The energetic megacity of Beijing is a rich tapestry of the old and new, where imperial palaces, museums and buzzing ancient alleyways rub shoulders with cutting edge architecture, new shopping malls and modern buildings. The rich history of an ancient culture is evident in the many historic sites including former imperial palaces in the Forbidden City, the immense paved stone Tiananmen Square surrounded by Soviet-style buildings, the royal gardens of Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven built in Confucian design. Museums such as the Capital Museum and National museum showcase the city’s customs, folklore and traditions, taking you back thousands of years. The stunning National Centre for the Performing Arts and other art galleries feature operas and contemporary and international artworks reflective of the city’s buzzing art scene. Narrow alleyways (hutongs), over 800 years old, are home to many locals, and criss-cross the heart of the city, giving you a glimpse of street life and a taste of amazing street food. Food lovers can delight in local and international cuisine from a staggering range of eateries, from street food stalls to upscale restaurants and bars, not to forget the city’s vibrant nightlife. You could shop till you drop in quaint boutiques in the hutongs, or in the many trendy malls and high street shopping streets.
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, barely an hour’s drive away from the airport, offers you a luxurious experience in the capital city. Stay in luxurious ensuite rooms richly decorated with classy mahogany furniture and large windows that look out over the city skyline.
Hotel Cote Cour Beijing is located in the Beijing Area Region, 1.3 km from Wangfujing Street and a 40-minute drive from Beijing Nanyuan airport. Notice the traditional Chinese styling from the building façade to the décor, including the red lanterns.
The Opposite House is located in the upscale Sanlitun area of the Chaoyang entertainment district in Beijing. Housed in a striking emerald glass building, notice the blend of contemporary and Chinese traditional styles and large open spaces right from the central atrium.