Follow in the footsteps of emperors as you walk the ancient passages of the Forbidden City. Surrounded by traditional Chinese architecture and artifacts spanning 5,000 years, you can start to imagine the grandeur of the Ming and Qing imperial courts. Not to be missed in the same vicinity is the Hutong and Qian Men Avenue.
You can find the best of modern Beijing among the boutiques, restaurants and spas at pedestrian-friendly Sanlitun Village and Solana, a 15-minute drive from Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace. People-watch at a sunny outdoor terrace as you sip frosty beers.
The magnificent structures of Beijing's Olympic Green captured the world's imagination during the 2008 Summer Olympics, and with good reason. Only 10 minutes by taxi, it's worth the drive to see the stunning Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube up close.
Don't Go Home Without
Visiting 798 Art Zone, home of China's contemporary art scene. As you check out installations in vast former industrial spaces, you could easily mistake your surroundings for the studios of New York's SoHo, if not for the Maoist slogans on the walls. This is also one of the best venues for bars and restaurants from spring to fall.
Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace provides shuttle bus service to the Wangjing and Yansha business district every morning on workday. Concierge can help you plan your day, leaving you more time to prepare for meetings.