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“Long ago, I saw the old China come to an end…” wrote the French author André Malraux, keen to find some traces of the past in the capital of this great nation. In Beijing, steel and glass stretch up towards the sky. Huge and sprawling, this mega city suspends its highway bridges between futuristic skyscrapers or massive, crowded malls, like the iconic Oriental Plaza, The Place and Solana, nestled in the heart of Chaoyang District. Here, in these temples to modern consumerism, shopping fever has overwhelmed the locals, who have become shopaholics in the space of a few decades.

However, the nerve centre of China is also a city imbued with history that inspires a whole population, fiercely proud of its unique civilisation founded thousands of years ago. The Great Wall of China is also well worth a visit. But before that, let yourself be swallowed up by the vibrancy of old Beijing and explore its past, which is now omnipresent. Your experience will be studded with mythical sites: the mysterious Forbidden City, the Summer Palace with its valleys and shimmering lakes. Then, a bit closer to the city, Peking University and of course, Tiananmen Square, where history still echoes, so palpable is its symbolic significance. China’s unrelenting move towards modernity is never more evident than in the glorious art collection on display at the National Art Museum of China or the National Museum of China.

Take the time to wander aimlessly in search of the city’s temples, and make sure you include the Yonghe Temple, one of its finest. Explore the hutongs, mazes of narrow alleyways where you’ll find Siheyuan, traditional homes, which have now been renovated to find a new lease of life as pretty shops or wickedly tempting restaurants.
The great French chef Thierry Marx once said that China was the mother of all cuisines. Beijing is an amazing culinary destination, popular with the leading names in the food world. French and international cuisine is constantly being reinvented here, as well as finding inspiration. At the same time, Chinese-born chefs, led by Da Dong, inspired by their travels and foreign influences, cook up delicacies for the most demanding of palates. Since the first emperors of China, cuisine has been a real art form here: you’ll find trendy restaurants celebrating the latest food trends, stalls selling street food and seafood at Pearl Market on street barbecues, whose delicious fragrances fill the capital. There are also more traditional places to eat, where you can enjoy some exquisitely prepared Crispy Peking Duck. The city’s markets, bustling with life, serve up a thousand and one different flavours and smells, and are a fascinating experience in their own right.
When the sun goes down, head to the Beijing Opera House, where you can learn about the country’s folklore. Entertainment is all about dazzling your senses, especially during the colourful celebrations for the Chinese New Year, or surprisingly, at Christmas as well: Beijing has become rather fond of this western tradition, which is now almost as popular as the Dragon Boat Festival. The city also has lots of sporting events on offer, including in particular the annual Beijing Marathon and the China Open. And no sooner had Beijing finished hosting the 2008 Olympics than they’re gearing up to prepare for the 2022 Games. There’s just no stopping this magnificent nation!
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Capital M

With its elegantly relaxed dining setting and a menu imbued with European influences, Capital M exudes a sense of the Old Continent. Its glamorous terrace showcases superb views of Beijing, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

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The Opposite House

With its trendy restaurants and lounge bars, The Opposite House is a nightlife destination in its own right. Start the evening with a delicious Mediterranean meal at Sureño or award-winning Chinese cuisine at Jing Yaa Tang, then continue the night with cocktails at Mesh.

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Da Dong Roast Duck

The internationally renowned Da Dong restaurant is one of the emblematic culinary leaders of the revival of Chinese gastronomy in Beijing. Savoring its soul-satisfying Peking duck is a must.

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TRB Restaurant

Nestled between the walls of a temple erected 600 years ago, TRB has quickly established itself as one of the hottest tables in Beijing. Menu-wise, discover the best of modern European cuisine.

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Mosto

Start with coffee at Moka, the little sister of the celebrated Beijing restaurant, Mosto, then move on to enjoy a wonderful casual fine dining meal at its big sister. Their common point? Both propose inventive cuisine, inspired by Latin America.

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Duck de Chine Restaurant

Can one leave Beijing without trying its ultimate specialty, Peking duck? Certainly not. Nestled near the Forbidden City, Duck de Chine raises the culinary benchmark for Chinese specialties served within a contemporary dining setting.

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Xiu Bar & D Lounge

The Park Hyatt Beijing is home to one of the most popular nightlife spots in Beijing, Xiu Bar. Discover this wine bar which showcases a fantastic wine list accompanied by live music.

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Moka Bros

Sip coffee with Beijing’s trendsetters at Moka Bros, where gleaming white tiles are adorned with funky tattoo-style art and the atmosphere is always buzzing. From the team behind Beijing local hotspots Mosto and Modo, this laid-back café is the place to mingle with a friendly local crowd over an expertly-crafted coffee or a healthy light lunch.

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Maan Coffee

With the air of a vast library, Maan Coffee features soaring concrete walls lined with wooden bookshelves, vintage chandeliers and studded leather armchairs. As inspired students pore over books, take a seat on the generous terrace to enjoy delicious waffles and superb specialty coffee creations brewed by Maan Coffee’s team of baristas.

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Héritage

Step within the opulent dining room of Héritage Restaurant at the Sofitel Wanda Beijing and immerse yourself in the world of French haute cuisine. Chef Lincoln Liu employs an artful blend of classic French techniques and contemporary inspirations to craft his menu, which is complimented by a superb range of world-famous French wines. With elegantly dressed tables lit by dramatic chandeliers and gilt-framed art works lining walls in pale gold, Héritage creates the perfect stage for Liu’s work-of-art plates. Enjoy excellent service and a refined atmosphere in true French style in the heart of Beijing. 

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Beijing • China

Sofitel Wanda Beijing

Ideally located in the Central Business District, Sofitel Wanda Beijing, a 5-sta...

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When to go

Beijing has a continental climate with four discernible seasons dominated by a long, hot and humid summer and long chilly winter. During the summer temperatures can exceed 30°C and during the winter drop to -10°C.
The autumn (September and October) is considered the best time to visit Beijing.

Beijing annual calendar

  • Jan

    New Year and Fire of Artifice Beijing , January 1, 2016

  • Fev

    Chinese New Year, February 8, 2016

  • Mar

    InterSolar China Conference & Exhibition , March 29 to 31, 2016

  • Apr

    Festival of Qing Ming Jie , Day of Ancestral culte , April 2, 2016

  • May

    Marathon of the Great Wall of China, May 21, 2016

  • Jun

    Festival and Regatta boats - Dragons Beijing , June 9, 2016

  • Jul

    Dance Festival in Beijing, 14-26 July 2016

  • Aug

    Double Festival September Valentine's Day in China, August 9, 2016

  • Sep

    Festival Mid -Autumn Beijing Lantern Festival , September 15, 2016

  • Oct

    China Open , Tournament International Tennis Beijing , 1- October 9, 2016

  • Nov

    International Beer Festival Craft , beginning in November 2016

  • Dec

    Market and Christmas in Beijing, December 2016

Travel transportation

Transportation

Transportation in Beijing includes the following options: local taxis, private ​car services, metro, buses, rickshaws... However the best way to get around Beijing is by taxi and metro which are very convenient and cheap. However, avoid the rush hour when possible!
The Beijing Subway system which is expanding rapidly runs 18 lines and 319 stations, and is the second longest subway system in the world. It is modern and safe. The flat fare is inexpensive at around ¥2.00 per ride, with unlimited transfers on all lines. There are also 1,000 public bus and trolleybus lines in Beijing.
The lines run from 5am to midnight. Tickets can be purchased from machines at metro and onboard buses.

Taxis

Taxi is the best option to get around Beijing. There are approximately 67,000 taxis, operated by over more than 100 taxi companies. You can hail them in the street, find them in one of the taxi ranks or book one through one of the Beijing taxi firms.
The fare is RMB10 to RMB13 for the first 3 km, then RMB2 to RMB 2,3 for each additional kilometre. Some additional charges may apply. Keep in mind that the majority of the drivers do not speak English, so try to provide the address of your destination written in Chinese for the taxi driver.

getting to & from the airport

Beijing major airport is Beijing Capital International Airport, located 20 kilometres from the city center. The airport is the second busiest airport in the world after Atlanta in the U.S.A.
It will take 30 to 45 minutes and will cost around RMB150 to reach the city center. Another option is the Airport Express rail that runs from T2 and T3 of Capital Airport to the city center (Dongzhimen and Sanyuanqiao) and that will take 30 minutes and RMB25.

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