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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

Hotel Kapok - Forbidden City
Hotel Kapok - Forbidden City
4 out of 5
16 Donghuamen Street, Beijing, Beijing
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,820 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 8
Located in Downtown Beijing, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wangfujing Street, Forbidden City, and The Palace Museum. Tiananmen and Tiananmen Square ...
4.1/5Very Good! (993 reviews)
A conveniently located hotel that could be better
"Hotel is in a good location near Forbidden City and Wangfujing, although nearest subway is 15-20 mins walk. Free soft drinks in mini-bar is a plus. Room is spacious with a large closet and a attached small bamboo garden patio that you can sit outdoors and relax. Bedding is firm and comfortable. Overall ..."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Hotel Kapok - Forbidden City
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
5 out of 5
8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, Beijing
The price is ¥14,597 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
This family-friendly Beijing hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Wangfujing Street, Forbidden City, and The Palace Museum. Tiananmen ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (751 reviews)
"The location is excellent, convenient to shopping area, and many famous view points within walking distance"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2020

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
The Bulgari Hotel Beijing
The Bulgari Hotel Beijing
5 out of 5
Building 2 Courtyard No. 8 Xin Yuan Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is ¥51,169 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located in Middle Chaoyang, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taikoo Li Sanlitun - Shopping & Life Style Centre and Sanlitun. Workers Stadium and Yonghe ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)
Best hotel
"It’s the best hotel in town"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

The Bulgari Hotel Beijing
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.
Golden guesthouse
Golden guesthouse
2.5 out of 5
North Gate, West 3 area, Tiantongyuan, Changping District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is ¥3,922 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Situated in Beijing, this apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of China National Convention Center, Beijing International Convention Center, and Beijing ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
"Owner was really helpful and really cares about your safety. Got a lot of help from him on my first day and even helped on mandarin. He is also fluently Japanese. I would totally really recommend."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Golden guesthouse
Beijing Baifuyi Apartment Dongzhimen
Beijing Baifuyi Apartment Dongzhimen
4 out of 5
NO.19 South Erlizhuang Dongzhimen Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is ¥10,180 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Middle Chaoyang, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gui Street, Sanlitun, and Workers Stadium. Wangfujing Street and Yonghe Temple are also ...
3.9/5Very Good! (14 reviews)
"It is a very nice apartment. Very spacious and comfortable. I did not like that the kitchen had no utensils/cooking ware."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2019

Beijing Baifuyi Apartment Dongzhimen
Jingguang Center Apartment
Jingguang Center Apartment
4 out of 5
1 Jingguang Center, Hujialou, Chaoyang District, Beijing
The price is ¥11,623 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Beijing Central Business District, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of CCTV Headquarters and Sanlitun. Wangfujing Street and Workers Stadium ...
3.7/5Good! (21 reviews)
"smells like restroom all day. not sure if they ever check their air condition system. hotel was old with unclean condition"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Jingguang Center Apartment
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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