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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

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 $80 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

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

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 Oct 28, 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 $125 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 Aug 26, 2020

Grand Hyatt Beijing
Beijing Marriott Hotel Changping
Beijing Marriott Hotel Changping
5 out of 5
29 Nan Kou Rd Cheng Nan St, Changping, Beijing
The price is $131 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

This family-friendly Changping hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of Ming Tombs and Longdi Jade Gallery. Ming Tombs Reservoir and Mangshan ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
Great Vacation Stay

"Great location if you want to be closer to the historic sites like the Great Wall. The hotel is part of a complex of outlet stores, an amusement park and a hot spring. The service was fantastic. The restairants were excellent and the concierge and Lobby Bar staff were particularly attentive."…"

Reviewed on May 18, 2019

Beijing Marriott Hotel Changping
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.

Vacation 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 $133 per night from Mar 23 to Mar 24

Located in Dongdan, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (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 Jan 16, 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 $114 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

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 Jan 12, 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
The price is $147 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Nov 11, 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.

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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