About Lincoln C
Lives in Hong Kong
Since Mar 2010
25-34 year old male
Canadian Chinese guy living in Hong Kong. Loves to go hiking, camping and always up for an adventure ! Enjoys eating things, exploring hidden gems, and other awesome stuff.
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts
Specialty Museums, History Museums, Architectural Buildings
Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts
Specialty & Gift Shops
Ancient Ruins, Hiking Trails, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Amusement & Theme Parks, Arenas & Stadiums
Art Galleries, Neighborhoods
Specialty & Gift Shops
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Gardens, Parks, Biking Trails
Observation Decks & Towers, Monuments & Statues, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Neighborhoods, Bodies of Water
Parks, Bodies of Water, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Parks
Located right in the center of the city, Tiananmen Square is the infamous site of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. While there isn't much to 'do' here, it is one of the iconic places in Beijing, with much historical significance.
The Palace Museum, or the Forbidden Palace is the historical home of the Emperor of China, having been the center of Chinese government for over 500 years. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of the largest and most well preserved palace complexes in the world, and no visit to Beijing is complete without a stop-off here.
Once the Emperor's private imperial gardens, Jingshan Park offers one of the best vantage points to see and photograph the Forbidden Palace from. A quiet park, frequented by locals, it's a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, plus it also has a significant historical context - the last Ming Emperor hung himself here, ending the Ming dynasty.
Once off-the beaten path, this trendy area has slowly turned into a more mainstream attraction in recent years, full of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. Although it can get busy at times, it's still a cute area to walk around and explore. The shops here offer a more unique selection of items than the traditional markets (albeit probably at higher prices), and the hip bars and cafes dotted along the alleyways, are always buzzing in the evenings.
One of the seven wonders of the world - the Great Wall is well worth the travel time it takes to visit. The question is - which segment of the wall do you go to? There are a variety of options around Beijing - the closest (and busiest) being Badaling, while the more remote stretches include Jiankou and Simatai, which are quieter but require more effort to get to. If you're stuck for choice, Mutianyu is a good middle ground. While this segment is fully restored, and still quite touristy (there is a ski lift bringing you up to the wall, and a luge slide to whizz back down); simply walk away from the main area for about 30 minutes and you'll have your own piece of the wall all to yourself.
The 2008 Summer Olympics were a source of National Pride for China, who invested a huge amount of resources in building beautiful facilities like the Bird's Nest Stadium, Water Cube and the surrounding Olympic Green. The views of these buildings are more beautiful at night when they're lit up.
Originally a series of 50-year old decommissioned military factories and buildings, this area has been transformed into a thriving community of contemporary artists, museums, and exhibitions. Most of the galleries are small in size, so the best thing is to explore this area on foot and get lost while exploring its side alleys, full of trendy restaurants and cafes. It's a very different vibe from the rest of Beijing!
There are many markets around Beijing but Xiu Shui Jie is one of the most famous. The go-to place for all your typical souvenirs, clothes, knockoffs and knickknacks - this multistory modern market is a hot-spot for tourists. Buyers beware however - due to the high concentration of tourists here, stall owners have inflated their prices accordingly. Bargain hard but keep your patience, and try to have some fun!
If you're looking for a rowdy nightlife scene, this is the place. The whole street is filled with bars and nightclubs of every variety, and is always buzzing with people enjoying drinks and simply soaking up the atmosphere.
Another one of Beijing's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Summer Palace is the largest and most well-preserved imperial garden in China. Situated around the picturesque Kunming Lake, the entire Palace spans over 700 acres. With stunning scenery, beautiful architecture and rich history, The Summer Palace is a must-see site in Beijing.
The Bell and Drum Towers were once used to announce time, having been the official timekeepers of the city. Now they lie in the middle of a trendy area of well preserved traditional hutongs (typical Beijing courtyard houses) - a great place to explore by foot or bicycle and get lost in. There are hidden gems around every corner, great rooftop cafes and patios to enjoy, and despite it becoming a popular tourist attraction, this neighborhood still retains its historical charm and local roots.
These man made lakes - once part of the Emperor's gardens in imperial times - are now a picturesque tourist attraction, with many bars, cafes and restaurants dotted around their circumference. The surrounding neighborhood also contains some of the city's most famous hutongs, and makes for a great area to explore on foot or by bike.
Yet another imperial-garden-turned-public-park; Beihai Park is one of the largest Chinese Gardens in Beijing. The center of the park features Jade Flower Island with its famous White Dagoba Temple, while the rest of the grounds are dotted with various other pagodas and pavilions.
The Temple of Heaven, another of Beijing's UNESCO Heritage sites is an old imperial sacrificial altar, once visited by the Emperors to wish for good harvests. The main temple and altars are among the most iconic sites in Beijing, and located inside a large park (even larger than the Forbidden City), both the architecture and landscape here are recognized as masterpieces in their own right.
A trip to Beijing isn't complete without some Peking Duck! The choices for where to eat this popular dish in Beijing are plentiful, but a personal favorite of mine is the Da Dong chain, and in particular, its newest branch located at Nanxincang. Nanxincang itself was once an imperial granary and warehouse, recently transformed into a fine dining area. With a lot of the original architecture incorporated into the new design, you can enjoy an authentic historic atmosphere as you enjoy equally delicious cuisine.