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.
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.