Beijing

Travel Guide
Beijing
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

Holiday Inn Express Beijing Huacai, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Beijing Huacai, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
No.16 Guangshun North Street, Wangjing Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing, 100102
The price is S$88 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the breakfast in their reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (244 reviews)
Will stay there again next time
"Overall a nice hotel and very pleasant stay. Terrific location, very close to subway and so many great restaurants nearby."

Reviewed on 20 Nov,2019

InterContinental Beijing Beichen, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Beijing Beichen, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
8 Beichen West Road, ChaoYang District, Beijing, Beijing, 100105
The price is S$188 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and private hot tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (114 reviews)
"Staff team was awesome especially at the breakfast restaurant! Hotel is beautiful, room is nice and specious. However l found hair and small stains on the bedsheet when I arrived, and a piece of sticky eyelids tape on the wall in the shower..."

Reviewed on 20 Jan,2020

Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
No.106 Zhi Chun Road, Haidian District, Beijing, Beijing, 100086
The price is S$178 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (287 reviews)
Good hotel in Zhongguancun university area
"Business centre computer and scanning equipment are too old. Need upgrade! Friendly staff who are willing to listen and help!"

Reviewed on 6 Jun,2021

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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 ...
4.2/5 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 24 Nov,2019

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 WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
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

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! (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 6 Dec,2019

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