LGBT Travellers

Although the Chinese authorities take a dim view of homosexuality, which was officially classified as a mental disorder until 2001, a low-profile gay and lesbian scene exists in Běijīng. For an informative and up-to-date lowdown on the latest gay and lesbian hot spots in Běijīng, have a look at Utopia (www.utopia-asia.com). Another useful publication is the Spartacus International Gay Guide (Bruno Gmunder Verlag), a bestselling guide for gay travellers.