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Where to Stay in Beijing

Tourists who visit Beijing for the first time may have no idea about where to stay in Beijing, or  how to find the hotel with the best locations. Considering that there is a large selection of starred hotels, boutiques hotels, traditional Hutong courtyards, hostels and guesthouses,  tourists may feel confused about where to stay in Beijing.

Most of people would like to look for a hotel with good location that is convenient for sightseeing, shopping or nightlife. Where to stay in Beijing will make a big difference to your trip experience. Here I would like to give some advice about the best locations to stay in Beijing for tourists. Wangfujing, Nanluoguxiang or Houhai, Qianmen and Xi'dan are all highly recommended.

beijing districts  map

This is a Beijing map showing how its districts are charted. You could learn more about maps of Beijing such as Beijing Metro system map by click here.

Wangfujing Area

Wangfujing (王府井) area is one of the best locations to stay in for its central location and  less walking distance to the landmark buildings, such as Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square. In addition, there are a variety of shopping streets in Wangfujing. If you like shopping, you won't miss the Wangfujing area.

 Beijing Wangfujing street

Houhai or Nanluoguxiang Area

Houhai (后海)and Nanluoguxiang(南锣鼓巷)are nearby places with convenient public transportations, which is one of the best answer to where to stay in Beijing. By staying here, tourists could have the chance to experience both the old  and modern Beijing. There are a good mix of hotels, hostels, traditional courtyards in Hutongs, as well as bars, fun cafes, shops and restaurants. If you prefer to find a budget place to stay in, you could find a local courtyard hotel or hostel, in this way you will get to know more about the local life and people. It is an ideal place to stay in Beijing.

Attractions to see around:

► Historic sites: Shichahai LakeHouhai Lake, former residences of famous people, Confucius Temple, hutongs, courtyards, Bell and Drum towers, Lama Temple
►Modern fun: Chinese Ethnic Cultural Park, Science & technology Museum and the Olympic Sites

By the way, Houhai Bar Street may be a great place to enjoy your nightlife. And if you want to try the authentic Beijing food, there are a lot of restaurants for locals further towards the Bell and Drum Tower. The snacks there would not let you down.

 Beijing Houhai

Qianmen Area

Qianmen(前门)area is also one of the greatest areas to stay in Beijing which can be regarded as a historical center of old Beijing with a slow pace of life and not much modern buildings around. It can be reached by Metro Line 2.  You will find many courtyard hotels and hostels, as well as a couple of mid-range and luxury hotels.

 Beijing Qianmen

Chaoyang District

Where to stay in Beijing for business trip? In addition, if one comes to Beijing for business, you'd better stay in Chaoyang District(朝阳区). Chaoyang District is the most well-developed area in Beijing. It is home to Beijing's Central Business District(CBD) as well as hundreds of skyscrapers, hotels and office buildings. Most of the international companies, new agencies and embassies are also situated in Chaoyang District. Although it is the area  mainly for business, there are some interesting tourism sites that are worthy of being visited, such as 798 Art District, Ladies’ Street for Shopping, Sanlitun Bar Street for night life, Ritan Park, etc.

Ladies's street

Recommended Hotels/hostels in Beijing

► Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing ( 5 star)
Address: 48 Wangfujing Ave., Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, 100006
Surrounding: Wangfujing Street, the Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, Beihai Park and the National Art Gallery

► Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel (5 star)
Address:100 Pingleyuan Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Surrounding: Beijing Happy Valley, Panjiayuan Antique Market

► Park Plaza, Beijing Wangfujing (4 star)
Address: No.97 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Surrounding: Jingshan Park, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Beihai Park, Xidan Shopping Street

► Royal Phoenix Hotel Beijing (4 star)
Address: No 17 Qianliang Lane, Dongchenng Dist, Beijing, China 100006
Surroundings: Forbidden City, Beihai Park, Wangfujing Commercial Street

Citadines Ritan Beijing (4 star)
Address: No. 17, Ritan North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100050, China
Nearby: Forbidden City

► Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven (3 star)
Address: No.36 Nanwei Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100050, China
Nearby: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Beihai Park, Wangfujing Street

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