To facilitate our customers who are going to Beijing
INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHOICE OF DISTRICTS AND OF HOTELS IN BEIJING
To facilitate the choice of the area and the choice of the hotel, we report below a brief description for each of the Beijing districts. We remind the customer that in our website there are also other ways to search for hotels in the most convenient location. In fact it is also possible book hotels closer to a exact landmark, for example the closest hotels to China International Exhibition Center or the closest hotels to the International Airport , or the closest hotel to Tiananmen Square. These links are present in all our list of Beijing hotels (they are located on the right of the pages). Also note that Beijing is well served by 14 subway lines and that, even if there are no rooms available in one zone, you can still find comfortable solutions. Finally, we recommend that you start your search by looking at the pincipal page of the hotels in Beijing where in the first pages you can find the hotels most voted and selected by our customers.
BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF BEIJING DISTRICTS
The hotels located in the Changping District
Changping District (Great Wall north)
Changping District is located about 35 kilometers at northwest of Beijing, covers 1450 sqkm including 2 subdistricts and 15 towns and is the fastest growing districts in the Beijing. In this area of Beijing are located important tourist destination like the Ming Dynasty Tombs and the Juyongguan (or Juyong Pass), wich is one of the most visited site of the Great Wall. There are also other tourist attractions: the Snow World Ski Park, the Ming Emperors' Waxwork Palace, the China Tank Museum, China Aviation Museum, the Xiaotangshan Hot Springs and about 50 folk cultural tourism villages.
Chaoyang District Hotels
Chaoyang District (Central Business District)
Chaoyang District is the largest district of Beijing (476 sq km, with a population of nearly 4 million people). Chaoyang District is well connected with other districts of Beijing by several subway lines. Many foreign embassies are located here, as well as the CBD (Central Business District) and the Olympic park, built for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. In Chaoyang District there are many foreign presences: in fact Chaoyang's official website say about 3,000 foreign companies, 167 international news agencies, 60% of foreign business agencies in Beijing, over 158 transnational companies that have invested in Beijing. It is located in this area also 'Sanlitun bar street', popular for young expatriates and foreign teenagers, because here there are many bar wich offer liquor and dances at many cheap prices. Also Silk Street, and many other shopping malls and market areas are located in Chaoyang District.
Chongwen District Hotels
Chongwen District (Temple of Heaven)
Chongwen District is located at southeast of city center (Tiananmen) and is famous for The Temple of Heaven and Longtan Park, as well as the presence of two restaurants famous for authentic Beijing Roast Duck: the Quanjude Restaurant and Bianyifang Restaurant. The area is well served by Beijing Subway (Chongwenmen Station). The most convenient way for getting the Temple of Heaven there is the Subway Line 5 to the Tiantandongmen Station (Tiantan's East Gate). Chongwen District was the smallest of the four districts which usually comprise the old city. Recently, in July 2010, Chongwen was blended with Dongcheng District.
Daxing District Hotels
Daxing District (University City)
Daxing District is situated at the south of Beijing and includes 3 subdistricts and 14 towns (5 of which are environs of the city proper of Beijing). Daxing was upgraded to a District (from County) on April 2001. In Daxing District there are two important universities: the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication and the Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology. The area is not as rich as those that most visitors to Beijing are used to seeing, such as Xidan and Guomao. Many industries in Daxing has the function of furnish services to Beijing (related to distribution of food and consumer goods). Daxing will be the location of the 2th Beijing Airport (perhaps into two years).
Dongcheng District Hotels
Dongcheng District (Tiananmen Square)
Dongcheng District (about 25 sq km, population of about 600,000 people) is the urban district that covers the eastern half of Beijing's city centre. In the Dongcheng District there are many important tourist destinations. Dongcheng District includes several important points of Beijing, for example the Beijing Railway Station. Some of the well-known areas in the Dongcheng District are: Forbidden City, Zhongshan Park, Yong He Gong Lamasery, Temple of Confucius, Tian'anmen Square, National Museum of China, Temple of Earth, Jingshan Park, Beijing Gulou and Zhonglou (Drum Tower & Bell Tower), China Art Gallery (Zhongguo Meishuguan), Science & Technology Museum (Kejiguan), Donghuamen Night Market, The Temple of Heaven, Longtan Park.
Fengtai District Hotels
Fengtai District (Marco Polo Bridge)
Fengtai District, located at southwest of Beijing's city centre, is the third-largest district of Beijing (area of 305 sq km). Fengtai has a population of about 800,000 people and includes 14 subdistricts, 2 towns, and 5 townships. In this district the goat pens and the pig pens are common. In fact, Fengtai has recently urbanized (thanks to the rapid economic development) and still maintains several agricultural zones. At the time of the Qing Dynasty, Fengtai was the seat of the camps of the Imperial Manchu Army. Furthermore, it was also a place for parades and celebrations. At present the attractions of Fengtai are the White Cloud Temple, Marco Polo Bridge (Lugou Bridge), Wanping Castle, the China Space Museum and Fengtai Park. Today Fengtai is mainly an industrial district with several dedicated areas such as Fengtai Changxindian Industrial Area and Fengtai Baipengyao Industrial Warehousing Area.
Haidian District Hotels
Haidian District (Summer Palace)
Haidian District is located at northwest of the city Centre. It is the second largest district of Beijing, with about 435 sq km and population. This district has a population of about 2.5 million inhabitants, of which a large part consists of students who attend local universities. This district has had great benefits from the recent subway expansions in Beijing, in fact the lines 10 and 13 provide an excellent transport system to this part of town. In this district is located one of the most famous attractions of Beijing: the Summer Palace (or Yihe Yuan), constructed by the Qing emperors. The space of this area is dominated by the Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. To go to the Summer Palace, you can take bus 690 or bus 808, from Tiananmen Square to the terminal station, exactly the Summer Palace. Else you can bring the bus 826 from Temple of Heaven to Summer Palace. Other important attractions are the Beijing Botanical Gardens (of Fragrant Hills), the Five Pagoda Temple and the Purple Bamboo Park.
Miyun District Hotels
Miyun District (Forest Parks)
Miyun County is located at northeast of Bejing, at the junction between Yanshan Mountain and the North China Plain. This county (area of about 2,226.5 sq km, population of about 450,000 people) is constituted from 2 subdistricts, 17 towns, and 1 ethnic rural township. In the Miyun County there are important tourist attractions: Simatai Great Wall, Gubeikou Great Wall, Mt. Yunmeng National Forest Park, Nine Waterfall Eighteen Pool Scenic Area, Top Waterfall of Beijing, Mt. Yunfo Grand Karst Caves. In this area (at 62 km from WangHe Bridge in Beijing City) there is also Nanshan Ski Resort Village, one important ski resort. Easily reached by JingCheng Expressway, Nanshan Ski Resort has more than 6000 sets of skiing equipment, 2000 parking area and comfortable organization.
Shijingshan District Hotels
Shijingshan District (Amusement Park)
Shijingshan District occupies a vast area stretching from the west side of downtown to the Western Hills area. The district consists of 9 subdistricts all included in the city proper area of Beijing. Sometimes there may be some misunderstanding relating to the name 'Shijingshan': in fact it also refers to the hills around Yunju Temple that have nothing to do with the Shijingshan district. So in the organizing your trip should be made clear that good of Shijingshan you are talking about. The area of Shijingshan District is 86 sq km in area, making it one of the smaller districts in the urban zona of Beijing. The principal attraction of this district is the Shijingshan Amusement Park. This 'theme park' is approachable by the Line 1 of the Beijing Subway. It must get off at the stop called 'Bajiao Amusement Park'. Other important areas: Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery, Babaoshan Cemetery, Shougang industrial complex, IHEP Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Shunyi District Hotels
Shunyi District (Agricultural Sightseeing)
Shunyi District (1,020 sq km, population of about 800,000 people) is located outside of Beijing's city proper.
The district includes 5 subdistricts, the Airport subdistrict and 19 towns. In the area of Shuny there are two important presences: the 'Tianzhu Capital International Airport (PEK)' and the 'New China International Exhibition Center (NCIEC)', located in Tianzhu Airport Industrial Zone. Within the Shunyi District there is also the International School of Beijing ISB (in the area "Beijing Central Villas", at the south of the new International Exhibition Centre).
Xicheng District Hotels
Xicheng District (Beihai Park)
Xicheng District (32 sq km, about 900,000 inhabitants), with its 15 subdistricts all in the city proper, occupies the largest part of the old Beijing city. Xicheng is the political centre of Beijing, in fact there are several political institutions including ministries and residential areas for high authorities. Xicheng has numerous shopping areas, particularly close to Qianmen Dajie. In the jurisdiction of Xicheng District there are Beihai Park, Guanghua Temple, Lidai Diwang Miao, Capital Museum, Prince Gong's Mansion and Garden, Beijing Exhibition Theater, Jingshan Park, the Xidan commercial district and the Finance Street (Jinrongjie). Here is located also the oldest Catholic church in Beijing (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception). Other important areas in the Xicheng District: Beijing Zoo, Drum Tower and Bell Tower, National Centre for the Performing Arts.
Xuanwu District Hotels
Xuanwu (Beijing Opera Theatre)
Xuanwu District (16.5 sq km, population of about 500,000) is located at southwest of the old city. Administratively, now it is merged into the Xicheng District. The Xuanwu zone occupes the area outside the Imperial Inner City. It is rich in history and one of the older districts of the once Imperial City. Actually is primarily reserved for the lower class and has a large muslim population. Other popular attractions in Xuanwu: Huguang Huiguan Theatre (Beijing Chinese Opera), Grand View Garden, the antiques market of Liulichang, Museum of Ancient Architecture, Taoranting Park, Baoguo Temple, Niujie Mosque, Fayuan Temple.