Beijing

Travel Guide
Forbidden City featuring a fountain

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

Novotel Beijing Peace
Novotel Beijing Peace
4 out of 5
No 3 Jinyu Hutong, Beijing, Beijing
The price is P3,732 per night from 3 Dec to 3 Dec
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 P6,902 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
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
Fully refundable
The price is P7,333 per night from 26 Dec to 26 Dec
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (998 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 P6,515 per night from 30 Nov to 30 Nov
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 P6,902 per night from 30 Nov to 30 Nov
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 P8,185 per night from 25 Dec to 25 Dec
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
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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