36 hours in...Beijing
The Opposite House is one of 36 hours in...Beijing.

1. The Opposite House

9.2
(瑜舍)
Bldg 1, 11 Sanlitun Rd (At Gongti N Rd), Beijing, Beijing
Hotel · Dōng zhí mén · 60 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Special treat The Opposite House (theoppositehouse.com). The avant-garde Opposite House feels like stepping into an Asian version of the future and the service is impeccable. Doubles from £250.

The Emperor Hotel is one of 36 hours in...Beijing.

2. The Emperor Hotel

33 Qihelou St (near Tiananmen), Beijing, Beijing
Hotel · Dōngchéng qū · 20 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Mid-range: The Emperor Hotel (theemperor.com.cn) has clean modern rooms and is right next to the Forbidden City, with a roof terrace overlooking the roofs of the imperial halls. Doubles from £60-80.

Shichahai Shadow Art Boutique Hotel is one of 36 hours in...Beijing.

3. Shichahai Shadow Art Boutique Hotel

7.8
No.24 Songshujie, Xicheng district, Beijing, Beijing
Hostel · Dōngchéng qū · 7 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: On a budget: The Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel (shadowarthotel.com) rooms open up onto a central atrium, set in an excellent location steps from Prince Gong’s Mansion. Doubles from £60.

Tian'anmen Square is one of 36 hours in...Beijing.

4. Tian'anmen Square

8.1
(天安门广场)
Chang'an Ave (btwn Square E Side Rd and W Side Rd), Beijing, Beijing
Monument / Landmark · Tiānānmén guǎng chāng · 459 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Tiananmen Square is may be the world’s ugliest and most forbidding public space. There is nowhere here to even get a cup of coffee, and your every move will be recorded by a forest of CCTV cameras.

Forbidden City (Palace Museum) is one of 36 hours in...Beijing.

5. Forbidden City (Palace Museum)

8.9
(故宫(博物院))
4 Jingshan Front St, Beijing, Beijing
Historic Site · Dōngchéng qū · 237 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Built during the Ming Dynasty, the Forbidden City's crimson pavilions will take a couple of hours to walk around at least. Climb up the hill at Jingshan Park for a good view of the city.

王府井小吃街 Wangfujing Food Alley is one of 36 hours in...Beijing.

6. 王府井小吃街 Wangfujing Food Alley

7.5
Wangfujing Ave. (btwn Wangfujing Ave. & Dashamao Hutong), Dongcheng, Beijing
Snack Place · Wángfǔ jǐng · 60 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Wangfujing is one of Beijing’s modern shopping streets. Ignore the hawkers selling novelty skewers of deep fried spiders and scorpions, and head to Haidilao in the Tianyingtai Department Store.

Beijing Railway Station is one of 36 hours in...Beijing.

7. Beijing Railway Station

5.6
(北京站)
13A Maojiawan Alley, Beijing, Beijing
Train Station · Chāoyáng qū · 40 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Fans of the Beijing bestseller Midnight in Peking can download an audio tour of the ancient city at http://us.midnightinpeking.com/audio-walk/. Take the metro to Beijing Railway Station to start.

Duck de Chine is one of 36 hours in...Beijing.

8. Duck de Chine

8.2
(全鸭季)
Courtyard 4, Gongti N Rd (opposite to Pacific Department Store), Chaoyang Qu, Beijing
Peking Duck Restaurant · Dōng sì shítiáo · 61 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Originally invented in the imperial kitchens, Peking Duck is available across the capital. One of its best high-end interpretations can be found at Duck de Chine (00 86 10 6501 8881).

New Poly Plaza is one of 36 hours in...Beijing.

9. New Poly Plaza

Office · Dōng sì shítiáo · 1 tip

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: The New Poly Plaza (00 86 10 6500 8117) has 3,000-year-old bronze artefacts, examples of early Chinese writing and four of the 12 fountainheads looted from the Summer Palace in the 19th century.