From galleries to delis, a trio of spots to hit in the capital

The never-ending urban highways, the pale and empty grandeur of Tian’anmen Square, the heavy traffic and the mantle of dust which is just occasionally swept away by the bitter winds from Mongolia—these don’t necessarily make China’s capital a place you fall in love with at first sight.

On the contrary, Beijing is a city that takes time to explore, and it’s just when you get lost in the maze of old alleys or head out on a trip to one of the city’s art districts that you can truly discover its charm. Along with its vibrant street culture and its historical heritage, China’s bustling development has turned the city into an ideal playground for local and expat creatives with both mainstream and alternative ideas. Here are three hidden gems worth uncovering.

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