The ‘Meet In Beijing’ Arts Festival 相约北京美国主宾国

Every spring, this festival takes place in the capital city as a meeting of artists of all kinds from China and countries worldwide, a cultural exchange covering everything from music - classical, pop and more - to dance, exhibitions and drama, ... expect the unexpected : )

In 2016, the festival runs from April 25 to May 30. Now in its 16th year, the festival will bring together nearly 400 Chinese artists and more than 400 international artists from 25 countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain and France. Canada will be this year's guest country of honor.

As a taster, here are two wonderful performances from 2014 - first, a steel band in ChaoYang Park, second an unusual 'quartet' at the National Center for the Performing Arts (don't miss this if you love music) ...

[640],shadow=true,start=,stop=
[320],shadow=true,start=1920,stop=2257 [320],shadow=true,start=,stop=

Live more !

Beijing, the capital city of China, is a vibrant metropolis steeped in history, culture, and modernity. Here's a brief overview of what you can expect as a tourist in Beijing:

Historical Landmarks:
The Great Wall of China: One of the most iconic structures in the world, the Great Wall is easily accessible from Beijing. Mutianyu and Badaling sections are popular among tourists.

Forbidden City (Palace Museum): A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this vast imperial palace complex was home to Chinese emperors for over 500 years. It houses numerous halls, courtyards, and historical artifacts.

Temple of Heaven: A masterpiece of Chinese architecture, this ancient temple complex served as a place of worship for emperors to pray for good harvests.

Summer Palace: A stunning ensemble of lakes, gardens, and palaces, the Summer Palace served as a retreat for emperors during the Qing dynasty.

Tiananmen Square: One of the largest city squares in the world, Tiananmen Square is flanked by important landmarks such as the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.

Cultural Sites:
Beijing Hutongs: Explore the narrow alleyways and traditional courtyard residences of Beijing's historic neighborhoods. You can take a rickshaw tour or simply wander around on foot.

Beijing Opera: Experience traditional Chinese opera performances at venues like the Liyuan Theater or the Chang'an Grand Theatre.

798 Art District: A hub of contemporary art and culture, this former industrial area is now home to numerous galleries, studios, and cafes.

Modern Attractions:
Olympic Park: Visit iconic structures such as the Bird's Nest (National Stadium) and the Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

CBD (Central Business District): Marvel at the futuristic skyline of Beijing's modern business district, which includes landmarks like the CCTV Headquarters and the China World Trade Center Tower III.

Culinary Delights:
Peking Duck: Indulge in Beijing's most famous dish, crispy roast duck served with pancakes, scallions, and hoisin sauce.

Street Food: Explore the city's vibrant street food scene and sample local delicacies like jianbing (savory crepes), lamb skewers, and dumplings.

Practical Tips:
Transportation: Beijing has an extensive public transportation system, including the subway, buses, and taxis. However, traffic can be heavy, so plan your travels accordingly.

Language: While English is not widely spoken, especially outside tourist areas, many signs and transportation announcements are in English. It's helpful to carry a translation app or a phrasebook.

Weather: Beijing experiences four distinct seasons, with hot summers and cold winters. The best times to visit are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) when the weather is mild and comfortable.

Etiquette: Respect local customs and traditions, such as removing your shoes before entering someone's home and using both hands to pass or receive items.

Beijing offers a rich tapestry of experiences for tourists, blending ancient heritage with modern innovations. Whether you're fascinated by history, culture, or culinary delights, there's something for everyone in this dynamic city.

Related Videos

Featured Videos

QingDao 青岛 Travelogue, ShanDong province
Explore the vibrant city of QīngDǎo with CCTV's Travelogue ...
China 中国 wedding
In a few hours it will be China's 'Singles Day' 11 / 11. Single ? Celebrate your freedom ;) Regardless, we hope all our visitors will one day find (or have found) their true love ... Romantic songs galore ... When love calls your name ... are you ready to believe ? Are you strong enough, to trust in love ...? No matter what ... Forever my baby; always yours ... A beautiful heart creates our paradise ... It can be a beautiful world, when you share your dream ... It's amazing ! You can count on me ... Three little words :Wo ai ni (I love you) ... Waiting for my chance,I was lost, then found,All I know is :We're all in the dance. One life ... one love ... Beginning with 'Superhero Wedding' ...
Around YangShuo 阳朔 and GuiLin 桂林, GuangXi province
With Sticker Travel ...
Around ShangRi-La 香格里拉市
A beautiful region of wonderful landscapes and with a part Tibetan population in north west YunNan province ...
KunMing 昆明, provincial capital of YunNan
Flying over China 中国 …
A bird's eye view of HuangShan Mountain, the Great Wall of China, YangShuo, GuangXi province, and Hong Kong. Beautiful !
ChangSha 长沙 night walk and park tour
Capital of HuNan province. With Walk East ... 1:26 Changsha Lieshi Park 54:20 Downtown Night Walk 1:36:06 Orange Island Park Night Walk
Beautiful YangShuo 阳朔, GuangXi province – aerial footage
China and South-East Asia can rise together
With Angelo Giuliano and Brian Berletic / The New Atlas ... With Jeffrey Sachs ... Oliver Stone on JFK ... Glenn Greenwald talks with Vincent Bevins - the CIA, coups and dictatorships, 'anti-communism'. The threat of a good example - taking care of ALL the people - is a major motivation for a Western elite that desires to retain its extreme privilege ... Bonus film - with The Geopolitics In Conflict Show ... In China, the people are family. In The West, the people are livestock.
Joyful Brush – traditional style Chinese painting
A Chinese brush artist since 1976, Virginia Lloyd-Davies has paintings in collections in the U.S., China, Britain, Europe, Japan, Mexico and Kenya. Her teacher for 26 years until his death was Master Painter I-Hsiung Ju, with whom she traveled regularly to China & Taiwan. Watch Virginia demonstrate a typical lotus painting ...
NanJing, with MiuMiu, the Guitar Girl
JiangSu province ...
Xi’An metro and airport
ShaanXi province. With Walk East ...

A selection of popular videos

Keyword / tag search :