Beijing

Travel Guide
Forbidden City which includes a fountain

China’s bustling capital has temples, gardens and other precious relics of long-lost dynasties alongside modern architecture and entertainment.

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.

Where to stay in Beijing

Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng Hotel
Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng Hotel
5 out of 5
36 North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is ¥14,198 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Located in Chaoyang, this luxury hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Yonghe Temple and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Beijing National Stadium. Wangfujing Street and Forbidden ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (101 reviews)
"Poor wifi.and intenational communication Language barrier"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng Hotel
The St. Regis Beijing
The St. Regis Beijing
5 out of 5
21 Jianquomenwai Street, Beijing, Beijing
The price is ¥17,748 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ancient Observatory and Chang’an Grand Theatre. Silk Street Market ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (134 reviews)
"This property is aging, condition showing signs of wear and tear, dark inside, carpeting, shower inside a tub versus separate stall, tight room space, heating difficult to control in room and in meeting room. Overrated."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2020

The St. Regis Beijing
JEN Beijing by Shangri-La
JEN Beijing by Shangri-La
4.5 out of 5
No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing
The price is ¥17,748 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of China World Mall and CCTV Headquarters. China World Trade Center ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (202 reviews)
"The location is very convenience , I went to shopping or restaurant downstairs . My son likes swim pool and gym breakfast is wonderful , I will be back JEN again ."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

JEN Beijing by Shangri-La
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Ascott Riverside Garden Beijing
Ascott Riverside Garden Beijing
4 out of 5
No. 33, Zhou Zhuang Jiayuan Dongli, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is ¥13,045 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
This family-friendly aparthotel is located in the city center, within 2 mi (3 km) of Beijing University of Technology, Beijing Yansha Outlets, and Panjiayuan ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (48 reviews)
"Nice, clean & room is pretty big. Plenty of food around the apartment. Breakfast choices are pretty the same everyday. Nearest train station is about 20 mins walk. Overall, the room is pretty comfortable."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2019

Ascott Riverside Garden Beijing
The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments
The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
North Gate, No. 1 Xiagongfu Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
The price is ¥15,263 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Dongdan, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oriental Plaza and Changpu River Park. Tiananmen Square and National Museum of China ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (343 reviews)
Great location and spacious rooms w small kitchen.
"Great location and amenities for families touring the major sights in central Beijing. Lobby bathrooms cleanliness can be improved."

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2021

The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments
The Sandalwood, Beijing - Marriott Executive Apartments
The Sandalwood, Beijing - Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
23 Jian Guo Road Chaoyang Dist, Beijing
The price is ¥15,973 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Gaobeidian, this luxury aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of China World Trade Center, CCTV Headquarters, and China World Mall. Silk Street Market ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (27 reviews)
"Love the staff! Especially the front desk! I will continue to come back over and over again!"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

The Sandalwood, Beijing - Marriott Executive Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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