Beijing travel guide

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You're Going to Love Beijing

From touring ancient palaces to seeing exquisite works of Ming pottery, and from dining at the world's finest Chinese restaurants to hearing up-and-coming Beijing bands, China's capital is a thrilling destination.

There are stunning historical landmarks like the Forbidden City, superb museums like the National Museum, and sprawling markets like Panjiayuan Flea Market, where you can find all kinds of Chinese antiques, clothes, or craft products.

But what people don't know so well about Beijing is its thriving music scene, with neighborhoods like Tongzhou that are full of music clubs. And there are hidden lavender gardens such as Blues Manor, which become a blissful oasis of serenity during the summer.

Beijing is a city so large, so alive, and so full of energy, that everybody can find something to entertain and inspire them during their vacation.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Beijing

When to Visit Beijing

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Beijing has attractions that can be visited all year round, so there's no bad time to go. However, summer can be stiflingly hot and the air pollution also worsens as the heat rises, so try a spring or fall vacation to enjoy the sights at their best. However, a June break could be ideal. The temperature will be mild and the lavender blooms will be coming into color - a truly beautiful sight.

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How to Get to Beijing

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Where to Stay in Beijing

Dongcheng is a great place to look for accommodation, being central and close to all of Beijing's historical attractions. Popular and comfortable hotels in the area include the opulent Grand Hotel Beijing, the Days Inn, and the Hilton Beijing. The Prime Hotel Beijing is a good option near Tiananmen Square, while the JW Marriott Beijing Central is an excellent option in Xicheng. There are also plenty of guest houses all over town, which offer small-scale, affordable accommodation and (usually) very good service.

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The Cost of Living in Beijing

Shopping Streets

Beijing has a massive array of shopping options, ranging from markets like the Silk Market, Panjiayuan Flea Market, or Hong Qiao Market to upscale modern malls like Oriental Plaza that match any in the world. One of the most popular places to head on bargain hunts is Sanlitun Village (where English-speaking retailers are the norm). If you want to buy local artworks, check out the 798 Art District, while antiques fans should definitely find time to peruse the Liulichang Antique Market.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Beijing include familiar names like Walmart, European brands like Carrefour and Auchan, and Chinese companies like Jenny Lou's. Prices are generally very reasonable, at around ¥41 for a gallon of milk or ¥14 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Beijing

Dining out is one of Beijing's most popular activities and greatest attractions. If you are looking for authentic, crispy Peking Duck, look no further than the Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant. You'll find gourmet Xinjiang cuisine at Turpan Restaurant, Sichuan-style delicacies at Zhang Mama, and delectable Beijing-style dumplings at Din Tai Fung. The food will be cheap as well, at around ¥50-100.