Family area guide: Shunyi

Popular with families looking for spacious housing and nature nearby

There are good reasons why families love Shunyi: housing compounds are low rise, equipped with sports facilities, grassy outdoor spaces, supermarkets and restaurants and offer huge homes, close-knit communities and easy access to international schools. The downside for some is a sense of being locked away from the buzz of Beijing but the efficient subway system or a Didi taxi ride means Sanlitun is under 30 minutes away and 45 minutes will have you at Tiananmen square during off-peak periods. On weekends Shunyi families can be on the highway heading out for a weekend at the Great Wall in minutes.

Below are our picks of the best family-friendly venues in the area

Restaurants and Cafes


Local pub, coffee lounge, terrace - this is a good family all-rounder

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8 Laiguangying Dong Lu (Changping)

Shine Hills Mall

Will the much anticipated Shunyi shopping centre be a success?

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By: Deborah Cooper
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Culture, Play and Sightseeing

East Top Climbing

Our verdict? Indoor climbing requires muscle strength and nerves of steel

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By: Catherine Taylor
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Beijing Scitech Premium Outlet Mall

Fashion’s biggest names, including Burberry, Max Mara, Nine West and Zegna, have all settled in charming boutique stores in an immense new outdoor village – the first of its kind in China.

Though a bit suburban Stepford, shopping is a relaxed affair, and the outlet’s pricing policy of a 40 per cent minimum discount is a recessionista’s dream.

With over 5,000 parking spots, a free shuttle bus from Scitech Plaza, and a subway station due to open on Line 10 next year, making a saving just got a whole lot easier. Jamie Penaloza

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28 Xiangjiang Bei Lu
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