Dongcheng District (东城区 Dōngchéng Qū) is in Beijing.
Dongcheng District is one of the four central (inner-city) districts of Beijing. Dongcheng is roughly the area within the second ring road, to the north-east of Tiananmen Square.
Subway line 2 (loop line) runs along the north and east edges of the district. Line 1 bisects the district from east to west, and Line 5 from north to south.
Tiananmen Square (天安门广场; Tiānānménguǎngchǎng) is the largest square in the world. Built by Mao to impress; the square is surrounded by Soviet-style monuments and government buildings. Tiananmen 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 4 marble lions in front of the Tiananmen gate, the northwest one has a bullet hole on its stomach from the 1989 Tianamen Square massacre (the lions are enclosed by fences, making the NW one nearly impossible to see close up). The square is best reached by subway. Qianmen station on line 2 is at the southern end of the square, while Tiananmen East and Tiananmen 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.
Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, (At the south end, opposite the entrance to the Forbidden City). Open Tuesday to Sunday, 8AM to noon (but 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 ok). 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, (In the center of the square). The monument documents key events in modern Chinese history.
The Great Hall of the People, (Borders on the west). Seat of China's parliament and important political meetings.¥30.
The Chinese National Museum, (Occupies the eastern side of the square). Consisting of the Chinese History Museum and the Chinese Revolutionary Museum. Closed for renovations until 2010.
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). Open April 1st- October 31st: 8:30-17:00. November 1st- March 31st: 8:30-16:30. Forbiddne CityGet there when the gates open (around 8.30AM) if you want to walk through the vast and spectacular courtyards in relative peace (Close at 5PM). 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. You can reach the Forbidden City via subway line 1 to Tiananmen West or Tiananmen East,or by buses lines 1,4,52 and 728. Alternatively, the lines 101,109 and 810 stop at the north gate of Forbidden City.¥60/¥20.
Yonghegong (雍和宮; Yōnghégōng; also known as Lama Temple or Palace of Peace), Yonghegong Dajie, at intersection of Second Ring road (Beside Yonghegong Lama Temple subway station, on lines 2 and 5). Closes at 4PM. 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, . 6AM-6PM. 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) (800m northwest of Dongzhimen Metro Station (lines 2 and 13)), ☎ +86 10 6405 5918. 8AM-5PM 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 Street (国子监街13号; Guózǐjiànjiē) (500m southwest of Yonghegong Metro Station (lines 2 and 5)), ☎ +86 10 8402 7224. 9AM-5PM. 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.¥20, includes admission to Imperial Academy.
Imperial Academy (国子监; Guózǐjiàn), (Immediately to west 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, East Chang'an St, Dongcheng district (On the east side of Tiananmen Square), ☎ +86 10 8447-4914, . It is undergoing renovation from 2007 until 2010 and will not be accessible until finished.
China National Museum Waxworks (中国国家博物馆腊像展览; Zhōngguóguójiābówùguǎnlàxiàngzhǎnlǎn), East side of Tian'anmen Square (天安门广场东侧; Tiānānménguǎngchǎngdōngcè), ☎ +86 10 6513 8940. 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Large wax museum with primarily famous Chinese. Part of China National Museum, which is closed for renovation until 2010, so this one might also be.¥20.
The Poly Museum (保利博物馆; Bǎolì Bówùguǎn), 14 Dongzhimen South Street (东直门南大街14号; Dōngzhímén Nándàjiē) (Just northeast of Dongsishitiao Metro Station (line 2)), ☎ +86 10 6500 8117 (fax: +86 10 6501 1277), . Mo-Sa 9:30AM-4:30PM. 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) (1.5km southeast of Beixinqiao Metro Station (line 5), or buses 113, 755 to Jiaodaokou South Station (交道口南)), ☎ +86 10 6404 4089. 9AM-4PM. 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 Lane (东交民巷36号; Dōngjiāomín Xiàng) (1.5km east of the southern parts of Tian'anmen), ☎ +86 10 8522 5018. 9AM-4PM. 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) (north side of Changpu River Park, near corner of Nanchizi Jie), ☎ +86 10 8511 5104, . 10AM-5:30PM. 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.
CourtYard Gallery (四合苑画廊; Sìhéyuànhuàláng), 53 Donganmen Dajie (东安门大街53号; Dōngānméndàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6526 8882 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 6526 8880), . Mo-Sa: 11 AM - 7 PM; Su: Noon - 7 PM. 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), . We-Su: 10 AM - 6 PM. Chinese artist working in a range of media.Free.
Soka Art Centre (索卡艺术中心; Suǒkǎyìshùzhōngxīn), 107 Dongsi North Street (东四北大街107号; Dōngsìběidàjiē), ☎ +86 10 8401 2377 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 8401 3434), . Tu-Su: 10 AM - 9 PM. 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.
Zhongshan Park (中山公园; Zhōngshāngōngyuán), West side of Tian'anmen (天安门西侧; Tiānānménxīcè), ☎ +86 10 6605 5431. Summer 6AM-9PM, winter 6:30AM-8PM. 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. Adults ¥3, children free.
Changpu River Park (菖蒲河公园; Chāngpúhé Gōngyuán), (East 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 Street (安定门外大街; Āndìngménwài Dàjiē) (300m north of Yonghegong Metro Station (lines 2 and 5)), ☎ +86 10 6421 4657 (email@example.com), . 6AM-9PM. 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 Metro Station and walk ten minutes; or bus 108 or 104 to Jiangzhaikou Station), ☎ +86 10 8411 3699. 6 AM - 9:30 PM. 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 Street (安定门外大街; āndìngménwàidàjiē), ☎ +86 10 8411 6321. Park: summer 6 AM - 10 PM, winter 6 AM - 9 PM; Water world: summer 9 AM - 10 PM, winter closed. The park contains basketball, croquet, golf, electric boats, paddleboars and an amusement zone. Waterland contains a large pool with waterslides.Entrance ¥1; Water world adults ¥15, children ¥10.
Drum and Bell Towers (钟鼓楼; Zhōnggǔlóu), Di'anmen Street (地安门大街; Dì'ānméndàjiē (Short walk south-east from Gulou Dajie station on subway line 2, or accessible by bus 107 or 635 (from Dongzhimen)), ☎ +86 10 6401 2674. 9AM-5:30PM. The drum tower was originally built in 1272 and reconstructed at a new location in 1800. The bell tower is build around 1700. Being situated straight north from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen 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, (east of Tiananmen Square). 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; Dōngbiǎobèihútòng) (Southwest corner of Jianguomen Bridge, close to Beijing Railway Station. Subway line 1 or 2 to Jianguomen station), ☎ +86 10 6524 2202. 9AM-4PM. The observatory covering 1,000 m2 was built in 1442and 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 North Theater (北兵马司剧场; Běibīngmǎsījùchǎng), 67 Jiaodaokou South Street (交道口大街67号; Jiāodàokǒudàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6406 0175.
Capital Theater (首都剧场; Shǒudūjùchǎng), 22 Wangfujing Street (王府井大街22号; Wángfǔjǐngdàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6524 9847 (fax: +86 10 6523 3227), . Tu-Sa: 6 PM. 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, . Performanses include both plays and dance.
Central Experimental Drama Theater (国家话剧院; Guójiāhuàjùyuàn), 45A Mao'er Hutong, Di'anmenwai Street (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 Street (建国门内大街7号; Jiànguóménnèidàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6510 1309 (fax: +86 10 6510 1308), . 9 AM - 7:30 PM. 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 Street (东安门大街64号; Dōngānméndàjiē), ☎ +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 South Street (东直门南大街4号; Dōngzhíménnándàjiē) (Subway line 2, Dongsishitiao station, northeast 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 South Street (东直门南大街10号; Dōngzhíménnándàjiē) (Subway line 2, Dongsishitiao station, northeast exit, along Second Ring road to the north of Poly plaza), ☎ +86 10 6416 9893 (email@example.com), . 7:15 PM. 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 Street (24 Wangfujing Street (王府井大街24号; Wángfǔjǐngdàjiē), ☎ +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), West side of Tian'anmen Square (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.
Cooking classes, . 10:30AM, every day except Wednesday. 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 per person.
New China Children's Store (新中国儿童用品商店; Xīnzhōngguóértóngyòngpǐnshāngdiàn), 168 Wangfujing Street (王府井大街168号; Wángfǔjǐngdàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6528 1774. 9 AM - 10 PM. 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), (Subway line 1, Wangfujing station). 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), East of Tian'anmen Square, on Wangfujing (Wangfujing station on line 1 has an exit that leads directly in to the mall at its west end. Dongdan station on lines 1 & 5 is at the east 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.
Wangfujing Snack Street (王府井小吃街; Wángfǔjǐngxiǎochījiē), (In the alley to the west of the pedestrian zone on Wangfujing Dajie). Many stalls selling Beijing-style snacks, both sweet and savoury.
Donghuamen Night Market (东华门夜市; Dōnghuāmén Yèshì), (Along Dong'anmen Dajie, at the north end of the Wangfujing pedestrian area). Late afternoon and evening only. The place to come for exotic snacks such as scorpions, starfish, and silkworm grubs. You can also buy more typical snacks like fried noodles, dumplings, and kebabs. More expensive than a "real" neighbourhood market, but still reasonably priced.¥5-20 per item.
Oriental Dumpling King (东方饺子王; Dōngfāngjiǎoziwáng), 14 Chaoyangmen Nanxiaojie (朝阳门南小街14号楼; Cháoyángménnánxiǎojiē) (On east side of street near Lumicang. Bus 24 from Dongzhimen or Beijing Railway Station. No English sign.), ☎ +86 10 6527 2042. 10AM-10PM. 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.
Guijie (簋街/鬼街; Guǐjiē), (Beixinqiao subway station on Line 5 is at the west 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, traditional courtyards, hundreds of restaurants 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.
Huajiayiyuan (花家怡园; Huājiāyíyuán), Dongzhimennei Street 235 (东直门内大街235号; Dōngzhíménnèi Dàjiē) (On the north side of the street, nearer western end), ☎ +86 10 6405 1908. One of the larger and better-known (but also more crowded and pricier) restaurants along the strip. Housed in a series of interconnected courtyards. Very good homestyle food, also does a good Peking duck, although it is not the specialty.
Donglaishun (东来顺; Dōngláishùn). Daily 11AM-2PM and 5PM-9PM. 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.
Wangfujing branch, 198 Wangfujing Dajie (东城区王府井大街198号), ☎ +86 10 6513-9661. Subway: Line 1 to Wangfujing
Yuxin Sichuan Restaurant (渝信川菜; Yúxìn Chuāncài). M-F 10AM-10PM, Sa-Su 11AM-10PM. 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.
7 Jiangguomen Nei Dajie. (长安大剧院，建国门内大街7号 Chángān Dàjùyuàn, Jiànguómén Nèidàjiē Qī hào). (Take the subway 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 east of east entrance to Ditan Park (on the next major road). Bus 117 or 123 from Dongzhimen.), ☎ +86 10 84220807. 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.
For vegetarians, Beijing's first pure vegetarian buffet restaurant is in the Confucius Temple on Guo zi jian 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.
Ginkgo Restaurant & Bar, 199 Andingmennei Dajie (South from Andingmen bridge, about 700 metres on the right), ☎ +86 10 64027532, . Run by a British expat this place offers great breakfast, afternoon coffee and a host of interesting live music events.
Vineyard Cafe, 31 Wudaoying Hutong (五道营胡同31号) (Close to Lama Temple: First alley south of and parallel to Second Ring Road). Great place for Western-style breakfast and brunch in a restored hutong home. Also great European/fusion dishes, including some vegetarian options. A good dessert choice is the chocolate brownie with ice cream.
Mirch Masala Indian Cuisine, 60-2 Nanluogu Xiang, ☎ +86 10 6591 5050. Located on the tourist street of Nanluoguxiang, Mirch Masala serves delicious North-Indian dishes.
Fish Nation, 31 Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷31号). English-style fish'n'chips, also serves good English breakfasts. Rooftop patio.
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.
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.
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 southwest of Dongsishitiao subway station on Line 2, entrance is at the back (south) of the building). This is the newer and more impressive of Dadong's branches.
The Courtyard, 95 Donghuamen Dajie, ☎ +86 10 6526 8882. The Courtyard overlooks the moat surrounding the south-east corner of the wall of the Forbidden City. At night, the wall and tower are illuminated which gives a sense of being in old Peking. The cuisine is modern international fusion food. A recent (2011) traveller felt that, while the food was still excellent, the service and ambiance had greatly declined..
Capital M, 3rd Floor, No. 2 Qianmen Pedestrian St, ☎ +86 10 6702 2727, . Capital M is a modern Australian/European style restaurant. It provides cuisine and ambiance of a high standard. It overlooks part of Tiananmen Square and several colourful Chinese buildings which are illuminated at night. By Australian standards it provides excellent value.
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.
12SQM (12平米; Shíèrpíngmǐ), 1 Fuxiang Hutong, Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷福祥胡同1号; Nánluógǔxiàngfúxiánghútòng), ☎ +86 10 6402 1554 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 5PM-midnight. Very small bar/café.
Mao Live House, 111 Gulou East Street (鼓楼东大街111号; Gǔlóudōngdàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6402 5080 (email@example.com), . Most shows start around 8-9PM. Live rock music venue. The stage is great, the sound system is okay and the concert room and furniture are very basic.¥40-80.
Ned's, 84 Nanluo Guxiang (南锣鼓巷84号; Nánluógǔxiàng), ☎ +86 134 0118 1374 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 6PM-late. Small Australian bar with football on the television.
The Pool Bar, 106 Gulou Dongdajie (鼓楼东大街106号; Gǔlóudōngdàjiē), ☎ +86 10 8404 7956. 6PM-2AM. Yes, they do have a pool table (and also foosball).Cheap.
Salud (老伍酒吧 Lǎowǔ Jiǔbā), 66 Nánluógǔxiàng 南锣鼓巷66号, ☎ +86 10 6402 5086. A Spanish-style tapas bar.
Tree House, 81 Ju'er Hutong (菊儿胡同81号; Júérhútòng), ☎ +86 138 1044 6267 (email@example.com), . 8:30AM-1AM. Small and quiet pub/café, one of the few to be open also in the morning. Evening events now and then.Coffee from ¥15; beer from ¥10.
Drum Tower and Bell Tower area
Another smaller and quieter cluster of bars, close to both Houhai and Nanluoguxiang.
Ball House, 40 Zhonglouwan, Gulou Dajie (鼓楼大街钟楼湾40号; Gǔlóudàjiēzhōnglóuwān), ☎ +86 10 6407 4051. 2PM-3AM. Bar with pool and foosball. Frequented by local artists.
Bed Bar (床; Chuáng), 17 Zhangwang Hutong, Jiu Gulou Dajie (旧鼓楼大街张旺胡同17号; Jiùgǔlóudàjiēzhāngwànghútòng), ☎ +86 10 8400 1554. 2PM-3AM. Relaxed bar with a lot of rugs and pillows.
Drum and Bell, 41 Zhonglouwan Hutong (On the west side of the square between Bell and Drum towers.), ☎ +86 10 84033600. Best part of this bar is the comfortable rooftop patio (especially if you can score a table with couches) that overlooks the Bell Tower and the square (which at night is clear of tour buses and used by locals playing badminton).
Jiangjin Bar (疆进酒; Jiāngjìnjiǔ), 2 Zhongku hutong (钟库胡同2号; Zhōngkùhútòng), ☎ +86 10 8405 0124, . Noon-2AM. The cocktails are not good, but the live folk music jam is great.
Zen Bar, 18 Zhonglouwan Hutong (钟楼湾18号; Zhōnglóuwān), ☎ +86 10 6400 6859. 10AM-11PM. Very small and quiet bar hidden away in a hutong. Nice simple surroundings including a lot of Buddhas.Beer from ¥15.
Earl Bar (伯爵酒吧; Bójuéjiǔbā), 1 Dongdan North Street (东单北大街1号; Dōngdānběidàjiē), ☎ +86 10 8511 6646. 7PM-2AM. Very basic bar with local DJs.Cheap.
Fez Bar, 23 Qianmen East Street (前门东大街23号; Qiánméndōngdàjiē), ☎ +86 10 6559 6266 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 6PM-1AM. Openair rooftop cocktail bar situated next to The Legation Quarter and with great views. Serves all kind of cocktails as well as some food.
Hex Bar, 23 Qianmen East Street (前门东大街23号; Qiánméndōngdàjiē), ☎ 86 10 6559 6266 (email@example.com). 6PM-1AM. Serves signature cocktails and smoothies.
Mao Mao Chong Bar, 55A Wu Dao Ying 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 5.30PM-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.
Minty, 26 Mao'er Hutong (帽儿胡同26号; Màoérhútòng), ☎ +86 138 1022 2787. 1PM-midnight. Neighborhood bar with live folk music now and then.Cheap.
Star Live (星光现场; Xīngguāngxiànchǎng), 79 Hepingli Xijie (和平里西街79号; Hépínglǐxījiē), ☎ +86 10 6425 5677 (email@example.com), . 9AM-7PM. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 8PM-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 Road(张自忠路3-2号; Zhāngzìzhōnglù) (2 min walk west along Zhangzizhong Road from Zhangzizhonglu subway station, after the entrance to the former site of the Ding Qurai government), ☎ +86 10 6404 2711, . Shows usually start at 10PM. 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.
P.LOFT Youth Hostel (北京炮局工厂青年旅舍; Běijīng Pàojúgōngchǎng Qīngniánlǚ shè), (500m southeast of Yonghegong Metro Station (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, billard, basketball and bike rental available. Restaurant and bar.Discounted rates for dorms from ¥30, doubles from ¥180.
Dongzhimen Golden Pineapple Youth Hostel (北京金菠萝国际青年酒店; Běijīng Jīnbōluó Guójìqīngniánjiǔdiàn), 18 Xinzhong Street (新中街18号; Xīnzhōngjiē) (700m southeast of Dongzhimen Metro Station (line 2)), ☎ +86 10 8447 2899. Cheapest doubles are very small and bath and toilet is separated from the rest of the room only by a glass wall. Internet, snack shop, safety box, laundry room, guest kitchen and car and bike rental available. Restaurant and bar.Listed/discounted rates for doubles from ¥230/¥180, disounted rates for dorms from ¥34.
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) (300m southwest of Beixinqiao Metro Station (line 5)), ☎ +86 10 8404 3490 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 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.
Beijing Saga International Youth Hostel (北京实佳国际青年旅舍; Běijīng Shíjiā Guójìqīngniánlǚshè), 9 Shijia Hutong, Nanxiao Street (南小街史家胡同9号; Nánxiǎojiē Shǐjiāhútòng) (From the station, follow the road north past the Beijing International Hotel, after about a ten minute walk look for the hostel sign with an arrow pointing down one of the hutongs on the left side), ☎ +86 10 65272773, 65249098 (email@example.com), . Very popular with backpackers. There's a restaurant on the top floor. The staff speak some English.Dorms ¥40-50, doubles ¥160, triples ¥180.
Beijing City Central Youth Hostel, Located directly across from Beijing Zhan (central train station) (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. The rooms on the 3rd to 6th floors include ensuites, doubles, singles, and 4 and 8 bunk dormitories.Dorms ¥60 (4-8 beds), doubles with shared bathrooms ¥160.
Eastern Morning Youth Hostel, Dongdan Santiao, behind the Oriental Plaza (in the basement of the Oriental Plaza complex next to Wangfujing Pedestrian Street), ☎ +86 10 65284347. 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 minute walk to the Dongdan or Wangfujing subway stations and about a 15 minute walk to the International Hotel airport shuttle stop.Private rooms cost about ¥90 per night - book in advance.
Home Inn (Beijing Jiaodaokou) (如家酒店 (北京交道口店); Rújiājiǔdiàn), 113 Jiaodaokou East Street (交道口东大街113号; Jiāodàokǒudōngdàjiē) (600m west of Beixinqiao Metro Station (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.Listed rates for doubles from ¥219, discounted from ¥182; breakfast ¥15.
Wangfujing Dawan Hotel (北京王府井大万酒店; Běijīngwángfǔjǐngdàwànjiǔdiàn), 2 Ganyu Hutong, Dongdan Bei Street (东单北大街甘雨胡同甲2号; Dōngdānběidàjiēgānyǔhútòng) (50m west of Denshikou Metro Station (line 5)), ☎ +86 10 8511 4543 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.Listed rates for doubles from ¥238, discounted from ¥137; breakfast ¥15.
Star of City Hotel (北京都市之星酒店; Běijīngdūshìzhīxīngjiǔdiàn), 216 Dongzhimennei Street (东直门内大街216号; Dōngzhíménnèidàjiē) (300m east of Beixinqiao Metro Station (line 5)), ☎ +86 10 6402 1188 (fax: +86 10 6402 8557). Large rooms with free internet. Ticket office and laundry service available. No restaurant but a tea house.Listed rates for doubles without window from ¥268, discounted from ¥198; breakfast ¥15; rooms with window only slightly more expensive.
Hepingli Hotel (北京和平里宾馆; Běijīnghépínglǐbīnguǎn), Xinghua Road, Hepingli (和平里兴化路; Hépínglǐ Xīnghuàlù) (500m northwest of Hepinglibeijie Metro Station (line 5)), ☎ +86 10 6428 6868 (email@example.com, 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.Listed rates for doubles in old building ¥268, discounted from ¥172; breakfast ¥28; rooms in new building somewhat more expensive.
Beijing Zaoyuanju Hotel (北京枣园居宾馆; Běijīngzǎoyuánjūbīnguǎn), 17 Zhangwang Hutong, Jiugulou Street (旧鼓楼大街张旺胡同17号; Jiùgǔlóudàjiē Zhāngwànghútòng) (500m south from Guoloudajie Metro Station (line 2)), ☎ +86 10 6404 2653 (fax: +86 10 6403 1197), . Rooms with free internet. Ticket office and laudry 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.Listed rates for doubles from ¥288, discounted from ¥170; breakfast ¥10.
A number of mid-range hotels are located east of the Dongzhimen subway station. From the subway stop, walk around 800m 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 hidden in the lowest floor.
Hua Fu International Hotel, 53 Donganmen Street, ☎ +86 21 6122 6688 ext 7800, . Rather basic rooms, but clean with nice bathroom and TV (Chinese channels). Some staff had trouble speaking English but all were friendly. Excellent location close to Wangfujing shopping area, 10 min walk to Forbidden City.¥338 for a single room. Breakfast buffet avaible for ¥20.
Beijing Fuhao Hotel (北京富豪酒店; Běijīngfùháojiǔdiàn), 45 Wangfujing Avenue (王府井大街45号; Wáng fǔ jǐngdà jiē), ☎ +86 10 6523 1188, . The hotel offers 104 air-conditioned rooms with mini-bar, cable TV, free internet and fridge. Among its facilities are Lao Chongqing Hot-pot City Restaurant, Wangfujing Roast Duck Restaurant, a sauna club, and a night club/KTV.Rates for doubles on official website from ¥364.47.
Beijing Harmony Hotel (华美伦酒店; Huáměilún Jiǔdiàn), 59 Suzhou Hutong, Youtong Street (Opposite the Beijing Railway Station), ☎ +86 10 65285566, . International 3 star hotel with only 3-minutes walk to the Beijing Railway Station and Dongdan Shopping street. Convenient location for tourists.¥488.
Tangyue Hotel (北京唐悦酒店; Běijīngtángyuèjiǔdiàn), 54 Donghuamen Road (东华门大街54号; Dōnghuàméndàjiē) (Just east of the Forbidden City, 800m north of Tian'anmen East Station (line 1)), ☎ +86 10 6525 2502 (fax: +86 10 6525 2591). Spacious rooms with free internet, fridge, safe and coffee facilities. Specially designed hotel with business center, beauty salon, ticket office available. Coffee shop with first class coffee, bar and tea house but no restaurant.Listed rates for doubles from ¥580, discounted from ¥207; western breakfast ¥25.
Beijing Golden Palace Silver Street (北京金府银街大酒店; Běijīngjīnfǔyínjiēdàjiǔdiàn), 31 Ganyu Hutong, Wangfujing Street (王府井大街甘雨胡同31号; Wángfǔjǐngdàjiē Gānyǔhútòng (200m west of Dengshikou Metro Station (line 5)), ☎ +86 10 8511 0388 (fax: +86 10 6528 1028), . Rooms with internet access against surcharge as well as aircon, mini bar and safe. Cheapest rooms and bathrooms are quite small and not too clean. Business center, karaoke, beauty salon, gym and rooftop garden available. Chinese and Western restaurant as well as a coffee shop.Listed rates for doubles without window from ¥588, discounted from ¥172, rooms with window somewhat more expensive; western breakfast ¥20.
Shatan Hotel (北京沙滩宾馆; Běijīngshātānbīnguǎn), 28 Shatanhou Street (沙滩后街28号; Shātānhòujiē) (Just east of Jingshan Park), ☎ +86 10 8402 6688 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 86 10 84023016), . Rooms with free internet and aircon. Business center, ticket office, laundry service, hair dressing, bath center, billard and table tennis available. Chinese and Western restaurant and room service.Best rates on official website start at ¥408.
Red Wall Hotel (北京红墙饭店; Běijīnghóngqiángfàndiàn), 31 Shatan North Street (沙滩北街31号; Shātānběijiē) (Just east of Jingshan Park), ☎ +86 10 5109 8888 (fax: +86 10 5109 8999), . Rooms with free internet. Business center, gift shop and beauty salon available. Chinese and Wester restaurant as well as coffee shop.Listed rates for doubles from ¥1,281, discounted from ¥303; breakfast ¥41. Listed rates seem unrealisticly high.
Jingyuan Courtyard Hotel - Beijing, 35 Xitangzi Hutong, Wangfujing Street, ☎ +86 10 65259259, . Rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with a full bath, mini-bar, cable TV, and Internet access.Rates start at ¥619.
Qianyuan International Business Hotel, 19 Dongzhimennei St, ☎ +86 10 84001999, . At the middle of the most famous night food street, Dongzhimen Street.from ¥388.
Dongjiao Minxiang Hotel, 23A Dongjiao Minxiang, ☎ 86-10-65243311, . Offers guestrooms with private toilet and bath with tub, slippers, bathrobe, and hair dryer.Rates start at ¥458.
Beijing Qianyuan International Business Hotel, ☎ 86-10-84001999 (email@example.com), . Offers 202 air-conditioned and well-decorated accommodations.Rates start at ¥454.
Grand Hotel Beijing (北京贵宾楼饭店; Běijīng Guìbīnlóu Fàndiàn), 35 East Chang'an Street (东长安街35号; Dōngchángānjiē), ☎ +86 10 6513 7788 (fax: +86 10 6513 0049), . 5 star hotel located in a traditional building in a small street overlooking the Forbidden City. Rooms with free internet except for the cheapest ones. The rooms are 32-66m2 except for the very most expensive, which is more than 100m2. Business center, gift shop, ticket office, fitness, pool and sauna available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as coffee shop, bar and room service.Listed rates for doubles ¥3,450-14,950, discounted rates ¥765-10,500, breakfast ¥184.
Legendale Hotel Beijing (北京励骏酒店; Běijīng Lìjùn Jiǔdiàn), 90-92 Jinbao Street (金宝街90-92号; Jīnbǎojiē), ☎ +86 10 8511 3388 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +86 10 8511 5566), . 5 star hotel located close to Wangfujing. Rooms of 38-71m2 with free internet. Business center, beauty salon, karaoke, fitness, swimming pool, massage and sauna available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as coffee shop and bar.Listed rates for doubles ¥4,140-7,820, discounted rates ¥1,478-5,797.
The Peninsula Beijing (北京王府半岛酒店; Běijīng Wángfǔbàndǎo Jiǔdiàn), 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing (王府井金鱼胡同8号; Wángfǔjǐng Jīnyúhútòng), ☎ +86 10 8516 2888 (email@example.com, fax: +86 10 6510 6311), . Five star hotel with rooms with free internet. The smallest rooms are 31m2. Swimming pool, spa, massage and lots of shops available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as a bar.Listed rates for doubles from ¥3,400, discounted from ¥1,500, breakfast ¥299.
Grand Hyatt Beijing, 1 East Chang An Avenue, ☎ +86 10 8518 1234 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Privately-owned, exquisite, and expensive, 5 star hotel. Rooms can go for $150 per night. There is an enormous swimming pool in the basement that is decorated in very tropical manner, but the deepest part is only 1.5 meters. The jacuzzi and wet sauna are excellent. Great hotel and great location, if you can afford it.$150 / night.
Beijing Hotel, . State-owned (and thus presumably less expensive). Located near the Forbidden City, there is a spectacular view of Tiananmen Square from the hotel.
Xinhai Jin Jiang Hotel, 61 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, (email@example.com), . Conveniently located in the bustling commercial district of Wangfujing, this hotel has 231 elegantly furnished rooms which pamper guests with lavish comfort. It has excellent business and leisure facilities which include the sprawling International Conference Center.
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