Choose to visit a capital where you can spend your morning stepping back in time and exploring the golden rooftops of the Forbidden City and the opulence of the Temple of Heaven Park, before melting with the afternoon sun into the contemporary business district, where the sun-sets over the striking skyline. Beijing transports you over hundreds of years from its rich oriental past, to its futuristic neighbourhoods, and everything in between. No matter what you decide to do during your stay, rest assured that your accommodation in Beijing has everything you could ever desire when you secure a holiday apartment in Beijing on Airbnb or TripAdvisor today.
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Visit Beijing, where Chinese history meets a visionary metropolis!
When looking for accommodation in China look no further than the bustling hub of Beijing. This is the city of extremes, where you can experience a fusion of rich temples, palaces and walk on the famous Great Wall of China, before getting lost in the thoroughly modern art in the Capital Museum and the colours of the stalls in Silk Street. Whatever your reasons for visiting this diverse capital of China, you will need somewhere to call your sanctuary amidst these pulsating streets, and there is the ideal holiday apartment letting or bed and breakfast in Beijing which is just waiting to be discovered.
When to go?
Though a pleasant climate will greet you all year round in Beijing, there is the possibility of a sandstorm in the early spring. Therefore, the best time to visit is the quieter months of September and October, when the attractions will be less populated, but the sun will almost still be guaranteed.
How to get there?
Located in north-east China, this capital city can be accessed daily by air from London, Edinburgh and Manchester. Fly with Air China, Emirates or Hainan Airlines directly into Beijing Capital Airport and arrive from the UK in approximately 9 hours and 40 minutes. The airport is 30 kilometres northeast of the city centre, which is accessible via the Airport Express Subway line which can reach the centre from Terminal 2 and 3 in as little as 16 minutes. Alternatively, you can access your accommodation in Beijing directly by taxi, which can also be more reliable if you are arriving after midnight when the subway becomes less frequent.
If you are backpacking around China then make sure Beijing is an unmissable destination from your itinerary. Fly from your holiday apartment in Shanghai in 2 hours and 20 minutes to enjoy the splendour of China's greatest cities.
What types of holiday rentals are available in Beijing?
Accommodation in Beijing is as diverse as the very city you will be discovering, with some holiday rentals continuing to showcase an element of nostalgia in the shape of a traditional courtyard ‘hutong' house, while others bring you to the future as you overlook the embassy district from your luxury apartment rental in Beijing. For a spacious sanctuary to accommodate a larger family or group of friends, choose a bed and breakfast in Beijing with two or more bedrooms for your party. Beyond the compact and convenient apartment rentals in Beijing's embassy district and the historic area of Qianmen, you can discover a holiday home neighbouring the Great Wall of China or a modern apartment surrounded by the botanical charm of Haidian.
Where to stay in Beijing
If it is your first time visiting Beijing or if you are quickly passing through the city and only have one night, Qianmen is the place to be. This area is built around a compact collection of Beijing's most recognised attractions, including the maze of the Forbidden City, the prestigious Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven, meaning you are never too far from the best of the city when you choose an apartment rental in this capsule sized hive of tourist hotspots.
The peaceful neighbourhood of Haidian may initially seem a million miles removed from the bustling streets of the metropolis, with the extensive gardens of The Summer Palace which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Fragrant Hills which are as therapeutic as the name suggests. Reserve an equally relaxing holiday apartment in Beijing's most beautiful neighbourhood to experience a side to this capital that is so different from the everyday.
It is in the vibrant district of Dongzhimen that you can experience the best of the city's nightlife scene which was kickstarted in this very neighbourhood when the first bar community opened on the nearby Sanlitun Bar Street. Secure a reasonably priced apartment rental or a space in a youth hostel in Beijing's sleepless neighbourhood for when the time comes that you need to recharge and enjoy the exciting eastern party scene in the bars which make up this lantern kissed area.
The Embassy District
With this prestigious district comes a selection of equally refined holiday rentals, as you can find a luxury apartment rental in Beijing's beating heart. Wake up in a room with a view of this hive of global activity and find your home away from home in a structure that makes up the dramatic skyline. You might not want to leave your perfect apartment letting; however, the selection of restaurants, the Solana Mall and the Insta-worthy views might be enough to convince you to part from your sanctuary, for a few hours at least.
A paradise for shoppers and food enthusiasts alike, Wangfujing is the ideal neighbourhood to rent a self-catered apartment rental in Beijing, before spending your savings on Wangfujing Shopping Street, the most famous shopping street in the entire country. After so much shopping, it is only right that you refuel with some traditional Chinese cuisine, so explore the eateries around this district, or grab something exotic from the Wangfujing Snack Street, whose market has been known to serve up fried scorpion, if you ever crave some!
This iconic Great Wall of China is just over an hour to Beijing centre, and continues to attract masses from the capital, however, you can avoid the day trip and the majority of your time at the wall. Secure a holiday home in Badalingzhen to wake up alongside this impressive landmark which has made such a lasting legacy on the globe.
What activities to do?
Explore the Forbidden City
As a former home to 24 emperors and a recognised political centre which dates back to the 15th century, the Forbidden City is now home to the Palace Museum, which exhibits an imperial collection of the Ming and Qing dynasties, alongside the beautiful Outer Courts and impressive halls.
Walk on The Great Wall of China
A trip to China would be incomplete without stepping foot on the Great Wall, the UNESCO World Heritage Site which stretches beyond 21 thousand kilometres across the country. At just an hours drive away from the city centre, there are countless opportunities available to visit the wall directly from the centre, so be sure to hop aboard at least one of these tours during your visit.
Get lost in the Summer Palace
Nothing showcases the epitome of a Chinese imperial garden quite like the Summer Palace, which is the last and the largest of its kind in existence. This garden is a maze of botanical beauty, from its immaculate collection of oriental flowers to the chance to ride on a dragon boat on Kunming Lake.
Watch the raising of the flag in Tiananmen Square
… or the lowering of the flag, if you do not want to get to this landmark before sunrise! Either way, the tradition of the raising and lowering of the flag is one which the guards practise twice a day at dawn and dusk, offering the chance to witness an important Chinese tradition for yourself.
Visit the Temple of Heaven
Recognised as the holiest imperial temple in Beijing, the Temple of Heaven is a breathtaking example of opulent architecture which stands timeless in the evolving city. Despite its grandeur, the Temple of Heaven is not too intimidating to the locals, who have been spotted playing chess and dancing in its shadow.
Find a souvenir on Wangfujing Shopping Street
Even if shopping is something you usually avoid, the sheer extent of shops, markets, malls and restaurants which call Wangfujing Shopping Street just cannot go unappreciated! This street is famous across the entire country as a retail hub which offers goods from the likes of Gucci and Burberry, right up to some freshly cooked dumplings from the street food vendors at the market.