BeijingChina

4.1/5Top Destination

Beijing is a hub of power and influence on the Chinese mainland, whose busy streets are home to 20 million residents. Getting around is easy, with a good subway system and public buses as well as a plentiful supply of city taxis. If you’re feeling brave, rent a bike and head out to explore China’s capital on two wheels.

The history of this expansive city can be seen in the extraordinary mix of architecture lining the pavements: spectacular imperial palaces sit next to utilitarian warehouses reminiscent of the early Communist era and daring modern designs symbolising the nation’s leap into the twenty-first century.

For a taste of ancient China, retrace the steps of the emperors from Tiananmen Square through the Front Gate (Qianmen Gate) to the immense palace buildings of the Forbidden City. Visit manicured pleasure gardens such as Jingshan Park and the Summer Palace where royalty used to relax in the shade of cypress trees. Further opportunities for refuge from the packed urban centre can be found in the spiritual quiet of Lama Temple and Temple of Heaven, or the peaceful surroundings of the Old Summer Palace and Beihai Park.

The city also served as the theatre of much twentieth-century conflict. Marco Polo Bridge to the southwest of central Beijing saw the first gunfire of the Sino-Japanese War. The National Museum of China in the city centre will lead you through the more recent history of the Chinese Communist party, which came to power in the 1950s, while you can come face to face with the dinosaurs that roamed this land at the Natural History Museum. In 2008, Beijing returned to the international stage with a bang as it played host to the world’s greatest sporting event in the ultra-modern Olympic Park.

Nowadays the city is gaining a reputation as a cultural centre, with the arts district around 798 Space at the vanguard of modern art and music. As well as galleries, the area has numerous restaurants and cafés serving the local delicacy Peking duck. Shopping lovers should head to Wangfujing Street – a commercial street with great shops and traditional tearooms.

Known for

Museums, Historical Buildings and Culture

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Where to stay in Beijing

Dongcheng
Dongcheng - Wangfujing

Dongcheng

Known for Historical Buildings, Museums, Shopping

4.5/5(99 reviews)

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

South Chaoyang
South Chaoyang

South Chaoyang

Known for Theme Parks, Universities, Cocktails

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Visit a museum about local history and traditions, attend a spectacular dance show and relax in the park by a vast lake.

Fengtai
Fengtai featuring landscape views and a city

Fengtai

Known for Historical Buildings, Small Towns, Museums

1/5(1 review)

Discover a bustling district where you can get a real feel of everyday Beijing life as well as enjoying impressive historic, cultural and entertainment attractions.

Top hotels in Beijing

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
5 out of 5
Terminal 3, 1 Sanjing Road, Beijing, Beijing
NZ$219
per night
9 Nov. - 10 Nov.

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of New China International Exhibition Center, Goldenport Park Circuit and Beijing Golf ...

4.4/5Excellent! (588 reviews)

"I liked the position close to the airport. Soiled carpets."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2019

Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
4 out of 5
1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie, Beijing, Beijing
NZ$134
per night
17 Nov. - 18 Nov.

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! (1,841 reviews)

"Great location, English speaking. Very helpful. Easy access to train station."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2019

Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
5 out of 5
8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, Beijing
NZ$307
per night
3 Nov. - 4 Nov.

This family-friendly Beijing hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Peninsula Beijing Shopping Arcade, Wangfujing Street and Forbidden ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (707 reviews)

"Location excellent. Walking distance to forbidden city n Tiananmen. Buffer breakfast n Staff service excellent. Only shoet"…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2019

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing

Popular activities in Beijing

Forbidden City
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Forbidden City

4/5(33 reviews)

An ancient political centre which is now a protected heritage site, this former palace retains an air of romance and mystery.

Tiananmen Square
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Tiananmen Square

4/5(35 reviews)

The best-known landmark in the People’s Republic of China serves as a final resting place for its most famous leader.

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.

Wangfujing Street
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Wangfujing Street

4/5(32 reviews)

Head down to this well-known shopping district in central Beijing for tailored clothing, accessories and sumptuous snacks.

Summer Palace
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Summer Palace

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Overlooking the serene waters of Kunming Lake, this palace served as a tranquil retreat for the Qing Emperors and still provides a peaceful haven for visitors.

Temple of Heaven
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Temple of Heaven

4.5/5(27 reviews)

This place of worship has long been central to Chinese spirituality, visited by emperors for over 500 years to guarantee good harvests.

Top activities in Beijing

Mini Group Tour: The Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace
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Mini Group Tour: The Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace

NZ$160

This is a Hassle-Free, No More Than 6 People mini-sized group tour to the two most beautiful attractions in Beijing! 7:00-8:30 Hotel Pickup Your tour guide will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby for pickup, the exact pickup time will be confirmed with you about 2 days before your travel date.

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

NZ$118

Visit Beijing's historic destinations and explore its rich history, fascinating architecture, and impressive traditions on this full-day tour. Explore the imperial Forbidden City, historical Summer Palace, harmonious Temple of Heaven and stroll around the Tiananmen Square.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Great Wall Bus Tour
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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Great Wall Bus Tour

NZ$79

Enjoy some of China's most famous landmarks with an expert guide to explain their cultural and historical meaning. Explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and hike up the most famous section of the Great Wall of China.

Beijing Forbidden City Tickets
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Beijing Forbidden City Tickets

NZ$20

Please kindly note that you need to send your passport details to the local travel agency in Beijing right after booking in order to buy the tickets. You will get the travel agency contact information after booking.

Bus Tour: Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tomb
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Bus Tour: Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tomb

NZ$55

1. Pick you up from your hotel around 07:00am then transfer you to the first destination, Ming Tombs. Visit Changling for about 1 hour. 2. After the tour, you have 45 minutes visit to Jade Carving Factory to know the processes of Chinese jade carving and Chinese jade culture.

Beijing Kungfu Show Night Tour with Hotel Transfer
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Beijing Kungfu Show Night Tour with Hotel Transfer

NZ$47

1. Pick you up from your hotel on departure time (6:00pm) and make sure all visitors from different hotels in the coach and then drive you to Beijing Red Theatre for Kung Fu show.

Reviews of Beijing

4.1

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

21 Oct. 2019

Loved Beijing and will definitely go back, great jumping off city to see more of China from. Although it is a huge city, the people are very friendly and welcoming.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

10 Oct. 2019

Beijing has a lot of history. Communicating in English is very limited. Thank you Google translate. We missed out on visiting a few places due to China national week but overall enjoyed Beijing. The highlight for us was The Great Wall

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

5 Oct. 2019

We loved Beijing, so much history and everyone is very helpful. Being feom Australia I was a little unsure about going to Chiba in general but it really has surpassed all my expectations.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

29 Sep. 2019

Loved Beijing unfortunately most of the major attrac to visit were closed due to the 70 yr celebration but still went to Beihai Park, Houhai Park, the Hutongs near both parks and SummerPalace. Did a day trip to Tianjin which was fabulous.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

28 Sep. 2019

A busy city that knows how to move people well. Our first hotel while on tour was in a busy upmarket area. We much preferred this hotel in the Hutong. Everybody was courteous and willing to help when we wanted to try communication.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

22 Sep. 2019

Looking forward to visiting beijing

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