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Forbidden City Hotels

The Forbidden City is an enormous old-world palace complex set in the central area of bustling Beijing, China’s capital city. Once China’s Imperial Palace, the Forbidden City today houses the vast Palace Museum, where wide low-lit galleries display ceramics, paintings, and artefacts. Architecture-enthusiasts will go wild for the Forbidden City’s perfectly preserved timber gateways and gilded statuettes. Beyond this complex, Beijing overflows with temples, lush gardens, and many more heritage sights.

Things to see

The 15th century Forbidden City, surrounded by stone walls and glistening moats, stretches across 180 acres of land and includes 980 buildings. The buildings showcase palatial Chinese architecture - where curving statue-studded roofs and tiered towers abound. Enter the complex through the Meridian Gate, cross the trickling inner river, and amble toward the Hall of Supreme Harmony. This hall - the biggest in the complex - perches upon a marble base, and is surrounded by bronze incense burners. Inside, marvel at the vibrant red and green dragon decorations and motifs. After, make your way to the Palace Museum, where you can see Tang dynasty-era ceramics and porcelain, fine 13th century paintings, and mystical jade artefacts - the oldest date back to Neolithic times. Right outside of the main entryway to the Forbidden City, you’ll discover another key Beijing sight - the red-stone Tiananmen Square, a sprawling public space speckled by monuments and surrounded by halls and museums.

Hotels in Forbidden City

Those looking for budget accommodation situated beside Beijing’s top heritage sights will be happy to find a range of no-frills 2 star hotels near Forbidden City, offering free WiFi and free parking. For something slightly fancier, check out the 3 star hotels near Forbidden City such as TianAn Rega Hotel, which provide spacious air-conditioned ensuite rooms, and casual in-house restaurants. For a taste of city luxury, stay in one of the 4 star hotels near Forbidden City, where you’ll enjoy refreshing indoor pools, rejuvenating health clubs, and fine-dining restaurants. There are a few flashy 5 star hotels in the area, too, championing full spa facilities and rooftop terraces. Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel is one of the top 5-star hotels.

Where to stay

The Forbidden City is based in the Dong Cheng District, which covers the eastern half of Beijing’s central urban core. This district - and the area immediately surrounding the Forbidden City - is perfect for culture-vultures and history-buffs, as it overflows with temples, museums, and galleries. Nightlife-lovers, meanwhile, will want to stay further east of Dongcheng, in the thrumming Chaoyang District - here, you’ll discover Sanlitun, a neon-washed bohemian entertainment precinct blanketed with bars and trendy boutiques. Families and couples looking for peace and quiet should stay in the northwest Haidian District, which is dotted with tranquil green space, temples, and traditional teahouses.

How to get to Forbidden City

Beijing is well-served by the Beijing Capital International Airport - based 32 kilometres northeast of the city centre - which receives direct flights from many top European cities, including London, Paris, and Amsterdam. To get to the Forbidden City from the airport, hop in the regular Airport Express train to Dongzhimen Station - the trip should take just 20 minutes. There, change to subway Line 2, and ride it 3 stops south to Jianguomen. Next, change to Line 1, and ride 3 stops west to Tiananmen East, which will put you on the Forbidden City’s doorstep. The extensive subway system will get you just about anywhere in Beijing.

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