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What to do in Beijing Central Business District

Beijing CBD Hotels

The Beijing CBD is the bustling business district of bouncing Beijing, based in the middle of the Chaoyang district, a short distance from the central Dongcheng Old City core. The CBD is speared by glitzy high-rises and studded with top-end restaurants, and nighthawks will love the polished bars and cocktail lounges. Nearby, you’ll discover peaceful lakeside parks and inspiring contemporary art galleries. History-buffs, meanwhile, will enjoy the palace grounds and heritage museums of central Dongcheng.

Things to see

Start your bright Beijing morning by visiting Tiananmen Square in the heart of the Dongcheng District. This vast public space is bordered by 2 enormous red-washed gates and scattered with stone monuments. At the north end of the square you’ll find the entryway to the Forbidden City - a sprawling 15th century palace complex surrounded by glittering moats. The complex contains 980 buildings, including courts, halls, and tiered towers drenched in bright red and gold patterning. Today, some of the central buildings house the Palace Museum, which displays collections of rustic porcelain and ceramics, alongside precious jade stone artefacts - the oldest pieces dating to the Neolithic era. After, adventure to Wangfujing Street - a shopping hotspot - where you’ll find the ritzy Beijing Department Store, which is lined with fashion, cosmetics, and electronics boutiques. On your way back to the CBD, stop at the tranquil Temple of The Sun, a 16th century altar based within a lush public park.

Hotels in Beijing CBD

There are a handful of inexpensive 3 star hotels in Beijing CBD, which boast elegantly understated ensuite rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. Here, you’ll also enjoy laid-back late night bar-lounges and convenient business centres. The 4 star hotels in Beijing CBD, meanwhile, offer huge guestrooms with starry city views, in-house restaurants serving a mix of international and authentic Chinese cuisine, and rejuvenating indoor pools. For total accommodation indulgence, stay in one of the 5 star Beijing CBD hotels, which offer full service spas, rooftop terraces, and stress-alleviating in-room childcare.

Where to stay

The Beijing CBD is suited to business travellers who want a perfect balance of culture and leisure, in an ultra-modern setting of sparkly high-rises. Dongcheng is just 8 kilometres west of the CBD, while the Beijing 798 Art Zone - with its cutting-edge independent galleries and showrooms - is just 15 kilometres north. Aside from the flashy lounges and restaurants of the inner CBD, nightlife-lovers will go wild for the nearby Sanlitun entertainment precinct, which sings with bohemian bars and clubs. If you do want to be immersed in Beijing’s Old City, the area around Tiananmen Square is ideal.

How to get to Beijing CBD

Catch a flight from one of many major European cities - including London, Paris, and Amsterdam - direct to the Beijing Capital International Airport, based just 32 kilometres from the city centre. Flight time from London takes just over 10 hours. From the airport, catch a cab to the CBD, which will take just over 30 minutes. Alternatively, hop on the Airport Express train to Dongzhimen Station - which will take around 30 minutes - and transfer onto the subway system, riding that to Yong’anli Station in the CBD. To explore the rest of the city, Beijing’s extensive subway network will get you almost anywhere you need to go.

Beijing travel guides

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