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Updated by Raphael Fitzherbert on Mar 04, 2015
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Great Places to Explore by the Night Traveller – Trendy Night Life of Vibrant Beijing

Trendy Beijing is loved for its thrilling nightlife, theatre, entertainment and colourful 'bar streets' of vibrant Houhai and Sanlitun. Read on for tips on how to savour the best night-time fun.

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Visit the 'Hutongs'

Be a part of the thriving night culture as you experience ancient Beijing in modern settings. The Hutongs is a marvellous collection of ancient Chinese buildings built around the fishing lake of Houhai. Enjoy a modern day 'pub-crawl' in the district jam packed with sports bars and 24hr restaurants. Plenty of entertainment is provided at the night clubs boasting R&B and Jazz tunes to dance the night away. Relish the succulent cuisine – do try the infamous Beijing Roast Duck – catch a game on HD or show off your talent at a karaoke lounge. A pleasant surprise in the Hutongs are the dining boats that whisk romantics around the lake for enjoying snacks, drinks and the glistening moonlight.

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Nightlife of Sanlitun

By day this district is excellent for shopping and scouring the amazing international restaurants that line the streets. However Sanlitun by night is quite a chic experience. Discover classy night-clubs boasting contemporary vibes and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. You will love the glitzy dance halls where samba, hip-hop and tango are on the cards. The apartment hotels Beijing is home to are an excellent choice for convenient exploration of the area. Choosing to stay at one means you will enjoy all amenities of a hotel plus the freedom of a fully serviced apartment.

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Hidden Tree

If you are a tourist exploring the vibrant Sanlitun area consider stopping for a meal and respite at the Hidden Tree Belgium restaurant. Relish Belgium beer and very creamy pastas. This is an excellent spot for meeting other tourists and exchanging notes.

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Beijing Olympic Park

The Birds Nest and Water Cube located with the Beijing Olympic Park is a gorgeous sight at night. Both buildings come alive under colourful neon lights and exude a magical ambiance guaranteed to awe and thrill. Develop a new found respect for the talented architects of these buildings as they glow in the dark; the bird nest located by a pond in the park is lit up in fiery red glow while The Water Cube resembles a huge bubble as blue neon lights pulse around the building. These structures are quite impressive in daylight too while shopping and dining are available in plenty. As mentioned before considering apartment style accommodation in Beijing is excellent for convenient exploration of the area. You will enjoy an at home feel and modern amenities at these apartment hotels. For all this and more do check out the Ascott Raffles City Beijing.

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Chang'an Street

Home to top tourist attractions this street is open at night. Tourists will find special bus services that cover important sights located along Chang'an Street such as Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Wangfujin Shopping District and Xidan Commercial district. Other than for the Forbidden City all attractions may be enjoyed at night; as shops too remain open until 10 pm.

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Sanlitun Village

Charming Sanlitun Village is a virtual shopper's paradise by night. Enjoy browsing the many stalls selling branded goods such as clothing, electronics and local artefacts while the many restaurants offer the best in local and international cuisine. The vibrant 'bar street' of Sanlitun is quite an experience, enjoy bar-hopping, chatting to locals and making new friends.

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The Place – Chic Dining

The Place is Beijing's up market district for dressing up and enjoying a meal at a classy restaurant. Located in Beijing's central business district the restaurant is also home to Asia's largest LED screen while offering an impressive menu of some of the best gourmet dishes from around the world.
These are just a few of the attractions to be enjoyed at night in Beijing. Choose your ideal accommodation and discover a hidden world of splendid entertainment as you tour the city by night.