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Dongcheng District (东城区 Dōngchéng Qū) is in Beijing.

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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 northeast of Tiananmen Square. Subway Line 2 runs along the north and east edges of the district. Lines 1 and 6 run east-west across the district, 8 runs north-south thru the middle of the district whilst Line 5 sits on the eastern border and runs north-south.

See

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square (天安门广场; Tiānānménguǎngchǎng) is one of the largest squares 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 four marble lions in front of the Tiananmen gate, the southwest one has a bullet hole on its stomach from the 1989 Tianamen Square massacre. 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, (S end, opposite the entrance to the Forbidden City). Tu-Su 08:00-12:00 (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 permitted). Flowers can be purchased to lay at the feet of Mao's statue inside (although they are collected and resold at the end of the day) as well as leaflets for ¥1. There is disagreement among the locals as to whether the body is real or fake waxwork so make up your own mind. Mao souvenirs can be purchased at the exit. Free.
  • Monument to the People's Heroes, (Center of the square). The monument documents key events in modern Chinese history.
  • The Great Hall of the People, (Borders on the W). Seat of China's parliament and important political meetings. ¥30.
  • The Chinese National Museum, Tiananmen Sq (Occupies the eastern side of the square). 09:00-17:00. Huge Museum, since it is free there are long lines. Closed M. Free.
  • Tian'anmen Gate (天安门; Gate of Heavenly Peace). Tian'anmen Gate, and its large portrait of Chairman Mao, dominates the northern end of the square. Pass beneath the gate to head north toward the Forbidden City. It costs nothing to pass through, but on the far side there is a ticket booth where you can pay admission to visit the Gate. Although visiting the Gate allows a good view over Tian'anmen Square, do not be fooled into thinking you are buying tickets to the Forbidden City: they are separate attractions. ¥15.
  • Forbidden City (故宫 Gù Gōng, also known as the Palace Museum), [1]. 1 Apr-31 Oct 08:30-17:00, 1 Nov- 31 Mar 08:30-16:30. Get there when the gates open (around 08:30AM) if you want to walk through the vast and spectacular courtyards in relative peace (Close at 17:00). This is truly the spot to appreciate the might and grandeur of the Imperial Chinese court during the height of its power in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Despite the transformation of the city around it, the Forbidden City remains mercifully relatively untouched. There are a handful of cafes and gift shops, which are surprisingly not very overpriced considering what a tourist area it is. Only two-fifths of the area of the palace is opened but more sections open all the time. Wandering to the right or left can yield some beautiful secluded courtyards and, of course, padlocked dead ends. You can rent an audio guided tour which explains certain temples along the central axis and their uses for ¥40 with a ¥100 deposit (more than a dozen languages available). The signs posted around and on buildings inside are fairly short and are written in both Chinese and English. 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 Rd (Yonghegong Lama Temple Stn (Lines 2 and 5)). Closes at 16:00. The temple was built by Chinese emperors who harbored a deep fascination for the Tibetan (Tantric) version of Buddhism. Over the years, many Tibetan and Mongolian monks lived and taught here, and there are still monks in residence today. The temple is famous for its 18m statue of Maitreya Buddha carved from a single piece of sandalwood. Visitors are not allowed to take pictures of holy statues inside most of the temples. You can view most of buildings in an hour or less. ¥25.
  • Zhihua Temple (智化寺; Zhìhuàsì; also known as Temple of Wisdom Attained), 5 Lumicang Hutong (禄米仓胡同5号; Lùmǐcānghútòng) (Bus 24 from Dongzhimen or Beijing Railway Station, get off at Lumicang), +86 10 65286691, [2]. 06:00-18:00. Buddhist temple built in 1443 One of the largest, oldest and best preserved wooden structures in Beijing. Houses the Ancient Music Center, which now and then gives concerts played by monks and true to the ancient traditions. Also houses the Beijing Cultural Exhange Museum. The temple has recently been renovated. ¥20.
  • Tongjiao Temple (通教寺; Tōngjiāosì; also known as Temple of Authoritative Teaching), 19 Zhenxian Hutong, Dongzhimen Beixiaojie (东直门北小街针线胡同19号; Dōngzhíménběixiǎojiē Zhēnxiànhútòng) (800 m NW of Dongzhimen Stn (Lines 2 and 13)), +86 10 64055918. 08:00-17:00 on 1st and 15th of the month. Originally used by eunuchs but now actively used by nuns. Free.
  • Confucius Temple (孔庙; Kǒngmiào), 13 Guozijian St (国子监街13号; Guózǐjiàn Jiē) (500 m SW of Yonghegong Stn (Lines 2 and 5)), +86 10 84027224. 09:00-17:00. The temple was built in 1302 and honors Confucius (孔子; Kǒngzi; 551-479 BC) who was one of China's greatest thinkers, still with significant influence on all aspects of daily life. The pavilions along either side have displays about Confucius and the history of Confucianism The courtyard is a pleasant place to relax or watch art students practice sketching. ¥20, includes admission to Imperial Academy.
  • Imperial Academy (国子监; Guózǐjiàn), (Immediately to W of Confucius Temple). The academy was the highest level college and location of examinations for the civil service in Imperial China. Very much related to the neighbouring Confucius Temple in that the studies and exams were conducted in the Confucian tradition. Displays documenting the history of the imperial exams system and the lives of students. Pleasant courtyard, slightly quieter than that of the temple. ¥20, includes admission to Confucius Temple.

Museums

  • National Museum of China (中国国家博物馆 Zhōngguó Guójiā Bówùguǎn), 16 E Chang'an St, Dongcheng District (On the E side of Tiananmen Sq), +86 10 65116400, [3]. 09:00-17:00, Closed M. World class museum with an excellent collection of ancient Chinese history and artifacts. In addition the modern China history is well presented, albeit not very objective and misses many politically sensitive events. Well worth a few hours visit. Free.
  • The Poly Museum (保利博物馆; Bǎolì Bówùguǎn), 14 Dongzhimen S St (东直门南大街14号; Dōngzhímén Nán Dàjiē) (Just NE of Dongsishitiao Stn (Line 2)), +86 10 65008117 (fax: +86 10 65011277), [4]. M-Sa 09:30-16:30. Small art museum specialising in bringing Chinese artifacts home to China from abroad. Main exhibitions cover ancient bronze art, ancient stone carvings and Buddha statues. ¥50.
  • Mao Dun Former Residence (茅盾故居; Máodùn Gùjū), 13 Yuanensi Hutong (后圆恩寺胡同13号; Hòuyuánēnsì Hútòng) (1.5 km SE of Beixinqiao Stn (Line 5), or buses 113, 755 to Jiaodaokou S Stn (交道口南)), +86 10 64044089. 09:00-16:00. Mao Dun (1896-1981) was a famous revolutionary writer. His former residence including personal effects and writings can be seen here. ¥5.
  • Beijing Police Museum (北京警察博物馆; Běijīng Jǐngchá Bówùguǎn), 36 Dongjiaomin Ln (东交民巷36号; Dōngjiāomín Xiàng) (1.5 km E of the southern parts of Tian'anmen Sq), +86 10 85225018. 09:00-16:00. Large museum on police history. ¥5.
  • Imperial City Art Museum (皇城艺术馆; Huángchéngyìshùguǎn), 9 Changpuheyan (菖蒲河沿9号; Chāngpúhéyàn) (N side of Changpu River Park, near corner of Nanchizi Jie), +86 10 85115104, [5]. 10:00-17:30. The Imperial City was the Manchu city that surrounded the Forbidden City during the Qing dynasty. The museum's centrepiece is a scale model of the Forbidden & Imperial Cities. There are also displays on lifestyle, costumes, arts & crafts of the Qing imperial city. Occasionally hosts special exhibits that cost extra. ¥20.

Galleries

  • CourtYard Gallery (四合苑画廊; Sìhéyuànhuàláng), 53 Donganmen Dajie (东安门大街53号; Dōngānmén Dàjiē), +86 10 65268882 (, fax: +86 10 65268880), [6]. M-Sa 11:00-19:00, Su 12:00-19:00. Founded in 1996. Exhibits emerging and mid-career artists working in a wide range of media. Free.
  • onemoon (一月当代; yīyuèdāngdài), Inside Ditan Park, Andingmenwai (安定门外地坛公园; Āndìngménwàidìtángōngyuán), +86 10 64277748 (, fax: +86 10 64277871), [7]. W-Su 10:00-18:00. Chinese artist working in a range of media. Free.
  • Soka Art Centre (索卡艺术中心; Suǒkǎyìshùzhōngxīn), 107 Dongsi N St (东四北大街107号; Dōngsì Běi Dàjiē), +86 10 84012377 (, fax: +86 10 84013434), [8]. Tu-Su 10:00-21:00. Founded in 1992 in Taiwan and established in Beijing in 2001. The gallary exhibits modern famous artist from China and around Asia. Free.
  • Wan Fung Art Gallery, 136 Nanchizi Jie. Worth a peek if you're in the area. Housed in a side building in the courtyard of the Imperial Archives, which you can't go in, but is quite impressive. The courtyard itself is a quiet corner in an otherwise crowded area of the city. Free.

Parks

Zhongshan Park.
  • Zhongshan Park (中山公园; Zhōngshāngōngyuán), W side of Tian'anmen (天安门西侧; Tiānānménxīcè), +86 10 66055431. Summer 06:00-21:00, winter 06:30-20:00. Beautifully landscaped park with lots of trees and bamboo. Paddle boats of rent on the moat of the Forbidden City. Also an indoor playground for children, and bumper cars. ¥3, children free.
  • Changpu River Park (菖蒲河公园; Chāngpúhé Gōngyuán), (E of Tian'anmen, parallel to Chang'an Jie). Narrow strip of landscaped park along a small stream. Begins in the east near the Beijing hotel and runs almost to Tian'anmen Gate. Free.
  • Ditan Park (地坛公园; Dìtán Gōngyuán; also known as Temple of Earth), Andingmenwai St (安定门外大街; Āndìngménwài Dàjiē) (300 m N of Yonghegong Stn (Lines 2 and 5)), +86 10 64214657 (), [9]. 06:00-21:00. Park with a lot of cypresses and also a small amusement park area. ¥2.
  • Liuyin Park (柳荫公园; Liǔyìngōngyuán), Jiangzhaikou, Andingmenwai (安定门外蒋宅口; ānìngménwàiJiǎngzháikǒu) (Andingmen Stn and walk 10 min or bus 108 or 104 to Jiangzhaikou Stn), +86 10 84113699. 06:00-21:30. Park showing what rural China looks like. Also contains childrens playground and a tea house. ¥1.
  • Qingnianhu Park (青年湖公园; Qīngniánhúgōngyuán), Andingmenwai St (安定门外大街; āndìngménwài Dàjiē), +86 10 84116321. Park: summer 06:00-22:00, winter 06:00-21:00; Water world: summer 09:00-22:00, winter closed. The park contains basketball, croquet, golf, electric boats, paddleboars and an amusement zone. Waterland contains a large pool with waterslides. Entrance ¥1; Water world adults ¥15, children ¥10.

Other

  • Drum and Bell Towers (钟鼓楼; Zhōnggǔlóu), Di'anmen St (地安门大街; Dì'ānmén Dàjiē (Short walk SE from Gulou Dajie St (Line 2) or accessible by bus 107 or 635 (from Dongzhimen)), +86 10 64012674. 09:00-17:30. 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, (E of Tian'anmen Sq). Once famous in the Boxer Rebellion, the legation quarter is now occupied by government offices and army offices but can still be seen from outside. There's a wonderful bakery store called "Sapporo" near the legation quarter, famous for its breads and cheesecakes.
  • Ancient Observatory (古欢象台; Gǔhuānxiàngtái), 2 Dongbiaobei Hutong (东裱褙胡同2号; Dōngbiǎobèi Hútòng) (SW corner of Jianguomen Bridge, close to Beijing Railway Station. Jianguomen Stn (Lines 1 and 2)), +86 10 65242202. 09:00-16:00. The observatory covering 1,000 m2 was built in 1442 and has been open to the public since 1983. Ancient star maps and instruments to watch stars can be seen here. Displays on the history of Chinese astronomy, and several large astronomical instruments set on top of an old watchtower of the city walls. ¥10.

Do

Theater

  • Beijing North Theater (北兵马司剧场; Běibīngmǎsījùchǎng), 67 Jiaodaokou S St (交道口大街67号; Jiāodàokǒu Dàjiē), +86 10 64060175.
  • Beijing Seven-Color Light Children's Theater (北京七色光儿童剧院; Běijīngqīsèguāngértóngjùyuàn), 14 Ju'er Hutong, Jiaodaokou (交道口菊儿胡同14号; Jiāodàokǒujúérhútòng), +86 10 84022285.
  • Capital Theater (首都剧场; Shǒudūjùchǎng), 22 Wangfujing St (王府井大街22号; Wángfǔjǐngdàjiē), +86 10 65249847 (fax: +86 10 65233227), [10]. Tu-Sa 18:00. This theater is used by a number of different theater groups, including Beijing People's Art Theater. Performances include both contemporary and classical Chinese plays. Price range between ¥40-500 and ¥120-680.
  • Central Academy of Drama Theater (中央戏剧学院实验小剧场; Zhōngyāngxìjùxuéyuànshíyànxiǎojùchǎng), 39 Dongmianhua Hutong (东棉花胡同39号; Dōngmiánhuahútòng), +86 10 84046174, [11]. Performances include both plays and dance.
  • Central Experimental Drama Theater (国家话剧院; Guójiāhuàjùyuàn), 45A Mao'er Hutong, Di'anmenwai St (地安门外大街猫儿胡同45号; Dìānménwàidàjiēmāoérhútòng), +86 10 64031009, [12]. Both Chinese and foreign plays and both classical and experimental.
  • Chang'an Grand Theater (长安大戏院; Chángāndàxìyuàn), 7 Jianguomennei St (建国门内大街7号; Jiànguóménnèi Dàjiē), +86 10 65101309 (fax: +86 10 65101308), [13]. 09:00-19:30. Traditional Chinese performances with focus on Beijing Opera. Also has a shop with paintings and folk handicrafts.
  • China Children's Art Theater (中国儿童剧场; Zhōngguóértóngjùchǎng), 64 Donganmen St (东安门大街64号; Dōngānmén Dàjiē), +86 10 65134115 (, fax: +86 10 65134116), [14]. Established in 1956. Stages children's plays.
  • Dongyuan Theater (东苑戏楼; Dōngyuànxìlóu), Inside the Garden of Changpu River (菖蒲河公园内; Chāngpúhégōngyuánnèi).
  • Poly Theatre (保利剧院; Bǎolìjùyuàn), 14 Donzhimen S St (东直门南大街4号; Dōngzhíménnán Dàjiē) (Dongsishitiao Stn (Line 2) NE exit), +86 10 65001188 ext 5126 (fax: +86 10 65011854), [15]. 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 [16] is also held here. Prices range between ¥90-380 and ¥180-1,280.
  • Universal Theater (天地剧场; Tiāndìjùchǎng), 10 Dongzhimen S St (东直门南大街10号; Dōngzhíménnán Dàjiē) (Dongsishitiao Stn (Line 2) NE exit, along Second Ring Rd to the N of Poly Plaza), +86 10 64169893 (), [17]. 7:15PM. Acrobatic show performed by China Acrobatic Troup. The theater itself is less impressive than the show. ¥180-480.

Concert hall

  • Goldsail Concert Hall (金帆音乐厅; Jīnfānyīnyuètīng), 24 Wangfujing St (24 Wangfujing Street (王府井大街24号; Wángfǔjǐng Dàjiē), +86 10 65289047. Small concert hall without speakers. Suitable for chamber music also.
  • Great Hall of the People (人民大会堂; Rénmíndàhuìtáng), W side of Tian'anmen Sq (天安门广场西侧; Tiānānménguǎngchǎngxīcè, +86 10 63096156. 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).

Other

  • Hutongs. Hutongs are the old neighbourhoods and alleyways of Beijing. While all four inner districts still have hutong neighbourhoods (for now), Dongcheng's are among the most extensive and best preserved, and most enjoyable for wandering. Turn off any major thoroughfare in the northern half of the district, and you will find yourself in real, living neighbourhoods, filled with local residents, small shops and food stalls and markets. For a good introduction to the hutongs, the area between Bell Tower and Lama Temple is easy for exploration, as most of the lanes run east-west, making it quite easy to wander from Bell Tower to Lama Temple or vice-versa, which should take about half an hour. The restored touristy hutong of Nanluoguxiang is worth a visit for shopping, eating, and drinking, and here too you can easily branch off down the side alleys for a glimpse of the less restored and more authentic hutongs. If walking is not your thing, try a rickshaw tour. Rickshaws converge during the day in the square between Drum and Bell Towers. You can try your luck bargaining with the drivers, or there is a fixed-price ticket booth in northwest corner of the square, offering hutong rickshaw tours for ¥180.
  • Culture Yard: Explore Chinese culture through various workshops, 10 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District (beixingqiao station exit c walk 400 meters to your left), 01084044166, [18]. 09:00-21:00. Culture Yard: Explore Chinese culture through various workshops. Culture Yard is a foreign run cultural centre in the heart of Beijing that offers language courses as well as cultural workshops, which focus on introducing Chinese culture to the international community, as well as foreign culture to the local community " (Culture Yard Website) [19]. Culture Yard hosts film, mahjong, tea, calligraphy, discussion seminars, art classes, chinese and other language study programs, and wine tastings. Free.


  • Cooking classes, [20]. Daily from 10:30 (closed W). A few places around Nanluoguxiang now offer Chinese cooking classes. One such place, Hutong Cuisine, is run by an English-speaking chef in a small hutong home. Classes are small. Reservations are necessary. ¥180.
  • New China Children's Store (新中国儿童用品商店; Xīnzhōngguóértóngyòngpǐnshāngdiàn), 168 Wangfujing St (王府井大街168号; Wángfǔjǐngdàjiē), +86 10 65281774. 09:00-22:00. Play center for children where the kids can catch goldfish, play in the gigantic sandpit or other. They also sell all kind of gear for children. ¥10-20 each ride.

Buy

  • Wangfujing (王府井大街 Wángfǔjǐng Dàjiē), (Wangfujing Stn (Line 1)). Beijing's most famous shopping street, nowadays with mostly the same international brands and modern malls you will find anywhere else in the world. The street is pedestrianised for several blocks, making it more pleasant than many parts of Beijing to walk around. Several large malls in the area such as Oriental Plaza (see below) and Sun Dong An plaza. One useful shop is the Foreign Language Bookstore, at the northern end of the pedestrian area, which has a good selection of guidebooks and maps (although expensive). Wangfujing snack street (see also "Eat") in the alleys just to the east has vendors selling souvenirs and crafts. Bargain hard.
  • The Malls at Oriental Plaza (东方新天地 Dōngfāng Xīn Tiāndì), On Wangfujing St (Wangfujing St (Line 1) has an exit that leads directly in to the mall at its west end. Dongdan Stn (Lines 1 and 5) is at the E end). At one time this was the largest mall in Asia. Modern shopping mall is expensive but provides you with a lot of buying opportunities from diamonds, to real (affordable) DVD's, (international) music CD's and food. You can find lots of brands in Oriental Plaza, from top to the normal like Calvin Klein, G-star, Esprit, Only, etc. Besides shopping, you also can eat here, from Western cuisine to traditional Chinese food.
  • Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷; Nánluógǔxiàng; some partly translated signs say 'South Luogu Alley'). This restored hutong, just east of Drum Tower and Houhai, is lined with boutiques and small shops. Not the place for bargains, but this is where to come for unique and distinct gifts including T-shirts, pottery, jewellery, etc.

Eat

Budget

  • Poetry Cafe (诗意栖居旅行咖啡馆), NO 15 Nanchizi St, Dongcheng District (南池子大街15号故宫东华门旁 (Tiananmen E Stn (Line 1) Exit B), +86 10 65256505, [21]. 10:00-22:00. A beautiful cafe with soul as its name "Poetry", is operated by a lovely young lady, who enjoy travel and photography, that she successfully gather a group of 'specialists' in those fields; thus, customers can get tonnes of information about travel and photography. Its location is where customers are allowed enjoy the scene of Forbidden City, while having a perfectly brewed coffee.
  • Wangfujing Snack Street (王府井小吃街; Wángfǔjǐngxiǎochī Jiē), (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 N 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 E side of street near Lumicang. Bus 24 from Dongzhimen or Beijing Railway Station. No English sign.), +86 10 65272042. 10:00-22:00. Cheap and delicious Dongbei (northeast) style dumplings. This is a chain, one of several around town. Their location in Harbin is recommended in several guidebooks, but if you're not going there you can get the same dumplings in Beijing. A few dozen different kinds, and can be boiled or fried. As with many dumpling places, order by weight: An order is usually two liang (èr liǎng) which is 100g, about 10-12 dumplings.

Mid range

Chinese food:

  • Guijie (簋街/鬼街; Guǐjiē), (Beixinqiao Stn (Line 5) is at the W end of the strip). The most famous street for food in Beijing is probably Guijie (sometimes called Ghost Street), which runs east-west along Dongzhimen Nei Dajie from Jiaodaokou Dong Dajie to to Dongzhimen Lijiaomen Bridge on the Second Ring Road, Dongcheng District. Red lanterns, 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), 235 Dongzhimennei St (东直门内大街235号; Dōngzhíménnèi Dàjiē) (On the north side of the street, nearer western end), +86 10 64051908. One of the largest tourist traps. Tasteless food in lovelly plates though. Housed in a series of interconnected courtyards. Not Destined for people who like chinese food but like taking pictures of food. Try places where you see locals waiting on benches to be seated instead.
  • Donglaishun (东来顺; Dōngláishùn). Daily 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-21:00. 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 65139661. Wangfujing Stn (Line 1)
  • Yuxin Sichuan Restaurant (渝信川菜; Yúxìn Chuāncài). M-F 10:00-22:00, Sa Su 11:00-22:00. One of the contenders in the ongoing competition for Beijing's best Sichuanese, Yuxin delivers on authenticity, flavor, and service. It's always busy, and always good. ¥30-50.
  • 7 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 E 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 Guozijian Street, west of the famous Lama Temple. No English menu so far, but one can just ask for the buffet, which contains a large variety of delicious vegetarian dishes, as well as a vegetarian hotpot, and a large selection of dessert.

Non-Chinese Food:

  • Ginkgo Restaurant & Bar, 199 Andingmennei Dajie (S from Andingmen Bridge, about 700 m on the R), +86 10 64027532, [22]. 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 Rd). 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 (masala indian restaurant), 60-2 Nanluogu Xiang (in Jing Yang Hutong number 1), +86 10 64064347, [23]. 11:30-22:30. Located on the tourist street of Nanluoguxiang, Mirch Masala serves North-Indian dishes. 60.
  • Xiao Xin's Cafe (小新的店), 103 Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷103号). One of the original cafes along this hutong, and now has many imitators. Great coffee and desserts, although the rest of the food is not particularly special.

Splurge

Chinese food:

  • Dadong Duck Restaurant (大董烤鸭店 Dàdŏng Kăoyā Diàn). Daily 11:00-22:00. Considered by some to be the best Beijing duck in the city, this upscale restaurant also delivers on a nice atmosphere. Reservations suggested. full/half beijing duck is ¥240/120 with extra ¥8 for condiments. Meal is served with free hot water, small soup, light fruits and black sesame for dessert. ¥300.
  • Dongsi Shitiao branch, Dongsi Shitiao 22A, Bldg. 1-2 of the Nanxin Cang International Tower (东四十条甲22号南新仓国际大厦1-2楼) (Just SW of Dongsishitiao Station (Line 2), entrance is at the back (S) of the building). This is the newer and more impressive of Dadong's branches.

Non-Chinese food

  • The Courtyard, 95 Donghuamen Dajie, +86 10 65268882. 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 67022727, [24]. Capital M is a modern Australian/British 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.

Drink

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 64021554 (), [25]. 5PM-midnight. Very small bar/café.
  • Gonghe, 74 Nanluo Guxiang (南锣鼓巷74号; Nánluógǔxiàng), +86 13581630000. 15:00-02:00. Jazz lounge. Cheap.
  • Guitar Bar (吉他吧; Jítābā), 40 Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷40号; Nánluógǔxiàng), +86 10 64057263. 18:00-00:00. Very small bar with standard drink and Italian food. Guitar jam most nights.
  • Hutong Bar (胡同儿; Hútòngér), 39 Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷39号; Nánluógǔxiàng), +86 10 64006808. 3PM-2AM. Small bar serving tea and beer.
  • In Bar & Café, 17-1 Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷17-1号; Nánluógǔxiàng), +86 10 84022050, [26]. 14:30-02:00. Quiet café. Beer from ¥10.
  • Jianghu Bar (江湖酒吧; Jiānghújiǔbā), 7 Dongmianhua Hutong (东棉花胡同7号; Dōngmiánhuahútòng), +86 10 64014611. Simple live music venue.
  • Lugar, 70 Gulou Dong Dajie (鼓楼东大街70号; Gǔlóudōngdàjiē), +86 10 67091383 (). 16:00-late. Vietnames tapas bar serving signature cocktails, mixed drinks, rums and whiskeys.
  • Mao Live House, 111 Gulou E St (鼓楼东大街111号; Gǔlóu Dōng Dàjiē), +86 10 64025080 (), [27]. Most shows start around 20:00-21:00. 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 13401181374 (). 18:00-late. Small Australian bar with football on the television.
  • The Pool Bar, 106 Gulou Dong Dajie (鼓楼东大街106号; Gǔlóu Dōng Dàjiē), +86 10 84047956. 18:00-02:00. Yes, they do have a pool table (and also foosball). Cheap.
  • Reef Bar, 14 Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷14号; Nánluógǔxiàng), +86 10 8169 8494. 14:30-04:30. Basic bar. Not Cheap.
  • Salud (老伍酒吧 Lǎowǔ Jiǔbā), 66 Nánluógǔxiàng 南锣鼓巷66号, +86 10 64025086. A Spanish-style tapas bar.
  • Tree House, 81 Ju'er Hutong (菊儿胡同81号; Júérhútòng), +86 13810446267 (), [28]. 08:30-01:00. 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 64074051. 14:00-03:00. Bar with pool and foosball. Frequented by local artists.
  • Bed Bar (; Chuáng), 17 Zhangwang Hutong, Jiu Gulou Dajie (旧鼓楼大街张旺胡同17号; Jiùgǔlóudàjiēzhāngwànghútòng), +86 10 84001554. 14:00-03:00. Relaxed bar with a lot of rugs and pillows.
  • Drum and Bell, 41 Zhonglouwan Hutong (On the W 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 84050124, [29]. 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 64006859. 10:00-23:00. Very small and quiet bar hidden away in a hutong. Nice simple surroundings including a lot of Buddhas. Beer from ¥15.

Other

  • Earl Bar (伯爵酒吧; Bójuéjiǔbā), 1 Dongdan North Street (东单北大街1号; Dōngdānběidàjiē), +86 10 85116646. 19:00-02:00. Very basic bar with local DJs. Cheap.
  • Fez Bar, 23 Qianmen E St (前门东大街23号; Qiánmén Dōng Dàjiē), +86 10 65596266 (), [30]. 18:00-01:00. Openair rooftop cocktail bar situated next to The Legation Quarter and with great views. Serves all kind of cocktails as well as some food.
  • Hex Bar, 23 Qianmen E St (前门东大街23号; Qiánmén Dōng Dàjiē), +86 10 65596266 (). 18:00-01:00. Serves signature cocktails and smoothies.
  • Mao Mao Chong Bar, 55A Wudaoying Hutong (市东城区交道口南大街板厂胡同12号 ; 12 Ban Chang Hutong Jiao Dao Kou Nan Jie (Near South end of Nan Luo Gu Xiang) DongCheng District), +86 13926924563 (), [31]. 17:30-late. This relaxed hutong pub serves reasonably priced international beers, wines and stellar cocktails. The walls are decorated with art and t-shirts for sale by the bar's owners, a husband-wife team who also cook up some of the city's best pizzas. Just east of Nanluoguxiang, Mao Mao Chong is a the perfect escape from Beijing's flashy bar districts. Cheaper than most bars in Beijing.
  • Minty, 26 Mao'er Hutong (帽儿胡同26号; Màoérhútòng), +86 13810222787. 13:00-00:00. 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 64255677 (), [32]. 09:00-19:00. Medium sized live rock music venue specialising in death metal. Staging both Chinese and international bands.
  • Tango (糖果; Tángguǒ), 79 Hepingli Xijie (和平里西街79号; Hépínglǐxījiē), +86 10 64282288. 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 64210695 (). 20:00-late. Buddha temple thened coctail lounge with English speaking crew and house music. Beer from ¥35.
  • Yugong Yishan (愚公移山; Yúgōngyíshān), 3-2 Zhangzizhong Rd(张自忠路3-2号; Zhāngzìzhōng Lù) (2 min walk W along Zhangzizhong Rd from Zhangzizhonglu Stn (Line 5), after the entrance to the former site of the Ding Qurai government), +86 10 64042711, [33]. Shows usually start at 22:00. The cream of Beijing's nascent rock scene can be enjoyed at this modern and tastefully presented venue. ¥20 and up for drinks, shows are between ¥30 and ¥80.

Sleep

Budget

  • Beijing City Central Youth Hostel, (at the corner of Beijingzhanjie and Beijingzhan Xijie). The largest hostel in Beijing, with central air conditioning and individual controls in each of the 200 rooms. It offers a computer/internet room, billiards, bar, and karaoke. On the 1st and 2nd levels are a 24-hour supermarket, breakfast bar, coffee lounge, ATM, phones for international dialing, express film processing, a mobile phone shop, and post office. 3F-6F include ensuites, doubles, singles, and 4 and 8 bunk dormitories. Dorms ¥60 (4-8 beds), doubles with shared bathrooms ¥160.
  • Beijing Saga International Youth Hostel (北京实佳国际青年旅舍; Běijīng Shíjiā Guójìqīngniánlǚshè), 9 Shijia Hutong, Nanxiao St (南小街史家胡同9号; Nánxiǎojiē Shǐjiāhútòng) (From the station, follow the road N past the Beijing International Hotel, after a 10 min walk look for the hostel sign with an arrow pointing down one of the hutongs on the L), +86 10 65272773, 65249098 (), [34]. Very popular with backpackers. Restaurant on the top floor. The staff speak some English. Dorms ¥40-50, doubles ¥160, triples ¥180.
  • Beijing Zaoyuanju Hotel (北京枣园居宾馆; Běijīngzǎoyuánjūbīnguǎn), 17 Zhangwang Hutong, Jiugulou St (旧鼓楼大街张旺胡同17号; Jiùgǔlóudàjiē Zhāngwànghútòng) (500 m S from Guoloudajie Stn (Line 2)), +86 10 64042653 (fax: +86 10 64031197), [35]. Rooms with free internet. Ticket office and laundry service available. Western restaurant, bar and room service. The rooms and especially the bathrooms are small. There is some noise from other guests and from the hutong life outside. Great location close to bar areas and sights. Doubles from ¥288, discounted from ¥170; breakfast ¥10.
  • Dongzhimen Golden Pineapple Youth Hostel (北京金菠萝国际青年酒店; Běijīng Jīnbōluó Guójìqīngniánjiǔdiàn), 18 Xinzhong St (新中街18号; Xīnzhōngjiē) (700 m SE of Dongzhimen Stn (Line 2)), +86 10 84472899‎. 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.
  • Eastern Morning Youth Hostel, Dongdan Santiao, behind the Oriental Plaza (in the basement of the Oriental Plaza complex next to Wangfujing Pedestrian St), +86 10 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-min walk to the Dongdan or Wangfujing stations and about a 15-min walk to the International Hotel airport shuttle stop. Private rooms ¥90.
  • Flowering House Hostel (北京易静小栈国际青年旅舍; Běijīng Yìjìngxiǎozhàn Guójìqīngniánlǚshè), 23 Huageng Hutong, Jiaodaokou (交道口花梗胡同23号; Jiāodàokǒu Huāgěnghútòng) (300 m SW of Beixinqiao Stn (Line 5)), +86 10 84043490 (), [36]. Hostel in traditional courtyard. Free internet, safe, laundry facilities, massage and bicycle rent available. Chinese and Western restaurant. Listed rates for dorms/doubles without bathroom/doubles with bathroom from ¥60/¥179/¥289, discounted from ¥30/¥179/¥260.
  • Hepingli Hotel (北京和平里宾馆; Běijīnghépínglǐbīnguǎn), Xinghua Rd, Hepingli (和平里兴化路; Hépínglǐ Xīnghuàlù) (500 m SW of Hepinglibeijie Stn (Line 5)), +86 10 64286868 (, fax: +86 10 64214087), [37]. Three star hotel. The cheapest rooms are quite small. Rooms with free internet. Business center, ticket office, fitness and sauna available. Chinese restaurant. This hotel should not be confused with the more up-scale Beijing Hepingli Hotel. Doubles in old building ¥268, discounted from ¥172; breakfast ¥28; rooms in new building more.
  • Home Inn (Beijing Jiaodaokou) (如家酒店 (北京交道口店); Rújiājiǔdiàn), 113 Jiaodaokou E St (交道口东大街113号; Jiāodàokǒudōngdàjiē) (600m west of Beixinqiao Stn (Line 5)), +86 10 84050909 (fax: +86 10 84050505), [38]. Small rooms with free internet. Business center and laundry service available. Chinese restaurant and room service. Doubles from ¥219, discounted from ¥182; breakfast ¥15.
  • P.LOFT Youth Hostel (北京炮局工厂青年旅舍; Běijīng Pàojúgōngchǎng Qīngniánlǚ shè), (500 m SE of Yonghegong Stn (Lines 2 and 5)), +86 10 64027218 (), [39]. Located close to Yonghegong Lama Temple and Guijie Food Street. Internet, ticket office, laudry, table tennis, billiard, basketball and bike rental available. Restaurant and bar. Discounted rates for dorms from ¥30, doubles from ¥180.
  • Sitting on the City Walls Courtyard House (坐在城牆四合院酒店; zuòzàichéngqiángsìhéyuànjiŭdiàn), 57号 Nianzi Hutong, Dongcheng District(北京市东城区景山后街碾子胡同57号; BĕijīngshìDōngchéngqūJĭngshānhòujiēniănzĭhútòng 57 háo) (500 m from the Sinopec petrol station walk past the adult fitness playground then turn left down the alley. Look for the signs or show someone the address in Chinese. Need to take bus or taxi from subway station. (Xisi or Ping'anli Stns, Line 4).), +86 10 64027805 (), [40]. Located close to Forbidden City, Drum & Bell Tower, Beihai Park. Internet, tours, office, laundry, bike rental available. Air-conditioned. Restaurant and bar. Dorm rooms with bathroom and 4 or 8 beds (¥100-120), private rooms (twin bed or double bed) ¥420.
  • Star of City Hotel (北京都市之星酒店; Běijīngdūshìzhīxīngjiǔdiàn), 216 Dongzhimennei St (东直门内大街216号; Dōngzhíménnèidàjiē) (300 m E of Beixinqiao Stn (Line 5)), +86 10 64021188 (fax: +86 10 64028557). Large rooms with free internet. Ticket office and laundry service available. No restaurant but a tea house. Can be loud, get an interior room. Clean bathroom, but very old beds. More suited to Chinese, though English speaking staff is available. One stop away from the Lama Temple. Doubles without window from ¥268, discounted from ¥198; breakfast ¥15; rooms with window only slightly more.
  • Wangfujing Dawan Hotel (北京王府井大万酒店; Běijīngwángfǔjǐngdàwànjiǔdiàn), 2 Ganyu Hutong, Dongdan Bei St (东单北大街甘雨胡同甲2号; Dōngdānběidàjiēgānyǔhútòng) (50 m W of Denshikou Stn (Line 5)), +86 10 85114543 (, fax: +86 10 85114537), [41]. Rooms with free internet, television, aircon and fridge. Business center and bath center including sauna available. Chinese restaurant. The rooms are ok, the bathrooms not too bright or clean, and the service level of fluctuating standard, but this is compensated by the low price and great location. Doubles from ¥238, discounted from ¥137; breakfast ¥15.

Mid-range

A number of mid-range hotels are located east of Dongzhimen Station. From the subway stop, walk around 800 meters east to the next big intersection. On the southeast corner is another Home Inn location (see listing above). On the northern side of the street (not on the main road itself, but in the residential compound behind), half a dozen large hotels can be found. A double costs ¥150-250 a night depending on the season. It's worth haggling and comparing with the other hotels around before you book. Although the hotels are conveniently near a ring road, the subway also provides a convenient and quick access to the city center. Right next to the subway station there is a McDonalds, and - more interestingly - a large shopping center (Ginza Mall) with a food court in the bottom floor.

  • Beijing Fuhao Hotel (北京富豪酒店; Běijīngfùháojiǔdiàn), 45 Wangfujing Ave (王府井大街45号; Wángfǔjǐng Dàjiē), +86 10 65231188, [42]. 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. From ¥364.47.
  • Beijing Golden Palace Silver Street (北京金府银街大酒店; Běijīngjīnfǔyínjiē Dàjiǔdiàn), 31 Ganyu Hutong, Wangfujing St (王府井大街甘雨胡同31号; Wángfǔjǐngdàjiē Gānyǔhútòng (200 m W of Dengshikou Stn (Line 5)), +86 10 85110388 (fax: +86 10 65281028), [43]. 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. Doubles without window from ¥588, discounted from ¥172, rooms with window somewhat more expensive; western breakfast ¥20.
  • Beijing Harmony Hotel (华美伦酒店; Huáměilún Jiǔdiàn), 59 Suzhou Hutong, Youtong St (opposite Beijing Railway Station), +86 10 65285566, [44]. International 3 star hotel with only 3-min walk to the Beijing Railway Station and Dongdan Shopping street. Convenient location for tourists. ¥488.
  • Beijing Qianyuan International Business Hotel, +86 10 84001999 (), [45]. Offers 202 air-conditioned and well-decorated accommodations. From ¥454. Confucius Temple. 孔庙</SPAN>; Kǒngmiào" address="13 Baka-Gaijin St (国子监街13号; Guózǐjiànjiē)" directions="500m southwest of Yonghegong Stn (Lines 2 and 5)" phone="+86 10 84027224" url="" hours="09:00-17:00" price="¥20, includes admission to Imperial Academy" lat="" long="">Not on map
  • Dongjiao Minxiang Hotel, 23A Dongjiao Minxiang, +86 10 65243311, [46]. Offers rooms with private toilet and bath with tub, slippers, bathrobe, and hair dryer. From ¥458.
  • Hua Fu International Hotel, 53 Donganmen St, +86 21 61226688 ext 7800, [47]. 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.
  • Jingyuan Courtyard Hotel - Beijing, 35 Xitangzi Hutong, Wangfujing St, +86 10 65259259, [48]. Rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with a full bath, mini-bar, cable TV, and Internet access. From ¥619.
  • Qianyuan International Business Hotel, 19 Dongzhimennei St, +86 10 84001999, [49]. At the middle of the most famous night food street, Dongzhimen St. From ¥388.
  • Red Wall Hotel (北京红墙饭店; Běijīnghóngqiángfàndiàn), 31 Shatan N St (沙滩北街31号; Shātān Běi Jiē) (Just E of Jingshan Park), +86 10 51098888 (fax: +86 10 51098999), [50]. Rooms with free internet. Business center, gift shop and beauty salon available. Chinese and Western restaurant as well as coffee shop. Doubles from ¥1,281, discounted from ¥303; breakfast ¥41. Listed rates seem unrealisticly high.
  • Shatan Hotel (北京沙滩宾馆; Běijīngshātānbīnguǎn), 28 Shatanhou St (沙滩后街28号; Shātānhòu Jiē) (Just E of Jingshan Park), +86 10 84026688 (, fax: +86 10 84023016), [51]. Rooms with free internet and aircon. Business center, ticket office, laundry service, hair dressing, bath center, billiard and table tennis available. Chinese and Western restaurant and room service. Best rates on official website start at ¥408.
  • Tangyue Hotel (北京唐悦酒店; Běijīngtángyuèjiǔdiàn), 54 Donghuamen Rd (东华门大街54号; Dōnghuàmén Dàjiē) (Just E of the Forbidden City, 800 m N of Tian'anmen E Stn (Line 1)), +86 10 65252502 (fax: +86 10 65252591). 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.

Splurge

  • Ascott Raffles City Beijing (北京雅诗阁来福士中心服务公寓), No 1-2 Dongzhimen S St, Dongcheng District, +86 10 84053888 (, fax: +86 10 84053999), [52]. The residence in Dongzhimen offers apartments, ranging from one to three-bedrooms, with separate living and dining area, a kitchen, Bose DVD Home Entertainment System and broadband internet access. From ¥1,288.
  • Beijing Hotel, [53]. State-owned (and thus presumably less expensive). Located near the Forbidden City, there is a spectacular view of Tiananmen Square from the hotel.
  • Grand Hotel Beijing (北京贵宾楼饭店; Běijīng Guìbīnlóu Fàndiàn), 35 E Chang'an St (东长安街35号; Dōngchángānjiē), +86 10 65137788 (fax: +86 10 65130049), [54]. 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. Doubles ¥3,450-14,950, discounted rates ¥765-10,500, breakfast ¥184.
  • Grand Hyatt Beijing (北京东方君悦大酒店), 1 E Chang'an Ave, +86 10 85181234 (), [55]. Privately-owned, exquisite, and expensive, 5-star hotel. 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. Next to Wangfujing and within minutes walk to Forbidden City.
  • Legendale Hotel Beijing (北京励骏酒店; Běijīng Lìjùn Jiǔdiàn), 90-92 Jinbao St (金宝街90-92号; Jīnbǎo Jiē), +86 10 85113388 (, fax: +86 10 85115566), [56]. 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. 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 85162888 (, fax: +86 10 65106311), [57]. 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. Doubles from ¥3,400, discounted from ¥1,500, breakfast ¥299.
  • Xinhai Jin Jiang Hotel, 61 Jinbao St, Dongcheng District, (), [58]. 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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