A couple miles from where I live is 798, the art district, located in the bigger Chaoyang district. Outdoor art, free galleries with open doors. Art from all over the world, but also featuring local talent, this is a place to visit. Bookstores and coffee shops. Street vendors. A man selling cheap, but beautiful ceramics from the back of a wagon. Once you're through the main gates, it's walkable and interesting and feels a lot like Soho. I knew immediately that when the weather gets warmer I'll be there all the time, to walk and be inspired. I went with someone who'd been before, which was great, because we avoided most of the tourist traps. There are a great many restaurants and bars, so you'll never go hungry or sober.