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BeijingChina

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

Dongcheng - Wangfujing

Dongcheng

4.5/5Wonderful!(124 area reviews)

Dongcheng
Fengtai featuring landscape views and a city

Fengtai

1/5(1 area review)

Fengtai
South Chaoyang

South Chaoyang

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

South Chaoyang

Top hotels in Beijing

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
5 out of 5
No. 83 Jianguo Road Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
AU$333
per night
10 Apr. - 11 Apr.

Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from China World Mall and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Sanlitun. CCTV Headquarters ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (168 reviews)

"Room was clean and good."…"

Reviewed on 19 Dec. 2019

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing
Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing
5 out of 5
8 Guangshun South Street, Lei Shing Hong Center, Beijing, Beijing

Located in Wangjing, this luxury hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from 798 Space and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sanlitun and Beijing National Stadium. Yonghe Temple and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (78 reviews)
Excellent stay.

"Hotel was excellent. Clean and friendly staff. Well worth the stay. Extreme value for money. Breakfast was awesome."…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2019

Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing
Park Hyatt Beijing
Park Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
2 Jianguomenwai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
AU$400
per night
3 Apr. - 4 Apr.

Located in Beijing Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Silk Street Market and within 3 miles (5 km) of Wangfujing Street and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (115 reviews)
Location

"Love it’s location"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2019

Park Hyatt Beijing

Popular activities in Beijing

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.

Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

5/5(2 reviews)

See terracotta warriors, ancient temples and Ming Dynasty architecture at the Juyongguan section of one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world.

Summer Palace
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Summer Palace

4.5/5(23 reviews)

This majestic former summer residence of the Qing Dynasty is now a world heritage site and favourite Beijing attraction.

Temple of Heaven
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Temple of Heaven

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Behind the high walls of this peaceful complex lie some of the most impressive temples in Beijing, where human sacrifices were once held to appease ancient gods.

Top activities in Beijing

Emperor for a Day - Forbidden City and Summer Palace
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Emperor for a Day - Forbidden City and Summer Palace

82% of travellers recommend
AU$128
Per adult
Shaolin Kung Fu Show Tickets with Optional Hotel pick-up
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Shaolin Kung Fu Show Tickets with Optional Hotel pick-up

80% of travellers recommend
AU$44
Per adult
Private Summer Palace Half-Day Tour
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Private Summer Palace Half-Day Tour

90% of travellers recommend
AU$78
Per adult
Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.A breathtaking experience
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Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.A breathtaking experience

92% of travellers recommend
AU$113
Per adult
The Historic Beijing1–Tian’anmen,ForbiddenCity,Temple Heaven
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The Historic Beijing1–Tian’anmen,ForbiddenCity,Temple Heaven

88% of travellers recommend
AU$106
Per adult
Private Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Tour
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Private Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Tour

76% of travellers recommend
AU$79
Per adult

Reviews of Beijing

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
46
5 - Excellent 42.20183486238532%
4 - Good
46
4 - Good 42.20183486238532%
3 - Okay
11
3 - Okay 10.091743119266056%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 2.7522935779816513%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 2.7522935779816513%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Jan. 2020

Great big city, I would recommend at least 5 days so that you can do all the sights. Best if you learn some Chinese as not many people speak English well.

5/5 - Excellent

Dan

23 Nov. 2019

Amazing

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 Nov. 2019

Cheap taxis, very smogy. Little English spoken away from the hotel.

4/5 - Good

Frequent

4 Nov. 2019

Beijing is changing - fast and for the better

4/5 - Good

Nat

3 Nov. 2019

Beijing is a fascinating city. So much to explore. But it is a big city and it takes time to get around. Try and stay close to a subway line as it will be really useful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Nov. 2019

Amazing place with great history, but in the afternoon the air pollution built up and was unpleasant.

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