Eat and drink Sanlitun!

Sanlitun Youth Hostel employee: Rich

Today we had our weekly dinner with all the staff at Sanlitun Youth Hostel. This is an important affair as we are all busy with different jobs and schedules, but this is an opportunity where we can slow down for a spell and spend time together. It’s a pretty amazing group of people I work with. I’ve been at the hostel for 2 years, others, such as Candy has been here for 4 years. Susan 3 years. Andy 3 years. Tristan 3 years. And the list goes on. This get together is special for us, serving as a way for better communication and camaraderie. With that said, we also hold similar activities for our guests. Here’s a schedule:

Fridays: Make dumplings (free!)

Saturday: buffet or barbecue (78RMB; food and beer unlimited!)

Tuesdays and Thursdays: pizza discount

Every day: Happy Hour 8:30pm – 9:30pm

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Sanlitun area acrobatic show surprises

Sanlitun Youth Hostel guest: Brendan

I was totally blown away by the acrobatics that Sanlitun Youth Hostel organizes trips to. My expectations were not very high going in, thinking it might be a low budget circus act, but the athletes/acrobats in the show were incredible. The array of talent ranges from a group of men that tumble and then jump incredibly high through hoops, a guy who juggles as many as nine balls downward at high speed, a woman who juggles umbrellas with her feet, as wells as multiple other acts that depend on strength, flexibility and sheer fearlessness. They don’t allow you to take photos inside, but I managed to get a shot or two off. Take a look.

If you’re interested, just go to the tour desk at Sanlitun Youth Hostel and ask about the acrobatics show. It’s also nice that the show is very convenient to the hostel (15 minutes walking but they’ll give you a ride there). And it’s not overly long (just over an hour — there’s an intermission). It’s a cool thing to do just before or after dinner (show starts at 7:15pm and ends at about 8:40pm). 

Sanlitun Beijing night scene

Sanlitun Youth Hostel guest: Dave

What an awesome time at Sanlitun Hostel. It turns out this place is fantastic for the weekend pre-party. Sanlitun is like a mini-district (of the larger Chaoyang District) in northeast Beijing. We stayed there on Friday night. The main lounge/eating area is always fairly busy with people coming in and out, but around 8pm things really started to pick up. The hostel staff set up a table to make dumplings (jiaozi) and the draft beers were 15 RMB (a little over two U.S. dollars).

We partied there for about three hours because it was hard to pull ourselves away, and then walked about 15 minutes to an area called the Village, which is really the heart of Sanlitun. From there we walked north and were met head-on with a ton of packed bars (even the street itself was wall-to-wall people). In many ways it felt like Bangkok’s Khao San Road. A friend of mine said it reminded him of the New Orleans scene. Either way, it’s definitely a must experience if you come to Beijing.