Thousands of years of history collide with futuristic architecture and the frenetic buzz of modern life in bustling Beijing, China’s colossal capital. Lose yourself in this fascinating city, paying homage to the past while dipping your toe into the fast-moving lifestyle of contemporary China.
From cheap and cheerful Chinese delicacies such as authentic Peking duck, hand-pulled noodles and dumplings to high-end fine dining, taste your way around the city at thousands of restaurants, which draw inspiration from all over China and beyond.
Duck de Chine: When in Rome (or Beijing), you simply must savour authentic Peking duck – and one of the best places to do so is Duck de Chine, whose signature dish is cooked over wood for a crisp skin and succulent centre.
Country Kitchen: This elegant eaterie at the Rosewood Beijing serves Northern Chinese specialities from an open show kitchen and wood-roasting oven, including authentic hand-made Chinese noodles and dumplings.
Opera BOMBANA: Opera BOMBANA is the brainchild of three-Michelin-starred chef Umberto Bombana, and serves modern Italian fare made with the finest ingredients, together with artisanal, fresh-baked bread.
Wander down Beijing’s backstreet ‘hutongs’ (alleyways) to uncover hidden bars, head to local craft breweries for pints and hearty fare and dress to impress to sip on innovative creations in sleek cocktail lounges.
Botany: Hidden in an apartment block in Sanlitun is Botany, a speakeasy bar serving innovative, artisanal cocktails using unusual ingredients such as the Fujiyama Sour.
Peiping Machine Taphouse: This two-storey taphouse offers an impressive selection of 32 beers on tap from both Chinese craft breweries and international brands.
Chinese teahouses: Tea-drinking has been embedded in Chinese culture for centuries and you can sample the country’s iconic drink at a host of teahouses across Beijing. Check out Yuan Tea House at NUO Hotel Beijing and celeb-favourite Laoshe Teahouse.
From glossy new hotels to five-star stalwarts, you won’t be short of world-class luxury options in Beijing, where brands such as Waldorf Astoria, The Peninsula and Four Seasons all have palatial outlets.
Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing: Immerse yourself in the rich history and electric atmosphere of China’s capital, while staying just outside the city at a five-star hotel like no other. Belonging to the world-renowned Kempinski collection of high-end properties, the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel is an architectural triumph perched on the edge of a tranquil lake near the ancient Great Wall of China.
NUO Hotel Beijing: Drawing inspiration from the culture and art of the Ming Dynasty, NUO Hotel Beijing offers exceptional style throughout, from the cavernous atrium dotted with ming vases to the city-view O’Bar, where Beijing’s well-heeled ascend to quaff cocktails, fine wine and champagne to the beats of a DJ. This highly acclaimed hotel is currently rated in the top ten hotels in Beijing out of 6,660 in the city on TripAdvisor and was voted one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in China in the TripAdvisor 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards.
Four Seasons Beijing: One of the world’s foremost luxury hotel brands, Four Seasons doesn’t disappoint with its Beijing outpost. Guests can admire the works of resident Chinese artists, attend a traditional tea ceremony at The Tea Garden beneath a towering butterfly wall and relax poolside with a massage.
New World Beijing: Earning the prestigious accolade of one of the Top 25 Hotels in China in the TripAdvisor 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards is New World Beijing, a low-rise luxury hotel minutes from attractions including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
A huge drawcard for those travelling to China is its rich history and Beijing happens to have 3,000 years of it, with more ancient temples, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites than you can shake a stick at.
Great Wall of China: One simply cannot visit China and miss this UNESCO World Heritage-listed icon, parts of which were built as early as the seventh century. Beijing just so happens to be one of the best destinations from which to discover the wall, including the popular and well-preserved Badaling section.
Tiananmen Square: This huge, historic square, whose name translates to ‘gate of heavenly peace’, has hosted several key political events and protests in Chinese history.
Forbidden City: The Forbidden City served as the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty in the 15th century until the early 1900s. Known today as the Palace Museum, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed walled palace complex is home to artwork and artifacts from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
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