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Beijing

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 - Wangfujing

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
5 out of 5
The price is P5,963 per night

This family-friendly Beijing hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Wangfujing Street, Forbidden City and The Palace Museum. Tiananmen ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (746 reviews)

"The location is excellent, convenient to shopping area, and many famous view points within walking distance"…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2020

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Cordis, Beijing Capital Airport by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Beijing Capital Airport by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
No. 1 Yi Jing Road Terminal 3, Capital International Airport, Beijing, Beijing
The price is P5,951 per night

This family-friendly Beijing hotel is located near the airport, 4 mi (6.4 km) from New China International Exhibition Center, and within 12 mi (20 km) of 798 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (965 reviews)
Would recommend it

"My flight got delayed and I had to stay in Beijing for one night. I booked it 10 mins before arriving the hotel. It’s a really nice hotel and convenient location. They have shuttle picking up from the hotel to the airport and vise versa. It’s right outside of T3 gate five. Would stay again in the ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Cordis, Beijing Capital Airport by Langham Hospitality Group
Sofitel Beijing Central
Sofitel Beijing Central
5 out of 5
The price is P6,252 per night

Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wangfujing Street, Tiananmen Square and Tiananmen. Forbidden City and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (104 reviews)
Modern

"This hotel is very funky. Do not think about traditional Sofitel. It is very modern no far from metro station and shopping street."…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2019

Sofitel Beijing Central

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

P5,521
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Great Wall Bus Tour
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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Great Wall Bus Tour

P2,534
Per adult
82% 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

P2,861
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

P4,367
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Beijing Forbidden City & Mutianyu Great Wall Group Tour
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Beijing Forbidden City & Mutianyu Great Wall Group Tour

P3,112
Per adult
Private Transfer to Mutianyu Great Wall with professional driver
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Private Transfer to Mutianyu Great Wall with professional driver

P1,474
Per adult

Reviews of Beijing

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7 Jan 2020

Lovely

4/5 - Good

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14 Nov 2019

Internet is bad

4/5 - Good

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13 Nov 2019

Internet is really bad

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Beijing

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9 things you can’t miss while in Beijing

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9 things you can’t miss while in Beijing
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Tianjin

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