Nestled in Beijing’s bustling downtown diplomatic and commercial district, W Beijing - Chang’an is surrounded by enchanting sites, both ancient and modern. Defining the iconic skyline, landmark skyscrapers remix with ancient temples and imperial palaces, a successive series of monuments that reveals the rich history that has long classified China’s capital as an epicenter of innovation.
Just steps away from the hotel, Tiananmen Square—the world’s largest public square—meets the eclectic, vibrant Silk Market and Forbidden City, which captivates visitors with its 9,000 rooms, endless courtyards, and magnificent treasures. Surprising visitors with its many layers, Beijing reveals other nearby sites, including the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China, the spectacular Summer Palace’s emerald gardens and sparkling lakes, and the Yuan Ming Yuan Imperial Garden, where flora and fauna fuse with architecture and art.
At Lama Temple, Temple of Heaven, and the majestic Ming Tombs, which house the mausoleums of 13 emperors, the city’s spiritual side takes center stage. Contrasting these historical wonders, the monolithic CCTV tower, dramatic Beijing Olympic Stadium, and iconic Beijing National Aquatics Centre, also known as “The Watercube,” speak to the capital’s unrivaled urban status.
All around, culture abounds, ranging from the renowned Beijing Opera to the National Center for the Performing Arts and numerous galleries and museums. Stop by Wangfuijing—the city’s shopping epicenter—or an electric night market to witness everyday life in the capital’s “huntongs” and pick up your own piece of Beijing.
For recommendations or more information about Beijing, consult our Whatever/Whenever® desk.
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