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

AC Embassy Hotel
AC Embassy Hotel
4 out of 5
No.26 Dongzhimenwai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing, 100027
The price is S$97 per night from 28 May to 29 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.6/5 Good! (115 reviews)
"AC not working. It was cold. The art decorations were nice but I don’t care. Not much food/shopping options around. The staff were nice."

Reviewed on 4 Apr,2022

AC Embassy Hotel
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing, 100738
The price is S$215 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the pool in their reviews. Popular attractions Forbidden ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (693 reviews)
"Very nice and clean, loved the pool."

Reviewed on 10 Jul,2021

Grand Hyatt Beijing
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
5 out of 5
No. 83 Jianguo Road Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing, 100043
The price is S$251 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (188 reviews)
Will be back!
"Location and service are great especially in winter!"

Reviewed on 13 Jan,2020

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
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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
The price is S$166 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
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

Ascott Riverside Garden 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
The price is S$205 per night from 27 May to 28 May
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! (346 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
The Sandalwood, Beijing - Marriott Executive Apartments
The Sandalwood, Beijing - Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
23 Jian Guo Road Chaoyang Dist, Beijing, 100123
The price is S$203 per night from 29 May to 30 May
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 bathrooms in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (28 reviews)
"My wife and I stayed for just one day, but it was very relaxing and we were pleased with the place. The room was large and comfortable and the breakfast was good in the morning."

Reviewed on 29 Nov,2021

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.

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