Two funny things about being a tourist.

1.)You never want to look like a tourist, when in fact you are.
2.)You want other tourists visiting the same locale as you to stay the hell away.

Oftentimes, the best way to achieve these goals is to enlist a local friend to show you around and avoid all those perilous tourist traps. But what if you’re going to a big city where you may not know anyone? A big city like Beijing?

The Frei Group seeks to be that friendly conspirator in the China’s capital city, with The Secret Guide to Alternative Beijing, currently seeking funding via Kickstarter

The Secret Guide to Alternative Beijing will offer world travelers inspiration and information that no other travel guide has covered before: an insider’s view into one of the most exciting and rapidly expanding contemporary art, music and fashion scenes in the world. The Secret Guide will cover everything from the city’s major attractions to offbeat art galleries and shops, interviews with key innovators and influencers in Beijing’s creative community, as well as practical information on where to stay, how to get around, tips on bargain hunting, and more.

But what I really, really want to know is what Beijing’s bodega scene is like. Hearing bachata in China has got to be the ultimate culture shock.