]

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My 5: Friends Cafe, Beijing.

Friends Cafe Chaowai Soho Shopping Mall Beijing

1. September 2018. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard about a hidden café in Beijing that’s a replica of Central Perk from the hit TV show Friends. It sounded so… un-Beijing-like. I can hardly call myself the world’s biggest Friends fan, but I liked the show well enough and felt I had to go and […]

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My 5: Tiananmen Square, Beijing.

Tiananmen Square Beijing

1. September 2018. I very nearly didn’t make it into Tiananmen Square. I’d stupidly forgotten all about the security checkpoints and when the steely-faced guard told me: “pass-a-port”I felt a cold chill run down the back of my neck. But then, as luck would have it, I realized it was tucked in the top pouch […]

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My 5: Galaxy Soho Mall, Beijing.

Galaxy SOHO Mall Beijing

1. September 2018. If you’re planning a trip to Beijing, you might not even consider a visit to the city’s largest shopping mall. But whatever you’re doing in the Chinese capital, a half an hour diversion to the amazing sight of Galaxy Soho Mall is well worth it! Designed by the acclaimed British-Iraqi architect Zaha […]

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My 5: Chaoyang Park, Beijing.

Choayang Park Beijing

1. September 2018. It was a warm, lightly smoggy morning in Beijing and I was staying with my old friend Temperance in Chaoyang district. I had quite the day planned, with a hit list that included stops at Galaxy SOHO Mall, Tiananmen Square and Friends Café. But before all that I decided to kick off […]

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My 5: Nanluoguxiang, Beijing.

Nanluoguxiang hutong Beijing

1. September 2018. “What the heck is a hutong?” a friend of mine asked when I told him about my plans in Beijing. It’s a question I’ve had a lot over the years, so I made sure to pencil in a hutong-flavored My 5 for my Beijing page. The Chinese capital used to be crammed full […]

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My 5: Museum of the Moon – The Water Cube (National Aquatics Center), Beijing.

Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon The Water Cube National Aquatics Center Beijing

1. September 2018. My favorite part of Beijing’s quirky Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) was this amazing little exhibition set around the main Olympic pool. My friend Lily and I had no idea what to expect as we spontaneously purchased our tickets and made out way through the short, dark corridor. Who was Luke Jerram? And […]

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