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Beihai Park & Xicheng North
Northwest of the Forbidden City, Běihǎi Park and the adjacent Hòuhǎi Lakes act as one big playground for Beijingers. During the day, they are a great spot to kick back, while at night locals carouse at the bars and restaurants that surround them. Also a temple- and hútòng-rich neighbourhood, Xīchéng North has some fun accommodation hidden away in its alleyways.
Dashilar & Xicheng South
With the historic shopping street of Dashilar providing a focus, and the many hostels in the nearby hútòng making it Běijīng’s backpacker central, this neighbourhood southwest of Tiān’ānmén Sq is handy for the major sights and has plenty of character. Formerly known as Xuanwu district, it’s also home to the best acrobatics and opera shows in town.
Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng
Big and brash and a key nightlife zone, with many of the most popular bars, clubs and restaurants clustered in the Sānlǐtún area. While Cháoyáng lacks the history of other districts, most of the city’s top-end hotels and shops are also located here. Further out, the 798 Art District is the centre of the Chinese contemporary art scene.
The Summer Palace & Hǎidiàn
Home to many of Běijīng’s universities, as well as museums and parks, the buzzing student district of Wǔdàokǒu makes for a fine contrast with the regal Summer Palace and the tranquil, rural delights of the Fragrant Hills, which occupy Hǎidiàn’s northwestern edge.