For the quirky, cool and totally unclassifiable, check out Beijing's offbeat activities. Beijing has an underbelly, as does every major city, of odd attractions, strange museums and bizarre clubs that satisfy every oddball urge.
Morning Tai Chi is a fun way to start the day. Gathering in many of the city's major parks, you'll find old women with swords dancing around in the grass while men gather to listen to hand-held radios and practice centering their chi.
To spice things up, how about paragliding in the outskirts of Beijing? Odd enough for you? How about scary enough! If that's too much, scale it back to the Beijing Archery Club, which can help you hone in on your targeting skills while touring in China.
The Beijing Post Museum is a fun way to learn while enjoying an oddball activity and participating in further the joy of philately. Likewise, the coin museum is a fun way to learn the history of money in China as well as the economy and psychology of development. Meanwhile, the China Bee Museum is a fun way to learn about pollination while enjoying a bit of local fun and bizarre culture. Finally, the Bell Museum is a fun way to listen to minute changes in tones while enjoying a plethora of bells.
To stroll around and enjoy the offbeat, stroll around Nanluoguxiang or the Antique Museum and enjoy the odd items up for sale as well as new foods, drinks and sundry other items.
between Chang'an Daije and Qianmen Daije
No.5, east bar street of Yuan dynasty
Make your dreams of flight come true... read more
De Sheng Men, Middle Road, North Second Ring Road
Xi Cheng District
Inside Xiang Shan Zhi Wu Yuan
Beijing Botanical Garden in the west of Wofosi
82 Yuanmingyuan Road
A31, North Third Ring Road
Collection of bells of all sizes... read more
Runs north to south between Jiugulou Dajie and Dianmen Dajie, respectively
Southern entrance a few blocks east of Houhai
Hutong chic, for shopping, cafes and adorable bars... read more
Pan Jia Yuan Road
A Must for Weekend Antique Hunting... read more
Di Tan Park, An Ding Men Road
Dong Cheng District
See all your favorite Chinese figures... read more