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Plan Your Beijing Vacation

Beijing is a vibrant jumble of neighborhoods and districts. It's a city that was transformed almost overnight in preparation for the 2008 Olympics, often leveling lively old hutongs (alleyway neighborhoods) to make way for the glittering towers that are fast dwarfing their surroundings. Still, day-to-day life seems to pulse the lifeblood of a Beijing that once was.

Hotels

Beijing Hotels

The hotel scene in Beijing today is defined by a multitude of polished palaces. You can look forward to attentive service, improved amenities—such as conference...read more

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Beijing Restaurants

China's economic boom has fueled a culinary revolution in Beijing, with just about every kind of food now available in the capital. Today you can eat a...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Beijing

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Beijing Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Beijing

    The Forbidden City has been home to a long line of emperors, beginning with Yongle, in 1420, and ending with Puyi (made famous by Bernardo Bertolucci's... Read more

  • Beijing Today

    The air is dirty, the traffic is horrendous, and almost nobody speaks more than a word or two of English—so what makes Beijing one of the world's... Read more

  • Beijing Then and Now

    Since the birth of Chinese civilization, different towns of varying size and import have stood at or near the site where Beijing is now. For... Read more

  • A City in Transition

    The 2008 Summer Olympics changed the face of Beijing, and the changes keep on coming. Just about everywhere you look you'll find signs of the... Read more

  • Beijing with Kids

    Military Museum. A toy soldier-lover's dream come true, this museum contains endless collections of AK-47s, captured tanks, missile launchers... Read more

  • Free (or Almost Free)

    Although Beijing isn't as inexpensive as it once was, it's still a fabulous bargain compared to travel in Europe, North America, and more developed... Read more

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