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Beijing

A city of 21 million people, Beijing is a mix of complexity and intrigue. Anchored by its infamous history, Beijing can be a challenging place to visit for first-time travellers. But scratch the surface and you’ll discover great tradition, pride, colour and dumplings. Use our Beijing travel guide to navigate China’s capital city. 

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Places to stay

There’s plenty of accommodation to suit every traveller in Beijing but stay close to Wangfujing, in central Beijing. Here you’ll find all the major hotels such as the Peninsula Beijing and the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing which are both walking distance away from Beijing’s major attractions including the Palace Museum, Tiananmen Square and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. If you’re after more of a luxe getaway, stay at the Sofitel Wanda Beijing. There’s a bunch of sparkly crystal in the lobby and the bedrooms are large and comfortable.

Things to do

The best way to see Beijing is on foot. Around every corner, you’ll find alleyways lined with market stalls, restaurants, colourful temples and squeaky-clean malls. At the centre of the city lies the Forbidden City or as it is known today, the Palace Museum. Home of the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors for 500 years, this mega palace is the largest on earth and worth a visit. Circled by steep scarlet walls, the city contains over 900 buildings. Walk through at your pace and admire this ancient, UNESCO-listed structure.

If you’re after a more traditional experience head to Gulou Street and stroll through one of Beijing’s last remaining Hutongs. Described as the as the neighbourhood that never sleeps, Gulou is home to the city’s best 24 hour venues. Think live music, bars and small shoebox styled restaurants.

No trip is complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China. To avoid the crowds consider travelling to the lesser known entry points Jinshanling and Simatai. For a truly unforgettable experience, camp out on the Great Wall of China.

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