Dongcheng District (东城区 Dōngchéng Qū) is an administrative district in Beijing. It's home to the Forbidden City, much of the historic city of Beijing, and some of the most famous attractions in China.
Dongcheng District is a large region of Beijing. The main precincts you are likely to visit are:
|| Wangfujing |
It's the central commercial and shopping street of Beijing, located just west of the Forbidden City.
|| Dongzhimen |
It is a transport hub and commercial centre, famous for restaurants and the Russian Embassy.
|| Chongwen |
Chongwen (崇文区 Chóngwén) is an urban area in central Beijing. The Temple of Heaven is a famous park in the heart of this area.
|| Yonghegong |
It's a historic part of the capital, especially for those interested in Buddhist culture.
|| Gulou |
It's north of the to the Forbidden City and includes the best preserved hutongs of the old city of Beijing.
|| Tiananmen |
This precinct is the centre of Beijing and the most famous area in the Chinese world.
Dongcheng District is the inner-east district of Beijing. Dongcheng is roughly the eastern half of the area within the Second Ring Road. The southern third of Dongcheng was the former district of Chongwen.
The district is served by the wider Beijing public transport network. Subway Line 2 runs around the north, east and southern edges of the district. Lines 1, 6 and 7 run east-west across the district. Line 5 runs north-south thru the whole district. Line 8 runs between Olympic Park and Nanlougouxiang Station, which is in the center of the district.
Tian'anmen Square (天安门广场; Tiān'ānmén Guǎngchǎng) is one of the largest squares in the world. Built for Mao to impress; the square is surrounded by Soviet-style monuments and government buildings. Tian'anmen Square remains an astounding place and a spot to linger and see visitors from all over China, many visiting their capital for the first time. There is a flag raising and lowering ceremony at dawn and dusk at the north end of the square. There are four marble lions in front of the Tian'anmen gate, the southwest one has a bullet hole on its stomach from the 1989 Tian'anmen Square massacre. The square is best reached by subway. Qianmen Station on Line 2 is at the southern end of the square, while Tian'anmen East and Tian'anmen West, both on Line 1, are at the northern end. Due to traffic restrictions, taxis cannot stop on the square, so if you come by taxi, the driver will have to let you out on a nearby side street. You must pass through compulsory security check to enter the square.
- Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, (S end, opposite the entrance to the Forbidden City). Tu-Su 08:00-12:00 (note it is sometimes closed without notice). Mao's mausoleum. Expect huge, but moving, queues. No bags, cameras or water bottles are allowed inside and must be dropped off (for a fee) at the 'Bagcheck' building across the road to the east (mobile phones permitted). Flowers can be purchased to lay at the feet of Mao's statue inside (although they are collected and resold at the end of the day) as well as leaflets for ¥1. There is disagreement among the locals as to whether the body is real or fake waxwork so make up your own mind. Mao souvenirs can be purchased at the exit. Free.
- Monument to the People's Heroes, (Center of the square). The monument documents key events in modern Chinese history.
- The Great Hall of the People, (Borders on the W). Seat of China's parliament and important political meetings. ¥30.
- The Chinese National Museum, Tian'anmen Sq (Occupies the eastern side of the sq). 09:00-17:00. Huge Museum, since it is free there are long lines. Closed M. Free.
- Tian'anmen Gate (天安门; Gate of Heavenly Peace). Tian'anmen Gate, and its large portrait of Chairman Mao, dominates the northern end of the square. Pass beneath the gate to head north toward the Forbidden City. It costs nothing to pass through, but on the far side there is a ticket booth where you can pay admission to visit the Gate. Although visiting the Gate allows a good view over Tian'anmen Square, do not be fooled into thinking you are buying tickets to the Forbidden City: they are separate attractions. ¥15.
- Forbidden City (故宫 Gù Gōng, also known as the Palace Museum), . Closed Mondays. 1 Apr-31 Oct 08:30-17:00 (¥60), 1 Nov-31 Mar 08:30-16:30 (¥40). Get there when the gates open (around 08:30) if you want to walk through the vast and spectacular courtyards in relative peace (Close at 17:00). This is truly the spot to appreciate the might and grandeur of the Imperial Chinese court during the height of its power in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Despite the transformation of the city around it, the Forbidden City remains mercifully relatively untouched. There are a handful of cafes and gift shops, which are surprisingly not very overpriced considering what a tourist area it is. Only two-fifths of the area of the palace is opened but more sections open all the time. Wandering to the right or left can yield some beautiful secluded courtyards and, of course, padlocked dead ends. You can rent an audio guided tour which explains certain temples along the central axis and their uses for ¥40 with a ¥100 deposit (more than a dozen languages available). The signs posted around and on buildings inside are fairly short and are written in both Chinese and English.
- Yonghegong (雍和宮; Yōnghégōng; also known as Lama Temple or Palace of Peace), Yonghegong Dajie, at intersection of North Second Ring Rd (Yonghegong Lama Temple Stn (Lines 2 and 5)). Closes at 16:00. The temple was built by Chinese emperors who harbored a deep fascination for the Tibetan (Tantric) version of Buddhism. Over the years, many Tibetan and Mongolian monks lived and taught here, and there are still monks in residence today. The temple is famous for its 18m statue of Maitreya Buddha carved from a single piece of sandalwood. Visitors are not allowed to take pictures of holy statues inside most of the temples. You can view most of buildings in an hour or less. ¥25.
- Zhihua Temple (智化寺; Zhìhuàsì; also known as Temple of Wisdom Attained), 5 Lumicang Hutong (禄米仓胡同5号; Lùmǐcānghútòng) (Bus 24 from Dongzhimen or Beijing Railway Station, get off at Lumicang), ☎ +86 10 6528-6691, . 06:00-18:00. Buddhist temple built in 1443 One of the largest, oldest and best preserved wooden structures in Beijing. Houses the Ancient Music Center, which now and then gives concerts played by monks and true to the ancient traditions. Also houses the Beijing Cultural Exhange Museum. The temple has recently been renovated. ¥20.
- Tongjiao Temple (通教寺; Tōngjiāosì; also known as Temple of Authoritative Teaching), 19 Zhenxian Hutong, Dongzhimen Beixiaojie (东直门北小街针线胡同19号; Dōngzhíménběixiǎojiē Zhēnxiànhútòng) (800 m NW of Dongzhimen Stn (Lines 2 and 13)), ☎ +86 10 6405-5918. 08:00-17:00 on 1st and 15th of the month. Originally used by eunuchs but now actively used by nuns. Free.
- Confucius Temple (孔庙; Kǒngmiào), 13 Guozijian St (国子监街13号; Guózǐjiàn Jiē) (500 m SW of Yonghegong Stn (Lines 2 and 5)), ☎ +86 10 8402-7224. 09:00-17:00. The temple was built in 1302 and honors Confucius (孔子; Kǒngzi; 551-479 BC) who was one of China's greatest thinkers, still with significant influence on all aspects of daily life. The pavilions along either side have displays about Confucius and the history of Confucianism The courtyard is a pleasant place to relax or watch art students practice sketching. ¥30, includes admission to Imperial Academy.
- Imperial Academy (国子监; Guózǐjiàn), (Immediately to W of Confucius Temple). The academy was the highest level college and location of examinations for the civil service in Imperial China. Very much related to the neighbouring Confucius Temple in that the studies and exams were conducted in the Confucian tradition. Displays documenting the history of the imperial exams system and the lives of students. Pleasant courtyard, slightly quieter than that of the temple. ¥20, includes admission to Confucius Temple.
- National Museum of China (中国国家博物馆 Zhōngguó Guójiā Bówùguǎn), 16 E Chang'an St, Dongcheng District (On the E side of Tian'anmen Sq), ☎ +86 10 6511-6400, . 09:00-17:00, closed M. World class museum with an excellent collection of ancient Chinese history and artifacts. In addition the modern China history is well presented, albeit not very objective and misses many politically sensitive events. Well worth a few hours visit. Free.
- The Poly Museum (保利博物馆; Bǎolì Bówùguǎn), 14 Dongzhimen S St (东直门南大街14号; Dōngzhímén Nán Dàjiē) (Just NE of Dongsishitiao Stn (Line 2)), ☎ +86 10 6500-8117 (fax: +86 10 6501-1277), . M-Sa 09:30-16:30. Small art museum specialising in bringing Chinese artifacts home to China from abroad. Main exhibitions cover ancient bronze art, ancient stone carvings and Buddha statues. ¥50.
- Mao Dun Former Residence (茅盾故居; Máodùn Gùjū), 13 Yuanensi Hutong (后圆恩寺胡同13号; Hòuyuánēnsì Hútòng) (1.5 km SE of Beixinqiao Stn (Line 5), or buses 113, 755 to Jiaodaokou S Stn (交道口南)), ☎ +86 10 6404-4089. 09:00-16:00. Mao Dun (1896-1981) was a famous revolutionary writer. His former residence including personal effects and writings can be seen here. ¥5.
- Beijing Police Museum (北京警察博物馆; Běijīng Jǐngchá Bówùguǎn), 36 Dongjiaomin Ln (东交民巷36号; Dōngjiāomín Xiàng) (1.5 km E of the southern parts of Tian'anmen Sq), ☎ +86 10 8522-5018. 09:00-16:00. Large museum on police history. ¥5.
- Imperial City Art Museum (皇城艺术馆; Huángchéngyìshùguǎn), 9 Changpuheyan (菖蒲河沿9号; Chāngpúhéyàn) (N side of Changpu River Park, near corner of Nanchizi Jie), ☎ +86 10 8511-5104, . 10:00-17:30. The Imperial City was the Manchu city that surrounded the Forbidden City during the Qing dynasty. The museum's centrepiece is a scale model of the Forbidden & Imperial Cities. There are also displays on lifestyle, costumes, arts & crafts of the Qing imperial city. Occasionally hosts special exhibits that cost extra. ¥20.
- Dadu Museum of Art, No 28, Guozijan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, ☎ 8610-56937555, . Opening Time 09:30 am - 17:30 pm ( After 16:00 No Entering and it's Closed in Mondays). See Dadu Museum of Art for a full description of this museum. 20¥. 老人、军人、及残疾人士请携带相关证件，凭证件免票。 学生请携带学生证，购买学生票.
- CourtYard Gallery (四合苑画廊; Sìhéyuànhuàláng), 53 Donganmen Dajie (东安门大街53号; Dōngānmén Dàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6526-8882 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 6526-8880), . M-Sa 11:00-19:00, Su 12:00-19:00. Founded in 1996. Exhibits emerging and mid-career artists working in a wide range of media. Free.
- onemoon (一月当代; yīyuèdāngdài), Inside Ditan Park, Andingmenwai (安定门外地坛公园; Āndìngménwàidìtángōngyuán), ☎ +86 10 6427-7748 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 6427-7871), . W-Su 10:00-18:00. Chinese artist working in a range of media. Free.
- Soka Art Centre (索卡艺术中心; Suǒkǎyìshùzhōngxīn), 107 Dongsi N St (东四北大街107号; Dōngsì Běi Dàjiē), ☎ +86 10 8401-2377 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 8401-3434), . Tu-Su 10:00-21:00. Founded in 1992 in Taiwan and established in Beijing in 2001. The gallary exhibits modern famous artist from China and around Asia. Free.
- Wan Fung Art Gallery, 136 Nanchizi Jie. Worth a peek if you're in the area. Housed in a side building in the courtyard of the Imperial Archives, which you can't go in, but is quite impressive. The courtyard itself is a quiet corner in an otherwise crowded area of the city. Free.
- Temple of Heaven (天坛 Tiāntán). Far southeast of Qianmen and the Tian'anmen Sq. Not only a beautiful sight, but also surrounded by a vast public park popular with local residents practicing tai chi, dancing, and so on in the mornings and on weekends. Home to many ancient trees, this is also the greenest place in Beijing. Just a short stroll away from the historical sights will bring you to peaceful woods and, amazingly, solitude (especially toward the W Gate). The temple itself was the site where the emperor prayed every year for good harvests and fair weather. Sadly there are few good views of the temple from outside the inner compound wall, which costs extra to enter. The most convenient way for getting there is taking the Subway Line 5 to the Tiantandongmen Station (this is Tiantan's East Gate). It also can be reached by buses 2, 7, 17, 20, 110, 120, 803, 814, 826 to the W Gate (天坛西门 Tiāntán Xīmén); or buses 35 and 106 to the North Gate (天坛北门 Tiāntán Běimén). Bear in mind that walking around this park will take some time. The park also has some of the cheapest souvenir shops in the city with posted prices, so if you're allergic to haggling, make a visit. Park and historical sights (like the temple) ¥35 (¥30 in winter half year), park only ¥15 (¥10 in winter half year).
- Zhongshan Park (中山公园; Zhōngshāngōngyuán), W side of Tian'anmen (天安门西侧; Tiānānménxīcè), ☎ +86 10 6605-5431. Summer 06:00-21:00, winter 06:30-20:00. Beautifully landscaped park with lots of trees and bamboo. Paddle boats of rent on the moat of the Forbidden City. Also an indoor playground for children, and bumper cars. ¥3, children free.
- Changpu River Park (菖蒲河公园; Chāngpúhé Gōngyuán), (E of Tian'anmen, parallel to Chang'an Jie). Narrow strip of landscaped park along a small stream. Begins in the east near the Beijing hotel and runs almost to Tian'anmen Gate. Free.
- Ditan Park (地坛公园; Dìtán Gōngyuán; also known as Temple of Earth), Andingmenwai St (安定门外大街; Āndìngménwài Dàjiē) (300 m N of Yonghegong Stn (Lines 2 and 5)), ☎ +86 10 6421-4657 (email@example.com), . 06:00-21:00. Park with a lot of cypresses and also a small amusement park area. ¥2.
- Liuyin Park (柳荫公园; Liǔyìngōngyuán), Jiangzhaikou, Andingmenwai (安定门外蒋宅口; ānìngménwàiJiǎngzháikǒu) (Andingmen Stn and walk 10 min or bus 108 or 104 to Jiangzhaikou Stn), ☎ +86 10 8411-3699. 06:00-21:30. Park showing what rural China looks like. Also contains childrens playground and a tea house. ¥1.
- Qingnianhu Park (青年湖公园; Qīngniánhúgōngyuán), Andingmenwai St (安定门外大街; āndìngménwài Dàjiē), ☎ +86 10 8411-6321. Park: summer 06:00-22:00, winter 06:00-21:00; Water world: summer 09:00-22:00, winter closed. The park contains basketball, croquet, golf, electric boats, paddle-boats and an amusement zone. Waterland contains a large pool with water-slides. ¥1; Water world adults ¥15, children ¥10.
- Drum and Bell Towers (钟鼓楼; Zhōnggǔlóu), Di'anmen St (地安门大街; Dì'ānmén Dàjiē (Short walk SE from Gulou Dajie St (Lines 2, 8) or accessible by bus 107 or 635 (from Dongzhimen)), ☎ +86 10 6401-2674. 09:00-17:00 (ticket counter closes 16:40). The Drum Tower was originally built in 1272 and reconstructed at a new location in 1800. The Bell Tower was built around 1700. Being situated straight north from the Forbidden City, Tian'anmen and Qianmen Street, they are on the central north-south axis of Beijing. Originally, the towers were used to play music and later on to tell the Beijingers the time. Now they houses a 63-ton ancient copper bell and a number of ancient/replica drums. Free guides start tours at specific times, and the Drum Tower also has performances every hour or so (usually around half-past). There are great views from the top of the towers, but be prepared to hike up the 60+ (very steep!) steps. Ignore the touts at the bottom who try to push off "hutong tours" in rickety tri-shaws. Drum Tower: ¥20; Bell Tower ¥15; Ticket for both ¥30; half-price for students.
- Legation Quarter, (E of Tian'anmen Sq). Once famous in the Boxer Rebellion, the legation quarter is now occupied by government offices and army offices but can still be seen from outside. There's a wonderful bakery store called "Sapporo" near the legation quarter, famous for its breads and cheesecakes.
- Ancient Observatory (古欢象台; Gǔhuānxiàngtái), 2 Dongbiaobei Hutong (东裱褙胡同2号; Dōngbiǎobèi Hútòng) (SW corner of Jianguomen Bridge, close to Beijing Railway Station. Jianguomen Stn (Lines 1 and 2)), ☎ +86 10 6524-2202. 09:00-16:00. The observatory covering 1,000m² was built in 1442 and has been open to the public since 1983. Ancient star maps and instruments to watch stars can be seen here. Displays on the history of Chinese astronomy, and several large astronomical instruments set on top of an old watchtower of the city walls. ¥10.
- Beijing Yue Long Hotel （北京悦龙酒店）, No. 9, Shijia Hutong, South Xiaojie, Chaoyang Men , Dongcheng District, ☎ 861065130369, . Yue Long Companies have improved the welfare system, there are good opportunities for advancement as well as the insurance system, there will be English and job skills training after entry, in order to enhance the overall quality of staff, we often organize staff to the field and abroad visit , whether for business or personal, this is a good opportunity for progress and development.
- Beijing North Theater (北兵马司剧场; Běibīngmǎsījùchǎng), 67 Jiaodaokou S St (交道口大街67号; Jiāodàokǒu Dàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6406-0175.
- Beijing Seven-Color Light Children's Theater (北京七色光儿童剧院; Běijīngqīsèguāngértóngjùyuàn), 14 Ju'er Hutong, Jiaodaokou (交道口菊儿胡同14号; Jiāodàokǒujúérhútòng), ☎ +86 10 8402-2285.
- Capital Theater (首都剧场; Shǒudūjùchǎng), 22 Wangfujing St (王府井大街22号; Wángfǔjǐngdàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6524-9847 (fax: +86 10 6523-3227), . Tu-Sa 18:00. This theater is used by a number of different theater groups, including Beijing People's Art Theater. Performances include both contemporary and classical Chinese plays. Price range between ¥40-500 and ¥120-680.
- Central Academy of Drama Theater (中央戏剧学院实验小剧场; Zhōngyāngxìjùxuéyuànshíyànxiǎojùchǎng), 39 Dongmianhua Hutong (东棉花胡同39号; Dōngmiánhuahútòng), ☎ +86 10 8404-6174, . Performances include both plays and dance.
- Central Experimental Drama Theater (国家话剧院; Guójiāhuàjùyuàn), 45A Mao'er Hutong, Di'anmenwai St (地安门外大街猫儿胡同45号; Dìānménwàidàjiēmāoérhútòng), ☎ +86 10 6403-1009, . Both Chinese and foreign plays and both classical and experimental.
- Chang'an Grand Theater (长安大戏院; Chángāndàxìyuàn), 7 Jianguomennei St (建国门内大街7号; Jiànguóménnèi Dàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6510-1309 (fax: +86 10 6510-1308), . 09:00-19:30. Traditional Chinese performances with focus on Beijing Opera. Also has a shop with paintings and folk handicrafts.
- China Children's Art Theater (中国儿童剧场; Zhōngguóértóngjùchǎng), 64 Donganmen St (东安门大街64号; Dōngānmén Dàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6513-4115 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 6513-4116), . Established in 1956. Stages children's plays.
- Dongyuan Theater (东苑戏楼; Dōngyuànxìlóu), Inside the Garden of Changpu River (菖蒲河公园内; Chāngpúhégōngyuánnèi).
- Poly Theatre (保利剧院; Bǎolìjùyuàn), 14 Donzhimen S St (东直门南大街4号; Dōngzhíménnán Dàjiē) (Dongsishitiao Stn (Line 2) NE exit), ☎ +86 10 6500-1188 ext 5126 (fax: +86 10 6501-1854), . Large theater holding 1,428 seats, eight balcony boxes and two VIP boxes. Chinese, classical music, opera and ballet performances are staged here by both Chinese and international artist groups. Beijing Music Festival  is also held here. Prices range between ¥90-380 and ¥180-1,280.
- Universal Theater (天地剧场; Tiāndìjùchǎng), 10 Dongzhimen S St (东直门南大街10号; Dōngzhíménnán Dàjiē) (Dongsishitiao Stn (Line 2) NE exit, along Second Ring Rd to the N of Poly Plaza), ☎ +86 10 6416-9893 (email@example.com), . 19:15. Acrobatic show performed by China Acrobatic Troup. The theater itself is less impressive than the show. ¥180-480.
- Goldsail Concert Hall (金帆音乐厅; Jīnfānyīnyuètīng), 24 Wangfujing St (24 Wangfujing St (王府井大街24号; Wángfǔjǐng Dàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6528-9047. Small concert hall without speakers. Suitable for chamber music also.
- Great Hall of the People (人民大会堂; Rénmíndàhuìtáng), W side of Tian'anmen Sq (天安门广场西侧; Tiānānménguǎngchǎngxīcè, ☎ +86 10 6309-6156. The great hall of the people is used for meetings for the National People's Congress. But there is also helt classical concerts now and then.
- Poly Theatre (see above under Theater).
- Hutongs. Hutongs are the old neighbourhoods and alleyways of Beijing. While all four inner districts still have hutong neighbourhoods (for now), Dongcheng's are among the most extensive and best preserved, and most enjoyable for wandering. Turn off any major thoroughfare in the northern half of the district, and you will find yourself in real, living neighbourhoods, filled with local residents, small shops and food stalls and markets. For a good introduction to the hutongs, the area between Bell Tower and Lama Temple is easy for exploration, as most of the lanes run east-west, making it quite easy to wander from Bell Tower to Lama Temple or vice-versa, which should take about half an hour. The restored touristy hutong of Nanluoguxiang is worth a visit for shopping, eating, and drinking, and here too you can easily branch off down the side alleys for a glimpse of the less restored and more authentic hutongs. If walking is not your thing, try a rickshaw tour. Rickshaws converge during the day in the square between Drum and Bell Towers. You can try your luck bargaining with the drivers, or there is a fixed-price ticket booth in northwest corner of the square, offering hutong rickshaw tours for ¥180.
- Culture Yard: Explore Chinese culture through various workshops, 10 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District (Beixingqiao Stn exit C walk 400 m to your L), ☎ +86 10 8404-4166, . 09:00-21:00. Culture Yard: Explore Chinese culture through various workshops. Culture Yard is a foreign run cultural centre in the heart of Beijing that offers language courses as well as cultural workshops, which focus on introducing Chinese culture to the international community, as well as foreign culture to the local community " (Culture Yard Website) . Culture Yard hosts film, mahjong, tea, calligraphy, discussion seminars, art classes, chinese and other language study programs, and wine tastings. Free.
- Cooking classes, . Daily from 10:30, closed W. A few places around Nanluoguxiang now offer Chinese cooking classes. One such place, Hutong Cuisine, is run by an English-speaking chef in a small hutong home. Classes are small. Reservations are necessary. ¥180.
- New China Children's Store (新中国儿童用品商店; Xīnzhōngguóértóngyòngpǐnshāngdiàn), 168 Wangfujing St (王府井大街168号; Wángfǔjǐngdàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6528-1774. 09:00-22:00. Play center for children where the kids can catch goldfish, play in the gigantic sandpit or other. They also sell all kind of gear for children. ¥10-20 each ride.
- Wangfujing (王府井大街 Wángfǔjǐng Dàjiē), (Wangfujing Stn (Line 1)). Beijing's most famous shopping street, nowadays with mostly the same international brands and modern malls you will find anywhere else in the world. The street is pedestrianised for several blocks, making it more pleasant than many parts of Beijing to walk around. Several large malls in the area such as Oriental Plaza (see below) and Sun Dong An plaza. One useful shop is the Foreign Language Bookstore, at the northern end of the pedestrian area, which has a good selection of guidebooks and maps (although expensive). Wangfujing snack street (see also "Eat") in the alleys just to the east has vendors selling souvenirs and crafts. Bargain hard.
- The Malls at Oriental Plaza (东方新天地 Dōngfāng Xīn Tiāndì), On Wangfujing St (Wangfujing St (Line 1) has an exit that leads directly in to the mall at its west end. Dongdan Stn (Lines 1 and 5) is at the E end). At one time this was the largest mall in Asia. Modern shopping mall is expensive but provides you with a lot of buying opportunities from diamonds, to real (affordable) DVD's, (international) music CD's and food. You can find lots of brands in Oriental Plaza, from top to the normal like Calvin Klein, G-star, Esprit, Only, etc. Besides shopping, you also can eat here, from Western cuisine to traditional Chinese food.
- Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷; Nánluógǔxiàng; some partly translated signs say 'South Luogu Alley'). This restored hutong, just east of Drum Tower and Houhai, is lined with boutiques and small shops. Not the place for bargains, but this is where to come for unique and distinct gifts including T-shirts, pottery, jewellery, etc.
Dongzhimen has most beautiful and enticing food street.There is a commercial centre also called "Ginza Mall", famous for different styles of restaurants to treat you all.
Good place is going to Hutongs which are the old neighbourhoods and alleyways of Beijing. You can find plenty of restaurants mixed styles whether buddhism and western culture or romantic italian-chinese fusion in an underground hideaway for example.
Guijie "簋街/鬼街" Beixinqiao Stn (Line 5) is at the W end of the strip".The most famous street for food in Beijing is probably Guijie (sometimes called Ghost Street), which runs east-west along Dongzhimen Nei Dajie from Jiaodaokou Dong Dajie to to Dongzhimen Lijiaomen Bridge on the Second Ring Road, Dongcheng District. Red lanterns were ordered to be removed in early 2014, but traditional courtyards dot the scene and hundreds of restaurants remain along the street. Eating on Ghost Street is about more than food and drink, it's a way of life for many Beijingers. Take your pick of restaurants, there are all kinds here.
For vegetarians, Beijing's first pure vegetarian buffet restaurant is in the Confucius Temple on Guozijian Street, west of the famous Lama Temple. No English menu so far, but one can just ask for the buffet, which contains a large variety of delicious vegetarian dishes, as well as a vegetarian hotpot, and a large selection of dessert.
Wangfujing is the thriving commercial & the modern heart of the capital. You could find delicious of chinese BBQ, snack foods and traditional range of Chinese street foods.
Budget - other areas
- Poetry Cafe (诗意栖居旅行咖啡馆), NO 15 Nanchizi St, Dongcheng District (南池子大街15号故宫东华门旁 (Tian'anmen E Stn (Line 1) Exit B), ☎ +86 10 6525-6505, . 10:00-22:00. A beautiful cafe with soul as its name "Poetry", is operated by a lovely young lady, who enjoy travel and photography, that she successfully gather a group of 'specialists' in those fields; thus, customers can get tonnes of information about travel and photography. Its location is where customers are allowed enjoy the scene of Forbidden City, while having a perfectly brewed coffee.
- Oriental Dumpling King (东方饺子王; Dōngfāngjiǎoziwáng), 14 Chaoyangmen Nanxiaojie (朝阳门南小街14号楼; Cháoyángménnánxiǎojiē) (On E side of street near Lumicang. Bus 24 from Dongzhimen or Beijing Railway Station. No English sign.), ☎ +86 10 6527-2042. 10:00-22:00. Cheap and delicious Dongbei (Northeast) style dumplings. This is a chain, one of several around town. Their location in Harbin is recommended in several guidebooks, but if you're not going there you can get the same dumplings in Beijing. A few dozen different kinds, and can be boiled or fried. As with many dumpling places, order by weight: An order is usually two liang (èr liǎng) which is 100g, about 10-12 dumplings.
Mid range - other areas
- Donglaishun (东来顺; Dōngláishùn). 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-21:00 daily. This king of Beijing hotpot has been around since the 19th century. Founded by the Hui (ethnic Muslims), Donglaishun serves halal cuts of top-quality lamb and beef. Also serves cooked-by-chef dishes, including traditional Beijing sweets.
- Yuxin Sichuan Restaurant (渝信川菜; Yúxìn Chuāncài). M-F 10:00-22:00, Sa Su 11:00-22:00. One of the contenders in the ongoing competition for Beijing's best Sichuanese, Yuxin delivers on authenticity, flavor, and service. It's always busy, and always good. ¥30-50.
- 7 Jianguomen Nei Dajie. (长安大剧院，建国门内大街7号 Chángān Dàjùyuàn, Jiànguómén Nèidàjiē Qī hào). (Take Lines 1 or 2 to Jianguomen, take Exit A, and walk west). Try their location in the Chang'an Grand Theatre for a calmer setting decorated in a traditional style, with alcoves divided by bamboo screens.
- Yuxiang Renjia (渝乡人家), Hepingli Dongjie (和平里东街) (One (long) block E of east entrance to Ditan Park (on the next major road). Bus 117 or 123 from Dongzhimen), ☎ +86 10 8422-0807. Delicious Sichuan food. If you want to try Sichuan but are a little afraid of the spiciness, this place is a good choice: It's still spicy, but not as mouth-numbing as some other places. Reasonable prices, and a faux rural-village decor. There are 6 or 7 locations around town.
- Mr Shi's Dumplings (老石饺子馆), 74 Baochao Hutong 宝钞胡同74号, ☎ 010-84050399. 10am-10pm. Mr. Shi’s Dumplings restaurant, is different than the other dumpling favorite hot spots in Beijing. It caters to foreigners but it keeps mouth watering taste of traditional Chinese dumplings.
- Ginkgo Restaurant & Bar, 199 Andingmennei Dajie (S from Andingmen Bridge, about 700 m on the R), ☎ +86 10 6402-7532, . Run by a British expat this place offers great breakfast, afternoon coffee and a host of interesting live music events.
- Mirch Masala Indian Cuisine (masala indian restaurant), 60-2 Nanluoguxiang (in Jing Yang Hutong number 1), ☎ +86 10 6406-4347, . 11:30-22:30. Located on the tourist street of Nanluoguxiang, Mirch Masala serves North-Indian dishes. 60.
- Xiao Xin's Cafe (小新的店), 103 Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷103号). One of the original cafes along this hutong, and now has many imitators. Great coffee and desserts, although the rest of the food is not particularly special.
- Pebbles Courtyard (卵石庭院), 74 Wudaoying Hutong 雍和宫五道营胡同74号, ☎ 8404 0767. noon-11pm. Restaurant's Mexican offerings are all the most authentic, and the soft-shelled tacos are excellent. It's a nice location to spend a laid-back evening.
Splurge - other areas
- Dongsi Shitiao branch, Dongsi Shitiao 22A, Bldg 1-2 of the Nanxin Cang International Tower (东四十条甲22号南新仓国际大厦1-2楼) (Just SW of Dongsishitiao Stn (Line 2), entrance is at the back (S) of the bldg). This is the newer and more impressive of Dadong's branches.
- Saveurs de Coree, 29 Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷29号). Korean food in a fancy setting. Can be expensive, but special set menus are a good deal.
Nanluogu Xiang area
Bar cluster established around 2006 in hutong area east of Houhai. The atmosphere in this area is still more authentic Beijing than the neighboring Houhai area, and the action here usually starts already during the afternoon.
Drum Tower and Bell Tower area
Another smaller and quieter cluster of bars, close to both Houhai and Nanluoguxiang.
- Capital Spirits Baijiu Bar (首都酒坊; Shǒudūjiǔfāng), 3 Da Ju Hutong (大菊胡同3号; Dàjúhútòng) (Go to SW corner of Dongzhimen and Dongzhimen NanXiaoJie (直门簋街和东直门南小街), walk one block south to first Hutong (DaJu), and turn right. Bar is 20 meters within the hutong on the right. Click on website URL for map and details), ☎ +86 10 6409 3319 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 20:00-00:30 TUE-SUN. Capital Spirits is the world’s first bar dedicated to Chinese Baijiu and craft liquor. Enjoy Baijiu flights, craft Chinese beers, lesser known fine spirits from around the world, house distilled liquors, and signature cocktails. Nestled within an historic Hutong in a restored shop house with period furnishings for a relaxing environment with a taste of Old Beijing.
- Earl Bar (伯爵酒吧; Bójuéjiǔbā), 1 Dongdan North Street (东单北大街1号; Dōngdānběidàjiē), ☎ +86 10 8511-6646. 19:00-02:00. Very basic bar with local DJs. Cheap.
- The Distillery by Capital Spirits (首都酒坊; Shǒudūjiǔfāng), 23 XinSi Hutong 辛寺胡同 23号; XinSi Hutong) (From line #5 ZHANGZIZHONGLU station: Get out at exit B, turn right and walk north along Dong Si Bei Da Jie for 10 meters, then turn right at the second hutong, Dong Si Shi Er (Donsi 12 Street). Walk into the hutong for 80 meters then turn on the first left to XinSiHutong. Look for the signs for Lucky Family Hostel, you’ll go north for 15 meters then the alley will turn right, walk another 20 meters and you’ll see the bar (2 wooden doors with metal mesh and a diamond design) on your left. The address is #23 and is just a few meters before the hanging red lanterns of the Lucky Family Hostel.), ☎ +86 10 6409 3319 (email@example.com), . 20:00-00:30 Mon-Sat.
- Fez Bar, 23 Qianmen E St (前门东大街23号; Qiánmén Dōng Dàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6559-6266 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 18:00-01:00. Openair rooftop cocktail bar situated next to The Legation Quarter and with great views. Serves all kind of cocktails as well as some food.
- Mao Mao Chong Bar, 55A Wudaoying Hutong (市东城区交道口南大街板厂胡同12号; 12 Ban Chang Hutong Jiao Dao Kou Nan Jie (Near South end of Nan Luo Gu Xiang) Dongcheng District), ☎ +86 139 2692 4563 (email@example.com), . 17:30-late. This relaxed hutong pub serves reasonably priced international beers, wines and stellar cocktails. The walls are decorated with art and t-shirts for sale by the bar's owners, a husband-wife team who also cook up some of the city's best pizzas. Just east of Nanluoguxiang, Mao Mao Chong is a the perfect escape from Beijing's flashy bar districts. Cheaper than most bars in Beijing.
- Star Live (星光现场; Xīngguāngxiànchǎng), 79 Hepingli Xijie (和平里西街79号; Hépínglǐxījiē), ☎ +86 10 6425-5677 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 09:00-19:00. Medium sized live rock music venue specialising in death metal. Staging both Chinese and international bands.
- Tango (糖果; Tángguǒ), 79 Hepingli Xijie (和平里西街79号; Hépínglǐxījiē), ☎ +86 10 6428-2288. 24 hours. Big club with a vaste dance floor, a chillout lounge and KTV. Features big DJ names.
- Tantra, 79 Hepingli Xijie (和平里西街79号; Hépínglǐxījiē), ☎ +86 10 6421-0695 (email@example.com). 20:00-late. Buddha temple thened coctail lounge with English speaking crew and house music. Beer from ¥35.
- Yugong Yishan (愚公移山; Yúgōngyíshān), 3-2 Zhangzizhong Rd(张自忠路3-2号; Zhāngzìzhōng Lù) (2 min walk W along Zhangzizhong Rd from Zhangzizhonglu Stn (Line 5), after the entrance to the former site of the Ding Qurai government), ☎ +86 10 6404-2711, . Shows usually start at 22:00. The cream of Beijing's nascent rock scene can be enjoyed at this modern and tastefully presented venue. ¥20 and up for drinks, shows are between ¥30 and ¥80.
- Hot Cat Club (北京热力猫音乐俱乐部), 46 Fangjia Hutong 东城区方家胡同46号, ☎ 6400-7868, . 10am-12pm. Going to this live music venue at Fangjia 46 is a like having a band play in your living room at a house party. There's room to dance in front of the makeshift stage and couches to escape a set you're not that into. With great imported beers, friendly staff, and all their shows being free, it's a great place to check out a local band.
- Modernista (老摩), 44 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie 鼓楼东大街宝钞胡同44号, ☎ 136 9142 5744, . Daily 6pm-late. Modernista is an European inspired cafe, restaurant and bar in the heart of Beijing traditional hutongs. Authentic old Europe / Art Deco atmosphere. Runs a program of the best of Beijing´s live music, performances, art and cultural events. Monthly night market. 30-50 per person.
- Beijing 161 Wangfujing Hotel (北京161酒店), No. 161 Lishi Hutong, Dongsinandajie Beijing, Beijing Area 100010 China, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Coming to Beijing, the hutong is one thing you can not miss! Why? It’s not only because of the twists and turns in the alleyways,but also the real Beijinger’s life. Here is not the tourist attractions, nor boring star hotels, it is where the local people lives, full of Beijing style. You can hear the selling everywhere,whatever snacks you see, you could have a good taste. What’s more,wandering around the alley with camera,something new and interesting is always there. There is no need for food guide, the smell and the delicious will lead you there. That is the most important meaning to travel in Beijing,that is the meaning to choose Beijing 161 Wangfujing Hotel to feel the traditional hutong lives. From 500 RMB.
- Happy Dragon Hostel (北京隆福天缘宾馆), 29 Ren Min Shi Chang Xi Xiang , Dong Cheng Qu Beijing, Beijing Area, 100010, China, ☎ +861084015584, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. : we are a relaxed, super-friendly hostel in a great location, your comfortable one-stop for a great time to Beijing. Our hostel not only provides great value and comfortable accomodation, but also runs full tours to the Great Wall and other sites. From 100 RMB.
- The Classic Courtyard(南院悦居), No. 31 Beixin Hutong Lama Temple Street Beijing 100007 China, ☎ +86 1084026548, . checkin: 2:00 PM; checkout: Until 12:00 PM. Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, The Classic Courtyard is set in Beijing, 400 metres from Lama Temple. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. CNY. (200,400)
- Beijing Jingyuan Courtyard Hotel (北京婧园雅筑宾馆), 35 Wangfujing Xitangzi Hutong Beijing, Beijing Area 100006, ☎ +86 1065259259, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Beijing Jingyuan Courtyard Hotel is set in the Dongcheng district in Beijing, 100 metres from Wangfujing Street and 1.8 km from Forbidden City. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. From 500 RMB.
- Beijing City Central Youth Hostel, (at the corner of Beijingzhanjie and Beijingzhan Xijie). The largest hostel in Beijing, with central air conditioning and individual controls in each of the 200 rooms. It offers a computer/internet room, billiards, bar, and karaoke. On the 1st and 2nd levels are a 24-hour supermarket, breakfast bar, coffee lounge, ATM, phones for international dialing, express film processing, a mobile phone shop, and post office. 3F-6F include ensuites, doubles, singles, and 4 and 8 bunk dormitories. Dorms ¥60 (4-8 beds), doubles with shared bathrooms ¥160.
- Beijing Saga International Youth Hostel (北京实佳国际青年旅舍; Běijīng Shíjiā Guójìqīngniánlǚshè), 9 Shijia Hutong, Nanxiao St (南小街史家胡同9号; Nánxiǎojiē Shǐjiāhútòng) (From the station, follow the road N past the Beijing International Hotel, after a 10 min walk look for the hostel sign with an arrow pointing down one of the hutongs on the L), ☎ +86 10 6527-2773, 6524-9098 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Very popular with backpackers. Restaurant on the top floor. The staff speak some English. Dorms ¥40-50, doubles ¥160, triples ¥180.
- Beijing Zaoyuanju Hotel (北京枣园居宾馆; Běijīngzǎoyuánjūbīnguǎn), 17 Zhangwang Hutong, Jiugulou St (旧鼓楼大街张旺胡同17号; Jiùgǔlóudàjiē Zhāngwànghútòng) (500 m S from Guoloudajie Stn (Line 2)), ☎ +86 10 6404-2653 (fax: +86 10 6403-1197), . Rooms with free internet. Ticket office and laundry service available. Western restaurant, bar and room service. The rooms and especially the bathrooms are small. There is some noise from other guests and from the hutong life outside. Great location close to bar areas and sights. Doubles from ¥288, discounted from ¥170; breakfast ¥10.
- Eastern Morning Youth Hostel, Dongdan Santiao, behind the Oriental Plaza (in the basement of the Oriental Plaza complex next to Wangfujing Pedestrian St), ☎ +86 10 6528-4347. A great budget option if price is your primary concern. The staff do not speak much English but are friendly. Internet access is available at ¥10 per hour. It is a 5-min walk to the Dongdan or Wangfujing stations and about a 15-min walk to the International Hotel airport shuttle stop. Private rooms ¥90.
- Flowering House Hostel (北京易静小栈国际青年旅舍; Běijīng Yìjìngxiǎozhàn Guójìqīngniánlǚshè), 23 Huageng Hutong, Jiaodaokou (交道口花梗胡同23号; Jiāodàokǒu Huāgěnghútòng) (300 m SW of Beixinqiao Stn (Line 5)), ☎ +86 10 8404-3490 (email@example.com), . Hostel in traditional courtyard. Free internet, safe, laundry facilities, massage and bicycle rent available. Chinese and Western restaurant. Listed rates for dorms/doubles without bathroom/doubles with bathroom from ¥60/¥179/¥289, discounted from ¥30/¥179/¥260.
- Hepingli Hotel (北京和平里宾馆; Běijīnghépínglǐbīnguǎn), Xinghua Rd, Hepingli (和平里兴化路; Hépínglǐ Xīnghuàlù) (500 m SW of Hepinglibeijie Stn (Line 5)), ☎ +86 10 6428-6868 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 6421-4087), . Three star hotel. The cheapest rooms are quite small. Rooms with free internet. Business center, ticket office, fitness and sauna available. Chinese restaurant. This hotel should not be confused with the more up-scale Beijing Hepingli Hotel. Doubles in old building ¥268, discounted from ¥172; breakfast ¥28; rooms in new building more.
- Home Inn (Beijing Jiaodaokou) (如家酒店 (北京交道口店); Rújiājiǔdiàn), 113 Jiaodaokou E St (交道口东大街113号; Jiāodàokǒudōngdàjiē) (600 m W of Beixinqiao Stn (Line 5)), ☎ +86 10 8405-0909 (fax: +86 10 8405-0505), . Small rooms with free internet. Business center and laundry service available. Chinese restaurant and room service. Doubles from ¥219, discounted from ¥182; breakfast ¥15.
- LAB Hostel League来不青旅联盟, No.21 Cheniandian Hutong, Andingmennei Avenue, ☎ 8617061081602, . checkin: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM; checkout: Until 12:00 PM. ‘Fun, Green and Economy’ is LAB’s goal By pursuing simple and convenient design of living as well as reaching easy access to public area for share and communication Through integrating accommodation, dining, bar and travel information LAB aims at providing a complacent and interesting style of living ¥50-300.
- P.LOFT Youth Hostel (北京炮局工厂青年旅舍; Běijīng Pàojúgōngchǎng Qīngniánlǚ shè), (500 m SE of Yonghegong Stn (Lines 2 and 5)), ☎ +86 10 6402-7218 (email@example.com), . Located close to Yonghegong Lama Temple and Guijie Food Street. Internet, ticket office, laudry, table tennis, billiard, basketball and bike rental available. Restaurant and bar. Discounted rates for dorms from ¥30, doubles from ¥180.
- Sitting on the City Walls Courtyard House (坐在城牆四合院酒店; zuòzàichéngqiángsìhéyuànjiŭdiàn), 57号 Nianzi Hutong, Dongcheng District(北京市东城区景山后街碾子胡同57号; BĕijīngshìDōngchéngqūJĭngshānhòujiēniănzĭhútòng 57 háo) (500 m from the Sinopec petrol station walk past the adult fitness playground then turn left down the alley. Look for the signs or show someone the address in Chinese. Need to take bus or taxi from subway station. (Xisi or Ping'anli Stns, Line 4).), ☎ +86 10 6402-7805 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Located close to Forbidden City, Drum & Bell Tower, Beihai Park. Internet, tours, office, laundry, bike rental available. Air-conditioned. Restaurant and bar. Dorm rooms with bathroom and 4 or 8 beds (¥100-120), private rooms (twin bed or double bed) ¥420.
- Wangfujing Dawan Hotel (北京王府井大万酒店; Běijīngwángfǔjǐngdàwànjiǔdiàn), 2 Ganyu Hutong, Dongdan Bei St (东单北大街甘雨胡同甲2号; Dōngdānběidàjiēgānyǔhútòng) (50 m W of Denshikou Stn (Line 5)), ☎ +86 10 8511-4543 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 8511-4537), . Rooms with free internet, television, aircon and fridge. Business center and bath center including sauna available. Chinese restaurant. The rooms are ok, the bathrooms not too bright or clean, and the service level of fluctuating standard, but this is compensated by the low price and great location. Doubles from ¥238, discounted from ¥137; breakfast ¥15.
A number of mid-range hotels are located east of Dongzhimen Station. From the subway stop, walk around 800 meters east to the next big intersection. On the southeast corner is another Home Inn location (see listing above). On the northern side of the street (not on the main road itself, but in the residential compound behind), half a dozen large hotels can be found. A double costs ¥150-250 a night depending on the season. It's worth haggling and comparing with the other hotels around before you book. Although the hotels are conveniently near a ring road, the subway also provides a convenient and quick access to the city center. Right next to the subway station there is a McDonalds, and - more interestingly - a large shopping center (Ginza Mall) with a food court in the bottom floor.