Why is this place so great?
As China’s capital, Beijing is an amazing city steeped in the contrasts of history and modernity. It is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, as well as seven UNESCO Heritage Sites, most of which have the backdrop to some of China’s most stunning new-age skyscrapers. Be prepared to eat some good food! Beijing is renowned for its infamous Peking Duck. dumplings, and hotpot.

Where should you stay?


For Luxury Choose: Aman Summer Palace Beijing

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Photo of the Hotel’s Arrival Pavillion. Courtesy of Aman Summer Palace Beijing

The Aman Summer Palace provides guests with the opportunity to immerse themselves with ancient Imperial Chinese culture. Just steps away from the UNESCO Heritage’s Summer Palace, the resort reflects the landmark’s exterior to a tee. Despite its traditional history, the hotel is equipped with modern, state of the art amenities that include a 25 meter pool, a private cinema, and two squash courts. As if there wasn’t already enough to do in Beijing, Aman has also prepared activities that guests are welcome to take part in, including Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, and kite making.

For Lifestyle Choose: East? Brickyard Retreat? 
For Boutique Choose: The Opposite House? East?

 

What should I do?


Luxury: Learn to Cook Chinese Cuisine (with Chefs from Famous Restaurants!)

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For cooking classes, we definitely suggest you try Beijinger Kitchen. They invite top chefs from famous restaurants or five-star hotels to teach you how to cook popular Chinese dishes hands on. Not only will you get the chance to taste the meal you’ve personally cooked, but the chefs will also cook other dishes, including those from the Szechuan and Canton province, so you can taste the different culinary styles.

Not interested in taking a class? That’s fine too! Beijinger Kitchen offers a unique private dining experience where they invite top chefs to create a ten-course meal that cover eight famous Chinese cooking styles so you can try them all in one sitting. With the chefs cooking privately for your party, you have the opportunity to pick their brains and ask them questions about Chinese culinary techniques.

If you have any allergies, let them know in advance and they will try to accommodate your needs as best as possible.

Lifestyle: Climb the Great Wall of China (Accompanied with a Cable Car and/or Toboggan ride!)

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One of the Seven Wonders of the World and a featured UNESCO Heritage Site, the Great Wall of China is not to be missed whilst in Beijing. Its history can be dated back to the 7th Century, and was used to protect the Chinese empire from enemy forces entering its vicinity.

Winding over 5,000 miles long, the Great Wall of China would take approximately 18 months to walk its entire length. While it is completely possible to accomplish this challenge, we don’t suggest it since large sections of the wall have become dilapidated due to its age.

Consequently, we recommend travelers to take a day trip to Mutianyu, approximately 45 miles away from Beijing. This route is much more quiet in comparison to the main section (Ba Da Ling) that most tourists visit, which has become quite overcrowded due to its close proximity to Beijing.

We love this option because people have the choice to make this trip to the Great Wall as challenging or fun as they like. Mutianyu is a small town below the mountains which house this section of the Great Wall. Consequently, visitors can choose to either walk up the mountain for approximately 30 to 40 minutes until they reach the Wall or take a cable car up. The entire span of this section of the Wall is 1.5 miles long, and contains 23 watch towers in between. Once finished seeing the wall, you then have the option to take a Toboggan (a long slide) back down to the village. Check out this video to see what you should expect on this activity.

Boutique: Visit the Local Markets

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If you want to see local customs and culture in action, visiting the markets is the way to go. For souvenirs, we recommend Panjiayuan Antiques Market. At this market, you will find vendors selling everything from Chinese calligraphy brushes, to ceramics, and even Ming or Qing era furniture. However, if you are specifically looking to purchase tea or tea sets, check out Maliandao Tea Street instead. This is an indoor market where close to 900 vendors trade their products. On this street, you should be able to find products at a cheaper rate for the same quality of goods.  For our more adventurous travelers, we recommend visiting Donghuamen Night Market near Wangfujing. Here, you can find cooked scorpions, grubs, and seahorses, amongst other exotic foods to tickle your fancy… be warned this is not for the faint of heart (or stomach!).

 

Where Should I Eat?


Luxury: Cai Yi Xuan at the Four Seasons

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Photo of the restaurant’s Soy-Braised Pork Belly dish with Abalone and Black Truffle Sauce. Courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Winner of multiple awards for its excellent wine and food, Cai Yi Xuan is a must try whilst visiting Beijing. The Head Chef has had over 20 years of experience cooking in multiple different Chinese techniques, which is reflected in the food you will taste here in this restaurant. Enjoy some dim sum during lunch hours, or dine a la carte during dinner (definitely order the Peking Duck). You can’t go wrong!

Address: 48 Liangmaqiao Rd, SanYuan Qiao, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096

Lifestyle: King’s Joy

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Photo of the Restaurant. Courtesy of King’s Joy

King’s Joy is a fully organic and vegetarian restaurant that chooses its ingredients from local farms. Their Head Chef is a true believer of the Slow Food Movement and is finding innovative methods towards providing patrons with clean and healthy food by doing his best to show case the key ingredients used in each dish. This means the food served is low-sugar, low-fat, low-calorie, and without preservatives.

With harpists regularly visiting the establishment to entertain the patrons, this restaurant is most definitely a NoFilter luxury-lifestyle mixed restaurant, and you can expect the price to be reflected.

Address: 2 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100027

Boutique: Pingwa Sanbao 

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The owner of this restaurant initially opened this restaurant because he found people getting sick from the street food they were eating and wanted to create an establishment that was trustworthy to serve Beijing snack foods at the same affordable price. All the food in this restaurant is Beijing-ified Northern cuisine. If you stick to the menu, you can’t go wrong.

Address: Baijiazhuang Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001