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Expat Neighbourhoods in Beijing

Our Beijing relocation guide features the city's most popular expat neighbourhoods, and includes important information on international schools, healthcare, shopping and transport

Living in Shunyi, one of Beijing's most popular expat neighbourhoods

Shunyi is one of Beijing's most popular expat neighbourhoods, as it's located away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD yet still offers expat families a comfortable lifestyle and is home to a large number of international schools. Find out more about the best expat neighbourhoods in Beijing at Expat Essentials.

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Living in the CBD in Beijing

The Beijing Central Business District, commonly referred to as the CBD, is Beijing's centre of finance, media and business services. The area is booming, with modern skyscrapers, towering apartment blocks, massive shopping malls, bustling traffic and briskly-walking professionals in suits.

Expat Life in Chaoyang Park in Beijing

In many ways, Chaoyang Park is the idyllic Beijing expat neighbourhood. The gigantic Chaoyang Park itself offers vast green space and various family activities; it's near the international schools in Sanlitun and Shunyi; there's a dizzying array of restaurants and bars; many nearby corporate offices and embassies are within a short commute, and the neighbourhood has an urban vibe yet maintains a sense of community.

What's it Like to Live in Lido in Beijing?

This international community in the northeast corner of Chaoyang is considered Beijing's original expat enclave, existing prior to the giant villas of Shunyi or boom time in the CBD. It's still hugely popular, and expat families who reside in Lido commend its convenience and the sense of community.

Sanlitun – Beijing's Most Popular Expat Neighbourhoods

Sanlitun has gained national and even international notoriety as Beijing's original international nightlife hub, but there's far more to this neighbourhood than cheap cocktails and tacky nightclubs. In a way, Sanlitun is a microcosm of modern Beijing. Luxury apartment blocks tower over old hutongs and trendy fusion restaurants face charming mom-and-pop restaurants that serve authentic Tsingtao.