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China's capital city is a dynamic and fast-growing metropolis that keeps a tight grip on its rich cultural heritage as well as embracing rapid modernisation and still adhering to a strict Communist social order. The city is of colossal proportions and can often give a distorted view of China to foreign visitors. Beijing is both modern city with high-rise buildings, shopping malls and vast international hotels connected by an intricate freeway system crisscrossing the city. However, the contemporary buildings often mask traditional hutongs, parks, numerous architectural treasures and beautiful temples whose prayer flags and wind chimes dance in the gentle breeze produced by the passing traffic. 

The highlights of the city are as numerous as they are varied. The best good place to initiate exploring the city is Tiananmen Square, where Mao Tse Tung declared the foundation of the People’s Republic. From the square you can see the imposing majesty of the Forbidden City to the north and the vast portrait of Chairman Mao on the Tiananmen Gate. Other more serene places of interest include the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven and of course, The Great Wall. For the foodies out there, there are some excellent restaurants in the city. 

We really recommend that you spend a day or so extra in Beijing to really soak up the amazing sights and sounds of the capital. Spend a little time in the public parks where you will see the locals practising Tai Chi, singing and even ballroom dancing, spend an afternoon in the traditional ‘hutongs’ narrow busy backstreets crammed with local markets and incense filled temples and really immerse yourself into this rich and complex society.

Population: 12 million 

Beijing Hotels

$$$$ The Opposite House Beijing

Modern Chic, Character Boutique, Directors favourites, Luxury

This wonderful hotel is located in the heart of the sophisticated and cosmopolitan Beijing district of Sanlitun, just steps from some of the city’s finest and most vibrant shopping and nightlife...

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$$$$$ Aman at Summer Palace Beijing


The Aman at Summer Palace is located just steps away from the East Gate of the Summer Palace. The hotel buildings are what used to be used as accommodation by guests of the Palace awaiting an...

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$$$ Red Wall Garden Beijing

Character Boutique

Located in central Beijing in a peaceful courtyard setting, the Red Wall Garden Hotel is around 2km’s from popular attractions like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Wangfujing shopping street...

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$$$ Cote Cour Hutong Hotel Beijing

Character Boutique, Historic Hotel

The Hotel Cote Cour Beijing is centrally located in the historically-protected Yan Yue hutong area of “Old Beijing”. Yan Yue Hutong used to be the rehearsal area of the royal musicians and dancers...

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$$$$$ The Commune at the Great Wall Beijing

Owned by husband and wife team Mr. Pan Shiyi and Ms. Zhang Xin (the co-founders of private real estate developer SOHO China), Commune by the Great Wall is one of their most renowned projects.  The...

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$$$ Grandma's Place at Mutianyu Beijing

This special little property is part of The Schoolhouse @ Mutianyu community project located in the village of Mutianyu. The village is within walking distance (15 mins) of The Great Wall access...

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