Beijing

Travel Guide
Forbidden City showing 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

Novotel Beijing Peace
Novotel Beijing Peace
4 out of 5
No 3 Jinyu Hutong, Beijing, Beijing
The price is CA $87 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 7
This family-friendly Beijing hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Wangfujing Street, Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (993 reviews)
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"The air conditioning doesn't work. The temperature inside the rooms is high enough to sweat. Noticed other guests complaining about this"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2021

Novotel Beijing Peace
Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel
Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel
4.5 out of 5
61 Dongsanhuan Middle Road, Beijing, Beijing
The price is CA $170 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 11
Located in Chaoyang, this luxury hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Sanlitun and within 6 mi (10 km) of Temple of Heaven and Wangfujing Street. Tiananmen Square and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (264 reviews)
Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel
"The hotel is a very good hotel. It’s ten minutes from a metro station, the room has all the comfort and the buffet breakfast is perfect for occidental people because has all kind of food included a various choice of sweet food,I definitely advise this hotel."

Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2020

Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel
Beijing Hotel Nuo Forbidden City
Beijing Hotel Nuo Forbidden City
5 out of 5
33 Chang An Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
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The price is CA $160 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Downtown Beijing, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tiananmen Square, Tiananmen, and Wangfujing Street. Forbidden City and Temple of ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (997 reviews)
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"The hotel is so beautiful and the staff is super helpful and friendly. It is close to the Forbidden city and an amazing hotel to stay in. I ate in the downstairs lounge which is very elegant and the food delicious."

Reviewed on Jun. 21, 2021

Beijing Hotel Nuo Forbidden City
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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 CA $156 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
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
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 CA $175 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
This family-friendly aparthotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Beijing Curio City and Beijing University of Technology. Beijing Yansha ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (49 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
Ascott Raffles City Beijing
Ascott Raffles City Beijing
4.5 out of 5
No.1-2 Dongzhimen South Street, Dongchen Beijing, Beijing, Beijing
The price is CA $208 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Located in Downtown Beijing, this luxury aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Gui Street, Sanlitun, and Wangfujing Street. Forbidden City is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (55 reviews)
great stay
"Nice and large one bedroom apartment. Has a washing machine/dryer which is nice when travelling. Bathroom is large. Room is very quiet. Mattress was a little firm for my liking and breakfast not at the same standard as a 5 Star hotel, but for the price I would expect it to be a better breakfast."

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019

Ascott Raffles City Beijing
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