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Beijing
Travel Guide

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

Top hotels in Beijing

Grand Mercure Beijing Central
Grand Mercure Beijing Central
4 out of 5
6 Xuanwumen Nei Avenue Xicheng, Beijing, Beijing
The price is £67 per night from 19 Mar to 20 Mar

Located in Xicheng, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Beijing Financial Street and within 3 miles (5 km) of Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. Wangfujing ...

3.9/5Good! (253 reviews)
Good location

"Location is quite good near metro and shopping area and attractions. Gym was not very good for a 4-star."…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Grand Mercure Beijing Central
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing
The price is £116 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

Located in Dongdan, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oriental Plaza and Wangfujing Street. The Wangfujing Paleolithic Museum and National Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (683 reviews)

"The pool is amazing! The service is really good. Location is great."…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Grand Hyatt Beijing
Park Hyatt Beijing
Park Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
2 Jianguomenwai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is £193 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Silk Street Market and within 3 miles (5 km) of Wangfujing Street and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (116 reviews)
Great Service

"Service was excellent and just a minor complaint in the last night where there was no second face towel and no cream was replaced. Other than that we thought the service was fantastic. Special kiddos goes to Jenny Zhang during breakfast and Gary at the concierge downstairs entrance."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2020

Park Hyatt Beijing
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Top Holiday Rentals in Beijing

Lee Garden Service Apartment Wangfujing
Lee Garden Service Apartment Wangfujing
5 out of 5
No.18 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is £110 per night from 27 Mar to 28 Mar

Located in Dongdan, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Oriental Plaza, Wangfujing Street and Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square and The Palace Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (722 reviews)

"Very roomy 2 bedroom apartment and great professional staff"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2020

Lee Garden Service Apartment Wangfujing
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, Beijing
The price is £92 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb

Located in Downtown Beijing, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oriental Plaza, Changpu River Park and National Museum of China. Tiananmen ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (340 reviews)

"Conveniently positioned, cleaniness and great service"…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2020

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, Beijing

Located in Gaobeidian, this luxury aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of China World Trade Center, Wangfujing Street and Sanlitun. Workers Stadium and CCTV ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)

"Love the staff! Especially the front desk! I will continue to come back over and over again!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2019

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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Reviews of Beijing

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Jan 2020

Loved my experience, I'd advise booking a tour with Klook

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Jan 2020

Air quality was very poor during our stay. I don't normally suffer with lung problems, but this did leave me with a tight chest and dry cough which cleared quickly once I left the city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Dec 2019

Great place for a city break. Loads to see amazing food and nice people

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Dec 2019

The district is the showpiece of China so it's tightly controlled (hence safe) and clean. The queues for security look daunting but throughput is rapid, and both square and palace easily absorb the crowds.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Nov 2019

We loved Beijing as a whole and wish we could have had more time there. It’s a beautiful place full of such vibrant history. Would definitely recommend as a once in a lifetime kind of trip!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Oct 2019

The subway was very convenient though the distances between stations are large. We liked the Great Wall.

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