Dating back three millennia and boasting a variety of culture, Beijing is one of China’s most historic and important cities. The Sheraton Beijing Lize Hotel is located at the intersection of Fenghuangzui North Road and Jinzhongdu West Road in Lize’s Financial Business District. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) can be reached by car in 45 minutes.

Just 20 minutes from the hotel are three of Beijing’s top attractions: Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square; the Forbidden City, China’s best-preserved imperial palace and the world’s largest ancient palatial structure; and the Temple of Heaven, which was built in the 1400s.

Take an excursion to visit the Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New7Wonders of the World. Several spots near Beijing allow views of this wall that spans thousands of kilometers. On the way back into town, see the Ming Tombs, where 13 emperors are buried. Stroll across the serene grounds of the Summer Palace, an ancient Chinese imperial icon. Walk around Beijing’s hutongs (ancient city lanes) to gain a better appreciation of the city’s history. Take in panoramic views from the top of the CCTV Tower. Or get in the Olympic spirit with a trip to the amazing Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, a marvel of modern design.

Shoppers will delight in China’s unique handicrafts, including its famed cloisonné. In addition to the Silk Market, the Dashanzi 798 Art District is filled with modern art galleries, studios, bookstores, and cafés. Savor Beijing’s indigenous Peking duck, which is hung from a hook and roasted over a wood fire. Walk along Wangfujing Street to browse the shops, then stop to sample some of the local treats on nearby Snack Street. Or sip a delicious cup of Chinese tea in an authentic teahouse. Myriad bars and themed nightclubs await on San Li Tun Bar Street.