Choosing a neighborhood is an important decision that requires care and deep consideration to the needs of your family. It’s no walk in the park… although Beijing will give you plenty of opportunities to do just that.
This is a massive city in every aspect, and each area has its own characteristics that make it desirable. While one neighborhood might seem unattractive to one family for various reasons, that same location might be the best for your family because it fits your list of essential criteria. The ultimate goal of this yearly issue is to help newcomers make an informed decision.
One thing we tried to do this year is expand our coverage of different neighborhoods. For the first time we’ve included the entire district of Haidian, and given a page to Dongzhimen and Gulou. While these are by no means the most popular neighborhoods for incoming foreigners, they do have their appeal and deserve recognition as they continue to develop and become more accommodating to newcomers.
Another thing we took further was exploring the best and worst things about being an expat in Beijing. We’ll shout from the mountains about how much we love living in China, and Beijing specifically, but we aren’t above griping a bit about the things that leave us miffed. That’s just part of our editorial responsibility to inform readers about this city; warts and all.
We believe that in order to work for a magazine like beijingkids, it is essential to love the city you work in, and always be searching out the latest and greatest. And that’s precisely what you’ll find in the pages of this issue, along with numerous helpful tips to get you acclimated, set up, and linked into Beijing’s central nervous system. We believe that the amount of territory we cover here, albeit exhaustive at times, is what sets us apart and makes beijingkids an essential tool for incoming families from around the globe. Let us be your guide!
This article appeared in the beijingkids June 2019 Home & Relocation Guide issue.