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.
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 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.
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.
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.
This is an excellent get-away-from-it-all spot; spacious, luxe villas and gorgeous views make for a relaxing retreat from the stresses of Beijing. Nothing beats their access to the Great Wall either. 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.
The remote mountain setting is a lovely change from Beijing’s concrete jungle. Breathtaking views of the Great Wall and the fresh air leave us feeling pampered and relaxed long after our treatment. Read more.
One famous pastime at Beihait is the water calligraphy. It’s intended to be an esoteric metaphor for the fleeting nature of life’s pleasures, though the calligraphers are often a jolly, chatty bunch. Read more.
By day, hip freelancers pop in for a chill espresso, while in the evening, it’s a mix of professionals with loosened ties, couples out for an intimate chat, and creative types drawn by the music. Read more.
Tranquil. The Stone Boat Bar in the south of the park is a lovely spot for a scenic drink, while in the north, the roof terrace at Xiao Wang Fu is good for tasty eats in an atmospheric setting. 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.
We like pairing an afternoon of strolling the historic lanes and scoping some of the restored noble mansions dotting the lakeside with a restorative break at the Family Fu Teahouse. 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.
Lounging with a mojito in a sexy opium beds is a deliciously indolent and atmospheric way to wrap up an evening out in Beijing’s old city. We love the ever-so-hip and chilled-to-the-core combo. 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.
If you know your plastic beads from your freshwater beauties and come prepared to haggle your hardest, you can score some great pieces. (We love the Fanghua multi-strand pearl necklace we designed.) Read more.
It’s refreshingly peaceful and reassuringly reliable–the perfect spot for a long conversation and unfailingly lovely meal. We really dig summertime lunches on the outdoor terrace. 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.
The location smack-dab in the center of the Workers’ Stadium complex makes this a lovely escape from Beijing’s usual grime and noise–sitting on their lakeside terrace in the summer is a delight. Read more.