Sprawling is an understatement – Beijing is one of the world’s biggest and busiest cities, and plans are in motion to merge it with neighbouring areas to form a megalopolis of 100 million. Here, in China’s political and cultural heart, there are endless sights, both monumental (Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, a stretch of the Great Wall) and intimate (ancient alleyways known as hutongs, some hiding excellent hole–in–the–wall restaurants).

Where to Stay

  • Rosewood Beijing
    For the peace and quiet
  • Opposite House
    For the nightlife
  • Nuo
    For the best art
  • Chao
    For the architecture
  • The Orchid
    For the neighbourhood vibe