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BeijingChina

The capital of China combines the ornate delights of traditional culture with the vibrant life of a modern global city.

Beijing has been at the heart of Chinese culture and society for many centuries, and the combination of its ancient past and the developing “New China” is sure to excite and fascinate. 20 million people live here, with a further 125 million visitors coming every single year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Begin your visit in the traditional heart of the city. The imperial gardens at Jingshan Park offer wonderful views over central Beijing, including the fantastic Forbidden City, which is a must-see attraction. After you've seen all there is to see here, head for the famous Tiananmen Square where you can enjoy two extensive repositories of culture and history, the National Museum of China and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. The Front Gate (Qianmen Gate) looms over the southern end of the square, an impressive reminder of the old fortifications which used to protect the city.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre with a visit to the opulent Summer Palace of the hugely powerful and wealthy Chinese emperors, or gaze on the stunning and historic Marco Polo Bridge. Or for a more serene, spiritual experience, the Lama Temple is hard to beat.

Beijing is also a startlingly contemporary city, full of cutting-edge architecture, chic eateries and bustling shopping centres. The 2008 Olympic Games gave the city’s development a huge boost, and you can see the centre of it all at Olympic Park.

The hip artistic scene of modern China can be experienced at 798 Space, while you can pick up some mementoes of your visit along Wangfujing Street. When you get hungry, make sure to try the authentic local Peking duck with noodles or rice. Later in the evening, head for a karaoke bar or a nightclub to experience what the capital's nightlife has to offer.

Beijing is in the northeast of China and, despite being many thousands of miles away from the capitals of the West, is served by a well-connected modern international airport. The city is very flat, so it’s a pleasure to cycle around, and the public transport system is top-notch, with plenty of signs in English to help orientate the visitor. Getting around by car can be significantly more difficult, particularly if you don’t have a good command of Mandarin, so be warned.

Where to stay in Beijing

Dongcheng

Dongcheng

3/5(5 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 featuring a city and landscape views

Fengtai

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

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P5,809 per night from 21 Oct to 22 Oct

Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 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
The price is P4,357 per night from 7 Nov to 8 Nov

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

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

Located in Dongcheng, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sanlitun, Yonghe Temple and Wangfujing Street. Forbidden City and The Palace Museum are ...

Fosen Suites at Seasons Park
Yasmine Seasons Park Apartment Hotel
Yasmine Seasons Park Apartment Hotel
3 out of 5

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
The price is P6,535 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

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.

Popular places to visit in Beijing

Forbidden City
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Forbidden City

This magnificent imperial palace is one of the most popular tourist sites in all of China, and is filled with many centuries of culture and art.

Wangfujing Street
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Wangfujing Street

Shop ‘til you drop on one of Beijing’s best-loved shopping strips, where you’ll find everything from designer labels to cheap souvenirs.

Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

See terracotta warriors, ancient temples and Ming Dynasty architecture at the Juyongguan section of one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world.

Tiananmen Square
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Tiananmen Square

From national celebrations to mass protests, Beijing’s main square has been the scene of many of China’s most important gatherings and is a must-see for any visitor.

Temple of Heaven
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Temple of Heaven

Behind the high walls of this peaceful complex lie some of the most impressive temples in Beijing, where human sacrifices were once held to appease ancient gods.

Summer Palace
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Summer Palace

This majestic former summer residence of the Qing Dynasty is now a world heritage site and favourite Beijing attraction.

Top things to do in Beijing

Mini Group Tour: The Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace
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Mini Group Tour: The Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace

P5,495
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, TAM Square One Day Tour
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Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, TAM Square One Day Tour

P2,790
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Best of Beijing & Great Wall of China Tour
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Best of Beijing & Great Wall of China Tour

P4,258
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Giant Panda Encounter Day Tour
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Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Giant Panda Encounter Day Tour

P2,692
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tomb Bus Tour
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Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tomb Bus Tour

P2,349
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
3-Hour Beijing Hutong Swift Walking tour (or by bicycle)
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3-Hour Beijing Hutong Swift Walking tour (or by bicycle)

P3,757
Per adult

Reviews of Beijing

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5/5 - Excellent

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7 Jan 2020

Lovely

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

14 Nov 2019

Internet is bad

4/5 - Good

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13 Nov 2019

Internet is really bad

Tianjin which includes street scenes

Tianjin

Jinshanling Great Wall

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Shunyi

Shunyi

Great Wall of China which includes heritage elements and a monument

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