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Beijing is the beating heart of China’s political, cultural and historical heritage, surviving invasion and revolution to shine once more on the world stage.

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.

Top hotels in Beijing

Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen
Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen
3 out of 5
No 1 Chunxiu Road Dongcheng Di, Beijing, Beijing
The price is NZ$129 per night from 5 Dec. to 6 Dec.

Located in Dongcheng, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Sanlitun, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Yonghe Temple and Wangfujing Street. Forbidden City and The Palace ...

4.3/5Excellent! (654 reviews)

"The TV picture quality was horrible on all channels. Breakfast was very bad. No bacon, omelets were just eggs with nothing inside. No yogurt to go with the fruits. Butter and jam were not available. Fruits not too fresh. They have done better 8n the past, but things were not so good this time"…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2020

Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen
Gracie Art Hotel 798
Gracie Art Hotel 798
4 out of 5
No.1,706 Back St., 798 Art Dist, No.2, Jiu Xian Qiao Rd, Chao Yang Dist, Beijing, Beijing
The price is NZ$213 per night from 5 Dec. to 6 Dec.

Located in Middle Chaoyang, this romantic hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from 798 Space and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from China Railway Museum. Sanlitun and Lady Street Market ...

4.2/5Very Good! (138 reviews)

"Very Stylish and comfortable hotel. Location is a must see"…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2019

Gracie Art Hotel 798
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
4 out of 5
1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie, Beijing, Beijing
The price is NZ$86 per night from 5 Dec. to 6 Dec.

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

3.9/5Very Good! (999 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
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.

Holiday Rentals in Beijing

Oakwood Residence Damei Beijing
Oakwood Residence Damei Beijing
5 out of 5
No. 1 Damei Center, 7 Qingnian Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
The price is NZ$264 per night from 31 Dec. to 1 Jan.

Located in Middle Chaoyang, this luxury aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Sanlitun, Workers Stadium and Taikoo Li Sanlitun - Shopping & Life Style Centre. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (16 reviews)
Good value

"A very nice place. Good value. Convenient with the shopping and food court in the basement level. Will definitely come back."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2019

Oakwood Residence Damei Beijing
BeiJing YuanJia Apartment nearby Sanlitun
BeiJing YuanJia Apartment nearby Sanlitun
3 out of 5
No. 40 Dongzhong Street, Beijing
The price is NZ$125 per night from 5 Dec. to 6 Dec.

Located in Dongcheng, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gui Street, Workers Stadium and Sanlitun. Wangfujing Street and Yonghe Temple are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (40 reviews)

"This is a great place to stay, and this is my fourth visit to Beijing. The room is enormous - easily twice the size of a hotel room - with two big beds and a full kitchen. It's comfortable and clean, and in a great location. The room service was good and the manager provided a good driver to the ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2019

BeiJing YuanJia Apartment nearby Sanlitun
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, Beijing
The price is NZ$209 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Located in Dongcheng, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oriental Plaza, Changpu River Park and National Museum of China. Tiananmen Square ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (340 reviews)

"Conveniently positioned, cleaniness and great service"…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020

The Imperial Mansion, 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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Reviews of Beijing

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 42.20183486238532%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.091743119266056%
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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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