Beijing

Travel Guide
Forbidden City featuring a fountain
The capital of China combines the ornate delights of traditional culture with the vibrant life of a modern global city.

Beijing has been at the heart of Chinese culture and society for many centuries, and the combination of its ancient past and the developing “New China” is sure to excite and fascinate. 20 million people live here, with a further 125 million visitors coming every single year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Begin your visit in the traditional heart of the city. The imperial gardens at Jingshan Park offer wonderful views over central Beijing, including the fantastic Forbidden City, which is a must-see attraction. After you've seen all there is to see here, head for the famous Tiananmen Square where you can enjoy two extensive repositories of culture and history, the National Museum of China and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. The Front Gate (Qianmen Gate) looms over the southern end of the square, an impressive reminder of the old fortifications which used to protect the city.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre with a visit to the opulent Summer Palace of the hugely powerful and wealthy Chinese emperors, or gaze on the stunning and historic Marco Polo Bridge. Or for a more serene, spiritual experience, the Lama Temple is hard to beat.

Beijing is also a startlingly contemporary city, full of cutting-edge architecture, chic eateries and bustling shopping centres. The 2008 Olympic Games gave the city’s development a huge boost, and you can see the centre of it all at Olympic Park.

The hip artistic scene of modern China can be experienced at 798 Space, while you can pick up some mementoes of your visit along Wangfujing Street. When you get hungry, make sure to try the authentic local Peking duck with noodles or rice. Later in the evening, head for a karaoke bar or a nightclub to experience what the capital's nightlife has to offer.

Beijing is in the northeast of China and, despite being many thousands of miles away from the capitals of the West, is served by a well-connected modern international airport. The city is very flat, so it’s a pleasure to cycle around, and the public transport system is top-notch, with plenty of signs in English to help orientate the visitor. Getting around by car can be significantly more difficult, particularly if you don’t have a good command of Mandarin, so be warned.

Where to stay in Beijing

Novotel Beijing Peace
Novotel Beijing Peace
4 out of 5
No 3 Jinyu Hutong, Beijing, Beijing, 100006
The price is S$105 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb
S$105
per night
11 Feb - 12 Feb
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Popular attractions Wangfujing Street and Lishi Alley Courtyard ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (993 reviews)
Aircon doesn't works
"The air conditioning doesn't work. The temperature inside the rooms is high enough to sweat. Noticed other guests complaining about this"

Reviewed on 2 Aug,2021

Novotel Beijing Peace
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central
5 out of 5
No.18 Xuanwumenwai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, Beijing, 100052
The price is S$189 per night from 18 Feb to 19 Feb
S$189
per night
18 Feb - 19 Feb
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (148 reviews)
"I had a wonderful stay. The staff were so attentive and friendly."

Reviewed on 8 Apr,2021

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
5 out of 5
8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, Beijing, 100006
The price is S$232 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar
S$232
per night
3 Mar - 4 Mar
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! (753 reviews)
"The location is excellent, convenient to shopping area, and many famous view points within walking distance"

Reviewed on 4 Jan,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
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a free kids' club. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (50 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
Ascott Raffles City Beijing
Ascott Raffles City Beijing
4.5 out of 5
No.1-2 Dongzhimen South Street, Dongchen Beijing, Beijing, Beijing, 100007
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! (56 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 6 Dec,2019

Ascott Raffles City 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
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Beijing. Enjoy free Internet, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
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 25 Apr,2021

The Imperial Mansion, 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.

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