Enjoy all that this vivid, vibrant and vivacious destination has to offer when you stay in one of IHG's 22 Beijing hotels. Also known as the Northern Capital, the city creates a sensory overload with its fast moving eight-lane freeways, towering high-rises and sprawling apartment complexes, all underpinned by a dynamic imperial heritage. There is an order and symmetry amidst the mass of modernity, most effectively symbolised by Tian'anmen Square and its surrounding buildings. Beijing is not all expanses of concrete, steel and glass, however. The city is also home to opulent temples and relics from a bygone age. The best example of the ancient architecture is sure to be found in the moated Forbidden City. Once home to two dynasties, the city earned its name for being off limits for 500 years and is now a fascinating way to spend a day amongst the halls, exhibits and palaces.
There's an international diversity to be found on the streets of Beijing, with contemporary western fashion, technology and music scenes permeating the culture. But those looking for a more traditional Chinese experience will also find plenty of tea houses and venues serving delectable imperial cuisine across the city. Keep your eyes peeled for groups of older local people, who gather in the evenings to perform the loyalty dance known as yangkou. Amongst the city's alleyways or hutongs, haggle in antique markets and observe the locals relaxing with their pipes and pet birds.
If you find yourself in need of time away from the crowds, you'll find plenty of opportunity for relaxation in the parks, winding alleyways and exquisite heritage sites just outside the city. The Observatory, the Yonghe Gong, and the spectacular Temple of Heaven all offer a worthy retreat. To the north of the city you can easily take in the breathtaking spectacle that is the Great Wall of China.
Celebrate this colorful and contrasting slice of China by choosing one of IHG's hotels in Beijing. If you are looking for affordable, quality accommodation in the best locations, there's no better choice than IHG.