Wangjing is located in north-east Beijing, China. A sub-district of Chaoyang District, it is a major technological and residential zone. The area is also known as Beijing’s Koreatown with many shops, markets and restaurants pertaining to the culture. More recently, the district has been celebrated for its ground-breaking design in the form of Wangjing SOHO.
The most impressive landmarks on the Wangjing skyline are the curvilinear, asymmetric skyscrapers of Wangjing SOHO. The three-tower office and retail project catapults Wangjing firmly into the 21st century. The shimmering structures are spectacular to visit during the day, or after dark when they are illuminated. Visitors interested in traditional local cuisine and shopping can head for Wangjing Street Market. Sample a variety of tasty snacks while browsing colourful market stalls. One of the most popular dishes to eat is Kimchi. Made from seasoned vegetables, it’s a delicious Korean dish loved by travellers. Alternatively, venture to WanjingJie to browse its array of food stalls, household products and clothing. When the markets have been exhausted, Wangjing Park is the ideal place for a break. Relax under shady trees or sit by the lotus flower pond with a picnic. Those in search of culture can stroll to 798 Art Zone, where a thriving artistic community awaits. The galleries and exhibition centres are all located inside old factories and warehouses. Lining the side streets, thought-provoking sculptures, interactive exhibits and bold murals capture the imagination of all travellers.
Wangjing is an easy area to navigate on foot. If arriving into the district from Beijing’s main attractions, the subway stations of Wangjing, Wangjing South and Futong, service the entire area. There are also several bus routes, taxis and Uber serving Wangjing. Visitors keen to explore at their own pace may consider bicycle hire.
The name Wangjing translates to “View of Beijing”. The important residential and business district came into its own during the 1990s. Wangjing is a forward-thinking district of many contrasts. Food stalls and markets sit side by side with futuristic architecture and lotus flower laden ponds. Wangjing may have shopping and dining establishments galore, but looking a little closer, one can still find traces of traditional China.