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

AC Embassy Hotel
AC Embassy Hotel
4 out of 5
No.26 Dongzhimenwai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing, 100027
The price is CA $78 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
3.6/5 Good! (115 reviews)
"AC not working. It was cold. The art decorations were nice but I don’t care. Not much food/shopping options around. The staff were nice."

Reviewed on Apr. 4, 2022

AC Embassy Hotel
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing, 100738
The price is CA $172 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the pool in our reviews. Popular attractions Forbidden ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (693 reviews)
"Very nice and clean, loved the pool."

Reviewed on Jul. 10, 2021

Grand Hyatt Beijing
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
5 out of 5
No. 83 Jianguo Road Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing, 100043
The price is CA $201 per night from May 27 to May 28
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (189 reviews)
Will be back!
"Location and service are great especially in winter!"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
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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, 100122
The price is CA $147 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free kid's club. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall ...
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
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, 100004
The price is CA $150 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (346 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, 100123
The price is CA $163 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (28 reviews)
"My wife and I stayed for just one day, but it was very relaxing and we were pleased with the place. The room was large and comfortable and the breakfast was good in the morning."

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2021

The Sandalwood, 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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