Beijing is a thriving cosmopolitan city where skyscrapers rub shoulders with ancient temples. In central Beijing, you can shop at designer stores, dine at world-class restaurants, and immerse yourself in the buzzing cultural scene. On the outskirts, famous sights such as the Great Wall of China beckon. Take a luxury Beijing holiday and enter another world.
Of Beijing’s 16 districts, the one to start with is its smallest – Dongcheng. Spanning the eastern half of the Old City, Dongcheng is home to important cultural attractions like the vast palace complex of the Forbidden City. Spend a day wandering the streets of Dongcheng, ticking off major sightseeing spots such as Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, National Museum of China, and browsing the shops on Wangfujing Street.
To experience Beijing’s more modern side, head to the eastern district of Chaoyang. Glitzy Chaoyang is a hub for shopping, dining, museums, art and nightlife. Here, you’ll also find Sun Park featuring landscaped gardens, amusement parks, swimming pools and walking trails. It’s the ideal place for an afternoon bike ride.
No visit to Beijing would be complete without a trip to one of the most famous structures on the planet – the Great Wall of China. Head north from the city centre and you’ll soon be able to walk along its famous undulating paths with unparalleled views of the surrounding countryside. Continue the adventure by visiting some of the charming ancient villages on the outskirts of Beijing such as Cuandixia.
As a global capital for culture, cuisine and entertainment, Beijing is a tantalising holiday destination year round. If you’re looking for warm weather, visit between June and August as this is when temperatures are often between the late twenties and early thirties Celsius.
For colder weather and brilliant cherry blossoms head to Beijing in early spring. In December and January, the crowds thin and temperatures dip dramatically, bringing the promise of snow. Houhai Lakes are also open for ice-skating. Throughout the year the city hosts exciting festivals and events.
A luxury holiday to Beijing promises a delicious variety of culinary experiences. In luxury hotels and fine dining establishments, you can sample refined takes on classic Chinese dishes, international favourites from across the globe, and world-class wines and cocktails.
Beijing’s most iconic dishes are Peking duck or Mongolian hot pot. Beijing is also known for Sichuan cuisine with its spicy chilli heat and Cantonese specialities such as dim sum. Finish your luxury meal with a glass of lychee wine or cocktail made using baijiu.
British nationals usually require a visa to enter mainland China. Before you book your trip, you should check the entry requirements at GOV.UK. When travelling abroad, you should carry identification.