Beijing and Shanghai are the top two largest cities in China and also the most recognized. But unlike Shanghai, which features stunning glass skyscrapers and glimmers metropolitan glamour, Beijing seems saturated with history, whispering stories of its bygone days. Wandering and getting lost in narrow hutongs (streets/alleys), one cannot help but romanticize that China’s capital city is like the faded pages of an old book or pictures edited with a vintage yellow-tone filter.
It seems. But in reality, the city is a booming metropolis that is constantly changing and evolving. Here are some of my personal artsy picks (or dare I say 文青 a.k.a. Hipster?). Read and find out how you can also enjoy mod Beijing, très hip!