Stretch-A-Leg Blog

Summer Snacking on Beijing Street Foods

It’s May and the xiaochijie (小吃街) have come alive again! Tourists and locals alike are flocking to Beijing’s roadside vendors, night markets and snack streets to enjoy cool beers and sample the wealth of delights on offer. For me, the smell of fresh, spicy lamb skewers and the glow of BBQs on street corners definitely […]

Posted in News, Off the beaten path

Our New Internet Home:

Hello friends and future guests we are happy to announce that we have moved to a new internet home at (as you see most everything is the same just the address changed). This also means our email addresses have changed so please note the following: The best way to contact us to start planning […]

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What Makes This Year a Wooden Horse in Ancient Chinese Timekeeping?

Most people know that the Chinese Year of the Horse kicked off February 1, but did you know that it is also the Wood Horse Year? Not only do traditional Chinese calendars follow the 12-year Chinese zodiac but they also incorporate the ancient Five-Elements concept which cycle in five-year increments along with the 12-year zodiac. Therefore, each […]

Posted in Beijing Tradition, History, News

Winter Rituals in Beijing

With the recently passing Winter Solstice and official beginning of winter, Tony wanted to share one of the most distinctive traditional winter rituals you see around Beijing’s old hutong neighborhoods signaling the coming of winter. Stocking up on Dabaicai Dabaicai 大白菜 (Big Chinese Cabbage) season definitely marks the beginning of the winter for Beijingers. Since […]

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Stretch-a-leg Travel’s Winter Promotion for trips booked for travel between Nov 25, 2013 through February 28, 2014

In the seven years since I started Stretch-a-leg Travel, to offer independent travelers a chance to explore off-the-beaten path Beijing, we only offered a promotional rate like this last year before. Be sure to read on to find out how you, your friends, your family and other trusted referrals can take advantage of this exclusive […]

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Gingko Trees- Rare Trees Originating from China

During autumn in Beijing, the leaves around the city turn to a golden yellow. Once you learn the long history and cultural symbolism of gingko trees in Chinese culture, you will understand why Beijing is filled with gingko trees which turn a brilliant yellow in the autumn. A Rare Tree Originating from China The gingko […]

Posted in Beijing Tradition, News, Seasons

Hutong Adventures – Local Beijing

At Stretch-A-Leg we take pride in our ability to manage to avoid the crowds at even the most popular of places. However, we take even more pride in knowing the places and history of those parts of Beijing most tourists never get to see. Explore the hutongs with us and come home with amazing photos and stories to share with all your friends and family.

Posted in Beijing Tradition, Hutongs, News, Off the beaten path

Public Exercise in Beijing

While young people rush into the subway or buses to get to work or school, retirees are already in the park for their morning exercises. Stretching and jogging, dancing and singing, or just leisurely playing a few hands of cards, if it needs practicing it can be practiced at a public park in Beijing. Rise early and experience the exercise of the elderly.

Posted in Beijing Tradition, News, Off the beaten path

Beijing Youth – with Katrina

While the elderly are playing chess, and parents are cooking, what is the youth of Beijing up to? Studying, playing, eating ice cream or perhaps causing a little mischief here and there? Katrina, one of the expert guides at Stretch-A-Leg tells us more.

Posted in Beijing Tradition, Hutongs, News

Bikes, Trikes and Likes

The center of the city remains a paradise for the owner of bike and trike. As cars honk repeatedly and drivers look annoyed at the lack of pace, cyclists, young and old, whiz through the narrow lanes. Beijing by bike…it’s awesome.

Posted in Beijing Tradition, Hutongs, News
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