At a Glance
Following a multimillion dollar revamp the hotel is one of the city’s top options with beautifully decorated rooms where no detail has been left to chance.
Service is key with staff making a huge effort to make every guest feel welcome aware that most tourists will feel a long way from home so a warm and friendly welcome makes for a really relaxing stay.
Fantastic location on Wangfujing Street in the very heart of the city, get out on foot to explore, the location is perfect for a morning stroll.
The hotel has two excellent restaurants but its Huang Ting left unchanged in the renovation which offers a traditional masterclass in Cantonese cooking.
Alongside the excellent spa the hotel has a wonderful 18-metre pool ideal for a relaxing dip away from the chaotic city streets outside.
Best time to Visit
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With scorching summers, cold winters, temperate springs and pleasant autumns, Beijing and its surrounding area experiences four distinct seasons. During the summer months, the mercury can reach over 40°C, bringing monsoon rains and extreme humidity, despite being the peak season for travel. From November through to March, northern winds whip through the city, seeing temperatures tumble to as low as -20°C in January, the coldest month. Springtime is windy yet pleasant, although sandstorms from Mongolia sweep through at this time of year making outdoor sightseeing uncomfortable. The Autumn months are the perfect time to travel, with fewer tourists and the most clement weather for exploring the city.
To start planning your holiday to Peninsula Beijing
With a fabulous central Beijing location close to the Forbidden City, The Peninsula Beijing is the place to stay. It has contemporary guest rooms, fantastic facilities, luxury surrounds and exemplary Peninsula service.
Situated in the very heart of Beijing, between two main shopping areas and within easy walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the Peninsula Beijing offers the perfect combination of both traditional and modern comfort. The Peninsula ranks among the best as a member of the leading hotels of the world.
The Peninsula Beijing's guest rooms have a contemporary edge with huge plasma screens and even have a TV to be enjoyed whilst in the bath! All mod cons have been included in the luxurious and comfortable rooms and suites and for those wanting a more intimate experience, access to the hotel's three Club floors allow the added luxury of private check-ins, peaceful buffet breakfasts, afternoon teas and evening cocktails in a more intimate, boutique hotel style atmosphere.
The service at Beijing's Peninsula is phenomenal from the moment the doorman welcomes you into the lobby. There is also an exclusive shopping arcade ready to be explored on the lower levels of the hotel as well as an indoor pool, state of the art gym and fantastic spa for relaxing after (or instead of) a day's sightseeing. The indulgent treatments conclude with relaxation time in the Asian tea lounge and are so much more than just a standard treatment - allow at least an hour in the spa to relax and enjoy it before your treatment even begins!
All of the hotel's 230 suite-style rooms are designed with comfort in mind, from the large marble bathrooms to sumptuous comfortable furnishings and have the very latest technology at your fingertips. Rooms range in size and amenities and include 61 suites. The collection of loft-style accommodation which incorporates the Duplex rooms.
Children are welcome and the spacious rooms are equipped with MP3/4 connectivity for entertainment purposes and there is a large DVD library available. There is a children's menu at Jing and children's room service. The Peninsula Kids Academy runs cultural and cooking activities such as kite making and traditional candied apple making (for children over 6). Babysitting can be provided.
The Peninsula Beijing's two restaurants, Huang Ting and Jing, cover a full spectrum of Cantonese, Asian and Western cuisine. The lobby lounge serves fantastic cocktails and the hotel's in-room dining experiences are 5 star. The hotel has a 20 metre indoor swimming pool, indulgent ESPA spa with 12 treatment rooms, ice fountain and crystal steam rooms among others and a fully equipped gym with personal trainers on hand.
The Peninsula Beijing have the 'Peninsula Academy' programme available to all guests as a way to learn more about aspects of Chinese culture and traditions such as antiques, The Great Wall or even Chinese opera. Located in the city's famous Wangfujing shopping district, The Peninsula is perfectly positioned for those who want to explore the city's restaurants and shops independently and it is also walking distance from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
The Peninsula will be under construction for 2 years but when the hotel is completed the rooms will be some of the largest in Beijing and even the lowest category room type will have an enormous bathroom and separate living area and bedroom which can be separated by a sliding door making it ideal for small families. The hotel is situated in a fantastic location close to the Forbidden City and also Beijing's famous night market which offers plenty of weird and wonderful late night bites!
Victoria Hogg (Staff)
On our first night in Beijing, we had dinner at Huang Ting at the Peninsula and this set the bar pretty high for the rest of our stay. The restaurant has been designed to echo the ancient Hutongs of Beijing and the setting is stunning. You enter through a huge wooden door and the decor is full of wood and low lighting - so atmospheric! The cuisine there is out of this world and I do not think I will order Chinese takeaway in London ever again! We had such a delicious banquet with Peking duck (which you must obviously try when in Peking!) and so many other delicious bits and pieces. My only regret is that we did not have the dim sum lunch there as well, which also sounds incredible. If you are still hungry, you could always wander down the road to the food market for fried scorpions, testicles and starfish....luckily we had already eaten and were pretty full!
798 Art District
Today enjoy a half-day tour of the 798 Art District which was a former military factory and has been turned into a contemporary arts hub for local artists. You will also visit Caochangdi Gallery and Red Gate Gallery.
Acrobatic Show in Chaoyang Theatre
Enjoy a stunning acrobatic show that showcases the highly skilled acts from contortionist to balancing routines to high wire stunts.
Badaling Great Wall by Helicopter
Tick off the iconic Great Wall in a spectacular fashion for a bird's eye view on one of its most well-preserved sections.
Beijing Brewery Discovery Experience
Wind through the alleyways and lanes of Beijing’s Hutongs and discover neighbourhood haunts where you’ll taste the city’s favourite late-night snack and sample local craft beer and spirits, including the potent ‘baijiu’.
Beijing City Tour
Today, embark on a full day tour of Beijing city as you explore the highlights including the Yonghe Lama Temple, Guozijiang Street, the Drum Tower and the Temple of Heaven.
Beijing Highlights - Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden Palace
This morning, explore the highlights of Beijing. Visit Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City. Delve into the rich history and witness the past grandeur and glory of the Chinese imperial family.
Beijing Religion and Philosophy
Explore Beijing’s rich variety of religions and philosophies as you travel from Confucius Shrines to Tibetan Buddhist temples, Taoist temples to Muslim mosques and uncover the strength of traditional beliefs held by the worshippers.
Beijing Sidecar Fun
Take an exciting ride exploring Beijing in a sidecar! Discover the other side of Beijing as the tour brings you to the less known Hutongs, Fan Yuan Si - the oldest Buddhist temple, Confucius Temple or the Drum and Bell Tower.
Beijing's Modern Architectures
Today, we discover the modern side of Beijing's ever-evolving cityscape, such as the Bird's Nest, National Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Phoenix International Media Centre, CCTV, and the National Grand Theatre.
Biking in Beijing
View Beijing in a different light as you embark on biking tour at night. Bike along the moat of the Forbidden City and cycle through Tian An Men Square and the National Theatre. End at the night market where you can sample some local snacks.
Boat Ride at Beihai Park
Enjoy one-hour boat ride on the lake of Beihai Park, a beautiful imperial garden with a white pagoda.
Chinese Kung Fu Show
Enjoy an exciting Chinese Kungfu Show this evening where a Buddhist monk endures trials and challenges as he grows up to be a successful Kungfu master.
Cooking in the Hutongs
Learn how to cook traditional Beijing cuisine during this fun and interactive cookery lesson in Beijing's hutongs (narrow streets, courtyards and alleyways).
Today, we make a visit to Cuandixia village approximately 90 kilometre from Beijing.
Dumpling-Making Class at The Hutong
Learn how to knead and roll dough, create fillings and utilize natural dyes from fresh vegetables to make colourful dumpling wraps.
Forbidden City and Hutong Family Homemade Lunch
Beijing balances its ancient history with its 21st century lifestyles and this experience is a chance to explore both of these with a visit to the ancient Forbidden City and a chance to meet a local family and join them for lunch in their home.
Forbidden City Treasure Hunt
Uncover the secrets of Beijing’s Forbidden City as you take a treasure hunt through its palaces, gardens and imperial buildings in this family-friendly experience. Listen out for clues from your guide and search for special symbols in the 9,999 buildings.
Gubeikou Hike, Great Wall of China
Delve into the rich history of China as you walk the remote Gubeikou section of the Great Wall. Explore how this crumbling structure played an important part in protecting Beijing from Mongolian nomads and meet local farmers and producers.
Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Full Day Hike
Embark on a full day hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Visit this untouched and remote ruins as you witness the original glory of the great wall.
Hutong Calligraphy Class at Summer Palace
Learn the art of Chinese calligraphy for 2 hours inside the Summer Palace, where the emperors once upon a time studied.
Hutong Cultural Immersion
Enjoy a unique Hutong experience on this half day tour as you take a rickshaw to visit the Drum Tower and a local home. Take part in the cultural activities like Chinese paper cutting, kite making and biking through the Hutong.
Hutong Evening Foodie Tour By Tuktuk
Get a taste of Beijing as you tour family-run restaurants in a tuktuk. Feast on homemade noodles, meat buns, popular yoghurt, roasted BBQ meats, roll traditional pancakes, down the Baijiu's firewater spirit and conclude at a local craft beer brewery.
Hutong Evening Foodie Tour By Tuktuk
Get a taste for the flavours of Beijing as you spend an evening touring neighbourhood family-run restaurants in a tuktuk before ending the night at a local craft beer brewery. Feast on local delicacies as you mingle with the residents of the hutongs.
Hutong Walking Tour Series
Uncover a world hidden from view as you walk through the hutongs, or alleyways, that connect Beijing’s neighbourhood houses and hear the eye-opening and intriguing stories of some of their most colourful inhabitants.
Introduction to Tai Chi & Qigong
Tai Chi and Qigong are two fascinating physical exercises which Chinese people often like to practice in preparation for the day ahead. During this short class, understand the history and health benefits of this morning ritual and learn some basic moves.
Jinshanling Great Wall Exploration
Visit Jinshanling Great Wall where fewer tourists venture. Enjoy the pristine beauty and serenity as you walk along the wall.
Jinshanling Hike at The Great Wall
Get away from the crowds as you trek a remote section of the Great Wall of China with a guide, along crumbling ramparts and past watchtowers with exceptional views over the surrounding rugged countryside.
Maliandao Tea Market
Taste three main tea types: Green, Oolong and Pu'er and discover the health benefits and processing practices associated with the different tea types. You will also learn about the art of tea-potting and tea-brewing.
Morning Jingshan Park Visit
This morning, climb up to the top of Jingshan Park for a great view of the majestic Forbidden City. Interact with the locals going about their daily routines and gain an insight into their lives.
Mutianyu Great Wall Exploration
Today, visit the restored section of the Great Wall - Mutianyu. Take a cable car ride up and go for an easy walk before riding down on a toboggan!
Peking Opera with Behind the Scenes Visit
We will head to Liyuan Theatre for a classic performance of Peking Opera. Before the show, you have the chance to watch the actors and actresses painting their faces.
Picnic with Wine and Cheeses on the Great Wall
Walk along the ancient Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China, offering perhaps the most authentic experience with unrestored towers and crumbling ramparts, towards the renovated section at Mutianyu. Soak in the views with a picnic lunch on the wall.
Private Kung Fu Class
This morning, enjoy a 1-hour private practice of Chinese Kung Fu under the guidance of a Kung Fu master.
Private Peking Opera Painting Class
Immerse in a one-hour private class on a local tea house and learn how to paint Peking Opera face on a mask.
Qianmen Pedestrian Street
Walk along the Qianmen pedestrian street with a history of 600 years old, and if you have children, they will enjoy a ride on a "diang-diang" tram.
Shadow Art Class
On this one-hour shadow art class, you will be joined by a teacher who will share insights into the history of Shadow Arts and you can learn how to ink the materials and turn it into a puppet.
Special Access to Chonghua Palace
Enjoy an exclusive 30-minute visit to Chonghua Palace, not open to general public.
Summer Palace Exploration
Discover the enchanting Summer Palace, one of the most well-preserved of palaces in Beijing. Stroll through the beautiful gardens and take a shared boat ride on Kunming Lake.
Tai Chi & Qigong Lesson
Tai Chi and Qigong are two fascinating physical exercises which Chinese people practice in preparation for the day ahead. During this short 1-hour class, understand the history and health benefits of this morning ritual and learn some basic moves.
Visit The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu
Enjoy a half day tour to The Great Wall of China. This visit will take you to Mutianyu and although further from the city it offers a much more natural Wall experience as it is less visited, enabling one to appreciate the stunning countryside.
Visit Tiannamen Square & The Forbidden City
Enjoy a half day tour of Beijing's most well-known landmarks. Start with a trip to Tian'ammen Square before heading onto The Forbidden City, a former imperial palace which was the residence to twenty-four different Chinese Emperors.
Visit to The Temple of Heaven & The Summer Palace
Visit The Temple of Heaven and The Summer Palace on this full day tour. The Temple of Heaven is one of China's most iconic sacrificial monuments meanwhile The Summer Palace, a World Heritage Site, was built as a luxurious royal garden for royal families.
Walking around the Great Wall of China
Works started on the Great Wall of China as early as 200 B.C and it now stretches from Shanhaiguan by the Yellow Sea to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. Sections of wall have been restored and repaired, offering fantastic walking opportunities.
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Location & directions
Peninsula Beijing is located on Goldfish Lane in Beijing's cultural district, adjacent to the Wangfujing shopping.
How to get there
10-hour flight to Beijing Capital International Airport. Peninsula Beijing is a 45-minute transfer from the airport.
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