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BEIJING -- area code +86-10

General Information

    Everyone you meet in Beijing will tell you how much the city has changed in recent years. While not as radical as the space-age transformation of Shanghai, solemn Beijing refurbished its historical and cultural assets along with its infrastructure in advance of the Beijing Olympics and seems to have kept up the pace of improvement since then.

    The official "color" of Beijing (gray!) is now splashed with color, and fresh garden landscaping is optimistically employed to combat the smog and dust. Residents are happy, as any evening stroll around a hutong (traditional neighborhood) will demonstrate, and there are plenty of shopping opportunities for the middle class in dozens of new mega-mall projects. Beijing is also a foodie heaven with a bounty of fantastic (and cheap) dining opportunities everywhere.

    The population is over 22 million, including nearly a million Utopians.

    Peking Man

    Beijing is bursting with youth, and the abundance of good looking soldiers and policemen is stimulating to say the least. While a lot of fun can be had flirting with friendly locals, Beijing is not a place for abundant nightlife or a quickie holiday romance - "419" in contemporary local gay slang (as in "for one night"). Educated gays tend to socialize in small circles of friends, visiting bars and saunas only occasionally and usually in groups. If you are able to make a local friend, then you'll have an inroad to meeting the single men in their network, although this may take more time than a visitor on vacation will have. Conservative and romantic in his approach to finding the right partner, Peking Man is not inclined to "jump into the river of love" on a whim.

    Many locals caution that bars, saunas and parks are filled with "MBs" (moneyboys) on the prowl -- mostly needy men from other provinces - but less and less so these days.

    People here in the capital work hard and so clubs that welcome gays are busiest on Fri and Sat nights, and quiet on weeknights. Mid-week gay Happy Hour venues are listed in our Bars and Clubs section and these locations change frequently.

    The best way to make local connections is to use the Blued app!

    Don't bother taking a taxi from the airport. The fast airport train goes directly to Dongzhimen Subway Station with hotels within walking distance, lots of good restaurants, and the nearby Sanlitun shopping and nightlife area (and gay venues) just a 20-minute walk southeast.

    Navigating the local gay scene is easy with our interactive Utopia Map of Gay & Lesbian Beijing:

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  • Beijing Gender Health Education Institute (BGHEI) UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2016
      Xintiandi Plaza, 1 Xibahe Nanlu, Bldg B, Rm 2301 (near Liufang Station Exit B, Line 13)
      010-52293801, FAX 010-52293801, email

      The Beijing Gender Health Education Institute (BJGHEI) is a non-governmental organisation founded in 2002 which raises awareness and advocates for LGBTIQ issues, gender and sexual diversity and equality in Chinese society. They conduct educational training programs, including 'Queer University' training programs and the 'Queer Comrades' online webcast. BJGHEI also coordinates and co-organises LGBTIQ public events such as the China Rainbow Media Awards and China AIDS Walk.
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  • Beijing LGBT Center UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2016
      Xintiandi Plaza, Room 2606 Tower B, Jia Jia No 1 Xibahe Nan Lu, Chaoyang Dist, Utopia Map
      010-6446-6970, email.

      Non-profit, community-based organization that empowers the LGBT community through social services and advocacy programs to further the LGBT movement, eliminate discrimination, and achieve equality. Their work promotes cultural diversity and contributes to civil society development. Established in 2008.
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  • The Bitten Peach Society UTOPIA VERIFIED MAR 2014

      An alternative to the bar/club scene for gay men living in, or passing through, Beijing. Sun night gatherings at popular restaurants. No set agenda and gay men of all backgrounds are welcome to attend. Gatherings are capped at 10 people to allow for more interaction. You only pay for what you order (or imbibe).
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  • Common Language
      Mail Box 63, Yayuncun Post Office, Beijing 100101
      6481-3064, email

      Founded in 2005. A grassroots support group for lesbian and bisexual women. They run a lesbian hotline, host a weekly salon, and organize educational workshops and various cultural events such as lesbian film festivals and pride month celebrations. In addition they hold national workshops to aid queer women organizing and work wiht other women's groups and educators.
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Travel Services

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      Gay and lesbian-friendly, professional licensed tour guide from Beijing. Discreet, individual tours for discerning travelers. Day and night tours. Customize a tour for you and your friends at no extra cost. Explore Beijing's best places for eating, shopping and nightlife. Speedy reply with helpful advice and itinerary suggestions.
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      Comments from Utopians:

      "Wanted to give praise to our experience with ChinaMango. My husband and I were making our first trip to China and had only two days to experience Beijing. Our booking with ChinaMango, and our personal guide, Sucre, made our experience so memorable and seamless. We had a very easy time discussing the details of our trip and doing some planning ahead of our arrival by email. From the pickup at the airport, to our 2 days of touring with Sucre, we could not have had a more delightful experience. Sucre was so pleasant and resourceful, we were able to work with him on every detail of what we wanted to see, what we wanted to eat, where and how we should get there. Every detail was attended to. He took us everywhere we wanted to go in two action packed days. He taught us so much about the history of China and the Emperors and Dynasties. His knowledge and enthusiasm for his culture was so engaging and the section of the Great Wall that he showed us...so wild and unpopulated...was incredibly special. Having a guide that can speak Manadarin, negotiate taxi fares, get us great seats at the Chinese Opera show, get us around the subway system, and to make sure we had the best Peking Duck and work through all of those details right there with us, was just invaluable." -- Larry and Douglas (San Francisco), Sep 17, 2016

      "On the advice of ChinaMango, we stayed in Beijing at the Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen for 6 nights. The hotel is very well located for the major sites as well as for eating and bar areas (San Li Tun). We had their private guide, Sucre, for three days and one night - he was wonderful. He was always punctual, knowledgable and a real delight to be with. He was a very patient, professional, and flexible guide. He was able to meet all our requirements quickly and efficiently. He picked us up at our hotel each day and we saw: Summer Palace, Lama Palace, Back Bay Hutongs, Drum and Bell Towers, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, local markets, and, best of all, a beautiful and secluded part of the Great Wall. While visiting these sites, he made sure we had lunch and a good restaurant. He also got us great seats to see a Peking Opera show. For our free days without Sucre, he also suggested things we could do on our own - we did them all and they were great. Sucre made our time in Beijing very enjoyable and successful and we highly recommend him. " -- Paul and Chris, Sep 9, 2016

      "We stopped over in Beijing using the 72-hour visa and I booked a 2-day guided sightseeing trip there woth ChinaMango. Our guide, Sucre, was wonderful. He was so knowledgable and a delight to be with. He is a very patient, professional, and flexible guide. He was able to meet my requirements quickly. We saw the old city houses, the majestic Great Wall, the historical Forbidden City, and so many more things. He also got us great seats to see an acrobat show. Considering our time in Beijing was so short, Sucre made it unforgettable." -- Carl, Jun 1, 2016

      "I booked a 2-day trip with China Mango and had an amazing experience. The culture alley, the Great Wall and the historical Forbidden City were my favourites." -- Gabo, May 29, 2016

Popular Spots


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Bars and Clubs




798 Art Zone (c) 2012 by John Goss

    • 798 Art Zone UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2015
        Utopia Map. An industrial area turned largely over to art galleries, shops, and studios. What began as a freewheeling experiment and breath of fresh air for the arts community has gentrified into a more commercial area sporting products by some of China's most famous comtemporary art stars. Still, its fun and fascinationg to wander around the neighborhood, if only for the steam-punk thrill of all the relics from China's early industrial era.
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    • La Galerie Tao UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2013
        #83 Dong Hua Men St, Dong Cheng Dist (at the intersection corner just east of the East Gate of the Forbidden City), Utopia Map
        133-9188-0427, email

        This contemporary fine art gallery specializes in Chinese gay artists and the Chinese male nude subject, as well as a variety of high quality fine and decorative arts. Conveniently located one block east of the Forbidden City in an area full of shops, restaurants and tea houses. See some of their works in our Chinese Masters of the Male Nude exhibition.
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    • Red Gate Gallery UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2015
        Dongbianmen Watchtower, Chongwen Dist, Utopia Map
        6525-1005, email

        Founded in 1991 by Brian Wallace who first arrived in China in 1984, Red Gate Gallery is the first private contemporary art gallery to be established in China. Prior to opening its doors at the 600-year old Ming dynasty watchtower in Dongbienmen, they organize and curate exhibit the best of Chinese contemporary art as well as facilitating cultural exchanges and dialogues between China and the rest of the world. With monthly exhibitions, the gallery showcases painting, works-on-paper, graphics, sculpture, photography and installation by both established artists and emerging talents. Gay-owned.
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Meeting Places


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    • Tsinghua campus

        Find the bigger of the two lakes (they are separated by a street). Prime cruising ground is the dark lane south of the facilities, but the whole lake is cruisy.
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    • Liu Lang Swimming Pool
        Bagou (just outside the south gate of the Summer Palace), Utopia Map

        Take the number 10 subway line to the last station, Bagou, and then walk 10 mins northwest to the intersection of the river and 4th Ring Rd at Huoqiying Bridge. For summer months, west Beijing's largest outdoor swimming pool has become a 'must-go' place for locals. They congregate there on one side, especially on Sat afternoons. Just use your gaydar to spot them. The pool has shallow and deep sections, as well as lanes for serious swimmers. Entry is only Y$10, with a deposit for the locker key. Take your own towels, soap, and slippers for the shower afterwards, but only cold water. (special thanks to ChinaMango for the tip!)
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    • Starbucks

    • Yu Yuan Tan Park, San Li He Rd, Utopia Map

    • The Wudaokou area near the Beijing Language and Cultural University.

Restaurants and Cafes


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    • Bellagio (Taiwanese cuisine) UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2012
        6 Gongti Xi St, Utopia Map
        鹿港小镇 - 北京市工体西路6号

        This large and modern restaurant attracts trendy gays and lesbians as it lies directly across from Destination disco. Beijingers really enjoy the Taiwanese-style desserts on offer here. Lesbian-friendly with cute tomboy staff.
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    • Ghost Street UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2015
        Dongzhimen Inner St, Utopia Map

        From Beixinqiao Subway Station all the way to the 2nd Ring Rd. Red lanterns create a carnival atmosphere for happy local diners who come for heaps of peppered crawfish. Order up as many as you like by size (Y$2, 3, 4 or 5 apiece) and deshell with your fingers for the succulent and tongue-numbing tail meat. Prepare to sweat! As usual, to select the best restaurant, look for a place that is packed with customers. Lots of other delicious side dishes and many menues have English as well as pictures to point to. Or, if you want to try excellent modern Beijing cuisine in a heritage courtyard setting, go to 235 Dongzhimen Inner St where you can dine on a truly incredible contemporary Chinese menu (in English with pictures of wonders like salmon spring roll sprinkled with lime Pop Rocks and, pictured below, chocolate-dipped purple potato sticks with fruit loops!), watch acrobats twirling teapots on a stick and gawp as their award-winning chef creates a "never-ending noodle" choreographed to music!
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    • JingZun (Peking duck) UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2016
        6 Chun Xiu Rd, Taipingzhuang Nanli, Chaoyang Dist, Utopia Map
        北京市 朝阳区 春秀路 太平庄南里6号楼 北侧

        This bright, clean and modern eatery not only serves fantastic Peking duck and other local dishes (try the shredded chicken in "Beijing sauce" wrapped in tofu) but the price is very reasonable -- about 1/3 the cost of most duck specialty restaurants.
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    • Meizhou Dongpo (Sichuan) UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2016
        7 Chunxiu Rd, Dongcheng, Utopia Map

        Delicious Sichuan specialties with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Chinese friends agree, this chain restaurant, while beautiful and more upscale than many restaurants, is a quality bargain at the price. Large menu with color pictures makes ordering easy. Fresh fruit juices, Beijing and tea-flavored duck, sensational braised pork belly, and a wide variety of interesting veggie dishes, make this a good choice for a nice meal out with local friends.
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    • secret alley dumpling shop UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2016
        In a little lane just off Dongzhimen Outer St (next to the 7/11 inside the alley), Utopia Map

        Foodie alert! This unpretentious dumpling shop will sell you a whole bamboo steamer full of pork and scallion bao for under US$1.
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    • Pianyifang Roast Duck Restaurant (Peking duck)
        G/F Hademen Hotel (opposite the New World Center) and another branch on 3/F of the second phase of the New World Shopping Center (with the ice rink in the atrium), Utopia Map

        This is one of the two most famous Beijing roast duck restaurants. The most expensive duck on the menu is cooked inside a pot rather than roasted in the oven and supposedly has a more exquisite flavor. Crispy roasted is cheaper and plenty good.
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    • Tianjin Baijiaoyuan Catering Franchise Co Ltd (dumplings and Chinese)
        12 Jia Xin Wenhua St, West Dist, Utopia Map
        天津市百饺园餐饮连锁有限公司 - 北京西城区新文化街甲12号

        Don't let the name fool you, this is one of Beijing's best dumpling restaurants with a menu featuring over 100 types of dumplings, from healthful herb and vegetarian versions to spicy dog meat. The menu is very easy, with both pictures of the ingredients for each and English descriptions.
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Huguosi food street Beijing

    • HuGuoSi Street UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2016
        Utopia Map

        Foodie alert! A stretch of refurbished old buildings housing a wide variety of tasty regional Chinese cuisines, from sweets and dumplings to Muslim food and donkey delights. The lane is decorated with folk art paintings of many traditional food practices that have vanished from the streets of modern Beijing. Mostly locals here (not a tourist trap), so follow the crowds to find the popular places.
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Saunas and Fitness for Men


    • Baby Blue Adult Shop

    • Nanluoguxiang UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2016, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2013
        Utopia Map

        South Luogu Lane is a revitalized traditional merchant street running through one of the best preserved hutong (traditional urban housing area) districts in China. New shops, cafés, beer bars and boutiques line this avenue and side streets beg to be explored and reward the intrepid explorer. One of the most enjoyable evening strolls in Beijing.
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