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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

Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center
Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center
5 out of 5
50 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is CA $163 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
This family-friendly Beijing hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Taikoo Li Sanlitun - Shopping & Life Style Centre and Yonghe Temple. Wangfujing ...
4.2/5Very Good! (277 reviews)
"This hotel is in a very central location in Beijing. It is close to the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. It has cafes and grocery stores near by with English staff. It is right off the subway exit and it provides Western and local cuisine."

Reviewed on Feb. 21, 2021

Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center
The St. Regis Beijing
The St. Regis Beijing
5 out of 5
21 Jianquomenwai Street, Beijing, Beijing
The price is CA $203 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ancient Observatory and Chang’an Grand Theatre. Silk Street Market ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (134 reviews)
"This property is aging, condition showing signs of wear and tear, dark inside, carpeting, shower inside a tub versus separate stall, tight room space, heating difficult to control in room and in meeting room. Overrated."

Reviewed on Jan. 12, 2020

The St. Regis Beijing
Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel
Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel
4.5 out of 5
61 Dongsanhuan Middle Road, Beijing, Beijing
The price is CA $165 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (262 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
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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 $131 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
This family-friendly aparthotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium and Beijing Curio City. Beijing ...
4.3/5Excellent! (48 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
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 $201 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (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
The Sandalwood, Beijing - Marriott Executive Apartments
The Sandalwood, Beijing - Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
23 Jian Guo Road Chaoyang Dist, Beijing
The price is CA $223 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Located in Gaobeidian, this luxury aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of China World Trade Center, Wangfujing Street, and Sanlitun. Workers Stadium and Today ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)
"Love the staff! Especially the front desk! I will continue to come back over and over again!"

Reviewed on Nov. 11, 2019

The Sandalwood, Beijing - Marriott Executive Apartments
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