City Guides: Beijing

Beijing is the second largest Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai and is the nation's political, cultural and educational center.

The city's history dates back three millennia. As the last of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Beijing has been the political center of the country for much of the past eight centuries.The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, parks, gardens, tombs, walls and gates, and its art treasures and universities have made it a center of culture and art in China. Beijing has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, Zhoukoudian, Great Wall, and the Grand Canal.

City Guide: Beijing
With all that in mind, we'd like to introduce you to our City Guide for Beijing - a new resource for members much like a tailored Trip Advisor. A way for our members to share insider tips on a city.

If you're in Beijing for any of the reasons below, make use of our guide and let us know your feedback.

  Members' answers
Best hotel for business Shangri La World Summit, Ritz Carlton Financial Street and Park Hyatt near Wangfujing are always a good choice.
Best hotel for pleasure The Opposite House in Sanlitun or East Hotel by JiangTai
Best bar for celebrating Janes and Hooch, Leap Brew Pub in Sanlitun or MaoMaoChong.
Best bar for a business drink Mei at the Rosewood Hotel or Janes & Hooch.
Best restaurant for a business lunch Capital M – views of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, or Jin Yaa Tang which offers contemporary style décor and traditional style cuisine from various provinces across China.
How to spend an hour in-between meetings Dash into the Forbidden City, grab a tour guide headset and explore at your own pace, or head to the Silk Market to pick up some souvenirs for friends, family and colleagues.
Best restaurant for dinner Temple restaurant or Dadong which has various locations around the city.
If you only have time to do one thing in my city, do this... Hire a driver for the morning (any hotel can arrange) and go out to Mutianyu to visit the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Wall is just far enough away to be less crowded but is still close enough to be convenient.

How to get involved
Read more about City Guides here. If you would like to submit yours for Beijing or other cities then email us or tweet to #msoccityguides.