Dongcheng, the best area to stay in Beijing
First Time / Tourists / Forbidden City
Some of our favorite attractions in Dongcheng are just a short distance from most of the featured hotels. For history lovers and architectural admirers, we couldn't recommend visiting the Forbidden City enough. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 and boasting cheap entrance fees, there is no reason to overlook a trip here!
For lazy-day enthusiasts, Jingshan Park will tick all the right boxes for you. The 57-acre park is filled to the brim with green space, cultural heritage, and history. It's common to spot the art of Kuaiban in Jingshan Park, a traditional Chinese storytelling performance, making this our top choice for families and couples.
Dongcheng has a variety of different food options to explore too. Are you celebrating a special occasion? Make sure to reserve a table at the Michelin Star King's Joy. Fearless Foodie? Take a trip down Wangfujing Snack Street for fried beetles and scorpions!
Hotels in Dongcheng
Other areas to stay in Beijing
Night Owls / Party Lovers / Fashion Fanatics
Sanlitun is a thriving nightlife, restaurant and shopping district in the south-central area of Beijing. It's home to some of the liveliest bars in the whole of Beijing (Bar Street) and boasts a plethora of diverse shopping malls and restaurants catered to everyone's palettes (Taikoo Li North, Taikoo South and Taikoo SOHO, respectively).
During the 80s, embassy workers would congregate in this area to enjoy the evening entertainment after their working shift. Today, the site has been dubbed the Legation Quarter and is a hotspot for foreign tourists and ex-pats alike. Sanlitun is 4.4 miles from the world-famous Forbidden City and roughly a 6-mile journey to the historic Tiananmen Square, making it the perfect area to stay if you're planning to partake in daily and nightly activities.
We recommend staying in the Sanlitun Residential District when visiting this region. The area is still close to the aforementioned nightlife spots but just far enough to enjoy a peaceful night's rest.
Hotels in Sanlitun
Energetic Travelers / Sight-Seers / Culture Lovers
Xicheng District is a district of Beijing located just west of the city's center. It's a place full of history and culture, but also an area filled with modern amenities that make it an ideal setting for travelers looking to stay in Beijing.
The efficient Metro and Subway system allows for visiting historical landmarks such as Bell Tower and Drum tower. Ancient local markets, such as Xizhimen Market, have a healthy mix of local buyers, sellers and tourists, giving a tremendously energetic feel to the place. Conveniently placed next to the Xizhimen market, Beijing Zoo is another tourist attraction you could consider adding to your itinerary.
Xicheng offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking to explore its past or experience its vibrant atmosphere today, discover why Xicheng has been keeping tourists coming back for decades. From Beijing Railway Station, you can enter Xicheng by using Line 2 or Line 9 from Beijing West Station.
Hotels in Xicheng District
Backpackers / Budget Travelers
Haidian District is full of life and history. Located in the northwest part of Beijing, Haidian has become a popular tourist destination due to its bustling urban environment, vibrant nightlife, educational history and reliable transport links. With so much going on in this district, it can be hard to keep track of all the incredible things you can do there. The community is home to the famous Peking University and Tsinghua University and houses a further 17 universities.
This makes the area culturally diverse, with many national and international students attending these institutions. Wudaokou is one of Beijing's most vibrant and electric areas within Haidian and is situated just north of the Tsinghua University campus. Developed initially as a student village, Wudaokou now offers much more than simple university vibes.
Nowadays, it's packed with plenty of things to do and see, from delicious restaurants serving up all kinds of cuisine to bars grooving until late into the night.
Hotels in Haidian
Families / Couples / Foodies
Located in the northeast of Beijing, Wangjing is known for its idyllic scenery and numerous tourist attractions. From traditional Chinese gardens to vibrant night markets, there are plenty of things to do in this beautiful part of the world.
And, of course, let's not forget that Wangjing is known as Beijing's Koreatown. Due to the area's high population of Korean residents, it's common to find restaurants, bars and street food that pay homage to Korean culture. Why not take a trip down Wangjing Snack Street? Here, the hungriest travelers can find authentic Korean street food snacks such as Kimbap or Korean Fried Chicken.
Wangjing is also known for its beautiful environment. It has the Beixiao river, which flows west to east and passes through the mesmerising Dawangjing Park. This charming park is a fantastic opportunity for a lazy evening stroll with the family.
Hotels in Wangjing
Day Trippers / Families / Couples
Do you want to explore the beauty of Beijing? If so, then a stay in the Fengtai District is definitely recommended. Located in the southwest part of the city, it's one of the oldest districts in Beijing and offers plenty of things to do for both local and international visitors.
From exploring unique historical sites to visiting top attractions such as Beijing World Park, there's something for everyone in this area. Beijing World Park is a 46.7-hectare theme park that focuses on the world's greatest wonders. Who needs to go to Egypt when the Pyramids are here to view? The park boasts rollercoasters, shopping and restaurant areas.
Only a few miles away from the park is the historic Dabaotai Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum. Surrounded by the picturesque Huaxiang Park, the Han Dynasty Mausoleum holds the bodies of a Prince (and his wife) from over 2000 years ago.
Hotels in Fengtai