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 BeijingRosewood BeijingFor the peace and quiet
- Opposite HouseOpposite HouseFor the nightlife
- NuoNuoFor the best art
- ChaoChaoFor the architecture
- The OrchidThe OrchidFor the neighbourhood vibe