Welcome to the show notes for the ninth episode of the Just Go Places Podcast. In Episode Nine, we listen to a Canadian expat who tells us about her visit  to Beijing, the capitol of China, with her family.


Welcome to Episode 9 of the Just Go Places podcast. Today I talk with my friend Alex about her trip to Beijing last month with her husband and two children, aged 10 and 8.

Alex and her family are Canadians currently living in Japan.  We had a wonderful week visiting them in Tokyo in October which turned out to be just after they had returned from a trip to Beijing.  We would love to visit Beijing ourselves and so I took the opportunity to get some tips from her on visiting Beijing with kids.

Podcast show notes for visiting Beijing with kids


Listen to Episode 9 Below:

As Mentioned in the Podcast:

Hotel in Beijing

Ritz Carlton Beijing  – 5 star hotel conveniently located for fine dining and sightseeing

Attractions in Beijing

Red Theatre which has the nightly Kungfu Show
Temple of Heaven – a UNESCO world heritage site and a religious complex built in the 15th century by the same Chinese Emperor who built the Forbidden City
Tiananmen Square – an important square in central Beijing where Mao Zedong proclaimed the establishment of the People’s Republic of China on the 1st of October 1949

Beijing with kids

TIanenmen Square

Summer Palace – a UNESCO world heritage site and the summer residence of the Emperors of China

Panjiayun Antique Market – Beijing’s biggest market which is open on the weekends and sells arts, crafts and purported antiques
Forbidden City – a UNESCO world heritage site and the seat of Chinese Imperial power for over 500 years during the Ming and Qing dynasties

Drum & Bell Towers – great views from the top of the towers which bookend a traditional hutong square.  In historic times, the bell rang in the dawn and the drum sounded for nightfall.

Houhai Lake – lake in the hutong neighbourhood surrounded by teahouses, cafes, bars and shops

798 Art Area – a munitions factory which has been converted into a center for contemporary art

Beijing with kids

Old man with pipes

Restaurants in Beijing

Da dong – A roast duck restaurant located near the Ritz Carlton Beijing.  Now there is also a
fast food version of Da Dong across from the Ritz Carlton near the Starbucks.

Beijing with kids

A cute duck welcomes to the roast duck restaurant. No irony there.

Hongyan Nan Men – A traditional Chinese Hot Pot restaurant located near the Temple of Heaven

Din Tang Foong – A renowned dumpling restaurant which was started in Taiwan and now has branches around the world.

Beijing with kids

Street life

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This post is linked up with City Tripping.