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A massive city with an ancient history, Beijing has been the capital of China throughout several centuries and dynasties. Even today, Beijing is centered around the Forbidden City, so-named as only officials, the imperial family, and their servants were permitted within its confines; none could leave or enter without the Emperor's permission. For centuries, war and peace, trade and exchange, and other matters of life and death were debated, discussed, and finally, decreed within its regal structures.
Nowadays, Beijing is organized in concentric, oblong loops, called ring roads. While there is no first ring road, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are the de facto first ring. Business centers and fashionable restaurants and clubs lie within the second; Beijing's diplomatic community within the third. Universities, such as the internationally respected Beijing and Tsinghua Universities, are in the fourth; and the fifth ring road has been nicknamed Olympic Avenue, as the 2008 Olympic Summer Games' major venues were built within this area.
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This magnificent palace was once the royals’ retreat from Beijing’s summer heat. One of the most famous attractions in Summer Palace is the Marble Boat, a symbol of opulence built by Empress Dowager Cixi in lieu of real naval ships. This 36-meter long lakeside “boat of purity” features two long decks with mirrors to reflect and radiate natural beauty.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the complex was declared a “masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design” with its gorgeous combination of pavilions, halls, palaces, temples, and bridges surrounded by lush gardens and a large, serene lake. On weekends, the palace grounds are filled with locals flying kits, practicing tai chi and enjoying the environs.
The Great Wall
One of the “new seven wonders of the world,” the Great Wall is a sight every traveler should see in their lifetime. Try to fathom the years of toil required to build the Great Wall of China as you follow its steep, snaking path through the countryside. The views of crumbling, original sections of the Wall winding over the steep mountain ridges into the far distance are highly memorable, especially with the guidance of noted historian and the world's foremost expert on the Great Wall.
Have a poetic Chinese name bestowed upon you and learn how to write it
during a private calligraphy lesson. Most names convey parents' wishes for
their children's future - integrity, prosperity, health and wisdom are all
popularly used characters.
Be serenaded by virtuosos of traditional Peking opera as they perform classic Chinese characters, such as the mischievous Monkey King, or his gluttonous, pig-like sidekick Zhu Baijie.
On certain occasions, Remote Lands can arrange a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera stage.
798 Art Zone
Designed by East German Bauhaus architects in the 1950s, the Dashanzi Art District was originally intended to produce electronics and armaments. Today, it has been repurposed and redesigned to house scores of galleries and artists’ studios; it takes its name, “798,” from one of the factories here. Tour this dynamic, fascinating area with an art expert, and learn about the vibrant Chinese contemporary art scene.
Have an authentic Peking duck lunch at a casual, family-owned operation which has hosted Al Gore, Jet Li, and scores of other dignitaries and celebrities. An elaborate dish involving special preparations such as pumping air between the skin and the meat and roasting the duck with special woods, Peking duck was once reserved for the Chinese imperial family.
Modern Architecture Tour
Go on an architectural tour of modern Beijing, led by an internationally
renowned architect. Visit the Water Cube and Bird's Nest, icons of the 2008
Summer Olympics. In central Beijing, see the towering CCTV building
designed by Rem Koolhaas, and the National Center for the Performing Arts,
or "Alien Egg," designed by Paul Andreu.
The Forbidden City
Explore the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which mostly remains as it was during the last emperor’s time. The world’s largest palace complex, the Forbidden City is divided into two parts: the southern section, also known as the Outer Court, was where the emperor held imperial proceedings, and the Inner Court to the north was where he lived with his royal family. As the imperial palace for over five centuries, the complex houses rare treasures and curiosities in its 9,999 rooms.
Get a real feel for China on this luxury 10-day tour that whisks you through Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. You’ll stay at some of the country’s most prestigious hotels, while taking in key sights, from the Temple of Heaven, to the Great Wall of China, to the Terracotta Warriors, Yu Gardens, and more.
Stroll along one of the world’s wonders, the Great Wall of China, when you embark on this 8-day luxury train journey through Beijing and Lhasa. It’s a step back in time with ancient sites and breathtaking natural features, and a thrilling trip along the world’s highest train journey to the Tibetan Plateau.
Embark upon an unforgettable 14-day journey of discovery across Asia’s finest art-hubs; meet the pioneering artists, collectors and scene’s stalwarts in five fabulous cities, and explore their galleries and art spaces. Experience the hot spots and sights by day, and relax in luxury by night in Peninsula’s world-class hotels.
Once a singular, unified country, North and South Korea are now vastly different cultures. This 17-day itinerary takes you on an extensive historical tour as you visit the DMZ and see where much of the conflict took place with your own eyes, explore an inactive volcanic island, and observe complete political devotion.
Aman and Remote Lands have put together an exclusive private jet journey across Asia including China, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka. Sixteen guests will fly on a private jet and stay at the eight Aman in Beijing, Hangzhou, Thimpu, Paro, Rajasthan, Ranthambore, Galle and Tangalle.
Explore the world’s most majestic peaks on this 22-day Himalayan adventure. You’ll trek through China, Nepal, Bhutan and India, staying at luxury hotels and lodges like the Amankora or Uma by COMO. You’ll walk along the Great Wall of China, visit the ancient Potala Palace, and search for Bengal Tigers in Chitwan.
Spend 11 days traveling in sheer luxury as your private jet whisks you across China’s mountaintops. Starting in Beijing, you’ll discover the lush Shangri-La valley on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, observe colorful cliffs in Zhangye Danxia, and stay overnight in luxury hotels like Banyan Tree and Songstam.
Golf your way through China as you travel to some of the country’s best, most prestigious golf courses, in places like Beijing, Xian, Kunming, Lijiang, Guilin, and Shanghai. Among them, you’ll test drive the likes of Spring City Golf & Lake Resort and Merryland Golf Course, all grounds surrounded by stunning nature.
Embark on the world’s most famous overland journey from Moscow to Beijing, delving deep into the Siberian wilderness along the way. Cross three countries and two continents - accumulating almost 3,500 miles, all whilst bunking down for the night in the train, waking up to an ever-evolving landscape each morning.
Aman at Summer Palace, which opened in fall 2008, is located just outside the east gate of the palace, and meticulously designed to harmonize with the graceful architecture of the former retreat of China's emperors. A series of century-old guesthouses, built for guests awaiting an audience with Empress Dowager Cixi, have been transformed into a hotel with 18 rooms and 25 suites. With their trademark sensitivity to historic properties, Aman has decorated the interiors with period furniture and rich fabrics that evoke the grandeur of the palace itself. There are three restaurants: The Grill; The Chinese Restaurant, which has an elegant Ming Dynasty interior; and Naoki, helmed by chef Naoki Okamura and specializing in his trademark "French Kaiseki", which combines the best of French haute cuisine with Japanese artistry. Other amenities include a bar, a library, and the Aman Club — a spa and fitness-center complex including a large pool, located underground to preserve the harmonious aesthetic of the architecture. The Aman is a 45-minute drive from central Beijing and a 45-minute drive from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).
Conrad Beijing provides an ideal location from which to explore the exciting city of Beijing. The luxury hotel is situated in CBD & World Trade Center, within easy access to come of the capital city’s main attractions as well as Jintaixizhao and Hujialou subway stations. In typical Conrad style guest's comfort and convenience comes first, with top quality amenities and well-planned rooms. There are a total of 289 inviting rooms with large comfortable beds, living areas, work desks and en-suite bathrooms. The hotel’s grand facilities include an indoor pool, fitness center and a range of four restaurants and two bars serving Chinese and international cuisine. The Conrad Beijing is 30 minutes drive away from Beijing International airport (PEK).
Located in Beijing's stylish new Village at Sanlitun shopping and entertainment complex, the Opposite House is a unique small hotel designed by noted Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. While the exterior is clad in squares of varying hues of vibrant green, the 99 rooms and suites are soothing, decorated in warm, neutral tones and fitted with pale wood furniture and crisp white linens. Kuma says he intended for the blend to create the calm of an "urban forest." The hotel's name is derived from the Chinese term for the guest house in a traditional courtyard compound, which was located opposite the main house. There are a variety of restaurants and bars to choose from, in keeping with the hotel's Sanlitun location: Sureño faces on a sunken tree-filled courtyard and serves mediterranean cuisine; Bei (which means north) specializes in the cuisine of Northern China, Japan and Korea; Mesh is a dark and cozy lounge and bar, with excellent cocktails and an extensive wine list, while Punk, a "mini-club" is edgier and hosts local and international djs. There is no business center, but wi-fi is available in all rooms and public spaces. There is also a high-design spa surrounding a large and visually striking stainless-steel-clad pool, which offers massage therapies, a steam room, sauna and fitness center. Opposite House is 40 minutes from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).
Park Hyatt Beijing
Towering above Beijing's Central Business District, the brand-new Park Hyatt Beijing occupies the top floors of the central building of the new, mixed-use Yintai Centre, the tallest skyscraper on Chang'an Avenue and a symbol of the new China. Directly opposite the China World Trade Centre and the new CCTV Tower, the 237 rooms and suites of the Park Hyatt offer king-sized beds, flat-screen televisions, satellite TV, climate control, and dramatic views over the Beijing cityscape. The hotel's sleekly modern interior makes the most of the 360° panorama and includes the highest restaurant in Beijing, the China Grill, which sits on the 66th floor and is crowned by a dramatic glass pyramid. There are two other restaurants serving Western and Chinese dishes, as well as the China Bar, a swank cocktail lounge adjoining the China Grill. In the lower floors of the tower, the Park Life complex offers further options for dining, bars and entertainment, as well as luxury boutiques and beauty services. The Tian Spa (tian means heaven in Chinese) has eight treatment rooms offering massage, and aesthetic and treatments rooted in the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as a relaxation lounge, exercise studio and a lap pool. The fitness center, within the Park Life complex, includes cardio and weight areas, an exercise studio, and an indoor swimming pool. Personal butler service is available, and there is also a 24-hour business center and high-speed wired or wireless Internet throughout the hotel. The Park Hyatt is 15 minutes from the Forbidden City by car, and 40 minutes from the Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).
Raffles Beijing Hotel
The Raffles Beijing Hotel stands as an icon in the city, once the setting of significant political and cultural events, and only a few minutes from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The 171 rooms are reputed to be some of the most spacious and lavish in Beijing. There are four restaurants and bars to choose from in the hotel, including Jaan, which serves modern French cuisine, and East 33, which specializes in Asian and Western cuisine. The facilities at the hotel include business center, wi-fi access, fitness center, sauna, swimming pool and spa. The hotel is a 40-minute drive from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).
The Peninsula Beijing
The timeless Peninsula Beijing sets the bar for elegance and luxury even higher, as it completes a full renovation, and emerges even more palatial. In the heart of China’s fast-paced capital, the hotel combines imperial architecture and ancient culture with contemporary style and luxurious modern conveniences. From the hotel’s own fleet of chauffeur-driven custom Rolls Royce Phantoms, to decor featuring masterpieces by internationally-renowned Chinese artists, every detail is attended to. Fully overhauled rooms and suites feature sleek decor in cool, tranquil hues, decked out with every conceivable convenience and comfort. From afternoon tea in the iconic lobby to world-class cuisine crafted by well-traveled chefs, diners will be delighted, and both business and leisure guests will find relaxation amid the spa and wellness facilities.
Waldorf Astoria Beijing
Located in the shopping district close to Wangfujing Street and 1.5 miles from the Forbidden City, this purpose-built hotel expands the prestigious Waldorf Astoria brand across China. This new addition to the iconic chain comprises a gleaming 12-storey block and a traditional hutong wing located in a 200-year-old courtyard mansion restored beautifully with luxury interiors. Decor reflects Eastern aesthetic values with a contemporary edge, with paintings and sculptures by famed local artists throughout and dramatic gold and bronze features, adding old-world glamor. Executive guests will appreciate the complimentary use of corporate amenities and meeting rooms, while all travelers can enjoy free, property-wide WiFi. The Waldorf Astoria also boasts top-notch leisure facilities, including a spa with Eastern and Western treatments, a sleek indoor pool with whirlpool and a high-tech fitness center. Cantonese, European and New York-inspired food is offered in the on-site restaurants, with a sophisticated lounge area setting the scene for supper, late-night cocktails or traditional afternoon tea. An international, English-speaking staff is on hand to provide information and assistance around the clock, with concierges ready to organize bespoke touring and shopping services.
The Temple Hotel
In a city known for its world class hotels, The Temple Hotel stands out as one of the most impressive thanks to its unique location, housed within a beautifully restored Buddhist temple. The stunning building dates back 600 years, and much of the iconic external architecture remains intact, appearing as more of a place of worship than a place to stay. Step inside to be greeted with a contemporary scene; the lavish boutique rooms here are kitted out with all the modern conveniences of home – including iPads and espresso machines, yet the hotel still retains the refined Chinese atmosphere thanks to classic artwork, rustic four-poster beds and antiques throughout. A trip to the hotel’s namesake restaurant is a must, and many of Beijing’s most popular attractions are just a short walk away, including the world-famous Forbidden City.