Beijing Travel Guide


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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.


Beijing Hotels

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


Beijing Restaurants

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


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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... Read more

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