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Known for its political importance, lakeside bar street, and sprawling parks, Beijing’s Xicheng district is full of things to see and do. Whether you’re an athlete, a foodie, a history buff, or a photographer, there is something for everyone – here’s our round-up of the top picks in town.
Stretching across a section of Xicheng is a bustling street full of food. With everything under the sun skewered and ready to be eaten, the choice of what to look at and eat first and then after, and then again after that gets increasingly difficult as you continue to stroll down the street. For adventurous eaters and curious foreigners, Beijing’s Old Station Food Street is an absolute joy to explore. The rows of food stalls look almost never-ending at times, as does the variety of street food served at them – skewered scorpions, starfish, and tarantulas stick out of booths, while butchers, dumpling shops, and fruit markets occupy the stalls nearby.