Where to stay in Beijing
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Mar 13, 2011 9:21 AM Last Post By: egjeg
Oct 26, 2010 7:50 AM
Where to stay in BeijingHello!
New to all this but am after some help please!!
My partner and I will be spending New Years Eve in Beijing and wonder where the best place to stay is? Wangfujing? Chaoyang?
We'd like somewhere lively to go for New Years Eve and we also plan to do the touristy things like Great Wall etc in the few days we are there.
First time to China so am clueless at this point!! Please help if you can!
Oct 26, 2010 9:07 AM
1Park Plaza Hotel. http://www.parkplaza.com/beijing-hotel-cn-100005/chnbwan
In Wangfujing. Centrally located, close to metro. Very nice, not too expensive (about $70/night). Photo of a room I stayed in a few years ago... http://danbrew.smugmug.com/Travel/Russia-China-Vietnam-August/DSC0439/185627627_NvDUd-XL.jpg
Oct 26, 2010 7:04 PM
Oct 26, 2010 8:04 PM
3Beijing is incredibly easy to get around by subway and the taxis are really cheap. Wangfujing isn't a bad area to stay in, especially for tourists, but is taxi hell at certain times of day. Depending on your budget, I'd also consider staying around DaWang Lu or in the Sanlitun/Liangmaqiao/Sanyuanqiao area.
Oct 26, 2010 9:03 PM
4If your budget is budget to mid-range, I highly recommend a standard room at the Oriental Culture Hotel, Dongcheng District. We are currently staying here ($64 per night on Agoda internet booking site). An excellent mid range hotel in a fantastic location. 5 minute walk to subway (Beixinqiao station on Line 5), and a 5 minute walk to hundreds of restaurants and shops. Close to Beihai Park (we walked there yesterday), the Houhai lakes area with western bars etc, and Forbidden City. Wangfujing St is close too. The subway is a fantastic, fast and cheap way to travel around Beijing. 2 Yuan for a trip of any length. The Oriental Culture Hotel is clean, comfortable with free wired broadband internet, and a bath in the standard rooms. Deluxe is slightly more modern with a flat screen TV, but no bath. We have stayed in both but prefer the standard room. This is the best value for money centrally located hotel we have stayed at in Beijing. Many foreign visitors are staying here.
Oct 26, 2010 10:12 PM
5If cost doesn’t matter much to you, hotels around Wangfujing are recommended.
Staying around Wangfujing, you could walk to the Wangfujing Snack Street to taste the mouthwatering local-flavor snacks of China, the luring ice-sugar gourd for example. During 10:00-22:00 in a day is available to visit it, so take your time. You can’t miss the Beijing Roast Duck, either. You’d better not buy it around the Wangfujing Street, because you may be charged higher. The best place to taste Beijing Roast Duck is in the Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant, where the most authentic Beijing Roast Duck will be served.
The Tiananmen Square is quite near to the Wangfujing Street and walking there is accessible. When the Spring Festival approaches, the Tiananmen Square will be decorated with lanterns and flowers, which will be a great feast to your eyes. Around Wangfujing, the subways are easily accessible and you could go to the Olympic Parks to view the Bird Nest and Water Cube by subways conveniently.
Another must-see in Beijing is the Hutong, a unique Beijing architectural structure, where the profound history and local customs of ancient Beijing will be found.
Since you are coming to China in January, you’d better take more clothes, because Beijing is quite cold at that time.
Have a nice trip!
Oct 27, 2010 5:33 PM
6chinese do chinese new year (go figure!) so western new year wont be as big but im sure there will be somethings on, i stayed at the Beijing Hotel on the Wangfujing main drag corner and Chang An Lu street which runs acriss the front of the Forbidden palace/Tiananmen Square. Spend the money and make the memory by paying $25 more and getting the room with a 'Forbidden City' view which is all lit up at night, for a non touristy way to see the Great Wall and olympic venues go the Bejing Sideways motorcycle tour, see no1 on trip advisor for Beijing. Beijing Hotel is where they shot the famous Tank man photos during the Tianamen Sqr incident, if you are old enuf to remember as I also stayed in a front room for the same view as well
Oct 29, 2010 5:59 AM
Mar 13, 2011 7:54 AM
The advice on this thread has been very helpful.
My husband, his parents, and I will be in Beijing for a week in June. What neighborhood should we stay in?
We’d like a pleasant, midrange hotel near interesting streets – by which I mean small restaurants, a market or small vendors, parks, maybe a temple or a hutong. Some colorful nightlife would be great, but is less important than it being quiet enough for my in-laws to sleep. We're all reasonably experienced travelers, so although they're in their 70s, they prefer a little adventure and 'local color' to predictability.
- How are Houhai or Nanluoguxiang?
- Is Wangfujing cool, or overpriced and super-Westernized?
- How's the neighborhood around Tiananmen square?
- How about Hong Qiao market and the temple of heaven?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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