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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

Dongcheng, Beijing, China

Dongcheng

4.5/5Wonderful!(137 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
Fengtai showing a city and landscape views

Fengtai

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

The mountain views and museums are just a few things visitors like about Fengtai. Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War Museum and Marco Polo Bridge are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Fengtainanlu Station or Keyilu Station to get around the larger area.

Fengtai
South Chaoyang

South Chaoyang

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

South Chaoyang is well-liked for its museums and theme parks. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Happy Valley Amusement Park and Beijing Yansha Outlets are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Jinsong Station or Shuangjing Station to get around.

South Chaoyang

Top Hotels in Beijing

Grand Millennium Beijing
Grand Millennium Beijing
5 out of 5
7 Dongsanhuan Middle Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is CA $149 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Sanlitun and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Wangfujing Street. Forbidden City and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (871 reviews)

"People are very nice and place is very clean. Very recommend."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 20, 2020

Grand Millennium Beijing
Four Points by Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
Four Points by Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
4 out of 5
Tower 1 25 Yuanda Road, Haidian District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is CA $118 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 15

Located in Haidian, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Renmin University of China, Kunming Lake and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Peking University ...

4/5Very Good! (57 reviews)
Great but NOT for Winter/Autumn stays

"They do not turn on the airconditioning during winter which made the room very stuffy!"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 11, 2018

Four Points by Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
JEN Beijing by Shangri-La
JEN Beijing by Shangri-La
4.5 out of 5
No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing

Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from China World Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Wangfujing Street and Sanlitun. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (195 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.

Vacation Rentals in Beijing

Fosen Suites at Seasons Park
Fosen Suites at Seasons Park
3 out of 5
No. 36 Dongzhimenwai Avenue Dongcheng, Beijing, Beijing

Located in Dongcheng, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Sanlitun, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Yonghe Temple and Wangfujing Street. Forbidden City ...

Fosen Suites at Seasons Park
Yasmine Seasons Park Apartment Hotel
Yasmine Seasons Park Apartment Hotel
3 out of 5
Bldg. 25, Season's Park, Unit 2, R505, 36 Dongzhimenwai Ave Dongcheng Dist, Beijing, Beijing

Located in Middle Chaoyang, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gui Street, Workers Stadium and Sanlitun. Wangfujing Street and Yonghe Temple ...

3.7/5Good! (25 reviews)

"Housekeeping and communication. We stayed there for two weeks no housekeeper and clean towels, Everything we had to go to their office to get it. Not very satisfied."…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2019

Yasmine Seasons Park Apartment Hotel
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, Beijing
The price is CA $177 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Dongcheng, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oriental Plaza, Changpu River Park and National Museum of China. Tiananmen Square ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (340 reviews)

"Conveniently positioned, cleaniness and great service"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 12, 2020

The Imperial Mansion, 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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