Living as expat in Shuangjing Beijing

I currently live at the north border of Shuangjing, my apartment is close to the Gaomao CBD, Beijing’s Central Business District and the CCTV building which is located in that area. The building is designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas something the Dutch can be proud of because its one of the most prominent new buildings in Beijing.

Shuangjing is a comfortable residential area just outside Beijing’s crowded Central Business District Chaoyang. Shuangjing is a sub-district, and has been rapidly developed as modern apartment buildings have risen to the horizon and give it a crowded skyline. Shuangjing has its own very crowded subway station on line 10. On the busiest day it handled a peak entry and exit traffic of 100.000 people. Don’t expect ever a seat on the subway.

Shuangjing has a lot of expatriate-friendly housing, and a lot of foreign restaurants, grocery stores, cafes, bars, particularly around Shuangjing subway station.

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The main reasons for me as an expatriate to live in Shuangjing:

  • Its proximity to downtown and the CBD
  • A less hustle-and-bustle feel than the more crowded downtown
  • Less expensive rents than are available in the CBD
  • Plenty of Western-style housing, restaurants, shopping, and my favorite bar Bang!Bang!
  • The apartments are relatively new in this area as I don’t recommend renting something older than 7 years in China.
  • My conclusion: Shuangjing is a good middle ground which is not as crazy as the Sanlitun area and not as family orientated as Shunyi or Lido.

Netherlands King Investiture Beijing Embassy

The embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands held an investiture party at the Beijing Embassy. The party was attended by about 800 visitors many Royal companies had a small booth at the entrance. NOS Dutch national television was present to give a impression how queens-day kings-day was celebrated abroad. Many visitors spoke Spanish and were from Argentine, to celebrate for princess Maxima.

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Big audience during inauguration

Argentine VIPS during Investiture of the dutch King

 

 

 

 

 

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The front page of the China daily showed a picture of former queen Beatrix and King William. After all I think the royal family did some good Holland promotion and should continue doing that in the future.

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No fire in the hall

This is a double sign: first not allowed to smoke otherwise we have fire in the hall. Also you have to be careful with your steps, “Caution Step”

No fire in the hall caution step

Featured image thanks to Ken Funakoshi