Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…


Red Gate Gallery
This long-standing gallery exhibits the work of established and celebrated artists.
St. Michael’s Church
This beautiful Neo-Gothic Catholic church is a bit of a surprise.
Poly Theatre
Ballets orchestras and drama grace the boards of this enormous theatre.
Niujie Mosque
Over 500 years old this is the city's largest Mosque.
National Stadium (Bird’s Nest)
Re-live the Olympics at this impressive stadium.
National Aquatics Center
The former Olympic swimming pool makes ripples with its innovative design
National Art Museum
The perfect introduction to the traditional Chinese arts.
Lama Temple
Traditional Lama temple home to an incredible 18-meter-high Buddha.
Li Yuan Theatre
The home of Peking Opera.
Instituto Cervantes
A growing hub of the hispanophone community.
Forbidden City Concert Hall
A grand venue in a lovely setting.
French Cultural Center
Join Beijing's French community for a movie and a croissant.
F2 Gallery
Celebrated pieces from Beijing and beyond.
Forbidden City
Tourists flock to this awe-inspiring site for a reason.
Chaoyang Theatre
THE place to see acrobatics in Beijing.
Cherry Lane
Catch the latest independent film at this art house cinema.
 An historic cinema that screens all the latest Hollywood releases.
Capital Museum
Packed with relics from historic Beijing.
Beijing Concert Hall
Incredible acoustics have made this a celebrated venue for classical music.
Arario Gallery
Exhibitons from acclaimed and emerging Asian artists.
Arrow Factory
Unusual and intriguing contemporary exhibitions.
Yugong Yishan
Underground acts take to the stage in this atmospheric venue.
Star Live
A mixture of up and coming live acts with established cult legends.
Tongli Studio
Fall down the rabbit hole into a nighttime labyrinth.
Lantern Bar
DJ collective serious about their tunes experiment across the electronic range.
Mao Livehouse
Rock punk and indie have arrived in full force at MAO Livehouse.
Mix and Vics
Flash your cash with the (very) young and beautiful.
Song Music Bar
Eclectic music policy in an unusual interior is manna for media types.
Always packed this is Beijing's only full-scale gay club.
East Shore Live Jazz
A great jazz venue with a suitably atmospheric interior.
Hit Alfa on a Friday to indulge in some cheesy 80s-inspired fun.
Aperitivo and chain-smoking at this euro-centric haunt.
Yin Bar
A haunt of high society where you can sip cocktails whilst soaking in the rooftop hot tub overlooking the Forbidden City.
Saddle Cantina
A haven for beer lovers that also serves own-brew tequila and guacamole.
Drum and Bell
Relaxed neighbourhood hangout with WiFi and good pub food.
All-Star Sports
Popular and comprehensive Sports Bar.
A dark and seductive lounge that boasts cigar wine and sushi bars.
Trendy minimalist ambiance that plays host to diverse Asian dishes.
Aman Summer Palace
Superb imperial specialties in a historic and hugely atmospheric setting.
Westin Financial Street
A decadent sophisticated destination in the new Financial district.

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