Located in downtown Beijing, the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Beijing hotel offers convenient access to an endless variety of shopping, leisure and nightlife options and many cultural and historic attractions.

A captivating metropolis where history and modern culture combine beautifully, the magnificent city of Beijing is a popular and diverse destination, whatever time of the year that you choose to visit.

Take a guided tour of the Forbidden City; an enormous palace complex with architecture dating from the 18th century. Visit the iconic Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing City; where Chairman Mao proclaimed the establishment of the People's Republic of China. The largest square of its kind in the world, Tiananmen Square is the setting for massive parades and rallies and is bordered by the Great Hall of the People, the Gate of Heaven Peace, the National Museum of China, and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. Stroll through the century-old trees that surround the Temple of Heaven, considered one of China's most holy places for over five centuries.

Take a pedicab through Beijing's few remaining 'Hutong' neighborhoods; narrow, twisting lanes and traditional, single-storey courtyard buildings that reflect authentic daily life in Beijing. Wander through the beautifully preserved imperial garden of Beihai Park, one of the largest and oldest in China and home to a tranquil lake, towers and pavilions.

Discover upscale restaurants, unique bars and chic nightclub destinations on Houhai Bar Street. With a distinctive ambience created by the fusion of the traditional with the modern, this is a wonderful place to people watch as you stroll along the pretty lakeside. The bustling Sanlitun Bar and Restaurant street is filled with live music venues, restaurants, bars and clubs and is popular with both foreigners and locals alike.

For more information about these attractions, please contact Assistant Chief Concierge Rice Wang at rice.wang@waldorfastoria.com.

Featured Attractions near the Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Waldorf Astoria Beijing Hotel, China - Shijia Hutong

Get to Know the Neighbors on a Hutong Tour

A program specially curated by the Waldorf Astoria Beijing allows guests to meet those who live and work in neighborhood up close and personal.

The Waldorf Astoria Beijing, located in the heart of historic Beijing, is a treasure trove of local life and a fully escorted, complimentary tour of Shijia Hutong, a 15-minute walk from the hotel, gives guests an insight not many tourists have access to.

Guests can pick from three activities and depending on how much time is spent on each, the tour can last between 90 minutes and three hours.

On the program is a visit to 1928, a small café that started life as a bespoke shoe shop that still makes handmade shoes that take about two weeks to complete. Ready-to-wear products can also be bought online.

Another stop is the Shijia Hutong Museum which houses information on the hutong, or alleyway, its history, the celebrities who used to live there, a photo archive, artifacts and the recorded oral history of local residents during different times.

A visit to a teashop in Slow Lane in the heart of the hutong is the final activity. But it is more than a teashop as the owner has created a place where the craftsmanship of traditional artisans is preserved and a sustainable lifestyle is promoted.

Let's join the tour, meet the neighbors and discover the real Beijing with us.

The Temple of Heaven

10 minutes' drive from Waldorf Astoria Beijing, the Temple of Heaven was built in 1420, during the reign of Emperor Yongle. Covering an area of 2,730,000, it was the site on which emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties offered sacrifices to Heaven, prayed for rain and a good harvest. Then Temple of Heaven is the largest extant sacrificial temple in China. Its architectural layout, structure and decoration have not only occupied an important position in China, but are also part of a valuable world heritage. The Hall of Prayer for a Good Year is the main building of the Temple of Heaven. IN 1998, the UNESCO listed the Temple of Heaven as part of the world cultural heritage.

Beihai Park

10 minutes' drive from Waldorf Astoria Beijing, Beihai Park is known for its Qionghua Islet, Beihai Lake and White Pagoda. It is the best place to go boating in summer and skiing in winter. The Circular Wall on the west side of the southern gate was part of the royal garden of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Yonghe Lama Temple

Yonghe Lama Temple is a temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism located in Beijing, China. The building and the artworks of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles. Yonghe Lama Temple was originally built to the order of Emperor Kangxi in 1694 to serve as a residence for his son and successor-Yinzhen. In 1744, the ninth year of Emperor Qianlong, the lama temple was renovated with an 18-metre high statue of Maitreyathat made from a single piece of sandalwood.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China was built on high mountains which is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the China against intrusions. A comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has concluded that the Ming walls measure 8,850 km. Another archaeological survey found that the entire wall with all of its branches measure out to be 21,196 km. Today, visitors from Beijing travel to parts of the Great Wall closest to the city, namely Badaling, Mutianyu and Jinshanling.

Forbidden City

Waldorf Astoria Beijing is located at the central Beijing with walking distance to Forbidden City, one of the most famous scenery spot in China. The Forbidden City is located in the middle of Beijing and is the former palace of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the largest and best-preserved group of the ancient wooden architecture in the world. First built in 1406 in the fourth year of Emperor Yongle, it is the place where 24 emperors were enthroned, occupying an area of 720,000 square meters.

Other Attractions

  • 798 Art District
  • APM Shopping Mall
  • Jinfan Concert Hall
  • Oriental Plaza Shopping Mall
  • Prince Gong's Palace
  • Summer Palace

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