Beijing

Travel Guide
Forbidden City showing a fountain
In the bustling capital of China you will find temples, gardens and other valuable relics from ancient dynasties sitting comfortably alongside modern architecture and contemporary entertainment it truly is a city that mixes tradition with cutting-edge culture. Immerse yourself in the historical, political and cultural capital of China.

Beijing is situated in the northeast of China and is, culturally, politically and geographically, a world away from the capitals of the west. Rent a bike or use the excellent public transport to explore the city as driving in Beijing is quite tricky, especially if you do not speak Mandarin. Unlike with most settlements in China, the majority of staff can speak and signs at attractions are also written in English.

For one of the best views in Beijing you climb the hill in Jingshan Park where you can look out over the Forbidden City. Next, descend to Tiananmen Square to see the Front Gate (Qianmen gate) before visiting the vast palace complex that lies behind it.

Back in the square you can visit one of the largest museums in the world: the National Museum of China, opposite Chairman Mao Memorial (Mausoleum of Mao Zedong). Visit the imperial gardens in Beihai Park where you can join the locals in dancing, games and gymnastic exercises.

Visit outside the busy city centre, the Summer Palace and the Marco Polo Bridge to see more of the pomp with which the powerful emperors of China surrounded themselves. If you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, pay a visit to the Buddhist Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple).

You'll not only imperial history in Beijing religion, there’re also plenty of contemporary buildings that characterise the new China, with plenty of fine restaurants and trendy shopping centres. The 2008 Summer Olympics were the beginning of a new development in Beijing. See the stadiums in the Olympic Park or stroll through the trendy galleries in renovated warehouses, including 798 Space.

You cannot leave without trying the Peking duck in its home of Beijing. Try this traditional dish of the city with delicious Chinese noodles, a simple rice dish or the customary way with pancakes and sweet bean sauce. In the evening you can indulge in the many karaoke bars or nightclubs.

Beijing is an unforgettable experience. Taste traditional and modern China all at once and discover the futuristic designs of the enterprising East.

Where to stay in Beijing

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
5 out of 5
8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, Beijing, 100006
The price is £111 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (751 reviews)
"The location is excellent, convenient to shopping area, and many famous view points within walking distance"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
5 out of 5
7 North Dongsanhuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing, 100027
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £115 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, 6 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (199 reviews)
"Still need to improve."

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing, 100738
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £122 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the pool in their reviews. Popular attractions Forbidden ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (693 reviews)
"Very nice and clean, loved the pool."

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2021

Grand Hyatt 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.
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 £107 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
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 their ...
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 25 Apr 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, 100122
The price is £116 per night from 6 Jul to 7 Jul
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a free kids' 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 24 Nov 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, 100007
The price is £146 per night from 18 Jul to 19 Jul
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
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 6 Dec 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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