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DongchengBeijing

Explore the eclectic commercial street and its enormous mall amid the fascinating sights in the heart of Beijing’s historic center.

Dongcheng is the cultural and historical hub of Beijing. The energetic and exciting Wangfujing Street runs through it, with a spectacular mall and fascinating museums. Spend afternoons walking through alleys full of shops and restaurants in this bustling area.

Stroll along Wangfujing Street, Beijing’s main commercial avenue, just east of the Forbidden City. It’s where you will find the Wangfujing Paleolithic Museum with its array of intriguing exhibits that reveal the region’s prehistoric past. Step inside the street’s various department stores, bookshops and restaurants serving roast duck and noodles, among other treats.

Gaze up at the Romanesque façade of the imposing Wangfujing Church. Other highlights along this pedestrianized street include the Beijing Capital Theatre and The Malls at Oriental Plaza. Go shopping at the latter, which was once among the largest malls in Asia. You will find high-end international brands and modern restaurants, as well as traditional stores.

Walk east for a few blocks to the Zhihua Temple, which dates back to the 15th century. A little west of Wangfujing Street is iconic Tiananmen Square, beside the Imperial City Art Museum.

Walk north to the Yonghegong historic district of Dongcheng. Inspect its famous Yonghe Temple and appreciate the Han Chinese and Tibetan designs. See the Mao Dun Former Residence to learn about one of the country’s most acclaimed left-wing novelists.

Expect hot and humid summers and pleasant afternoons in spring and autumn. The wettest months are July and August. Try some Mongolian hotpot soup to keep you warm in the snowy weather from December to February.

Find the neighborhood in the center of Beijing. Fly to Beijing Capital International Airport and take the airport train line to the city center. Get around via the intricate metro system. If you prefer to drive, travel southwest for 30 minutes, up to 50 minutes if there is heavy traffic, from the airport to get here.

Dongcheng is a fascinating district known for holding many of Beijing’s most famous attractions.

Top hotels in Dongcheng

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
BeiJing Qianyuan Hotel
BeiJing Qianyuan Hotel
4 out of 5
Dongzhimen Nei Ave 19, Dongcheng District, Beijing
The price is AU$165 per night

Located in Downtown Beijing, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gui Street and Yonghe Temple. Wangfujing Street and Sanlitun are also within 3 miles (5 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (62 reviews)

"What a hotel! Such a fantastic experience, with amazing deals on high end rooms, and professional service that is flexible to the needs of customers from all countries."…"

Reviewed on 29 Apr. 2020

BeiJing Qianyuan Hotel
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing
The price is AU$205 per night

Located in Dongdan, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oriental Plaza and Wangfujing Street. National Museum of China and Tiananmen Square are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (678 reviews)

"good location attached to a mall and close to all things in city"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb. 2020

Grand Hyatt Beijing
Hooray Yangqiao  Beijing
Hooray Yangqiao Beijing
2 out of 5
No.88, Majiapu Dongli, fengtai district, Beijing

Located in Downtown Beijing, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oriental Plaza, Wangfujing Street and Tiananmen Square. Forbidden City and Tiananmen are ...

Hooray Yangqiao Beijing
Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng
Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng
4.5 out of 5
101 Jiaodaokou East Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing
The price is AU$132 per night

Located in Downtown Beijing, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wangfujing Street, Forbidden City and The Palace Museum. Tiananmen and Tiananmen Square ...

4.1/5Very Good! (317 reviews)

"Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"…"

Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2019

Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng
Novotel Beijing Peace
Novotel Beijing Peace
4 out of 5
No 3 Jinyu Hutong, Beijing, Beijing
The price is AU$121 per night

This family-friendly Beijing hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Wangfujing Street, Forbidden City and Tiananmen. Tiananmen Square ...

4/5Very Good! (1,763 reviews)
Excellent stay but could use some updating

"Overall our experience was great and the service was amazing. The lady who checked us in was very polite and helpful and the staff themselves were wonderful. The location really can't be beat as it's right in the heart of Beijing which is so close to everything. The deluxe room was generally comfortable ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan. 2020

Novotel Beijing Peace
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
4 out of 5
1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie, Beijing, Beijing
The price is AU$102 per night

Located in Downtown Beijing, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wangfujing Street, National Museum of China and Qianmen Street. Tiananmen Square and Beijing ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)

"great location and close to everywhere in walking distance in the center of Beijing. breakfast is full buffet but expensive."…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb. 2020

Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao

Popular places to visit in Dongcheng

Forbidden City
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Forbidden City

4.5/5(42 reviews)

This magnificent imperial palace is one of the most popular tourist sites in all of China, and is filled with many centuries of culture and art.

Wangfujing Street
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Wangfujing Street

4/5(35 reviews)

Shop ‘til you drop on one of Beijing’s best-loved shopping strips, where you’ll find everything from designer labels to cheap souvenirs.

Tiananmen Square
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Tiananmen Square

4/5(44 reviews)

From national celebrations to mass protests, Beijing’s main square has been the scene of many of China’s most important gatherings and is a must-see for any visitor.

Top activities in Dongcheng

Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Day Tour
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Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Day Tour

86% of travellers recommend
AU$113
Per adult
Best of Beijing & Great Wall of China Tour
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Best of Beijing & Great Wall of China Tour

86% of travellers recommend
AU$131
Per adult
Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, TAM Square One Day Tour
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Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, TAM Square One Day Tour

86% of travellers recommend
AU$86
Per adult
Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Giant Panda Encounter Day Tour
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Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Giant Panda Encounter Day Tour

88% of travellers recommend
AU$83
Per adult
Beijing Acrobatic Night Show with Transfers
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Beijing Acrobatic Night Show with Transfers

80% of travellers recommend
AU$60
Per adult
Underground Palace of Ming Tombs & Badaling Great Wall
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Underground Palace of Ming Tombs & Badaling Great Wall

88% of travellers recommend
AU$73
Per adult

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