Chuck Zhang | Discover Renaissance Hotels

Chuck Zhang

Chuck Zhang brings a passion for discovery and storytelling to his role as Lead Navigator at the Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel.

Navigator Biography

Navigator Chuck Zhang knows where the real adventures lie in the historic city of Beijing — and his recommendations are always accompanied by a tale or two from his own experiences.Awesome architecture, scenic spots, compelling culture: there is no city on earth quite like Beijing. Chuck is at its heart, directing guests at the Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel to its must-see attractions. With ancient treasures like the Forbidden City and Great Wall of China nearby, along with a wealth of contemporary charms, he has an abundance of choices to share with guests. The city has it all and Chuck relishes sharing its most sparkling of treasures. “What do I enjoy most about being a Navigator? Talking to customers and letting them know where to discover; telling stories from my own experiences,” he says.Being a native helps him up to a point, but in a metropolis as rich and dense as Beijing, Chuck is required to refresh his knowledge regularly. He does so by enlisting the help of friends and the Internet to find new places to visit — those that meet his approval are then passed on to guests.Like a true Beijinger, food is never far from his thoughts. He enjoys scouring the local neighborhood for hidden culinary gems and likes to cap a night off in the area with a trip to his favorite whiskey bar. Art is another of Chuck’s major passions, and luckily for him there are a number of small, quirky galleries nearby.


Panjiayuan Market - find
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Panjiayuan Market

Explore the diverse selection of this shop and find unique Chinese ceramics, jade beads, paintings, and other beautiful pieces.
Panjiayuan Flea Market is China's largest secondhand market. You will find all kinds of crafts, antiques, old furniture and periodicals on sale here. A must visit if you want to get your hands on some really good stuff at cheap prices. However, make sure you know the art of bargaining and are good in differentiating a real deal from a fake one. Open seven days a week, the market attracts both domestic as well as foreign tourists. Traders from all over China have their stalls put up in this market. Covering an area of 48,500 square meters, it is a place you can't afford to miss when in Beijing.
Address: 18 Hua Weili, Off Third Ring Road, Beijing, 100021, China
Phone: +86 10 5120 4673
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:30 AM to 06:00 PM,Saturday to Sunday from 04:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Great Leap Brewing - find
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Great Leap Brewing

This American-style beer bar uses local ingredients to make its beer.
With long wooden benches, propeller-like ceiling fans, and soft lighting, Great Leap has changed the game for beer in Beijing. Kick back with stunningly original flavors, from Sichuan peppercom to pumpkin.
Address: 12 Xinzhongjie Dongcheng, Beijing
Phone: +010 6416 6887
Opening hours: 11:00am - 01:00am
Mutianyu Great Wall - find
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Mutianyu Great Wall

This one section of the Chinese Great Wall has a very attractive view.
Mutianyu Great Wall has a long history and is bestowed with a brilliant history. It is also famous for the breath-takingly beautiful scenery. Woods cover most of the area, adding to the beauty during all seasons .
Address: Bohai Town Huairou District, Beijing, 101405, China
Phone: +010 6162 6873
Opening hours: 08:00 AM - 16:00 PM
Yan She - find
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Yan She

A new and creative restaurant where you can find authentic Hunan home cuisine with a cozy decor.
This warm and lovely cafe serves up delicious traditional Hunan cuisine. The interior calls to mind a bird's nest perched in the trees, a concept that is supposed to represent both comfort and serenity.
Address: 4 Guanghua Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Phone: +010 56098819
Opening hours: 10:00-14:00/17:00-21:00
Shi Cha Hai - find
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Shi Cha Hai

This is a unique area that blends modern and ancient Beijing and has attractive scenery.
The Shichahai Historic and Cultural Tourist Scenic Area has a unique blend of modern and ancient Beijing. One of the most popular ways to explore the alleyways, hutongs and temples of Shichahai is by joining the annual Shichahai Culture and Tourism Festival.
Address: Dianmen Xidajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100035, China
Phone: +010 66185806
Opening hours: 00:00-24:00
Mao Livehouse - find
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Mao Livehouse

Mao Livehouse is one of Beijing's most popular midsize performance spots for Chinese bands and touring alternative acts.
Opened in spring 2007, Mao Livehouse is one of Beijing's most popular spots local and touring bands. Despite its stark, concrete interior design, Mao Livehouse boasts a modern sound system of the highest quality. The club seems to have decided to end its performances quite early, especially for Beijing, so be sure to get there early.
Address: 111 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Phone: +010 64025080
Opening hours: 19:00-24:00
Wangfujing APM - find
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Wangfujing APM

This center has local and international fashion brands, making it very popular among the fashion-conscious.
This shopping center is located on the busy Wangfujing pedestrian shopping street. It is home to more than 160 fashionable brands, a number of restaurants, a cinema and office space. The most popular shops here include Apple, Gap, Zara, and Forever 21.
Address: Num 138, Wangfujing Street, Beijing, China
Phone: +010 58176688
Opening hours: 09:00-22:00
Plan B Bar - find
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Plan B Bar

This is a tiny bar hidden in Pingod art area serves cocktails, beer and Western food.
This is a sports bar from the former proprietor of Grinders, Trevor Metz. With a wide selection of bottled beers and satellite sports on the TV, Plan B is a welcome addition to the Shuangjing neighborhood. Come enjoy a beer in this vibrant and relaxed establishment.
Address: 2-012, 22 International Art Plaza, Pingod, 32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Phone: +010 58211353
Opening hours: 17:00-01:00
Plastered T-Shirts 8 - find
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Plastered T-Shirts 8

Here you can find a variety of t-shirts with patterns depicting local culture.
Check out this shop for all of your gift needs. Plastered T-Shirts 8 sells a variety of t-shirts that are sure to delight and entertain. Many of the t-shirts incorporate local culture in some way or another.
Address: 61 Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Phone: +13683394452
Opening hours: 09:30-23:00
Lost Heaven - find
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Lost Heaven

This is one of the best Yunnan restaurants where you can try the authentic Yunnan Folk cuisine .
The restaurant’s name is inspired by Lost Horizon, James Hilton’s story of the timeless, mystical, paradise-like valley of Shangri-La. The restaurant and bar serves a twist on Yunnanese food with great drinks by head mixologist A Wei.
Address: 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Phone: +010 85162698
Opening hours: 11:30-22:30
Jane's & Hooch - find
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Jane's & Hooch

A Chicago-style speakeasy themed bar where you can try perfectly crafted cocktails made by bow-tied mixologists.
Janes & Hooch is a modern take on a vintage dive bar in the heart of Sanlitun. Try drinks like the Boulavadier, a blend of Campari, Cinzano rosso and Old Fitzgerald bourbon. Aside from the cocktails, there is champagne, bourbon, rye and whiskey.
Address: 4 Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Phone: +010 65032757
Opening hours: 19:30-02:00
Red Theater - find
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Red Theater

This is one theater which specially presents the Chinese kung fu art named the Legend of Kung Fu.
This show is amazing, through you have to consider that it is a show and not real kung fu. The scenery is beautiful, and the storylines and stagework are very entertaining. I found that the entire performance was neither too short nor too long. I was glad I saw the show.
Address: No.44 Xingfu Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Phone: +010 67142473
Opening hours: 17:15-18:20; 19:30-20:50