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Visit Beijing

Things to see and do in Beijing

Visit Beijing with Leighton Travels.

Come with me on an in-depth journey into China’s dazzling capital city, Beijing. I spent two years of my life teaching English here. Consequently, I’ve learned a few things about what makes this place and its people tick.

798 Art District Beijing

At 798 Art District, Beijing.

Like so many expats who’ve lived here, I’d definitely describe my relationship with Beijing as a love-hate affair. In fact, I’d say that in order to survive, you’ve certainly got to take the rough with the smooth.

Visit Beijing.

Thankfully, there are many rewards for those with patience, diplomacy, determination and good humour. Some of the city sights are staggering, while the food is similarly out of this world. Furthermore, get to know the people one-on-one and you’ll come to see that they’ll do anything for you.

Views over Kunming Lake The Summer Palace Beijing.

At The Summer Palace, Beijing.

In the end, I came away from Beijing with a wealth of knowledge, lessons learned and friends for life. Not to mention some amazing memories, a hatful of stories and, ultimately, no regrets.


At The Forbidden City, Beijing.

Want to know more about my time in the Chinese capital? Why not visit Beijing via my travel reports from:

798 Art District

Beijing Olympic Park

Chaoyang Park

Friends Cafe

Galaxy Soho Mall

How To Ride The Beijing Subway

Lama Temple



The Forbidden City

The Summer Palace 

Tiananmen Square

Lotus Lake Chaoyang Park Beijing

At Lotus Lake in Beijing’s Chaoyang Park.

You can also read my short stories on life in the Chinese capital. All of the below chapters come from my short story collection Challenged in China.

Noodles & Rice 


The Good, the Bad and the Naughty

The Children & The Witch

Bad Moon Rising

Sub Zero Adventures

Goodness Gracious, Great Wall of China!

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