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.

Known for

Shopping, Museums and Tour

Top hotels in Dongcheng

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
4 out of 5
1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie, Beijing
AU$121/night
23 Jul. - 24 Jul.
3.9/5Very Good! (1,762 reviews)

"The hotel is in a great location. Walking distance to everything. Staff were very helpful & obliging. Room was clean and spacious. Great variety of food at breakfast. Would definitely stay there again"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2019

Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
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Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing
4.5 out of 5
No.2 Wangfujing Main Street, Beijing
AU$170/night
23 Jul. - 24 Jul.
4.1/5Very Good! (1,527 reviews)

"Great location. Close to everything.. The breakfast perfect"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2019

Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing
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Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing
AU$237/night
28 Jul. - 29 Jul.
4.5/5Wonderful! (561 reviews)

"Excellent location and great pool and beautiful hotel except for black mold in women’s locker rooms and shower the rest of the hotel was wonderful and amazing location"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2019

Grand Hyatt Beijing
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Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
4 out of 5
97 Jinbao St., Dongcheng District, Beijing
AU$187/night
21 Aug. - 22 Aug.
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,042 reviews)

"Staff really friendly and helpfull. Location is very nice and very quiet. Not too far from Wangfujing. Bathroom a little cramped, AC struggles against the heat of Beijing summer. Rooms a little worn"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2019

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
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Novotel Beijing Peace
4 out of 5
No 3 Jinyu Hutong, Beijing
AU$148/night
21 Aug. - 22 Aug.
4/5Very Good! (1,638 reviews)

"Great location in central Beijing. Very convenient."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jul. 2019

Novotel Beijing Peace
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Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Beijing Wangfujing
5 out of 5
50 Wangfujing Avenue, Beijing
AU$164/night
28 Jul. - 29 Jul.
4.1/5Very Good! (735 reviews)

"Excellent all round, with a particularly friendly and efficient staff. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2019

Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Beijing Wangfujing

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