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Visit Beijing

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

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
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
Dongcheng - Wangfujing

Dongcheng

4.5/5Wonderful!(727 area reviews)

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

Dongcheng
Middle Chaoyang

Middle Chaoyang

4.5/5Wonderful!(245 area reviews)

Museums, art galleries, and shopping highlight some notable features of Middle Chaoyang. Make a stop by Sanlitun or Chaoyang Park while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Liangmaqiao Station or Agricultural Exhibition Center Station to get around town.

Middle Chaoyang
South Chaoyang

Chaoyang

3.5/5Good!(7 area reviews)

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.

Chaoyang
Summer Palace showing chateau or palace and interior views

Haidian

4/5Very Good!(67 area reviews)

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.

Haidian

Top Hotels in Beijing

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
5 out of 5
Terminal 3, 1 Sanjing Road, Beijing, Beijing
¥11,527
per night
Jan 23 - Jan 24

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 6.1 mi (9.9 km) from New China International Exhibition Center and within 12 mi (20 km) of Goldenport Park Circuit ...

4.4/5Excellent! (624 reviews)

"This hotel was so nice! It was beautiful and clean and all the staff was so kind and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
The Westin Beijing Financial Street
The Westin Beijing Financial Street
5 out of 5
9C Financial Street, XiCheng District, Beijing, Beijing
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥12,836
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

Located in Xicheng, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Beijing Financial Street and within 3 mi (5 km) of Beihai Park and Great Hall of the People. Beijing ...

4.3/5Excellent! (162 reviews)
Lovely stay

"The hotel was amazing and the service even better! The guys organized taxi to the wall for us and got us a great deal last minute. Breakfast was a feast, the hotel clean and nice and comfortable. Perfect for a business trip"…"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2019

The Westin Beijing Financial Street
The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
5 out of 5
7 North Dongsanhuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥12,219
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

Located in Chaoyang, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Agricultural Exhibition Center and China Agricultural Museum. Liangmaqiao Station is ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (174 reviews)

"what I didn’t like is that there were no wine glasses in the room."…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

The Westin Beijing Chaoyang

Popular things to do in Beijing

Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

4.5/5(57 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Huairou when you make a stop at a top site like Great Wall of China. Make time to visit the theme park and monuments while you're in the area.

Forbidden City
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Forbidden City

4.5/5(485 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(301 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(464 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.

Sanlitun
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Sanlitun

4.5/5(53 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Sanlitun, a popular shopping spot in Beijing. While in this walkable area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

5/5(13 reviews)

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

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

¥11,207

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

¥8,107

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.

Beijing Forbidden City Tickets
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Beijing Forbidden City Tickets

¥1,015

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.

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

¥5,405

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.

Bus Tour: Badaling Great Wall and Underground Palace
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Bus Tour: Badaling Great Wall and Underground Palace

¥3,783

1. Pick up travelers from hotel on departure time around 7:00am, and then drive to the Underground Palace(Dingling) and visit for 1 hour.Underground Palace (Dingling) is the best-preserved Chinese imperial tombs with 500 years history.

Beijing Airport Transfer To Your Beijing Downtown Hotel
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Beijing Airport Transfer To Your Beijing Downtown Hotel

¥2,054

Your friendly mandarin speaking driver will pick you up from PEK International Airport. Meeting Point: After Baggage Claim Pick up sign: Your name . You need approximately 1 hour drive from your Beijing Capital International Airport to Your Beijing central Hotel according to the traffic.

Reviews of Beijing

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
396
5 - Excellent 43.61233480176212%
4 - Good
365
4 - Good 40.198237885462554%
3 - Okay
105
3 - Okay 11.56387665198238%
2 - Disappointing
36
2 - Disappointing 3.9647577092511015%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 0.6607929515418502%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Everyone was friendly and very accommodating. I don't speak much Chinese, but everyone was helpful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Traffic is a problem in Beijing now. Better to walk if possible, but wrap up warm if you visit in January like we did Most overnight lows were minus 10 degrees Celsius

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 13, 2020

I went there expecting nothing since it was winter but wnded up enjoying it a lot more than i should. It really felt like spring over there

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Bustling, busy, constantly moving city with great cultural attractions. Incredibly varied and inexpensive food everywhere. Avoid driving and take public transportation if at all possible.

2/5 - Disappointing

K

Jan 8, 2020

Everything is worth 4 star reviews but the shuttle service is way to terrible.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

We have always enjoyed visiting Beijing. We think it is one of the most interesting cities in Asia.

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