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The coolest places in Beijing according to Zhou Xun

We shot stunning superstar singer and actress Zhou Xun in and around the best venues in Beijing. Here she shares the coolest places her hometown has to offer.

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  • 5. 2Kolegas

    This basement party place hosts DJ Yan Jun’s night, Waterland Kwanyi. Yan is arguably the king of experimental music in Beijing and runs Sub Jam records.
    21 Liang Ma Qiao Road, Chaoyang

    DJ Yan Jun

  • 4. Mesh Bar

    Mesh Bar has closed down now but will forever be a feat of modern architecture. It has a huge, almost unimaginable central atrium, and is part of the Opposite House hotel designed by renowned Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma. It’s big, it’s zen, and it will make you go WOW.
    The Opposite House, Building 1, 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang

  • 3. Mao Livehouse

    This grunge bar with graffiti’d walls is the watering hole for the great, the bad and the scruffy, offering live music by Chinese bands such as Trash Cats, Discord, Hell City, Early Bus, Nazidog and The Unsafe.
    111 Dongdajie, Gulou

  • 2. D22

    D22 is the premier punk spot in Beijing. Expect to hear edgy, experimental noize, metal and guitar from homegrown Beijing bands such as Joyside (check out the band documentary Wasted Orient directed by Kevin Fritz), Hedgehog and Carsick Cars.
    242 Chengfu Lu, WuDaoKou

    Photography by Wing Shya

  • 1. Yugong Yishan

    Zhou Xun’s favourite music venue is situated in Beijing’s fun Gulou area. The venue hosts everything from scratch battle nights, to hip-hop, indie rock and electronic. Ebony Bones, The No Name Quartet, Pet Conspiracy and Beijing’s electronic artist Dead J have all played here.
    3-2 Zhang Zizhong Road, Dongcheng

    Photography Wing Shye