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BeijingChina

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

DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing
DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing
5 out of 5
168 Guang An Men Wai Avenue, Xi Cheng District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is NT$2,199 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

Located in Xicheng, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing Street, and Forbidden City. Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace are ...

3.9/5Very Good! (199 reviews)

"What was very unique and special was how the keycards would surprise you, and randomly decide to work, just to put some excitement into your life. More hotels should aggravate— erm, I mean please their guests with this feature."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/25

DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing
Free Cancellation
The price is NT$4,313 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

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! (682 reviews)

"The pool is amazing! The service is really good. Location is great."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/26

Grand Hyatt Beijing
AC Embassy Hotel
AC Embassy Hotel
4 out of 5
No.26 Dongzhimenwai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is NT$2,253 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Located in Dongcheng, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gui Street, Sanlitun, and Workers Stadium. Wangfujing Street and Yonghe Temple are also within 3 mi ...

3.6/5Good! (113 reviews)
Firm bed

"Nice firm bed."…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/31

AC Embassy Hotel
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

BeiJing YuanJia Apartment nearby Sanlitun
BeiJing YuanJia Apartment nearby Sanlitun
3 out of 5
No. 40 Dongzhong Street, Beijing
The price is NT$2,177 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Located in Dongcheng, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gui Street, Workers Stadium, and Sanlitun. Wangfujing Street and Yonghe Temple are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (40 reviews)

"This is a great place to stay, and this is my fourth visit to Beijing. The room is enormous - easily twice the size of a hotel room - with two big beds and a full kitchen. It's comfortable and clean, and in a great location. The room service was good and the manager provided a good driver to the ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/22

BeiJing YuanJia Apartment nearby Sanlitun
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 NT$3,400 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26

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! (341 reviews)

"Conveniently positioned, cleaniness and great service"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/12

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 NT$4,533 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

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 2019/11/11

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.

Popular places to visit in Beijing

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Reviews of Beijing

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Have been there many times. Much to see.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

I like Beijing and have visited several times before. I had planned this trip ahead of time thinking that Beijing would be a great place to be to celebrate the Chinese New Year. But, the "Virus" showed up and pretty much could not do anything!!!!!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

Beijing has so many good things and metro is efficient and clean. But too many people smoke outside and spit on the ground.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

its more expensive than other Chinese cities. Buy water bottles at a convenience store as they are upcharged at attractions. Use the subway because it takes you everywhere and taxis are often VERY pricey and some refuse to use the meter

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Everyone was friendly and very accommodating. I don't speak much Chinese, but everyone was helpful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Traffic is a problem in Beijing now. Better to walk if possible, but wrap up warm if you visit in January like we did Most overnight lows were minus 10 degrees Celsius

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