Beijing

Travel Guide
China’s bustling capital has temples, gardens and other precious relics of long-lost dynasties alongside modern architecture and entertainment.

Embrace the sensory overload that is China’s historical, political and cultural capital. With more than 20 million people, Beijing is the most populous city in China after Shanghai.Located in the northeast of China, Beijing is culturally and geographically a world away from Western capital cities, but easy to reach by plane. Once in the city, rent a bike or make use of the excellent public transport system to get around. English signage will lead you to most attractions. Driving around Beijing is more complicated, especially if you don’t speak Mandarin.For one of the best views in Beijing, climb the hill in Jingshan Park and look out over the Forbidden City. Then, descend to Tiananmen Square and gaze up at the Front Gate (Qianmen Gate) before you visit the huge palace complex beyond it. Back on the square, explore one of the largest museums in the world: the National Museum of China, opposite the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. To dance, play or exercise with the locals, visit the nearby imperial gardens at Beihai Park. Away from the busy city center, visit the Summer Palace and the Marco Polo Bridge to see more of the splendor that surrounded China’s mighty emperors. Find some peace and quiet in the Buddhist Lama Temple.Beijing is not all about imperial history, religion and communism: Contemporary architecture, fine restaurants and fashion-filled malls represent the new China. The 2008 Summer Olympics resulted in Beijing’s redevelopment. See the stadiums in Olympic Park or browse galleries in restored warehouses, such as 798 Space. For souvenirs, take the subway to Wangfujing Street, a popular shopping strip. You can’t leave Beijing without trying Peking duck, the city’s signature food, served with delicious Chinese noodle and rice dishes. After dark, visit karaoke bars or nightclubs for evening entertainment.Beijing is an unforgettable experience. Get a taste of traditional and communist China and at the same time see the futuristic designs of the entrepreneurial East.

Where to stay in Beijing

The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
5 out of 5
7 North Dongsanhuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing, 100027
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The price is $120 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 27
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! (200 reviews)
"Still need to improve."

Reviewed on May 15, 2021

The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing, 100738
The price is $141 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Popular attractions Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are located ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (693 reviews)
"Very nice and clean, loved the pool."

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

Grand Hyatt Beijing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
5 out of 5
8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, Beijing, 100006
The price is $139 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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 Jan 4, 2020

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
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.
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 $125 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free kid's 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 Nov 24, 2019

Ascott Riverside Garden Beijing
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 $133 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (347 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 Apr 25, 2021

The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments
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 $180 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
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 Dec 6, 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.

Getting around Beijing

Despite its size, Beijing is easy to get around on public transportation, and driving on its hectic streets is not recommended. The subway network covers most of parts of the city that you are likely to want to visit, and with English signs, it is very easy to use. The bus system will get you to areas of the city not covered by the subway. Hail a taxi when you’re in a rush. They’re very affordable. Visit the Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China website.Browse Beijing rental cars.

Best time to visit

With scorching-hot summers, freezing cold winters and stormy springs, the best time of year to visit Beijing is probably between September and October. May tends to have good weather, too. However, don’t despair if you can only visit outside these months. As perhaps China’s most thriving cultural hub, Beijing has enough exciting events to ensure a great trip even when the weather is less than perfect.

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