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DongchengBeijing

Explore the eclectic commercial street and its enormous mall amid the fascinating sights in the heart of Beijing’s historic center.

Dongcheng is the cultural and historical hub of Beijing. The energetic and exciting Wangfujing Street runs through it, with a spectacular mall and fascinating museums. Spend afternoons walking through alleys full of shops and restaurants in this bustling area.

Stroll along Wangfujing Street, Beijing’s main commercial avenue, just east of the Forbidden City. It’s where you will find the Wangfujing Paleolithic Museum with its array of intriguing exhibits that reveal the region’s prehistoric past. Step inside the street’s various department stores, bookshops and restaurants serving roast duck and noodles, among other treats.

Gaze up at the Romanesque façade of the imposing Wangfujing Church. Other highlights along this pedestrianized street include the Beijing Capital Theatre and The Malls at Oriental Plaza. Go shopping at the latter, which was once among the largest malls in Asia. You will find high-end international brands and modern restaurants, as well as traditional stores.

Walk east for a few blocks to the Zhihua Temple, which dates back to the 15th century. A little west of Wangfujing Street is iconic Tiananmen Square, beside the Imperial City Art Museum.

Walk north to the Yonghegong historic district of Dongcheng. Inspect its famous Yonghe Temple and appreciate the Han Chinese and Tibetan designs. See the Mao Dun Former Residence to learn about one of the country’s most acclaimed left-wing novelists.

Expect hot and humid summers and pleasant afternoons in spring and autumn. The wettest months are July and August. Try some Mongolian hotpot soup to keep you warm in the snowy weather from December to February.

Find the neighborhood in the center of Beijing. Fly to Beijing Capital International Airport and take the airport train line to the city center. Get around via the intricate metro system. If you prefer to drive, travel southwest for 30 minutes, up to 50 minutes if there is heavy traffic, from the airport to get here.

Dongcheng is a fascinating district known for holding many of Beijing’s most famous attractions.

Top Hotels in Dongcheng

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
4 out of 5
97 Jinbao St., Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is ¥8,664 per night

Located in Dongdan, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peninsula Beijing Shopping Arcade and Wangfujing Street. Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)

"Such a beautiful hotel. The staff really went beyond trying to make our stay as comfortable as possible, we even got a room upgrade when we bought breakfast for all 6 days of our stay. Loved the laundry facility! Super helpful, since I hate having to take dirty clothes back home with me."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
New World Beijing Hotel
New World Beijing Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 8 Qinian Street, Chongwenmen, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is ¥11,579 per night

Located in Downtown Beijing, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beijing Shengmi E'er Catholic Church, Beijing Qianmen Street, and Beijing New World ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,165 reviews)
Great hotel

"The hotel is new, stylish and modern. Rooms were spacious. Its just 5 mins walk from a lot of shopping malls. Breakfast was great with plenty of choices. Underground Metro is 10 mins walk. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Mr. Jerry especially was very supportive in providing all the required ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

New World Beijing Hotel
BeiJing Qianyuan Hotel
BeiJing Qianyuan Hotel
4 out of 5
Dongzhimen Nei Ave 19, Dongcheng District, Beijing
The price is ¥10,602 per night

Located in Downtown Beijing, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gui Street and Yonghe Temple. Wangfujing Street and Sanlitun are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (62 reviews)

"What a hotel! Such a fantastic experience, with amazing deals on high end rooms, and professional service that is flexible to the needs of customers from all countries."…"

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

BeiJing Qianyuan Hotel
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing
The price is ¥13,135 per night

Located in Dongdan, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oriental Plaza and Wangfujing Street. National Museum of China and Tiananmen Square are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (678 reviews)

"good location attached to a mall and close to all things in city"…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Grand Hyatt Beijing
Novotel Beijing Peace
Novotel Beijing Peace
4 out of 5
No 3 Jinyu Hutong, Beijing, Beijing
The price is ¥8,448 per night

This family-friendly Beijing hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Wangfujing Street, Forbidden City, and Tiananmen. Tiananmen Square ...

3.9/5Very Good! (993 reviews)
Excellent stay but could use some updating

"Overall our experience was great and the service was amazing. The lady who checked us in was very polite and helpful and the staff themselves were wonderful. The location really can't be beat as it's right in the heart of Beijing which is so close to everything. The deluxe room was generally comfortable ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Novotel Beijing Peace
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
4 out of 5
1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie, Beijing, Beijing
The price is ¥6,454 per night

Located in Downtown Beijing, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wangfujing Street, National Museum of China, and Qianmen Street. Tiananmen Square and Beijing ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)

"great location and close to everywhere in walking distance in the center of Beijing. breakfast is full buffet but expensive."…"

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao

Popular places to visit in Dongcheng

Forbidden City
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Forbidden City

4.5/5(488 reviews)

This formerly restricted imperial palace complex is now a public museum that shows the splendor of the old China. It is one of Beijing’s most impressive sites.

Wangfujing Street
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Wangfujing Street

4.5/5(302 reviews)

Find the latest fashion or cheap souvenirs and sample local cuisine in this bustling pedestrian-only street, one of the city’s most popular shopping strips.

Tiananmen Square
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Tiananmen Square

4.5/5(467 reviews)

One of the most famous squares in the world, this spot is the beating heart of Beijing and has always been the site of mass protests and national celebrations.

The Palace Museum
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The Palace Museum

4.5/5(114 reviews)

The Palace Museum is a top museum in Beijing with a story of its own. Experience the entertainment choices and fascinating museums in this culturally rich area.

Tiananmen
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Tiananmen

4.5/5(284 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Beijing during your trip to a top site like Tiananmen. Visit the shops and temples in this culturally rich area.

Yonghe Temple
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Yonghe Temple

4.5/5(78 reviews)

Visit one of the finest places of worship in Beijing, which is still an active Buddhist monastery, to see frescoes, huge Buddha statues and Chinese decorations.

Top things to do in Dongcheng

Bus Tour: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace
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Bus Tour: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace

76% of travellers recommend
¥4,096
Per adult
Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Day Tour
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Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Day Tour

86% of travellers recommend
¥8,168
Per adult
Beijing Forbidden City & Mutianyu Great Wall Group Tour
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Beijing Forbidden City & Mutianyu Great Wall Group Tour

¥6,015
Per adult
Private Tour: Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City, Square
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Private Tour: Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City, Square

¥20,147
Per adult
Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, TAM Square One Day Tour
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Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, TAM Square One Day Tour

86% of travellers recommend
¥6,207
Per adult
Best of Beijing & Great Wall of China Tour
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Best of Beijing & Great Wall of China Tour

86% of travellers recommend
¥9,475
Per adult

Other neighborhoods in Beijing

National Museum of China featuring signage

Wangfujing Shopping Area

Historic sites, art galleries, and museums highlight some notable features of Wangfujing Shopping Area. Make a stop by Wangfujing Street or Dong Hua Men Night Market while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Dengshikou Station or Dongsi Station to get around town.

Wangfujing Shopping Area
Temple of Heaven which includes a temple or place of worship, religious aspects and heritage architecture

Downtown Beijing

3.5/5Good!(6 area reviews)

Historic sites, museums, and art galleries highlight some notable features of Downtown Beijing. Make a stop by Wangfujing Street or Tiananmen Square while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Dengshikou Station or Wangfujing Station to get around town.

Downtown Beijing
Houhai Lake which includes heritage elements and a lake or waterhole

Shishahai

You'll enjoy the monuments and parks in Shishahai. You might want to make time for a stop at Houhai Park or Houhai Lake.

Shishahai
Silk Street Market

Beijing Central Business District

Noted for its art galleries and shopping, there's plenty to explore in Beijing Central Business District. Top attractions like China World Mall and China World Trade Center are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Jintaixizhao Station or Guomao Station to see more of the city.

Beijing Central Business District
Houhai Lake which includes heritage elements and a lake or waterhole

Xicheng

4/5Very Good!(90 area reviews)

Historic sites, museums, and theaters highlight some notable features of Xicheng. Make a stop by Beihai Park or XiDan Shopping District while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Lingjing Hutong Station or Xidan Station to get around town.

Xicheng
Olympic Park which includes modern architecture

North Chaoyang

4/5Very Good!(29 area reviews)

You might enjoy the museums while in North Chaoyang. Beijing National Stadium is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Huixinxijie Beikou Station or Huixinxijie Nankou Station to see more of the city.

North Chaoyang