In case you haven't looked out of your window today, we live in one of the biggest cities in the world; in fact, to the casual observer, Beijing might feel at times like a metropolis of concrete, glass, neon and noise, inhospitable to any kind of wildlife.
However, a little investigation and a dash of luck can prove our megacity is home to all manner of feathered, furry and scaly friends, tucked away in the shadows and living their lives in an almost alternate universe to Beijing's human inhabitants.
Most of these creatures are either shy or speedy, so next time you take a trip into the hutongs, slow your pace down and open your eyes – you might just get a sneaky urban surprise and a story about a close wildlife encounter likely to wow your friends.
Oh, and if you do spot anything particularly endearing, don't forget to send us your clandestine snaps using the hashtags #timeoutbeijing and #LoveBeijing. Now, go forth and take a walk on the wild side.