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Exploring Beijing as an insider

Beijing, China

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Experience hosted by Song

3 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English, Chinese (Simplified)

What you'll do

Our experience will take place in Najian Cafe(那间咖啡), an internet-famous cafe popular among Beijing locals. As Najian is located in Xisi, a long-standing, prosperous downtown area of Beijing, you can easily get there by taking subway Line 4 to Xisi Station. I will meet you at Xisi station and the coffee shop is only a few minutes' walk away. There are quite a few worth-to-visit local restaurants and shops nearby and I will introduce you to them while we are heading to the cafe. In the cafe, you will learn anything about Beijing from me, who was born, raised and has lived here for 30+ years.

If you don't know much about this great city and have no idea about where to start, no worries. Here are our sepcialties for you:

1. What are the less common but well-worth-a-visit places in Beijing giving you authentic LOCAL experience?
2. How to unlock these places in an efficient and economical way?
3. Where to have a taste of original Beijing food while travelling along Subway Line 4 (or around Xisi)?
4. If you are interested in Beijing dialect, you can pick up some useful words and sentences from my friend, an expert Chinese language teacher holding teaching certificate issued by Confucius Institute Headquarters.

*Bonus:After an informative talk in the cafe, we will go to nearby eateries and try out some famous local snack like Xisi steam bun and tradional local Beijing desserts.
Other things to note
Who can book: for those who love world traveling, or those who want to learn how to fully experience the local food and culture as a Beijinger.
Our experience will take place in Najian Cafe(那间咖啡), an internet-famous cafe popular among Beijing locals. As Najian is located in Xisi, a long-standing, prosperous downtown area of Beijing, you can easily get there by taking subway Line 4 to Xisi Station. I will meet you at Xisi station and the coffee shop is only a few minutes' walk away. There are quite a few worth-to-visit local restaurants and shops nearby and I will introduce you to them w…

Song's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Drinks
From $24
/ person

Meet your host, Song

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 6 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I have been working in travelling industry for 10+ years and have rich travelling experience. With travelling addict , I've been to 43 countries among 6 continents. Moreover, I'm working as a part-time self social media freelancer. Please kindly check out my couchsurfing page for further info.

I’m a local Beijinger who lives here for 30+years and I’m more than familiar with the culture and worth-a-visit sites here. With years-long studying experience in Shanghai & Guangzhou, I can also share with you some interesting culture of other major cities in China .

Moreover, I can teach you the cheapest way to travel in Beijng, or even around the globe. For example, how to unlock places or activities that the average traveler wouldn’t likely discover, how to meet and interact with locals, etc.
I have been working in travelling industry for 10+ years and have rich travelling experience. With travelling addict , I've been to 43 countries among 6 continents. Moreover, I'm working as a part-time self social media freelancer. Please kindly check out my couchsurfing page for further info.

I’m a local Beijinger who lives here for 30+years and I’m more than familiar with the culture and worth-a-visit sites here. With years-long studying experience in Shanghai & Guangzhou, I can als…
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Where you'll be

It will take place in Najian Cafe(那间咖啡), an internet-famous cafe popular among locals. As the coffee shop is located in Xisi, a long-standing, prosperous downtown area of Beijing, you can easily get there by taking subway Line 4 and arriving at Xisi Station. we will be meeting at Xisi subway station Exit D.

If you are interested in other activities. Like Great Wall, temple of heaven, summer palace, forbidden city, please send me private message

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 6 reviews.

Andrzej
November 2019
Top notch guide Song and his girlfriend Duan (https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/99143759) are professional, communicate with fantastic English (which IS a big problem in China), know loads about Chinese history and architecture which makes them, along with their knowledge about current China itself, the ideal combo. Highly recommend any of these two and if you can get both of them at the time you are set for even greater experience. Honestly, book them whenever possible.
Top notch guide Song and his girlfriend Duan (https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/99143759) are professional, communicate with fantastic English (which IS a big problem in China), k…
Alice
September 2019
It was a wonderful experience. Song was responsive prior to the meeting and made sure to inquire and prepare for my need. To give me the better experience, he brought his girl friend after acquiring my permission. They showed up early and were very friendly from the first sight. I actually didn't have much expectation when I signed up the experience. And what I had experienced was well worth the money and time! I actually think that they should charge more. I am so glad I decided to try it and I would recommend it to everyone who want to explore the authentic Beijing. I came with a load of questions about Beijing and eagerness to learn about Beijing from the local's perspectives. Song and his girl friend were a perfect combo! Song's extensive traveling experience and cross cultural exposure made him a perfect source of contemporary China and other parts of the world. His global perspective made it a fun experience to just relate and share about our memories about different places across the globe. His girl friend's understanding of history and geography of Beijing is a perfect complementary! I gained lots of useful information about the forbidden city, the 32 gates, parks, peak hours traffic, schools, hospitals, places to eat, gift shops, bargaining .... all you can think of, they had extensive information. If not, they would make sure to research and get back to me. I am very satisfied with their service. I received a very good snapshot of Beijing today! The way I want to phrase it is: They are the bridge between me and the Beijing I want to experience. They might not be able to show me the Beijing that I want to discover, but they are definitely very qualified to show me the doorway to where I want to reach. My recommendation for future travelers who may want to book Song, please try the combo! You won't regret it!
It was a wonderful experience. Song was responsive prior to the meeting and made sure to inquire and prepare for my need. To give me the better experience, he brought his girl frie…
Carol
August 2019
Song is so funny, punctual. He mentioned so much things about his traveling experience. Moreover, he shows us to the nearby places, like the yummy food street. I feel like I am a kind of insider after having this experience.Highly recommend.
Song is so funny, punctual. He mentioned so much things about his traveling experience. Moreover, he shows us to the nearby places, like the yummy food street. I feel like I am a k…
Na
August 2019
Song is awesome, his unique experience really attracts all of us. Although it’s his first try, but he’s good at talking and expressing, he is a social media blogger, and a Taobao seller as well, so I learned not only a lot from his world traveling experience, but learned so much things about his work, so thanks so much, I’ll definitely recommend it to other guests.
Song is awesome, his unique experience really attracts all of us. Although it’s his first try, but he’s good at talking and expressing, he is a social media blogger, and a Taobao s…
Jxoj
August 2019
he told us that it's his first time to open up a topic in airbnb, and we were his first guest, at the very beginning, he felt a little bit nervous, because he was not sure whether we love his topic, but when he told us about his world-tour, (he's been to 43 countries worldwide among 6 continents), we all got shocked, it's such an unique experience, he was , and is so passionate about his life, which opens up a new window for my life , the whole 3 hours is such an amazing time, we ALL love it a lot, after the talk in the coffee shop, he showed us to the nearest yummy food street, the one next to xisi metro station, I guess, not only we got so many yummy food there, but also he said something about the interesting things happened in Beijing, which attracts me the most, haha . highly recommend. by the way, I 'll join his other experiences for sure!
he told us that it's his first time to open up a topic in airbnb, and we were his first guest, at the very beginning, he felt a little bit nervous, because he was not sure whether…
Eugene
September 2019
Great experience, really liked it especially the hosts of the experience

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 5 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

    What to bring

    Passion and curiostity about Beijng, China. If you have any questions about traveling tips and culture of Beijing, please do not hesitate to throw them out in our quality experience.