Founded in 2002, Freesound Records has managed to stay afloat for 18 years in Beijing’s indie music scene. Its current outpost, tucked away on a residential street in Bingjiaozi Hutong, is the incarnation of its former location in Ping’anli which was closed down in 2015. It made a return in 2018, with a spacious two-story venue which boasts square footage five times bigger than before, and quickly settled into the new changes becoming a hangout spot for music lovers thanks to a frequent host of events and music projects. On the store’s top level you’ll find a carefully curated selection of out-of-print indie Chinese CDs, cassette tapes as well as second-hand foreign vinyl records. The bottom level – perhaps a showroom for the owner Wang Zhuohui’s taste for everything old school – is a real treasure trove for audiophiles. Head downstairs you'll stumble into a listening station, which features a stellar collection of hard-to-find, vintage turntables and stereo setups that invites music junkies to bring and play their own gems (with a small cost). In a side room in the basement, a music venue also provides a gathering space and an open stage for musicians.