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Dongcheng - Wangfujing

Explore the eclectic commercial street and its enormous mall amid the fascinating sights in the heart of Beijing’s historic center.

Dongcheng is the cultural and historical hub of Beijing. The energetic and exciting Wangfujing Street runs through it, with a spectacular mall and fascinating museums. Spend afternoons walking through alleys full of shops and restaurants in this bustling area.

Stroll along Wangfujing Street, Beijing’s main commercial avenue, just east of the Forbidden City. It’s where you will find the Wangfujing Paleolithic Museum with its array of intriguing exhibits that reveal the region’s prehistoric past. Step inside the street’s various department stores, bookshops and restaurants serving roast duck and noodles, among other treats.

Gaze up at the Romanesque façade of the imposing Wangfujing Church. Other highlights along this pedestrianized street include the Beijing Capital Theatre and The Malls at Oriental Plaza. Go shopping at the latter, which was once among the largest malls in Asia. You will find high-end international brands and modern restaurants, as well as traditional stores.

Walk east for a few blocks to the Zhihua Temple, which dates back to the 15th century. A little west of Wangfujing Street is iconic Tiananmen Square, beside the Imperial City Art Museum.

Walk north to the Yonghegong historic district of Dongcheng. Inspect its famous Yonghe Temple and appreciate the Han Chinese and Tibetan designs. See the Mao Dun Former Residence to learn about one of the country’s most acclaimed left-wing novelists.

Expect hot and humid summers and pleasant afternoons in spring and autumn. The wettest months are July and August. Try some Mongolian hotpot soup to keep you warm in the snowy weather from December to February.

Find the neighborhood in the center of Beijing. Fly to Beijing Capital International Airport and take the airport train line to the city center. Get around via the intricate metro system. If you prefer to drive, travel southwest for 30 minutes, up to 50 minutes if there is heavy traffic, from the airport to get here.

Dongcheng is a fascinating district known for holding many of Beijing’s most famous attractions.

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AC Embassy Hotel
AC Embassy Hotel
4 out of 5
No.26 Dongzhimenwai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is $75 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Downtown Beijing, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gui Street, Sanlitun, and Workers Stadium. Wangfujing Street and Yonghe Temple are also within ...
3.6/5Good! (114 reviews)
Firm bed
"Nice firm bed."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2019

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The St. Regis Beijing
The St. Regis Beijing
5 out of 5
21 Jianquomenwai Street, Beijing, Beijing
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $162 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ancient Observatory and Chang’an Grand Theatre. Silk Street Market ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (134 reviews)
"This property is aging, condition showing signs of wear and tear, dark inside, carpeting, shower inside a tub versus separate stall, tight room space, heating difficult to control in room and in meeting room. Overrated."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2020

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Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing
The price is $186 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
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! (690 reviews)
"Very nice and clean, loved the pool."

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

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Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
5 out of 5
8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, Beijing
The price is $158 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
This family-friendly Beijing hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Wangfujing Street, Forbidden City, and The Palace Museum. Tiananmen ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (751 reviews)
"The location is excellent, convenient to shopping area, and many famous view points within walking distance"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2020

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The PuXuan Hotel and Spa
The PuXuan Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
No.1 WangFuJing Street, DongCheng District, Beijing
The price is $415 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Located in Downtown Beijing, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oriental Plaza, Wangfujing Street, and Tiananmen Square. Forbidden City and Tiananmen ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

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Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
5 out of 5
57 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is $151 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Downtown Beijing, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Art Museum of China and Wangfujing Street. Forbidden City and The Palace ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (448 reviews)
"During our stay in Beijing, the hotel staff was amazing. The reception desk, Daniel, and Joanna were the best!! Very helpful and accomodating. Daniel went out of his way to help me find a store that sold SD cards. The dining room team were exceptional! Manager Bernie made sure he greeted us with ..."

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

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