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Beijing
Travel Guide

Forbidden City showing a fountain

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

Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing
The price is HK$1,520 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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! (684 reviews)
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"The service was wonderful and the staff were polite and attentive. We enjoyed the gym, room service and bar. The only complaint is that the standard king room was small; the mattress itself wasn’t a king bed. Other than that, this is a nice hotel and we would stay again (in a bigger room)."

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2020

Grand Hyatt Beijing
Free Comfort Holiday Hotel
Free Comfort Holiday Hotel
4 out of 5
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Located in Haidian, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Beijing Aquarium and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Peking University. Beijing Exhibition Center and Beihang University ...
3.6/5Good! (60 reviews)
Happy to reserve one night not all my stay
"It was less then I expect This hotel less then 3* Room without window No body speak english"

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2019

Free Comfort Holiday Hotel
Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast
Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast
5 out of 5
The price is HK$942 per night from 15 May to 15 May
Located in Middle Chaoyang, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Lady Street Market and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sanlitun and Workers Stadium. Yonghe Temple ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (145 reviews)
"The whole experience of stay,room.food,pool and gym could not be faulted. we are not young so the staff looked after us as if we were their own Mum and Dad"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2019

Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast
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
The price is HK$951 per night from 17 May to 17 May
This family-friendly aparthotel is located in the city centre, within 1 mi (2 km) of Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium and Beijing Curio City. Beijing ...
4.3/5Excellent! (48 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 24 Nov 2019

Ascott Riverside Garden Beijing
Golden guesthouse
Golden guesthouse
2.5 out of 5
The price is HK$205 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Situated in Beijing, this apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of China National Convention Center, Beijing International Convention Center and Beijing ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
"Owner was really helpful and really cares about your safety. Got a lot of help from him on my first day and even helped on mandarin. He is also fluently Japanese. I would totally really recommend."

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2020

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Youtha Suites
Youtha Suites
3 out of 5
Located in Middle Chaoyang, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Lady Street Market and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sanlitun and Workers Stadium. Yonghe ...
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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.

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Reviews of Beijing

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5/5 - Excellent

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26 Jan 2020

Loved my experience, I'd advise booking a tour with Klook

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Jan 2020

Air quality was very poor during our stay. I don't normally suffer with lung problems, but this did leave me with a tight chest and dry cough which cleared quickly once I left the city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Dec 2019

Great place for a city break. Loads to see amazing food and nice people

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Dec 2019

The district is the showpiece of China so it's tightly controlled (hence safe) and clean. The queues for security look daunting but throughput is rapid, and both square and palace easily absorb the crowds.

5/5 - Excellent

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28 Nov 2019

We loved Beijing as a whole and wish we could have had more time there. It’s a beautiful place full of such vibrant history. Would definitely recommend as a once in a lifetime kind of trip!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Oct 2019

The subway was very convenient though the distances between stations are large. We liked the Great Wall.