Beijing awaits: its history, museums, castle, and more!

Embrace the sensory overload that is China’s historical, political and cultural capital. With more than 20 million people, Beijing is the most populous city in China after Shanghai.

Located in the northeast of China, Beijing is culturally and geographically a world away from Western capital cities, but easy to reach by plane. Once in the city, rent a bike or make use of the excellent public transport system to get around. English signage will lead you to most attractions. Driving around Beijing is more complicated, especially if you don’t speak Mandarin.

For one of the best views in Beijing, climb the hill in Jingshan Park and look out over the Forbidden City. Then, descend to Tiananmen Square and gaze up at the Front Gate (Qianmen Gate) before you visit the huge palace complex beyond it.

Back on the square, explore one of the largest museums in the world: the National Museum of China, opposite the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. To dance, play or exercise with the locals, visit the nearby imperial gardens at Beihai Park.

Away from the busy city center, visit the Summer Palace and the Marco Polo Bridge to see more of the splendor that surrounded China’s mighty emperors. Find some peace and quiet in the Buddhist Lama Temple.

Beijing is not all about imperial history, religion and communism: Contemporary architecture, fine restaurants and fashion-filled malls represent the new China. The 2008 Summer Olympics resulted in Beijing’s redevelopment. See the stadiums in Olympic Park or browse galleries in restored warehouses, such as 798 Space. For souvenirs, take the subway to Wangfujing Street, a popular shopping strip.

You can’t leave Beijing without trying Peking duck, the city’s signature food, served with delicious Chinese noodle and rice dishes. After dark, visit karaoke bars or nightclubs for evening entertainment.

Beijing is an unforgettable experience. Get a taste of traditional and communist China and at the same time see the futuristic designs of the entrepreneurial East.

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Museums, Historical Buildings and Culture

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Where to stay in Beijing

Downtown Beijing
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Downtown Beijing

Historical Buildings, Monuments, Museums

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

Wangfujing Shopping Area
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Wangfujing Shopping Area

Historical Buildings, Temples, Culture

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

Dongcheng
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Dongcheng

Historical Buildings, Museums, Shopping

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

Chaoyang
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Chaoyang

Museums, Culture, Theme Parks

Museums, art galleries, and cocktail bars highlight some notable features of Chaoyang. Make a stop by Sanlitun or Beijing National Stadium while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Sihui East Station or Gaobeidian Station to get around town.

Haidian
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Haidian

Universities, Monuments, Natural Parks

Haidian is well-liked for its museums and monuments. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Summer Palace and Old Summer Palace are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Anheqiao North Station or Beigongmen Station to get around.

Beijing Central Business District
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Beijing Central Business District

Culture, Museums, Shopping

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.

Top Hotels in Beijing

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
5 out of 5
Terminal 3, 1 Sanjing Road, Beijing, Beijing
¥12,191/night
Sep 28 - Sep 29
4.4/5Excellent! (572 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of New China International Exhibition Center, Goldenport Park Circuit, and Beijing Golf Club. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (572 reviews)

"this airport hilton is the best airport hotel in the world. i have stayed their three times in two years. Very quiet, great beds, super executive lounges, olympic size pool superior food and buffet, Like staying in the countryside."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2019

Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
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Novotel Beijing Peace
4 out of 5
No 3 Jinyu Hutong, Beijing, Beijing
¥9,418/night
Oct 7 - Oct 8
4/5Very Good! (1,667 reviews)

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (1,667 reviews)

"Friendly & very helpful staff! Very close to all Amenities!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Novotel Beijing Peace
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Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
4 out of 5
1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie, Beijing, Beijing
¥6,581/night
Oct 7 - Oct 8
3.9/5Very Good! (1,817 reviews)

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! (1,817 reviews)

"Good hotel with friendly and helpful staff. Excellent location to be based at with easy access to the subway system making it easy to get around the city. Cleanliness was up to a good standard and our rooms were comfortable. Our rooms, however, lacked storage space as the furniture was basic, had ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao

Popular things to do in Beijing

Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

Learn more about the local history when you visit Great Wall of China, a well-known historical site in Huairou. Make time to visit the theme park and monuments while you're in the area.

Forbidden City
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Forbidden City

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.

Tiananmen Square
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Tiananmen Square

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.

Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

See terracotta warriors, ancient temples and Ming Dynasty architecture at the Juyongguan section of one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world.

Wangfujing Street
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Wangfujing Street

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.

Summer Palace
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Summer Palace

This idyllic public park was once the summer retreat of the Qing Dynasty. It houses the iconic Boat of Purity and Ease.

Top activities in Beijing

Mini Group Tour: The Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace
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Mini Group Tour: The Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace

¥11,272

This is a Hassle-Free, No More Than 6 People mini-sized group tour to the two most beautiful attractions in Beijing! 7:00-8:30 Hotel Pickup Your tour guide will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby for pickup, the exact pickup time will be confirmed with you about 2 days before your travel date.

Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Day Tour
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Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Day Tour

¥8,021

Visit Beijing's historic destinations and explore its rich history, fascinating architecture, and impressive traditions on this full-day tour. Explore the imperial Forbidden City, historical Summer Palace, harmonious Temple of Heaven and stroll around the Tiananmen Square.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Great Wall Bus Tour
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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Great Wall Bus Tour

¥5,347

Enjoy some of China's most famous landmarks with an expert guide to explain their cultural and historical meaning. Explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and hike up the most famous section of the Great Wall of China.

Beijing Forbidden City Tickets
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Beijing Forbidden City Tickets

¥1,353

Please kindly note that you need to send your passport details to the local travel agency in Beijing right after booking in order to buy the tickets. You will get the travel agency contact information after booking.

Bus Tour: Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tomb
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Bus Tour: Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tomb

¥3,743

1. Pick you up from your hotel around 07:00am then transfer you to the first destination, Ming Tombs. Visit Changling for about 1 hour. 2. After the tour, you have 45 minutes visit to Jade Carving Factory to know the processes of Chinese jade carving and Chinese jade culture.

Beijing Kungfu Show Night Tour with Hotel Transfer
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Beijing Kungfu Show Night Tour with Hotel Transfer

¥3,208

1. Pick you up from your hotel on departure time (6:00pm) and make sure all visitors from different hotels in the coach and then drive you to Beijing Red Theatre for Kung Fu show.

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