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Guests in this area of Beijing rub shoulders with approximately 11,700,000 residents.
Some iconic sights that have helped to put this place on the map, Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square should be up there with your first stops.
Grab the kids and enjoy some quality time together at Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park and Chaoyang Park. For more family fun, continue on to Happy Valley Amusement Park and Jingshan Table Tennis Park.
Learn about a range of underwater animals at Beijing Aquarium. There's also something fishy going on at Tai Ping Yang Underwater World Exhibition and Gongti Richina Underwater World.
Furry and feathered friends abound at the Beijing Zoo and the Beijing Wildlife Park, a pair of popular zoological parks. Visiting the Beijing Badaling Wildlife World or Yanqing Badaling Bear Park during animal feeding can add another dimension to your time there.
You'll be amazed by the range of plants on display when you and your friends take a trip to Summer Palace and the Beijing Botanical Garden. The Grand View Garden and the Beijing Garden of World Flowers are two more fabulous places to wander around.
Pack some lunch and relax for while in the leafy surroundings of Beihai Park and Ditan Park. The Houhai Park and Jingshan Park are two more pleasant spots to while away the afternoon with a good book.
Listen to the relaxing sound of cascading water as it tumbles down into the frothing pool below at Pearl Waterfall of Qingliang Valley.
Lakes almost always entice an interesting array of animals. Pull out your binoculars at Huánghuāchéng Great Wall Lakeside Reserve or Macao River and see what's around. If that doesn't work out, perhaps you'll have better luck at Tongzi River or Wild Duck Lake Natural Reserve.
Lock your phone in the car and have a break from the noise of the modern world at Olympic Forest Park and Xianqi Cave. Nature-loving tourists will also have a wonderful time at Badachu and Shijing Mountain.
The area's exhibition spaces are a treasure trove of interesting facts and stories. Forbidden City and Old Summer Palace offer a range of collections that are bound to keep you captivated. The China Museum of History and the Beijing Museum of Natural History are also worthwhile.
Those travelers who love science will love the large collection of interactive science artifacts at Beijing Planetarium, the China Science and Technology Museum or the Sony Explora Science Museum.
From the moment you enter, it's apparent that the collections of the Minzu University Of China Museum and the Wangfujing Ancient Human Museum are a labor of love. Gazing back from behind protective glass, these impressive specimens are sure to excite your imagination. You might also like to explore the Geological Museum of China and the National Zoological Museum of China.
Build on your appreciation of the artistic process, and perhaps even find something to take back home with you at one of the various gallery and exhibition spaces. Immerse yourself in the cool atmosphere at the National Art Museum of China and the Capital Museum. If you have time afterwards, the Today Art Museum and the Green T. House Art Gallery are also well worth your time.
Journey back to days gone by and uncover the secrets of yesteryear at the National Museum of China and the Songtangzhai Museum. The Xu Beihong Museum and the Hong Lou Museum are also worthwhile choices.
To find out more about the area's rich and colorful past, plan to visit at least one of its many historic monuments and buildings. Start your history tour at Ming Tombs or the Lama Temple. You might also like to get the camera out for some photos at the Tiananmen and Wangfujing Street.
Soak up the sparkling water views and feats of civil engineering when you visit Marco Polo Bridge and 17 Arch Bridge. Jade Belt Bridge and Red Stairway Bridge are two more grand structures that you could add to your to-do list.
Some of the region's most famed families have called Beijing Working People's Cultural Palace and Prince Gong Mansion "home" throughout the years. Be sure to take a few photos as you take in their striking architecture and plush interiors. Palace of Earthly Tranquillity and Yuxu Palace are two more magnificent dwellings that have their share of stories to tell.
Whether you're a spiritual person or not, you're sure to enjoy a trip to the Temple of Heaven and the Temple of Confucius. If you want to explore a couple more religious sites, check for tours at St. Joseph's Cathedral and the Niujie Mosque.
Before you pack up your suitcase and head home, be sure to see a few of the area's lesser-known attractions. The 798 Space and South Luogu Lane might catch your eye. If you can squeeze it in, also check out Dongsishitiao Bridge or Colored Glaze Factory Cultural Street.
You'll discover as many as 1112 accommodation options in the country's capital. Browse Expedia's Beijing hotel page to get the best deals.
Beijing's higher-end accommodation options such as the Shangri-La China World Summit Wing, Beijing, at No.1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, and the Park Hyatt Beijing, at 2 Jianguomenwai Street are sure to satisfy the most discerning traveler. If you're after something a bit cheaper, the Super 8 Hotel Guozhan - Beijing, 1 Xiaohuangzhuang Rd Heping W, or the Zilong Hotel - Beijing, No A1 Xiyangwei Hutong, may be more your style.
If you prefer to stay closer to Tiananmen Square, The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments and the Beijing Hotel NUO Wangfujing are two options worth checking out.
When we look back on our travels, we usually remember experiences rather than our fancy hotel room and the view of the pool. Ready to create some new travel memories?
Kick off your trip to Beijing by checking out some of these things to do:
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Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Silk Street Market, Wangfujing Street and Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen and The Palace Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the business district, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of CCTV Headquarters, China Museum of History and Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. Great Hall of the People and Ditan Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Xicheng, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Beijing Financial Street and within 6 miles (10 km) of Tiananmen Square and Wangfujing Street. Beihai Park and The Palace Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in Dongdan, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Peking Union Medical College and within 3 miles (5 km) of The Palace Museum and Beihai Park. Peninsula Beijing Shopping Arcade and Dong Hua Men Night Market are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Wangjing, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of 798 Space, Lady Street Market and North Star Shopping Mall. Wangfujing Street and Yonghe Temple are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Downtown Beijing, this luxury hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Wangfujing Street, Tiananmen Square and Beihai Park. The Palace Museum and Tiananmen are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of New China International Exhibition Center, Goldenport Park Circuit and China Railway Museum. Lady Street Market and Beijing Golf Club are also within 12 miles (20 km). Terminal 3 Station is 16 minutes by foot.
Located in the historical district, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Peninsula Beijing Shopping Arcade, Wangfujing Street, and Tiananmen Square. Beihai Park and The Palace Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).