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The "Bird's Nest" Stadium

Chaoyang District (朝阳区 Cháoyáng Qū) is in Beijing.

Understand

Chaoyang is a massive district, roughly covering the urban area to the north and east of central Beijing, beginning at the Second Ring Road, and stretching beyond the Fifth Ring Road. Chaoyang contains Beijing's Central Business District (CBD). While Chaoyang district does not have that many tourist sites, most visitors to Beijing will find themselves in Chaoyang at some point: especially for visiting the art districts, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.

Get in

Subway line 10, newly opened in 2008 in time for the Olympics, travels along or parallel to the Third Ring Road, through most of Chaoyang district. Line 1 runs east-west through the Central Business District. Line 5 runs north-south in the northern part of the district.

See

Olympic venues

Many of the Olympic venues are situated in or around the Olympic Green in Chaoyang. Note that the Olympic Green area is now like a public square that can be visited for free. Admission is charged if you want to visit inside the venues:

  • National Stadium (北京国家体育场; Běijīng Guójiā Tǐyùchǎng), Olympic Park, Chaoyang District (Subway line 8 to Olympic Green station), +86 10 84986888. 9 AM - 7 PM, lights on until 9PM or later, check with you hotel. Also known as the "Bird's Nest" (鸟巢 Niǎocháo), this stadium, designed by Herzog & Meuron, is the world's largest steel structure. It hosted opening and closing ceremonies, as well as athletic and football matches during the olympics. It was planned to host football matches after the Olympics, but due to expected few spectators the football club backed out of the agreement. Therefore, the stadium has found very little use after the olympics and is planned to be converted to a shopping and entertainment complex. ¥50.
  • National Aquatics Center (国家游泳中心; Guójiā Yóuyǒng Zhōngxīn), (Subway line 8 to Olympic Green station). Lights on until 9PM or later, check with your hotel. Also known as the "Water Cube" (水立方 Shǔilìfāng) Swimming and diving venue. Tickets to visit the inside of the Water Cube are sold throughout the day. The ticket office is inconveniently located by the tour bus parking lot at the northwest corner of the building (which is a fair hike from the building entrance at the southeast corner, facing the stadium). The building also sometimes now hosts sound and light shows in the evenings. ¥30.
  • National Indoor Stadium (国家体育馆; Guójiātǐyùguǎn), 18 Beichen East Road (北辰东路18号; Běichéndōnglù). Gymnastics venue.
  • Olympic Sports Center Stadium.
  • Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium.
  • Ying Tung Natatorium (Yingdong Natatorium).
  • Olympic Green Tennis Center.


Olympic venues are also found elsewhere in Chaoyang:

  • Beijing Workers' Stadium (工人体育场; Gōngréntǐyùchǎng), Gongti North Road (工体北路; Gōngtǐběilù). An old stadium renovated to be a football (soccer) venue, still used for sports events and major concerts.
  • Beijing Workers Gymnasium (工人体育馆; Gōngréntǐyùguǎn), Gongti North Road (工体北路; Gōngtǐběilù).
  • Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium (北京工业大学体育馆; Běijīng Gōngyèdàxuétǐyùguǎn), 100 Ping Le Yuan (平乐园100号; Pínglèyuán).


Finally, Olympic venues can be found in other districts including China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium, Peking University Gymnasium, Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium, Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium, Beijing Shooting Range CTF, Beijing Shooting Range Hall, Laoshan Velodrome, Laoshan Mountain Bike Course, and Fengtai Sports Center Softball Field.

Buildings

The CCTV building under construction
  • CCTV Building (中央电视台新楼 Zhōngyāng Diànshìtái Xīnlóu). Just north-east of Guomao along the Third Ring Road is this beautiful and unique tower by Dutch architects Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, housing China's Central Television Station. A New Year's firework accident in 2009 burnt down the adjacent Mandarin Oriental Hotel building.
  • World Trade Center Tower III. Just north-west of Guomao, and north of China World Trade Center. Still under construction, it is now Beijing's tallest building.

Temples

  • Dongyue Temple (东岳庙; Dōngyuèmiào), 141 Chaowai Street (朝外大街141号; Cháowàidàjiē), +86 10 6551 0151. 8:30AM-4:30PM. Taoist temple founded in 1319 with hundreds of life size plaster figures and the possibility of making offerings to different gods responsible for all kind of stuff. The temple also houses the Beijing Folk Arts Museum. Very quiet and peaceful spot. ¥10.

Parks

  • Chaoyang Park (朝阳公园; Cháoyáng Gōngyuán), 1 Nongzhan South Road (农展南路1号; Nóngzhǎn Nánlù) (Located between East Ring Road Four and East Ring Road Five. The South Gate is 1.5km east of Tuanjiehu Metro Station (line 10), two stops by buses 305 or 406 from there will take you the last bit), +86 10 6506 5409 (, fax: +86 10 6507 5179), [1]. 6AM-10PM. The largest park in Beijing at 3km times 1.5km. The park features an artifical beach, a giant ferris wheel, two large swimming pools, bungee jumping tower, boat rental, concert stages, sports areas, a number of amusement park rides, flower areas and much more. The individual entertainment options might not be impressive, but the size of the park and the number of local visitors makes a stroll here delightful anyway. ¥5.
  • Ritan Park (日坛公园; Rìtán Gōngyuán), 6 Ritan North Road (日坛北路6号; Rìtán Běilù) (1km northeast of Jianguomen Metro Station (lines 1 and 2)), +86 10 8561 6301. 6AM-8PM. The park contains the Temple of the Sun with an alter built in 1530 and used for sacrifices to the sun. Great park with entertainment for the children, good cafés and restaurants, plenty of local life to watch and also historical stuff. The altar itself is a round open space popular for flying kites. If you couldn't get close to the "Echo Wall" at Temple of Heaven due to crowds, you can do the same trick here (although only on a quarter rather than the whole circle). Also climb to the pavilion at the top of the small hill in the park for a surround view of the CBD skyline. Free.
  • Chinese Ethnic Culture Park (China Nationalities Museum) (中华民族园 (中华民族博物院简介); Zhōnghuámínzúyuán (Zhōnghuámínzúbówùyuànjiǎnjiè)), 1 Minzuyuan Road (民族园路1号; Mínzúyuánlù) (500m northwest of Beitucheng Metro Station (lines 10 and 8)), +86 10 6206 3640 (), [2]. 8:30AM-6PM. Park and museum with buildings and exhibitions showing the characteristics of China's 56 nationalities. This does give a good overview and a better understanding of the diversity of China, but everything seems a bit dated and dusty. Also estaurants and shops in the park. ¥90.
  • Happy Valley Amusement Park (北京欢乐谷; Běijīng Huānlègǔ), Xiaowuji North Road, Southend of East Ring Road Four (东四环南路小武基北路; Dōngsìhuánnánlù Xiǎowǔjīběilù) (Just southeast of Sifang Bridge (east of Ring Road Four and south of Jingshen Expressway). Bus 52 (eg from Tian'anmen) to Jingsong Bridge East Station (劲松桥东站) and change to bus 41; or the metro to Dawanglu Metro Station and change to bus 31), +86 10 6736 0303 (), [3]. 9:30AM-10PM (but many rides close down around 5PM). Amusement park established in 2006 and by far the largest in Beijing covering around 1km2 and comprising more than 40 rides divided in different themed areas. Adults ¥160, children 1.2m-1.4m ¥80.
  • Honglingjin Park (红领巾公园; Hónglǐngjīn Gōngyuán), Houbalizhuang, East Ring Road Four (东四环路后八里庄5号; Dōngsìhuánlù Hòubālǐzhuāng) (Just northeast of Honglinjing Bridge (east of Ring Road Four and north of Chaoyang North Road. Buses 126, 306, 440, 682 to Honglingjin Park Station), +86 10 8581 9548 (), [4]. Summer 6AM-10PM; winter 6:30AM-8PM. Here you can watch sculptures and gingko trees. The park also features indoor and outdoor playgrounds, boats for hire and a number of amusement park rides. Free.
  • Side Park (四德公园; Sìdé Gōngyuán), 6 Fangyuan West Road (芳园西路6号; Fāngyuán Xīlù), +86 10 6432 1659. 6AM-9PM. Park featuring sport activities and play grounds. ¥10.

Museums

  • Art Museum of the Beijing Fine Art Academy.
  • Blue Zoo Beijing (富国海底世界; Fùguóhǎidǐshìjiè; also known as Beijing Rich Country Seabed World), South Gate of Workers' Stadium (工人体育场南门; Gōngréntǐyùchǎng Nánmén) (1.5km southeast of Dongsishitiao Metro Station (line 2)), =+86 10 6591 3397, [5]. Summer 8AM-8PM; winter 8:30AM-6:30PM. Aquarium with a 120m walk through tunnel. ¥75.
  • China National Film Museum.
  • Guanfu Classic Art Museum.
  • National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature (中国现代文学馆; Zhōngguó Xiàndàiwénxuéguǎn), 45 Wenxueguan Road, Shaoyaoji (芍药居文学馆路45号; Sháoyàojū Wénxuéguǎnlù) (1km northwest of Shaoyaoji Metro Station (lines 10 and 13)), +86 10 8461 9071 (, fax: +86 10 8464 5310), [6]. 9AM-4:30PM. Very large museum on modern Chinese literature and writers including reproductions of writers' homes, original and copy manuscripts as well as personal effects. ¥20.
  • Red Sandalwood Museum.
  • Sports Museum.

Galleries

Dashanzi Art District

Dashanzi Art District (大山子艺术区 Dàshānzǐ Yìshù Qū), originally known as 798 Factory, is a district full of galleries of contemporary Chinese art, located in an old industrial district. Also many Western style cafes here. The area has until recently been undisputed as the centre for Chinese contemporary art. But beginning commercialisation and mainstreaming of the area and the rise of other areas in Beijing makes this less obvious. The area is now firmly on the tour group circuit and can be crowded at weekends. Recently many of the original galleries have closed or moved due to high rents, although there are more and more cafes and shops, some quite high-end. Full of young artists selling their handiwork, which makes for great shopping if you can't afford the big art pieces. Visiting the area is still a must for both art lovers and common tourists. It's located outside Fourth Ring Road, so it's easiest and fastest to get there by taxi. It's in the direction of the airport, so it can be a convenient stop on your way there or a quick trip back into the city on your last night. Alternatively, bus routes 688 and 418 go from Dongzhimen via Liangmaqiao for connections to/from the subway system.

  • 798 Photo Gallery (百年印象摄影画廊; Bǎinián Yìnxiàngshèyǐng Huàláng), +86 10 6438 1784 (, fax: +86 10 6437 5284), [7]. 10AM-6PM. Established in 2003 as the first gallery in China to focus on photography. Still one of the best places in China to see photographic work. New exhibitions every month.
  • 798 Space (798 时态空间; 798 Shítàikōngjiān), +86 10 6437 6248 (, fax: 86 10 6437 6248), [8]. 10:30AM-7:30PM. The gallery giving the original name to the whole area. Now more interesting for its parties, events and high couture product launches than for its art exhibitions.
  • Beijing Commune (北京公社; Běijīnggōngshè), +86 10 8456 2862 (), [9]. Exhibitions in all media focusing on discovering and promoting the newest trends. Also engaged in organising conferences and publishing books.
  • Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, 86 10 8457 3245 (, fax: +86 10 8457 3246), [10]. Tu-Su 10:30AM-6:30PM; Nov-Mar 10:30AM-5:30PM. One of the first galleries to open here and continues to have interesting exhibitions in all media with East Asian artists.
  • Chinese Contemporary Beijing (中国当代画廊; Zhōngguódāngdàihuàláng), +86 10 8456 2421 (, fax: 8456-2473), [11]. 11AM-7PM. Large international gallery with branches in London and New York as well. Focusing on Chinese provocative avant-garde within all media.
  • Iberia Center for Contemporary Art (伊比利亚当代艺术中心; Yībǐlì Yàdāngdàiyìshù Zhōngxīn), +86 10 5978 9530 (), [12]. Tu-Su 10AM-6PM. Established by the International Art & Culture Foundation of Spain. Focuses on Chinese films and videos with a focus on independent documentary film.
  • Marella Gallery, +86 10 5978 9587 (), [13]. 11AM-7PM. Milan based callery exhibiting both Chinese and international artists.
  • Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery I, =+86 10 5978 9262 (, fax: +86 10 5978 9262), [14]. 10AM-6PM. Exhibits photography from both China and abroad. See also Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery II in the same area.
  • Star Gallery (星空间; Xīngkōngjiān), (, fax: +86 10 8459 9630), [15]. Tu-Su 10AM-6PM. Focuses on exhibitions, publications and promotion of the newest generation of Chinese artists.
  • Tang Contemporary Art (北京当代唐人艺术中心; Běijīngdāngdài Tángrényìshùzhōngxīn), +86 10 6436 3518 (, fax: +86 10 6436 3018), [16]. 10:30AM-6PM. Large gallery exhibiting both Chinese and foreign contemporary artists.
  • Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, +86 10 6438 6675, [17]. Tu-Su 10AM-6PM. Large gallery with three exhibition halls and with ambitions of being the most comprehensive institute for contemporary Chinese art. Arranges also events within art, films and music as well as seminars on a wide range of art related topics.
  • Yan Club Art Centre (仁俱乐部艺术中心; Rénjùlèbùyìshùzhōngxīn), +86 10 8457 3506 (, fax: +86 10 8457 3622), [18]. 10AM-6PM. This is one of the first and one of the largest galleries in the area. Exhibitions with emerting and established artists in a wide range of media. In the evenings, the place is used for trance and jungle parties.
  • Yuanfen New Media Art Space, (), [19]. We-Sa 11AM-7PM. This gallery exhibits online, video and new media art by international and Chinese artists

Caochangdi

Caochangdi is a satellite branch to Dashanzi established as Dashanzi became increasingly commercialised and as rents rose significantly there. Caochangdi was a village that has now been swallowed up by the city. It's located a few kilometres north-east of Dashanzi, just beyond the Fifth Ring Road (a short cab ride or a few stops on the same bus routes that go to Dashanzi). The galleries here are more spread out and can be hard to find, so this is a destination for more serious art aficionados.

  • Art Channel (艺术通道; Yìshùtōngdào), No 249-3, Zone B, Art district East, Caochangdi Village (草场地村艺术东区B区249-3; Cǎochǎngdìcūn Ýìshùdōngqū), +86 10 6433 5080 (, fax: +86 10 6433 5060), [20]. Tu-Su 11AM-6PM. Gallery founded in 2006. Represents established, emerging and young Chinese and international artists. The gallery focuses on exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures and on dialogues with other traditions.
  • Boers-Li Gallery, 8A Caochangdi (草场地甲8号; Cǎochǎngdìjiǎ), +86 10 6432 2620 (, fax: +86 10 6432 2621), [21]. Tu-Su 10AM-6PM. Large gallery focusing on sculptural and video installations.
  • China Art Archives and Warehouse (艺术文件仓库; Yìshùwénjiàncāngkù), East of Tiedao Bridge, Caochangdi Village (草场地村铁道桥东侧; Cǎochǎngdìcūn Tiědàoqiáodōngcè), +86 10 8456 5152 (, fax: +86 10 8456 5154), [22]. We-Su 2PM-6PM. CAAW was one of the first galleries in Beijing with a history at least dating back to 1993. The gallery was the first to move to Caochangdi. Focuses on experimental fine art from China, including painting, sculpture, photography, printing and installations.
  • Chambers Fine Art (前波画廊; Qiánbōhuàláng), No 1-D Red, Caochangdi (草场地红1号D座; Cǎochǎngdì Hóng), +86 10 5127 3298 (, fax: +86 10 5127 3298), [23]. Tu-Su 10AM-6PM. Chambers Fine Art opened in New York in 2000 exhibiting cutting edge Chinese art. In 2007, the Beijing branch opened.
  • DoArt Gallery, 261 Caochangdi (草场地261号; Cǎochǎngdì), +86 10 8457 4550 (, fax: +86 10 8456 5096), [24]. Tu-Su 10AM-6PM. This Beijing branch of a Seoul gallery opened in 2007. Aims at introducing Chinese comtemporary artist to the international scene.
  • F2 Gallery, 319 Caochangdi (草场地319号; Cǎochǎngdì), +86 10 6432 8831 (, fax: +86 10 6432 8203), [25]. 10AM-6PM. Gallery representing and working closely together with a few Chinese contemporary artists.
  • Galerie Urs Meile, 104 Caochangdi (草场地104号; Cǎochǎngdì), +86 10 6433 3393 (), [26]. Tu-Su 11AM-6:30PM. Swiss gallery exhibiting both foreign and Chinese artists
  • Pékin Fine Arts (北京艺门; Běijīng Yìmén), 241 Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang (催各庄草场地241号; Cuīgèzhuāng Cǎochǎngdì), +86 10 8610 5127 ext 3320 (, fax: +86 10 5127 3223), [27]. We-Su 10AM-6PM. The gallery prepares exhibitions of contemporary Chinese artist with the purpose of sending them abroad.
  • Platform China Art Institute (站台中国当代艺术机构; Zhàntáizhōngguódāngdàiyìshùjīgòu), No 319-1, East End Art Zone A, Caochangdi (草场地村319-1艺术东区A区内), +86 10 6432 0091 (, fax: +86 10 8145 9360), [28]. Tu-Su 11AM-6PM. Exhibits video and installation art. The gallery also aims at being at workplace and also has a residency program for international artists.
  • The Tavelin Kreisman Studio, 300 Caochagdi (草场地300号; Cǎochǎngdì), +86 135 0109 2984 (), [29]. Tu, Th, Sa, Su noon-6PM. Work space focusing on painting, print making, photography and video sculpture.
  • Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (三影堂摄影艺术中心; Sānyǐngtángshèyǐngyìshù Zhōngxīn), 155 Caochagdi (草场地155号; Cǎochǎngdì), +86 10 6432 2663 (, fax: +86 10 6431 9693), [30]. One of the most important venues for photography including exhibitions, café, workstations and library.

Liquor Factory

Liquor Factory is the third large art area in Chaoyang

  • Arario Beijing (阿拉里奥北京; Ālālǐào Běijīng), Jiuchang Art Factory, Beihuqu Lu, Anwai Beiyuan (安外北苑北湖渠酿酒厂; Ānwàiběiyuàn Běihúqúniàng Jiǔchǎng), +86 10 5202 3800 (, fax: +86 10 5202 3808), [31]. Daily 10AM-6PM. This Korean owned gallery is by far the largest in the area with four galleries exhibiting local and foreign artists, both established and emerging, and within a full range of media.

Other

Chaoyang also has a number of galleries elsewhere

  • Creation Gallery (可创铭佳艺苑; Kěchuāngmíngjiāyìyuàn), North end of Ritan East Road(日坛东路北口; Rìtándōnglùběikǒu) (Northeast of Ritan Park), +86 10 8561 7570 (, fax: +86 10 8563 2740), [32]. Tu-Su 10AM-7PM. Exhibits with significant influence from traditional Chinese art. Focusing on oil and acrylic paintings as well as traditional materials.
  • Imagine Gallery (想象画廊; Xiǎngxiàng Huàláng), 8 Feijiacun East Road, Laiguangying East Road (来广营东路费家村东路8号; Láiguǎngyíngdōnglù Fèijiācūndōnglù), +86 10 6438 5747 (), [33]. Tu-Su 10:30AM-5:30PM. Exhibits Chinese and foreign artists and provides workingspace for artists.

Other

Do

Theaters

  • Century Theater (世纪剧院; Shìjìjùyuàn), 40 Liangmaqiao Road (亮马桥路40号; Liàngmǎqiáolù) (Behind the Lufthansa Center, 1km northeast of Liangmaqiao Metro Station (line 10)), +86 10 6468 3311 ext 3163 (, fax: +86 10 6462 8470), [34]. Upscale theater frequented by expats. Performances include dramas, classical concerts, dance performances, opera and other musical events.
  • Chaoyang Theater (朝阳剧场; Cháoyángjùchǎng), 36 Northend of East Ring Road Three (东三环北路36号; Dōngsānhuánběilù), +86 10 6507 2421 (fax: +86 10 6591 9346), [35]. Performances usually at 5:15PM and 7:15PM. Theater focusing on acrobatics, but also some Peking Opera. Acrobatics shows are impressive and slick, with a 'tropical bird' theme. The Peking Opera shows are in a small side theatre, and fairly amateur. ¥180-¥680.
  • China Puppet Theater (中国木偶剧院; Zhōngguómùǒujùyuàn), 1 Anhua Xili, East Ring Road Three(东三环安华西里甲1号; Dōngsānhuán ānhuáxīlǐ), +86 10 6425 4798, [36]. Performances throughout the day. Both classical Western and classical Chinese plays for children performed by puppets. Also a playground available.

Other

  • Crab Island (蟹岛绿色生态度假村; Xièdǎolǜsèshēngtàidùjiàcūn), 1 Xiedao Road (蟹岛路1号; Xièdǎolù) (Between Ring Road 4 and 5 to the northeast, south of Jichang Expressway), +86 10 8433 5566, [37]. Summer 8AM-1AM. Artificial beach with real sand, parasols and beach chairs. Features a large pool with wave machine and water slides. Free.
  • Tuanjiehu Pool (团结湖游泳池; Tuánjiéhú Yóuyǒngchí), 16 Tuanjiehu South Road (团结湖南路16号; Tuánjiéhú Nánlù) (Just northeast of Hujialou Metro Station (line 10)), +86 10 8597 4677. Water park with beach, pool with wave machine and water slides. ¥30.
  • Fundazzle (翻斗乐; Fāndòulè), Gongti South Road (工体南路; Gōngtǐ Nánlù), +86 10 6500 4193. Mo-Fr 9AM-5:30PM, Sa-Su 9AM-7PM. Large indoor playground. Adults ¥15 in weekends, work days free; Children ¥30.
  • The Bigeast Ocean Gymnastic Club, 200m east of Huawei Bridge, +86 10 87323329/+86 10 87323328. Has a huge sauna, 3 different kinds of spas to soak in, a steam room, and showers. After a jaunt in the spa room, get dressed up in pajamas and head upstairs to witness a variety show with comedians, singers, and clowns. After the show, you can relax in the reclining sofa room or grab some snacks from the cafe. The truly unique experience for someone who's "seen it all" in China.

Buy

  • Silk Street or the Silk Market (秀水街 Xiùshuǐ Jiē), 8 East Xiushui St., Jianguomenwai Dajie (Yong'anli subway station on Line 1). The original foreign-oriented market, in the first embassy district (now the CBD). It was re-opened in March 2005 as a 5 storey air-conditioned building. You can find luggage, leather bags, electronics, sporting goods, jewellery, clothing and Chinese artwork. This market caters almost entirely to foreign customers. However, compared to other Asian markets in, say, Hong Kong and Bangkok, this market may be overpriced. Counterfeit Polo Ralph Lauren golf shirts in Hong Kong are roughly 30HKD (US$4) while at the Silk Market, the general starting price is roughly US$50 and you would be lucky after lengthy bargaining to get the shirt for US$20. As another example of prices: bargaining for fake Diesel-brand jeans might start at ¥1200 and end up at ¥85. Shoes may not be worth buying here, as their soles are often uncomfortably thin. Tourists may want to consider spending their money elsewhere.
  • Sanlitun Yashow Clothing Market (雅秀服装市场 Yǎxiù Fúzhuāng Shìchǎng), 58 Gongti Beilu (In the Sanlitun area. Walk west 5-10 mins from Tuanjiehu station on subway Line 10, or walk east 20 mins from Dongsishitiao station on Line 2). This is very similar to Silk Street (see above) with slightly better prices. It's less touristy than Silk Street, and prices will start far closer to a reasonable sale price. The net result is the bargaining is far less agressive and you will probably feel more comfortable with your purchases here. The vendors are generally pleasant and fun to negotiate with. A great time to visit is in the mid afternoon, when sales are slower. There is a floor dedicated to children's clothing. There are also shops with consumer electronics, china, bedding, and so on. This market is within walking distance of several hotels, including the Great Wall Sheraton. There is a fairly safe food court on the top floor. There are several bespoke tailors for men here; they will custom-make suits in less than 24 hours at prices that will amaze. You pick the fabric and style, they measure you, you come back for a trial fitting, and then you pick up the suits the next day.
  • Village at Sanlitun, Corner of Gongti Beilu and Sanlitun Lu. New mall just opened in 2008, beside Yashow market. Many international brand names, including Apple, Adidas, Uniqlo. Also numerous cafes and restaurants, and a cinema in the basement.
  • China World Trade Center (国贸 Guómào). Here you will find a lot of expensive stores and some international convenience stores.
  • Panjiayuan (潘家园 Pānjiāyuán). Also called the "dirt market" or the "weekend market," this is China's largest and possibly its most entertaining flea market. It operates from Sunday to Saturday, most people visit there on the weekend, and it is located near Pan Jia Yuan bridge, on the eastern third ring road. It begins early, around 7 AM in summer and 8 AM in winter (4 AM on the weekend). The flea market includes antiques (some genuine but mostly quality or amusing fakes) and large sections selling modern porcelain, jade, carved stone and wood, paintings, furniture, and other decorative items, used books, maps, Cultural Revolution kitsch (many are copies made in recent years). There are also sections selling Tibetan goods (mostly of low quality, especially the paintings). Ethnic textiles from Yunnan and Guizhou provinces are amongst the more interesting buys at the moment. Well worth a visit, unless you are allergic to crowds. Remember to haggle, try offer 1/10 to 1/3 of the original price and be sure to shop around as many stalls have similar or identical goods. Panjiayuan's established dealers also provide shipping service for large items to main ports around the world.
  • Guwan Cheng (古玩城 Gǔwán Chéng). On the 3rd ring road, just beyond Panjiayuan. This four story white building houses the more upmarket variety of Chinese antiques, with prices to match. The management have been making determined efforts to stamp out fakes and low quality items in recent years and to some extent they have succeeded. However, the rule that applies to all antique shopping in China still remains in force: buyer beware.
  • Sunny Gold Street (阳光金街; yángguāng jīn jīe), 2 Fangyuan Xi Lu (One block south and east of Lido hotel). A small two-storey market selling clothes, T-shirts, luggage, purses, wallets, some souvenirs etc. Nothing you can't also get at Yashow, but much smaller and calmer, so more relaxing. Convenient if you're staying at Lido hotel or in the area.
  • Friendship Store (友谊商店; yǒuyì shāngdiàn), CITIC building, Jianguomenwai Dajie (Just east of Jianguomen station (lines 1 & 2)). A relic of communist China: where all foreigners used to have to shop. Prices are very high, and (not surprisingly) there's hardly anyone there. Come here to browse in peace and see what items and styles you like: then go to Silk market or Yashow to bargain for them.
  • Liangma Flower Market (亮马花市场; liàngmǎ huā shìchǎng), (Behind the Kempinski hotel at Lufthansa Centre, across the footbridge over the river). First floor is cut flowers, all very inexpensive. Around the sides are potted plants, home decorations, lamps. Upstairs are dishes and othe kitchenware.
  • Ladies' Street (女人街; nǚrén jīe), (From Lufthansa Centre (Liangmaqiao station) walk north-east on Liangmaqiao Lu, then turn left at the first traffic light.). A varied shopping area in the new embassy district. Nuren Jie itself has restaurants and shops/market selling womens' clothing (hence the name). There is also the Laitai Flower Market, which sells potted plants, planters, cut flowers, and above and below has art and home decorations. Similar small shops line the street opposite the flower market. Opposite Laitai is an area called "Super Bar Street" with bars and restaurants, and during the day also has a large indoor market with mostly electronics.

Eat

Budget

Sanlitun

  • Chun Gu Xiang Dumpling Restaurant (春谷香), 22 Dongzhimenwai Dajie (Beside the Jingkelong convenience store, opposite the Canadian embassy. No English sign.), +86 10 64170460. 10:30AM-10PM. This is a typical local restaurant. Neither the food nor the decor are fancy, just cheap and good. No English spoken, although there is an English menu. Menu features boiled dumplings, and many other "homestyle" Chinese dishes (sweet and sour pork, kung pao chicken, dry-fried green beans, etc.) ¥15-20 per dish.
  • Fish Nation (鱼邦; Yúbāng), 43 North Sanlitun South Road (北三里屯南路43号; Běisānlǐtúnnánlù), +86 10 6415 0119, [38]. 10AM-2AM. Serves fish'n'chips. Gets crowded late at night.
  • Kiosk (南斯拉夫烤肉店; Nánsīlāfū Kǎoròudiàn), Sanlitun Jiubajie (三里屯酒吧街), +86 10 6413 2461. 11AM-9PM. Serves Serbian burgers and sandwiches. Outdoor seating only.
  • Kebab Republic (土耳其烧烤共和国; Tǔěrqí Shāokǎo Gònghéguó), 30 Sanlitun Beilu (三里屯北路30号; Sānlǐtúnběilù), +86 10 6413 1473. 10:30AM-11PM. Serves Turkey kebabs.
  • Noodle Bar.

Worker's Stadium

  • Modern Nomads (现代牧民; Xiàndàimùmín), 4 Gongti Beilu (工体北路4号; Gōngtǐběilù) (East of Worker's Stadium, west of Tuanjiehu Metro Station (line 10)), +86 10 6586 7757. 11AM-2AM. Mongolian cuisine specialsing in mutton, also some western dishes. Live Mongolian music now and then.
  • Fire, 1/F, China View Building, Gongti Donglu (工体东路中红街大厦1层), +86 8587 1027. Chinese.
  • Anytime Cafe (狮子山下私房菜港式菜饭厅; Shīzishānxiàsīfángcài Gǎngshìcàifàntīng), 4 Gonti Beilu (工体北路4号; Gōngtǐběilù), +86 10 6586 3948. Basic dim sum restaurant.
  • Club Sandwich, 18 Xinzhong Road (新中路18号; Xīnzhōnglù) (600m northeast of Dongsishitiao Metro Station), +86 10 8447 3949. 9AM-9PM. Simple place serving sandwich and pizza. Free internet available.

Chaoyang Park West Gate

  • Ri Chang (日昌茶餐厅), 1 Nongzhanguan Nanlu (农展馆南路1号), +86 10 6593 1078, [39]. 9AM-4AM. Cantonese cuisine. The food and service is not remarkable, but it is cheap and it is open when everything else is closed.
  • Meizhou Dongpo (眉州东坡酒楼), Bldg 1, Tuanjiehu Dongli (团结湖东里1号楼), +86 10 8598 0158, [40]. 6AM-4AM. Sichuan cuisine.
  • An Die An Niang (俺爹俺娘), West Gate of Chaoyang Park (朝阳公园西门), +86 10 6591 0231. 10AM-3AM. Shandong cuisine. Very basic and cheap place serving baozi and other home style dishes.

Other

  • Da Qing Hua (大青花), Panjiayuan Lu (West of the main (north) entrance to Panjiayuan market, on the south side of the street.). Simple dumpling restaurant, good for a quick bite after shopping at the market.

Mid range

Sanlitun Area

  • Gesangmedo (格桑梅朵 Gésāngméiduǒ), Chaoyang District, Xindong Lu, Xingfu Ercun Shangye Building, 2nd fl. (朝阳区新东路幸福二村商业楼二层), +86 10 6417-9269. Daily 11 AM-11 PM. Tibetan food in a beautifully decorated interior, complete with a shrine in one corner. Attentive staff. Nightly live performance begins at 9pm. Subway: Line 2 to Dongzhimen and walk east on Dongzhimen Wai Dajie. Bus: 110, 117, 120, 813, 815, or 823 to Xingfu San Cun (幸福三村 Xìngfú Sān Cūn).
  • Lau Pa Sak (老吧刹), Xindong Lu (新东路) (Southwest corner of intersection with Dongzhimenwai). Malaysian/Singaporean style food. Mee Goreng is good, as is Hainan chicken and freshly made curry puffs.
  • Yuxin Sichuan Restaurant (渝信川菜 Yúxìn Chuāncài). M-F 10 AM,-10 PM, Sa-Su 11 AM-10 PM. 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 per person.
  • A5 Xingfu Yicun Xili, Chaoyang District, +86 01 6415 8108. (朝阳区幸福一村西里甲5号 Cháoyáng Qū Xìngfúyīcūn Xīlǐjiǎ wǔ hào).
  • Panino Giusto, Xingfucun Zhongjie (幸福村中街) (Street is parallel to Gongti Beilu, but one block north, between Xindong Lu and Chunxiu Lu.). Great panini sandwiches, and salads. Tables outside in summer. Similar (but slightly better and cheaper) to Paninoteca, which has locations in north Sanlitun and in the Village mall. Sandwiches start at ¥28..
  • The Middle 8th Restaurant. Located near the Sanlitun bar district. Awesome Yunnan cuisine. Extremely fresh food. Lots of dishes in the ¥20-30 range.
  • Bocata, 33 Sanlitun Lu, opposite 3.3 mall (三里屯路33号3.3大厦对面). Delicious grilled panini-style sandwiches. Lovely shady patio in summertime. ¥25-40 per sandwich.
  • Kro's Nest, Inside Worker's Stadium North Gate (工体北门内), +86 10 65535253. Best thick-crust pizza in Beijing. ¥90 for a medium pizza.
  • Saddle Cantina, 81 Sanlitun Lu (三里屯北路81号) (Inside the new Nali mall, just north of the Village and south of 3.3 mall). Good tex-mex food, especially the burritos. Also sometimes has drinks specials.
  • Serve the People, 1 Sanlitun Xiwujie (三里屯西五街1号) (North end of Sanlitun Lu, cross Dongzhimenwai then take the first left.). Reliable Thai food.

Ritan/CBD Area

  • Xiao Wang's Home Restaurant (小王府; Xiǎo Wáng Fù), Inside Ritan Park North Gate (日坛公园北门内), +86 10 85617859. Very good "homestyle" Chinese food, in a beautiful setting in the park. Not as expensive as the setting would make you believe. Some tables on a rooftop patio. Open all day but they don't serve food for a few hours in the afternoon.
  • Xi He Ya Ju (羲和雅居), Ritan Dong Lu (日坛东路) (Northeast corner of Ritan Park), +86 10 85617643. Fairly upscale "homestyle" Chinese restaurant, popular with foreigners.
  • Makye Ame, 11A Xiushui Nanjie Jianguomenwai Beijing, +86 10 6506 9616. Tibetan restaurant, features live dancing and performances.

Splurge

  • Dadong Duck Restaurant (大董烤鸭店 Dàdŏng Kăoyā Diàn). Daily 11AM-10PM. Considered by some to be the best Beijing duck in the city, this upscale restaurant also delivers on a nice atmosphere. Reservations suggested.
  • Tuanjiehu Beikou branch, Chaoyang District, Tuanjiehu Beikou Bldg. 3, East 3rd Rind Road (团结湖北口3号楼,东三环长虹桥西南角), +86 10 6582 2892.
  • Din Tai Fung (鼎泰丰), 24 Xinyuang Xili Zhongjie; 新源西里中街24号 (Just west of the Yuyang Hotel.). 11:30 am to 10 pm. Expensive but delicious Shanghai-style dumplings. Second floor is non-smoking.
  • Pure Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, 12 Nongzhanguan Nanlu (农展馆南路12号(通广大厦内)) (Somewhat hard to find. East from the northeast corner of Gongti Beilu and Third Ring (Tuanjiehu subway station), you have to go under an archway in behind the office buildiing and around the corner.), +86 10 65923627. Upscale vegetarian restaurant. Setting and presentation is beautiful. In the tradition of Chinese vegetarianism, many of the dishes are typical dishes made with "mock" meat (tofu). Try the mock Beijing duck. There's a second location inside Holiday Inn Lido Hotel.
  • Shintori, Chaoyang District, 18 Jianguomen Wai Dajie (玄吧朝阳区建国门外大街18号), +86 10 6515-8585. 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30-11PM. Shintori is an exquisite Japanese restaurant which is almost impossible to find. Once you do find your way in, one can't help but be wowed when entering the main dining area. The food at Shintori is unquestionably good, but be prepared to pay a little more here. ¥300 per person.
  • W Wine & Dine, 22 Dongzhimenwai Dajie (Southeast corner of intersection with Xindong Lu.), +86 10 64169838. Lovely, fancy and expensive French/European restaurant. A la carte may be expensive, but lunch set menu is excellent value for money at ¥98, which includes a glass of wine.
  • Sureño Restaurant, Building 1, No. 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District (basement of Green glass building just north of 3.3 mall). Sureño is the Mediterranean restaurant located on the lower ground level of The Opposite House.The warm interiors boast an open kitchen and a wood fired oven that evoke the casual style of the Mediterranean, where guests can also watch the live action while they dine. Wine list definitely worth checking out. Sureño was awarded Best Service and Best New Restaurant by Time Out (Beijing) at their annual awards. www.surenorestaurant.com from RMB300.
  • Bei Restaurant, Building 1, No. 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District (basement of Green glass building just north of 3.3 mall). Bei features contemporary Asian food, inspired by the cuisines of Northern China, Japan and Korea. Expect a delicate balance of flavor and texture during this culinary voyage where kimchi is served with roast pig, miso foie gras with eel and the likes. The restaurant was designed by the world renowned Neri + Hu Design and Research Office. New Orleans Chef de Cuisine Max Levy at the helm of the kitchen, has trained under some of Japan’s most famous sushi masters. Condé Nast welcomes his "pristine dishes" and "top-notch" sushi, putting the restaurant on The Hot Tables List 2009. Additionally, Bei also won an award for Most Innovative Cuisine, and was named runner-up for Best Design, in Time Out Beijing's (English edition) annual hospitality awards. www.beirestaurant.com from RMB300.

Drink

Sanlitun

Sanlitun (三里屯 Sānlǐtún). Long the center of nightlife in Beijing, Sanlitun is located beside the embassy area in Chaoyang district. It is comprised of a main "bar street" divided into north and south sections, a side street with more casual (and cheaper) bars, and several large clubs/discotheques at the near-by north gate of the Worker's Stadium (separate entry below). Sanlitun has near legendary status amongst travelers, but you are just as likely to be irritated by pushy bar-owners or DVD sellers as you are to be charmed by its bars. Sanlitun is considered the 'old' nightlife district since Beijing started opening Western style clubs about 2005 in other areas, which means it is worth going to but if you are looking for the younger, party crowd then there are better places to go.

The main strip of bars along the east side of Sanlitun Lu (sometimes called Sanlitun north) are interchangeable and unremarkable bars, but the drinks can be cheap, and this is where the doormen will try to lure you in to their club with special offers. Two other clusters set back from the street itself:

The south section is located south of Gongti Beilu. The Rickshaw is located on the main road, and most other bars and clubs in this area are set back behind: Past the Rickshaw turn left into what looks like a parking lot entrance:

  • Salsa Caribe (沙沙卡利宾拉丁俱乐部 Shāshā Kǎlìbīn Lādīng Jùlèbù), +86 10 6507 7821. Very cool, crowded, club-bar for foreigners and locals. A good place to dance.
  • Heat. Next to Salsa Caribe, this is a bar with all-white decor. Plays hip-hop music and is one of the latest closing bars (around 7 AM).
  • Nanjie. Another popular bar in the area.

"Shitface Alley", infamous for its cheap and questionable drinks is along a couple small back streets located immediately behind 3.3 Mall, north of the Village. Here you will find:

  • The Tree, 43 Bei Sanlitun Nan, +86 10 6415 1954, [41]. Serving wood fired pizzas and over 40 Belgian beers.
  • Shooters. Beer for ¥10, and good music (funky, house, pop). In an alley in Sanlitun.
  • Mesh, Building 1, No. 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District. 北京市朝阳区三里屯路11号院1号楼 (green glass building just north of 3.3 mall), +86 10 6410 6688, [42]. 5pm-1am. A cool, contemporary lounge where the city's well-heeled professionals come to wind down and chat over inspiring cocktails and a great selection of wines. Mesh features a large selection of champagnes by the glass and a wide range of highly original cocktails and signature cocktails.

Worker's Stadium

The number of bars and clubs in the area around Worker's Stadium has increased as Sanlitun has been minimised by the city development. Now, the Worker's Stadium area shoud be considered a separate bar area. In fact, there are three distinct areas: the North Gate (Gōngtī Běi Mén) with the Kro's Nest, Vics and Mix; the huge entertainment complex on the West side (Gōngtī Xīlù); and Face Bar just opposite the south side of the Stadium.

  • Cargo Club, 6 Gōngtī Xīlù 工体西路6号. One of the more upscale dance clubs at the west gate of the Worker's Stadium. House music.
  • Face Bar, 26 Dongcaoyuan, Gongti Nanlu 工体南路东草园26号, +86 10 65516788, [43]. 12PM-2AM. This attracts a mature, well-heeled, beautiful-people crowd to the Gongti area. Tastefully decorated with antiques from around Southeast Asia, including opium beds for reclining in the bar area. Frequented by many expats.

Chaoyang Park West Gate

A new bar area has in recent years emerged West of Chaoyang Park.

  • Bling, 6 Chaoyang Park Road (朝阳公园路6号; Cháoyánggōngyuánlù), +86 10 5905 6999 (), [44]. We-Sa. Hip-hop club.
  • Black Sun (黑太阳; Hēitàiyáng), Chaoyang Park West Gate (朝阳公园西门; Cháoyánggōngyuánxīmén), +86 10 6593 6912. Su-Th 5:30PM-2AM, Fr-Sa 5PM-3AM. Pub with sports TV and pool table.
  • Block 8 (黑太阳), 8 Chaoyang Park West Road (朝阳西路8号), +86 10 6508 8585 (), [45]. 6PM-3AM. Entertainment complex with restaurants, clubs and bars. Expensive.
  • CD Jazz Café (CD 爵士俱乐部; CD Juéshìjùlèbù), 16 Nongzhanguanlu, East Ring Road Three (东三环农展馆路16号; Dōngsānhuán Nóngzhǎnguǎnlù), +86 10 6506 8288. 4PM-late. Live jazz Fr and Sa, recorded other nights.
  • Closer (近点), 10 Nongzhan Beilu (农展北路10号; Nóngzhǎnběilù), +86 10 6508 0217. 10AM-2AM. Innocent lingerie pub.
  • Durty Nellie's (爱尔兰酒吧; Àiěrlánjiǔbā), 1/B Liangmaqiao Flower Market (亮马桥花卉市场B1层; liàngmǎqiáo Huāhuìshìchǎng), +86 10 6593 5050 (, fax: +86 10 6593 3632). Su-Th 10AM-1:30AM, Fr-Sa 10AM-2:30AM. Irish pub frequented by expats.
  • HLG.
  • Lantung Thai Bar + Bistro, 16-1 Solana Park, 6 Chaoyang Park Road (朝阳公园路6号), +86 10 5905 6213 (). 10:30AM-2AM. Thai tapas bar specialising in infused vodkas. Great roof top terrace.
  • Suzie Wong's (苏茜黄俱乐部 Súqiàn Huáng Jùlèbù), West Gate of Chaoyang Park 朝阳公园西门, +86 10 6500 3377 (), [46]. One of the more expensive bars along the Chaoyang Park West Gate strip, but remains quite popular. Tuesdays have salsa sessions, and other days different music. Busy on weekends, with a large crowd of both foreigners and Chinese.
  • Tang Micheng (迷城俱乐部).
  • White Rabbit, C2 Haoyun Jie, 29 Zaoying Lu, Maizidian (麦子店枣营路29号好运街C2), +86 133 2112 3678 (), [47]. 10PM-late. House, minimal tech and drum'n'bass. Entrance ¥0-80.

Other places

  • EIFE, Next to the Friendship Store and Baskin-Robbins on Jianguomen Wai Dajie. The coffee and real bread are awesome here. The place is owned by an Italian man, Renzo, who's very friendly. They serve incredible pastries starting around ¥5. Fresh-squeezed juices are alsoserved at this cafe. There's a Starbucks next door which helps as the wireless Internet functionality slips through the walls.
  • Banana GT (巴那那俱乐部 Bānànà Jùlèbù), 1st. floor, 22 Jiànwàidàjiē Sàitè fàndiàn 建外大街22号赛特饭店1层, +86 10 6528 3636. One of the longest-running and most popular dance clubs in Beijing. DJ luminaries such as Armin van Buuren and John Digweed have played here.
  • What! Bar (什么酒吧 Shénme Jiǔbā). Local bands, tiny place. Bartenders and staff, especially Wudy, are friendly and helpful. Most speak some English.

Sleep

Budget

Hostels

  • Sanlitun (Huatong) Youth Hostel (北京三里屯华通国际青年旅舍; Běijīng Sānlǐtún Huàtōng Guójìqīngniánlǚshè), 1 Gongti North Road (Just oppostite Worker's Stadium, 1km northeast of Dongsishitiao Metro Station (line 2)), +86 10 5190 9288. Located in the Worker's Stadium bar area and close to Sanlitun bar area. Free internet available as well as bicycle hire, landry service, safe and ticket office available. Chinese and western restaurant as well as bar. Friendly staff, but the knowledge of sights and how to get there are not impressive. Discounted rates for dorms from ¥30, doubles from ¥140.
  • Beijing Lanting Youth Hostel (北京蓝亭国际青年旅舍; Běijīng Lántíng Guójìqīngniánlǚshè), 17 Sanqu, Anhuaxili, Anhualu (安华路安华西里三区17号; Ānhuálù Ānhuáxīlǐ Sānqū) (1.5km southwest of Hepingxiqiao Metro Station (line 5), or take a bus one or two stops west along Ring Road Three and walk south for 300m), +86 10 6425 8738 (, fax: +86 10 6425 6083). Traditional courtyard hostel. Internet, aircon, safety box, bike rental, ticket office, guest kitchen, bar and recreation area available. Discounted rates for dorms from ¥45, doubles from ¥246.
  • Discovery Youth Hostel (北京有家国际青年旅舍; Běijīng Yǒujiā Guójìqīngniánlǚshè), 10 Building, Jin Tai Li, Jin Tai Road (金台路金台里10号楼‎; Jīntáilù Jīntáilǐ Shíhàolóu) (Just norht of Chaoyang Road, 750m east of Jintaixizhao Metro Station (line 10), or buses 671, 846, 855 to Hongmiaolukou West Station (红庙路口西), or 30, 31, 117, 419, 502, 635, 677, 852, 985, 988 to Hongmiaolukou North Station (红庙路口北)), +86 10 6597 6597‎. Located in CBD. Free internet, safety box, fridge, laundry facilities and aircon available. Discounted rates for dorms/doubles without bath ¥55/¥128.
  • Beijing Dream Hostel, 3 Anzheng West, Building 9 (安贞西里3区9号楼; ānzhēnxīlǐ) (Bus 4 to Anzhenqiaoxi and walk 200 meters), +86 15010728022 (, fax: +86 10 84022832), [48]. checkin: 12; checkout: 12. A brand new modern and intense hostel opened in July 2009. The building is over 80 years old with high ceilings and floors made with coloured tiles and wood. Guests can enjoy the huge terrace at the back of the building. TV, DVDs, books and free internet available. Dorms from ¥50, doubles from ¥200.

Hotels

  • Home Inn (Ciyunsi Bridge) (如家酒店 (北京慈云寺桥店); Rújiājiǔdiàn (Běijīngcíyúnsìqiáodiàn)), 57 Ganluyuan (甘露园57号; Gānlùyuán) (Between East Ring Roads Four and Five and 300m north of Chaoyanglu, buses 411, 605, 639 to Ganlouluyuan Neighborhood Station (甘露园小区)), +86 10 5202 9988 (fax: +86 10 5202 9619), [49]. Courtyard style hotel with small rooms and free internet. Business center, ticket office and laundry service available. Chinese restaurant. Listed rates for doubles from ¥199, discounted from ¥181; breakfast ¥15.
  • Beijing Tai Yue Suites, 16 South Sanlitun St, 86-10-85952277, [50]. A four star business hotel. It offers luxurious rooms, all of which have air-conditioner, cable TV, mini-bar, and broadband Internet access. Some of its amenities include Taiyuefang Chinese Restaurant, C'est La Vie Club Kerchi Restaurant, gym, spa and sauna.
  • Beijing Yinma Hotel (北京银马酒店; Běijīngyínmǎjiǔdiàn), 2F Building 1, A4 Anwai Dayangfang (安外大羊坊甲4号1号楼2层; ānwàidàyángfāngjiǎ) (North of Ring Road Five, 300m south of Lishuqiao South Metro Station (line 5)), +86 10 8492 3314 (fax: +86 10 8493 3014). Rooms with free internet. Business center, ticket office and laundry service available. Chinese restaurant. Listed rates for doubles from ¥218, discounted from ¥172, including breakfast.
  • Home Inn (Aoyuncun) (如家酒店 (北京奥运村店); Rújiājiǔdiàn (Běijīng Àoyùncūndiàn)), 78A Anwaibeiyuan Road (安外北苑路甲78号; ānwàiběiyuànlùjiǎ), +86 10 8493 9933 (fax: +86 10 8493 7332), [51]. Small rooms with free internet. Business center, ticket office and laundry service available. Chinese restaurant. Listed rates for doubles from ¥219, discounted from ¥181; breakfast ¥15.
  • Home Inn (Chaoyang Park) (如家酒店 (北京朝阳公园店); Rújiājiǔdiàn (Běijīngcháoyánggōngyuándiàn)), 105 Donglixiaoqu, Shifoying (石佛营东里小区105号; Shífóyíng Dōnglǐxiǎoqū) (700m east of the southwest corner of Chaoyang Park), +86 10 8583 3388 (fax: +86 10 8583 2299), [52]. Small rooms with free internet, cable TV and aircon. Business center and ticket office available. Chinese restaurant. Listed rates for doubles from ¥219, discounted from ¥181; breakfast ¥15.
  • Daizong Hotel Beijing (北京岱宗大酒店; Běijīngdàizōngdàjiǔdiàn), 19 Xiaoying North Road (小营北路19号; Xiǎoyíngběilù) (Outside eastend of North Ring Road Four, 1.5km southeat of Datunludong Metro Station (line 5),), +86 10 6489 8808 (fax: +86 10 6489 8802). Rooms with internet access against surcharge. Business center, gift shop, beauty salon, laundry service, fitness facilities and sauna available. Chinese restaurant. Listed rates for doubles from ¥280, discounted from ¥163; breakfast ¥10.
  • Harat Austraders Hotel Beijing (北京禾融商旅酒店; Běijīnghéróngshānglǚjiǔdiàn), 1 Jiananshatan (南沙滩甲1号; Nánshātānjiǎ) (800m west of Olympic Green Metro Station (line 8)), +86 10 5136 7088 (, fax: +86 10 5136 7199), [53]. Rooms without internet access, except for deluxe rooms. Beauty salon and ticket office available. No restaurant. Listed rates for doubles without window from ¥280, discounted from ¥163; Western breakfast ¥20, Chinese ¥10; rooms with window somewhat more expensive.
  • Anisun Hotel (北京艾尼森酒店; Běijīng'àinísēnjiǔdiàn), 1 Xiaohuangzhuang, West Heping Street (和平西街小黄庄1号; Hépíngxījiē Xiǎohuángzhuāng) (300m south of Hepingxiqiao Metro Station (line 5)), +86 10 5109 9168 (, fax: +86 10 8427 6302), [54]. Rooms with free internet. Business center available. No restaurant. Listed rates for doubles from ¥298, discounted from ¥172; no breakfast available.
  • Beijing Aoya Hotel (北京奥亚酒店; Běijīngàoyàjiǔdiàn), 169 Beiyuan Road (北苑路169号; Běiyuànlù) (500m northeast of Anzhenmen Metro Station (line 10)), +86 10 6489 2299 (, fax: +86 10 6497 0878), [55]. Rooms with internet against surchage as well as aircon, fridge and cable TV. Business center, beauty salon, ticket office, laundry service, karaoke and massage available. Chinese restaurant and room service. Listed rates for doubles from ¥308, discounted from ¥181; Breakfast ¥15.

Mid range

  • East Apartments: Serviced Apartment Hotel, No. 59, Fulicheng, East Third Ring Road, (东三环中路59号富力城; Dōngsānhuánzhonglù 59hao Fùlìchéng (In the Central Business District), +86-10-5862-3125 (, fax: +86-10-5876-1872), [56]. checkout: 12PM. Offers western style, high end, fully-serviced apartments and facilities. Due to the daily, weekly and monthly rates it is a good option for corporate accommodations, project assignment or interim stays. Residences are elegant and fully furnished in addition to being spacious and private. Western owned and managed. Services include 1, 2 & 3-bedroom serviced apartments with English speaking staff, housekeeping, DVD player, cable TV, fully-equipped kitchen, air conditioning, washing machine, fitness club with pool, 24 hour security and free wireless internet. No minimum stay Daily, weekly and monthly rates, one night from $108..
  • Beijing Free Town Hotel Apartment, +86 10 58674255, [57]. Beijing Free Town Hotel Apartment is located in Chaoyang District, Beijing Dongyue Temple, Chaoyang Park, and Sanlitun Bar Street are nearby. They offer rooms with air-conditioning, cable TV, DVD player, high-speed Internet, an iron and ironing board. They also have a beauty salon, sauna, spa, and a swimming pool for all their guests. Best rates on official website start at ¥420.
  • Beijing Tai Yue Suites, 16 South Sanlitun Street, 86-10-85952277, [58]. Decorating the city skyline with its handsome façade, this four-star hotel in Beijing stands along the Sanlitun embassy area and is close to plenty of attractions. Leisure guests will surely enjoy shopping at the Yansha Shopping Mall, while business executives can easily reach the World Trade Center and financial district. Inside Beijing Tai Yue Suites, you'll find comforts that are just as superb. The Taiyuefang Chinese Restaurant invites you to savor delicious delicacies, while the spacious suites give you enough room to relax and indulge. Rates start at ¥551.16.
  • Cheng Yuan Hotel, 19 South Jianhua Road, Jianguomenwai Avenue, 86-10-51305800, [59]. Cheng Yuan Hotel is located in the central business area of Jianguomenwai. It is approximately 28 km from Beijing Capital Airport. The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the diplomatic quarters are in the vicinity. The hotel has over 100 guestrooms. Rates start at ¥554.49.
  • Novotel Beijing Sanyuan (北京诺富特三元酒店), Tower 18, A5 Shuguang Xili, +86 10 58296666, [60].

Splurge

  • The Opposite House Beijing (北京瑜舍酒店; Běijīng yǘ shé Jiǔdiàn), (北京市朝阳区三里屯路11号院1号楼;), +86 10 6417 6688 (, fax: +86 10 6417 7799), [61]. The Opposite House is an achingly hip luxury boutique hotel located in The Village at Sanlitun—a vibrant new open-plan shopping, dining and entertainment destination developed by Swire Properties. The hotel’s 99 guest studios, including 9 spacious suites and a penthouse duplex with a 240sqm roof terrace, are amongst the largest in Beijing. More than half of all the studios are over 70 sqm and all are strikingly simple with natural wooden floors and subtle touches of Chinese décor. Service is friendly and your stay will be a unique and personal experience without the usual stuffiness of luxury hotels. It is just like staying at a friends home, with a warm welcome, convenience, absolutely no fuss and stunningly simple contemporary design. rates from USD270/RMB1,850..
  • Park Hyatt Beijing (北京柏悦酒店; Běijīng Bóyuè Jiǔdiàn), (建国门外大街2号; Jiànguóménwàidàjiē), +86 10 8567 1234 (, fax: +86 10 8567 1000), [62]. Luxury hotel at the top floors of the Beijing Yintai Centre in CBD. Rooms from 45m2 equipped with internet access (surcharge in most rooms), bathrooms with both tub and shower, private bar, espresso machine, walk-in closet, dvd player and international power outlets. Business center, gift shop, ticket office, fitness, pool, sauna and spa available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as coffee shop and bar. One of the sleekest and most modern hotels in the city. Everything works as expected except that the staff is a bit unexperienced. Some might not like the open space style of the rooms. Listed rates for doubles ¥5,000-10,000, discounted rates ¥1,656-6,670, breakfast ¥276.
  • Grand Millennium Beijing (北京千禧大酒店 Běijīng Qiānxǐ Dàjiǔdiàn), Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Middle Rd, Chaoyang District, +86 10 8587 6888 (, fax: +86 10 8587 6999), [63]. 521 rooms. Located in the heart of the business district.
  • Fujian Hotel, Chaoyang District, [64]. Conveniently located near the major exhibition centers and the Olympic Park, Fujian Hotel offers a long list of luxurious business amenities, a ballroom, and plush guestrooms.
  • Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, No.50 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, +86 10 6465 3388 (, fax: +86 10 6465 3366), [65]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12PM. Located in the centre of Lufthansa District. A great choice for business and leisure travelers alike as the Kempinski hotel provides a mixture of luxury and convenience. It distinguishes itself by its location and its high level of service and comfort. The newly renovated lobby and the adjacent You Yi department store contain good shopping opportunities. In addition, a supermarket with a variety of local and imported food and beverages including a very good wine selection is located in the basement of the department store. The hotel boasts 7 international restaurants and especially the Paulaner Brauhaus is well frequented by guests as well as locals.
  • Hotel Kunlun, [66]. The five-star hotel in Chaoyang District has as many as 12 restaurants, including a revolving lounge, cigar bar, and multicuisine dining options. Rooms and suites are just as impressive.
  • Sino-Swiss Hotel, [67]. The Sino-Swiss Hotel is located very close to the airport, well away from downtown. It is presently the only major hotel in Beijing that allows pets. Features a very elaborate indoor and outdoor pool, as well as playground for the kids. Restaurants are fairly expensive, bottled water very expensive, and service is slightly lackluster. Choose this hotel for its location if you must be close to the airport or if you have pets. $120 / night.

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