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About Beijing

Capital of the People’s Republic, Beijing is China’s political, economic and cultural centre. With an awesome history, Beijing was established in 1045 BC and for 800 years served as the capital of several dynasties.

Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and where Chairman Mao proclaimed the People’s Republic in 1949, is the city’s heart. The square plays hosts to Chairman Mao’s great mausoleum, various stoic monuments and is a popular gathering place for people out strolling, flying kites and eating ice creams. Dissecting it from the Forbidden City is Chang’an Avenue, the main centre thoroughfare. Staring out across Tiananmen from above the Gate of Heavenly Peace is the famous Technicolour portrait of Mao. It is through these gates that one can enter the Forbidden City. Built between 1406 and 1420, it served as the imperial palace for the Ming and Qing dynasties and is said to contain 9,999 rooms. Residence of the emperors and focal point of the empire, entry was forbidden to all those except on imperial business until 1911 when the last emperor, Puyi, was overthrown. The 720,000 sq m concoction is dominated by vast gates, temples, halls and palaces replete with imperial yellow tiled roofs and surrounded by a protective moat.

Beyond the city is the Summer Palace. A preserve of the emperors seeking respite from the summer heat, the Summer Palace is set around beautiful Kunming Lake.

Beijing Tours

Here are some popular itineraries for a trip to Beijing

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | China

Warriors & Dragons

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The Gate of Heavenly Peace | Beijing | China

China Express

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The Great Wall of China | China

Great Wall & Warriors

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Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | China

China For Teens

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Dragon boat racing | China

Dragon Boat Festival

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Potala Palace | Lhasa | Tibet

Gateway to Tibet

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Chengdu Pandas | China

Great Wall & Pandas

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Longman Caves | Luoyang | China

Chinese Checkers

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The Harbin Ice Festival | China

Harbin Ice Festival

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Dragon's Backbone | Longsheng | China

Beyond the City Walls

12 days FROM $3,429
View of the city | Hong Kong | China

Hutongs to Hong Kong

13 days FROM $2,889
Lijiang River | China

Fine China

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Canals of Suzhou | China

Mandarin Sunrise

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President 8 Cruiser | Yangtze River | China

Yin and Yangtze

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Government building | Pyongyang | North Korea

Inside North Korea

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The Forbidden City | Beijing | China

Beijing Visa Free

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The Great Wall of China | China

Beijing Breakaway

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Garden in Suzhou | China

Postcard from China

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The Forbidden City | Beijing | China

Lucky 8 City Break

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Giant pandas | China

Classic China & Chengdu

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Turpan | The Silk Road | China

Silk Road Adventure

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The Great Wall of China | China

Totally China

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Forbidden City Beijing | Trans-siberian Railway | China

Beijing Stopover

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The Great Wall of China | China

Beijing: Great Wall

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Beijing Hotels

If you are planning a Beijing holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Beijing Friendship Hotel Beijing

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Beijing Friendship is a modern, stylish hotel with spacious and elegantly furnished rooms. The hotel is well-appointed and as well as the indoor swimming pool, there are two indoor tennis courts, a yoga room and mini golf course.

DuGe Courtyard Hotel Beijing

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Boutique Hotel

A designer courtyard boutique hotel, the DuGe blends traditional Chinese architecture with contemporary design. All the themed rooms are unique in design, open directly onto the inner courtyards and are include a 24 hour butler service. Traditional tea performances frequent the courtyards daily and delicious traditional and international cuisine is served in the two restaurants. Why not take advantage of the free bicycle hire and explore the local hutongs? Perfectly located in a historical alley in the Dongcheng hutong district.

Hotel G Beijing

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Luxury Boutique Hotel

Inspired by the retro chic of the 60s, this award-winning boutique hotel features designer rooms with comfort and space in mind. Combining uptown elegance with downtown cool, the rooms offer such goodies as i-Pod docking stations and rainforest showers with wooden floors. The hotel's contemporary Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant boasts a fine selection of wine and food whilst the health centre is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.

Rainbow Hotel Beijing

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Rainbow is a contemporary hotel accented by the colours of traditional Chinese folk art culture. The spacious guestrooms display character of the Ming and Qing dynasties with beautiful wooden furniture whilst providing modern amenities fit for international travellers. The hotel also has a restaurant, cafe and bar.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Beijing Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Beijing.

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