As China’s capital, Beijing is where past and present collide. Look beyond dazzling skyscrapers and hectic highways to serene temples and traditional houses. Explore some of the world’s most iconic sites and striking landmarks. Then delve into bustling markets or sample local cuisine, before returning to your luxury hotel.
China’s spiritual, political and cultural hub – a dynamic metropolis that never stands still.
Things to do
HISTORY & CULTURE
Despite its modernisation, Beijing contains some of China’s finest historic sites. Marvel at the Imperial grandeur of the Forbidden City, or visit the centre of communist China, Tiananmen Square. Seek the country’s Buddhist spirit at Lama Temple, or explore the narrow hutong alleyways, with their pretty courtyard houses and antique markets.
Just to the north of Beijing is the iconic Great Wall of China. The fully restored section at Badaling is the most popular, whereas the further-afield Jinshanling is quieter and surrounded by beautiful hilly countryside. Closer to the city is the Summer Palace, where you can easily fill a day exploring ornate bridges, pavilions and tranquil lakes.
FOOD & DRINK
From colourful markets to bright and bustling restaurants, there’s no shortage of places to savour traditional Chinese cuisine. What’s more, the recent revival of ancient Chinese traditions means the tea house is once again a popular place to meet and spend an afternoon sipping some of the world’s finest blends.
Festivals are a year-round attraction in Beijing, from art and film events to celebrations of traditional Chinese culture. Time your visit and join in the celebrations.
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