BEIJING

Fashion designer Alexander Wang shares a list of some of his favorite places
in the Chinese capital, where he frequently travels for work 

In recent years, Beijing has emerged as a leading city in the luxury market and Alexander Wang knew it long before most. Not only did the designer choose it in 2012 as the location for his label’s second flagship, he also returned there two years later to stage his Balenciaga Spring 2014 collection, as well as mount a retrospective exhibit of the house’s history. Here, Wang gives us a glimpse of some of his beloved haunts in the Chinese capital, which will see the opening of Rosewood Beijing this month.

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Above: Alexander Wang flagship boutique

The spot: Alexander Wang flagship boutique
The address: Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, building 3, shop 15-25
Don't miss: Wang’s cool tie-dyed Resort 2015 collection.
Why he loves it: “This is the second store I opened after New York. I worked with the Paris-based architect Joseph Dirand on the design, which is comprised of raw materials like marble and bronze. It’s our biggest space to date.”
While you're there: Sanlitun Village may be known for its high-end shopping and nightlife scenes, but it’s also home to some interesting art spaces, such as Y++ Gallery and C5 Art Center.

Duck de Chine

The spot: Duck de Chine
The address: 1949 Hidden City 2, 98 Jinbaojie Street, Dongcheng 
Don’t miss: The Peking duck. It’s widely considered to be the best in the city.
Why he loves it: “If you want a really traditional meal while in town, go here.”
While you’re there: Have a pre- or post-dinner cocktail at the adjoining Bollinger Champagne Bar and Lounge.

Houhai area

The spot: Houhai 
The address: The leafy lakeside neighborhood is located in central Beijing.
Don’t miss: No Name Bar, opened by an ex-concert cellist in what was formerly his home, is just one of many hip cafés and watering holes that dot the area.
Why he loves it: “There are so many cool little bars there—it’s fun to explore at night with friends.”  
While you’re there: Enjoy the beautiful lake that gives the area its name. In winter, there is ice-skating. In the warmer months, boat rides.  

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