The Topic: Xiong’an New Area
Since being proclaimed a state-level new area last year, Xiong’an has been the big talking point in Beijing business. The 100-square-kilometre zone is positioned as a key development hub for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei triangle. And while it’s located 100 kilometres southwest of the capital, it’s expected to become home to many businesses and government offices currently based in Beijing.
After hours: WF Central
In your downtime, you’ll probably want to shop, eat, check out some art or soak up the local culture. At WF Central, Beijing’s newest high-end retail development, you can do all these things. Located in the heart of Wangfujing and with a new Mandarin Oriental joining the complex soon, it’s set to become the city’s hottest destination. wfcentral.cn
The App: Mars
Pressed for time on your trip? Quickly figure out where to go with this app, which displays a weekly top-20 ranking of Beijing’s hottest attractions – covering restaurants, galleries, shops and more – based on popularity among users. Only available in Chinese. www.yohomars.com
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