After navigating the wilds of Beijing’s urban jungle, this makes for a lovely retreat. Private access to Summer Palace is marvelous–it's what makes Aman special. Their spa is also not to be missed. Read more.
The views alone are a great way to take in Beijing’s up-and-coming urban landscape, where eye-popping skyscrapers spring up like mushrooms and the contrasts between old and new are breathtaking. Read more.
We love the distinctive design, ultra-luxe amenities (from the 400-thread count sheets to the stainless steel pool), superb service concept, and the fab shopping and nightlife location. Read more.
The spa and fitness areas are lovely and much needed in a dusty, draining city like Beijing. Also, we love the room's nifty control panel which gives outside temperatures. So simple yet appreciated. Read more.
We love how soothing low lighting, warm earth tones, and spacious private suites are combined with traditional Chinese touches like delicate carved wooden screens and antique wedding chests... Read more.
The “four hands” treatments are gorgeous–a perfect way to relax after a long day on the cobbles of the Forbidden City or after a long night of playing in Sanlitun. It’s sheer indulgence. Read more.
The elegant surrounds and superlative complementary facilities are amazing. Leave plenty of time for luxuriating in their relaxation rooms and aqua therapy facilities (sauna, steam room, whirlpool). Read more.
No wonder Emperor Qianlong picked this spot. The scenery is gorgeous in all seasons, with the bright red and gold palaces and temples set against the stunning backdrop of the surrounding forests. Read more.
We could happily spend many tranquil hours watching the fragrant smoke curl up from the incense burners, listening to the monks chant their sutras, and rubbing the carvings on the prayer wheels. Read more.
What an incredible experience. If you’re planning on visiting Huanghuacheng, we recommend starting at the entrance next to the reservoir and hiking to the summit of the “dragon spine” curve. Read more.
An absolute must see. The architecture is incredible, the history equally so. Make sure to spend as much time scoping the quiet back alleyways and living quarters as the magnificent throne rooms. Read more.
Next door to the Confucius Temple is the Imperial Academy, China’s most ancient university. Until 1911, a rigorous exam on Confucian classics was administered to aspiring members of the bureaucracy. Read more.
Gorgeous surrounds, thoughtful service, oh-so-tranquil ambiance, and dreamy vegetarian fare. Skip dessert though, the fruit presentation suffices. Read more.
The ambiance and design are stunning. Also, they’ve really hit their stride with the fusion menu recently, so you may find the bites even more impressive than the surrounds. Read more.
Dunk the soup dumpling in the vinegar/ginger sauce, place it in your spoon, and bite a bit off the top to release the steam. Then try to eat the dumpling in one bite, making sure to get all the soup. Read more.
Get here by 6:00am if you want to snag the best items. Prices should generally be about one-third to one-half of the originally quoted figure, so don’t be shy about bargaining hard. Read more.
Different décors in the various rooms ensure that all guests are happy, regardless of whether you want to dance, chill, converse, etc. Views of Beijing’s nightscape are also spectacular. Read more.
We dig the sexy, sophisticated ambiance–ideal for wooing a date or schmoozing with clients. It reflects the cosmopolitan chic side of Beijing that has only recently emerged in the new millennium. Read more.
The sculpted ice is handcrafted by Glen’s wunderkind Japanese mixologist–definitely worth getting your scotch on the rocks just to try it out. Read more.
Possibly the swankest watering hole in town. If you’re looking to impress a date or a client, or just want to show off your latest Louboutins, this is the place to be. Read more.