It’s official: the city government names the best spots from Wanghong to Beijing
Wanghong culture is everywhere in China, and Beijing is no exception. Roughly translating as “red internet,” he has come to define places and people that are trending, viral, or just generally all the rage online. Think about social media influencers posing in beautiful places or eating exquisite food while dressed in the latest fashions, and you get the picture.
Why is this important?
the wanghong The phenomenon has put many previously unknown places on the map, and nothing – not even unpretentious trees – is safe. One day you’ll wander through an empty hutong only to drop by for a few days later and find it crowded with aspiring influencers clamoring for selfies and photo ops, all because of something that gives the surroundings an alluring aura.
It got so big, in fact, that even the municipal government jumped on the wanghong on the move, although we suspect their motivations may be largely economic. Case in point: To capitalize on the trend, the Beijing Culture and Tourism Bureau recently released its first official list of the best wanghong spots for 2021, with a chic ceremony organized as a sort of Oscar hot spot.
Not only does the list cover the nightlife, tech and digital sectors, but it marks only the first step in what is supposed to be a rather ambitious plan for the city, as over the next five years Beijing intends to list a total of 300 places it judges wanghong tasks. Think of it as the Wanghong Five-year plan, if you will.
Want to know who the top contenders are? We have what you need!
Liangmahe International Customs Waterfront
There is probably no better destination to visit in December than the edge of the Liangma River. From the dazzling city lights surrounding Solana to the European-style buildings that house a variety of restaurants, you’re sure to get a dose of the city’s uninterrupted nightlife vibe in just one visit. There’s a ton going on here, but if you’re planning on passing by, be sure to walk or jog along the Liangma Bridge for a truly memorable night!
Tiantongyuan Culture Arts Center
Further north, in the Tiantongyuan district, you’ll find a large arts and culture center designed for exhibitions and performances, but with a common reading room on the second floor and movie galleries on the fourth. You can spend the hours on a Sunday afternoon here flipping through a few new books and lounging, or browsing the shelves for things like legos and other knick-knacks.
Temple of Heaven Café Fuyin
For a heartwarming, oh-so-Beijing coffee experience, look no further than this Fuyin Cafe at Temple of Heaven.
Along with the exterior inspired by imperial architecture, the boutique is also known for its red velvet flavored cappuccino, alcoholic coffee made from rich dark beer, and beautiful patterns made from red velvet flavored syrup. You can watch the baristas expertly paint designs on your brew, or even try your hand at creating your own latte art.
Markor Dongxueguan Boutique is a furniture store that made its reputation some time ago for its eye-catching exterior.
Located in Chaoyangmen, this place is sometimes referred to as ‘Sydney Chinese Opera’ – a generous title considering what’s inside – and features cutting edge designs resulting in a space teeming with beautiful artifacts. Likewise, spiral staircases and curved shelves create designs meant to transport an era of ancient tastes into our modern times.
Peking University Red Building
Besides being a Communist recruiting site before the advent of the CCP, we don’t know what makes Beida’s red building special beyond historical and ancient architectural appeal. Either way, it looks like the Culture and Tourism Bureau added this one to the top for some reason, perhaps to endear itself to top officials.
Are there any other wanghong places that you think are missing from this list? Let us know in the comments!
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