Beijing

Hotels in Beijing

Beijing is a city that has plenty of swagger. It’s the last of China’s Four Great Ancient Capitals, and has a history that dates back a whopping three thousand years. The fact that it’s been the political and cultural capital of such a large area for such a long time is pretty notable, and it doesn’t look like it will be stepping down any time soon.

Unsurprisingly, Beijing is a massive metropolis of a city. Its neighbourhoods are packed with character, and each one is worth visiting. Of course, when you’re looking for hotels in Beijing, it’s worth knowing what each one is all about. The top districts to find accommodation in Beijing are...

Dongcheng

Those who love to be in the heart of the action would do well to look for hotels in Dongcheng. The neighbourhood spans the east side of the city centre, and is packed with museums, monuments, and parks. Most of the major tourist attractions can be found in this district, including Tian’amen Square, the National Museum of China, and the Temple of Confucius. It’s also home to the Forbidden City: a Ming and Qing dynasty palace which is now a massive museum.

Xicheng

Rub shoulders with diplomats by booking a hotel in Xicheng. The district is home to many of Beijing’s political buildings, with many of China’s top brass basing themselves in its residential areas. It’s not all stiff upper lip, however, with plenty to keep the average tourist entertained. Plenty of nightlife can be found by the lake, with great bars and restaurants, and the Xidan neighbourhood has a superlative shopping area. Culture vultures will enjoy taking in a show at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, and families will love a trip to Beijing Zoo.

Xuanwu

Modern developments have wiped away most of the historical buildings of Beijing’s south west districts, but with plenty of great value hotels in the area it’s not a bad choice for budget travellers. There are still some sights worth seeing, of course. Taoranting Park was once a favourite hangout for Beijing’s writers, while the Niu Street Mosque, the oldest in Beijing, is also worth a visit. There are quite a few museums and temples to choose from, although the biggest draw to Xuanwu is its traditional shopping streets.

Chongwen

Hotels in Beijing’s smallest district are ideal for those who enjoy a peaceful lifestyle. The most famous sight in the neighbourhood is the Temple of Heaven, which is surrounded by the city’s most verdant park. Wander through the woods, or relax and join the locals with a spot of tai chi. Bars and restaurants can be found in Qianmen, a district which is quickly becoming popular with tourists.  

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