There was some kind of terrorist threat against foreigners in the Sanlitun area (which has a high concentration of foreigners) over Christmas. My apartment also happens to be on the outskirts of Sanlitun. Here’s a screenshot of a US State Department warning that was forwarded through expat circles:.
So far, nothing bad has happened, and I have every confidence that nothing will. But so as to emphasize not giving in to the bad guys, I made special visits to a few places that I like in central Sanlitun.