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BeijingChina

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
Dongcheng - Wangfujing

Dongcheng

4.5/5Wonderful!(736 area reviews)

Wangfujing Street and Forbidden City are top sights in Dongcheng, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Zhangzizhonglu Station or Dongsi Station to see more sights in the area.

Dongcheng
Middle Chaoyang

Middle Chaoyang

4.5/5Wonderful!(248 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
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
Summer Palace showing heritage elements and a river or creek

Haidian

4/5Very Good!(67 area reviews)

Get to know Haidian and its many features like its museums and monuments. You might want to explore sights like Summer Palace and Old Summer Palace, and you can jump on the metro at Anheqiao North Station or Beigongmen Station to get around the city.

Haidian

Top Hotels in Beijing

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
5 out of 5
No. 83 Jianguo Road Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
¥18,494
per night
Apr 24 - Apr 25

Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from China World Mall and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Sanlitun. CCTV Headquarters ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (169 reviews)

"Room was clean and good."…"

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing
Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing
5 out of 5
8 Guangshun South Street, Lei Shing Hong Center, Beijing, Beijing

Located in Wangjing, this luxury hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from 798 Space and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sanlitun and Beijing National Stadium. Yonghe Temple and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (78 reviews)
Excellent stay.

"Hotel was excellent. Clean and friendly staff. Well worth the stay. Extreme value for money. Breakfast was awesome."…"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2019

Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing
Hyatt Regency Beijing Shiyuan
Hyatt Regency Beijing Shiyuan
4 out of 5
No. 1, Fu Kang South Road, Yanqing, Beijing
¥15,945
per night
May 6 - May 7

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Beijing Badaling Wildlife World, Badaling Ski Resort, and Badaling Wildlife Park. Great ...

3.9/5Very Good! (14 reviews)

"The hotel is far from any facilities except for those going to the International Horticulture Exhibition 2019 Beijing which will end on 7 Oct 2019. The buffet breakfast spread at US$35 leaves much to be desired. The bottle of orange juice on 12 Oct was empty. I asked the staff twice but it was not ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Hyatt Regency Beijing Shiyuan

Popular things to do in Beijing

Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Find out about the history of Great Wall of China, one of the top monuments in Huairou. Discover the area's mountain views and theme park.

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.

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.

Summer Palace
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Summer Palace

4.5/5(290 reviews)

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

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

82% of travellers recommend
¥5,507
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
¥9,670
Per adult
Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Giant Panda Encounter Day Tour
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Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Giant Panda Encounter Day Tour

88% of travellers recommend
¥6,113
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
¥6,335
Per adult
Mutianyu Great Wall and Changling Ming Tomb Bus Tour
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Mutianyu Great Wall and Changling Ming Tomb Bus Tour

86% of travellers recommend
¥4,405
Per adult
Beijing Forbidden City & Mutianyu Great Wall Group Tour
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Beijing Forbidden City & Mutianyu Great Wall Group Tour

¥6,202
Per adult

Reviews of Beijing

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 43.51145038167939%
4 - Good
370
4 - Good 40.34896401308615%
3 - Okay
106
3 - Okay 11.559432933478735%
2 - Disappointing
36
2 - Disappointing 3.925845147219193%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6543075245365322%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Have been there many times. Much to see.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

I like Beijing and have visited several times before. I had planned this trip ahead of time thinking that Beijing would be a great place to be to celebrate the Chinese New Year. But, the "Virus" showed up and pretty much could not do anything!!!!!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

Beijing has so many good things and metro is efficient and clean. But too many people smoke outside and spit on the ground.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

its more expensive than other Chinese cities. Buy water bottles at a convenience store as they are upcharged at attractions. Use the subway because it takes you everywhere and taxis are often VERY pricey and some refuse to use the meter

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

Cities in Beijing

Tianjin which includes street scenes

Tianjin

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Great Wall of China which includes heritage elements and a monument

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