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Beijing City 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.


Guide to Exploring Beijing


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Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport

Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport

No. 1 Er Jing Road Terminal 3, Beijing
4.5
of 5, from 159 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Goldenport Park Circuit, Tulip Merry Waterworld, and Beijing Jin'gang Auto Park. Guanfu Museum and Tongzhou Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

€98
Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

97 Jinbao St Dongcheng Distrt, Beijing
4.6
of 5, from 935 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel is a modern oasis, ideal for both leisure and business guests. Centrally located in the heart of Beijing's bustling and developing cultural, commercial, business and entertainment district, the hotel is within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

€104
Crowne Plaza Beijing International Airport

Crowne Plaza Beijing International Airport

No 60 Fuqian 1 Street, Beijing
3.9
of 5, from 196 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from New China International Exhibition Center.

€96
Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing

Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing

29 Zizhuyuan Road, Beijing
4.4
of 5, from 49 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located on the West Third Ring Road, you can easily reach the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Lama Temple, Hutong, and Houhai Bar Street. This property is also adjacent to Tsinghua University, Peking University, and Renmin University.

€66
Jianguo Hotel Beijing

Jianguo Hotel Beijing

Jianguo Men Wai Da Jie, Chaoyang Dist., Beijing
4.0
of 5, from 169 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Jianguo Hotel Beijing is situated adjacent to the Beijing diplomatic quarter, in the heart of Beijing Central Business District, just 1 minute walking distance from the metro and 5 minutes walk from the famous Xiushui Market. By car, 10 minutes from Tiananmen Square and Beijing’s numerous historical sights and 30 minutes from the Beijing Capital International Airport.

€73
Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing

Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing

No.2 Wangfujing Main Street, Beijing
4.2
of 5, from 484 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Beijing, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jingshan Park and Forbidden City. Beihai Park and Tiananmen are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€81
Sunworld Dynasty Hotel

Sunworld Dynasty Hotel

50 Wangfujing Avenue, Beijing
4.0
of 5, from 144 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Beijing, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Joseph's Cathedral and Wangfujing Street. Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€56
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao

Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao

1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie, Beijing
4.0
of 5, from 492 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Beijing, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall, Tiananmen Square, and Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. China Museum of History and Tiananmen are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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