How to Spend Your Last Night in Beijing in Style

On June 27, 2012, in Beijing, Modern Architecture, Nightlife, by Jack Li

I said good bye to one of the coolest people I have ever met last night and were did he chose to bring our recently acquired group of friends but to the 80th floor of the tallest building in Beijing. This bar almost at the top of the China World Summit building is called Atmosphere and […]

I said good bye to one of the coolest people I have ever met last night and were did he chose to bring our recently acquired group of friends but to the 80th floor of the tallest building in Beijing. This bar almost at the top of the China World Summit building is called Atmosphere and it is well worth the effort to dress up in a business suit and go even during Beijing’s hot summer weather. It is also the perfect place to end your China travel, at least in my personal experience. The music is great usually featuring live jazz which moves your soul. The drinks of course are a little pricey for Beijing but it is still only around 15usd-30usd a drink. They are delicious and exotic. The Atmosphere bar sells grapa form Italy, Cuban rum and wine in addition the bar also sells a selection of Cuban cigars. I don’t know about you but I never thought I would find these things in China but I guess every day here is full of surprises. And I am loving all of them! This is defiantly#1 in places to go after your Beijing tours. However, don’t forget you can just have one drink here save your money and get some extreme swag on while overlooking the city of Beijing

As we sat down and drank our drinks I looked at my friends and thought it has been only 3 weeks since we meet but we act like old friends. So I stood up and made a traditional toast to my new found friends stating loudly, “This toast is to our Canadian brother who is leaving us… it seems that out time together here is too short but may we all remain friends for years to come.” After this every one cheered and   shouted gambai but no one killed there drink because they wanted to savor it.  We all then took many photos and pretended to be proper my one good friend sat around and waved like the queen of England which made everyone burst into laughter even at the table next to us. After going to this bar I think if I ever have a layover on one of my China flights I will make this place my destination. I do not say this because it is high class after all I do love a good cheap night out in Sanlitun. But I say it because it is a place where I can sit by the window and recall all of my memories of Beijing my favorite city (so far) in China. Well that and the jazz music I heard here was some of the best in my life. So This Blog is dedicated to Brian and the rest of my new found friends, see you in Spain!  “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

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The Best Aerial Views Over Beijing..

On September 14, 2011, in Accomodation, Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Nightlife, by Jack Li

You may be interested to learn the best spots around Beijing for catching an interesting view of the city. When you travel to Beijing, although it is not quite as mesmerizing as Hong Kong’s skyline the views are still well worth the trip. The trickiest part is timing your visit with a clear sky for […]

You may be interested to learn the best spots around Beijing for catching an interesting view of the city. When you travel to Beijing, although it is not quite as mesmerizing as Hong Kong’s skyline the views are still well worth the trip. The trickiest part is timing your visit with a clear sky for good visibility. China hotels generally are some of the best spots for good viewing opportunities, particularly the high floor bars and lounges typical of the more upmarket establishments.

One such place is the Atmosphere Bar. This is a relatively new high end bar with drinks prices to match (cocktails starting at 65RMB), however on a clear day or night it easily takes the title for best views across Beijing. It is located on the 80th floor of the China World Tower 3, officially known as ‘China World Summit Wing’, which can be found on the Beijing east 3rd ring road. It is also easily accessed via the metro, simply catch Line 1 to Guomao.

Atmosphere is open from 12 noon until 2am, and specifies a ‘smart casual’ dress code. There are both smoking and non-smoking areas, and the bar offers views of the CBD, Sanlitun and the Tian’anmen area.

Another recommended bar is ‘China Bar’ located on the 65th floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel, this previously held the title for Beijing’s highest bar before the China World Summit Wing was built. Being another luxury hotel the drink prices are steep starting at 70RMB for cocktails and 60RMB upwards for beer, however the views are great across the Central Business Disctrict taking in the CCTV headquarters (known as the ‘pants building’) and the Bird’s Nest Stadium on a clear night. Opening times are 5pm until 1am, and it is accessed from the same metro as the Atmosphere Bar so you could visit both in an evening.

The Park Hyatt also has a restaurant called China Grill on the floor above which is Beijing’s highest restaurant. The panoramic 360 degree views are stunning, and they serve a range of Western food alongside Chinese and Japanese.

For unmissable views over the Tian’anmen and Forbidden City area, head for Jingshan Park (admission 2RMB). The park is located just north of the Forbidden City and on a clear day has fabulous views across Beijing, including Lake Beihai to the west and the Bell and Drum towers in the north. Whilst here you can visit some traditional Chinese temples and also the spot where emperor Chong Zhen hung himself in 1644, after the Imperial Palace was broken into by rebel troops.

Other good views across the city can be found at the Drum Tower and CCTV Tower (not to be confused with the CCTV Headquarters), and many Beijing Hotels also have great views of the city, particularly toward the higher floors.

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