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Last updated: 02 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Thomas O’Malley

Stylish and sharp-suited, New World Beijing has every flourish you’d expect from a five-star hotel, and room rates that often come in considerably cheaper than its big-name rivals.

It’s also one of the few international-standard hotels within walking distance of the Temple of Heaven and its vast arena of sculpted parkland – ideal for a morning jog or stroll. Tiananmen Square is about the same distance away in the opposite direction.

Among the hotel’s standout features are a wellness floor with pool, sauna and spa, and a stylish rooftop lounge bar, a rarity in the capital.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Tiananmen Square

Beijing, China[1.4 miles]

Overlooked by a giant portrait of Mao Zedong, this vast and politically-sensitive public space sits at the very heart of modern China, both literally and symbolically.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Temple of Heaven

Beijing, China[1.8 miles]

Once a site for esoteric imperial rites, this marvellous complex of temples, altars and pavilions is set in a sprawling grove of knotted cypress trees. One of Beijing’s must-see sights.

Best for ages: 13+ | £2

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Forbidden City

Beijing, China[2.6 miles]

A magnificent and unique 15th-century complex of imperial palaces that served as the home of Chinese emperors for 500 years. Beijing’s must-see attraction.

Best for ages: 13+ | £6

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Jingshan Park

Beijing, China[3.2 miles]

Beijing’s best park is also one of its only central hills, offering inspiring views of the Forbidden City. It’s also where elderly locals come to sing, dance and let off steam.

Best for ages: 13+ | £3

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

The National Museum of China on the east side of Tiananmen Square, one of the largest museum in the world

National Museum of China

Beijing, China[1.2 miles]

The National Museum of China contains a humongous cache of bronzes, ceramics, Buddhist art and jade dating back through the dynasties. The bombastic ‘Road to Rejuvenation’ exhibition traces China’s rise from the 1840-42 Opium War with Britain to the country’s 21st century space programme.

Best for ages: 13+ | £5

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Monument in front of Mao's Mausoleum on Tiananmen Square, China . Mao's body was embalmed and the construction of a mausoleum began shortly after his death.

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

Beijing, China[1.3 miles]

Visitors line up in droves to shuffle past Mao’s embalmed corpse, on display in a mausoleum in the middle of Tiananmen Square. Guards keep the crowds moving through to the gift shop full of Mao-themed souvenirs.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Exterior of the Great Hall of the People building in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, lit up at night

Great Hall of the People

Beijing, China[1.7 miles]

Looking out over Tiananmen Square, this is China’s most iconic political building and the meeting place for the National People’s Congress. Inside, you can tour its vast Stalinist auditorium, complete with plexiglass red star in the ceiling. When it’s not in use, you can go in to see the vast Stalinist auditorium, complete with plexiglass red star in the ceiling.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Beijing Postcards

Beijing Postcards

Beijing, China[1.8 miles]

The city’s best historical walking tours, covering everything from concubines to Communism. As well as a tour company, Beijing Postcards has a hutong shop selling old city maps, quirky souvenirs and framed black and white prints of early 20th century Beijing.

Best for ages: 13+ | £40 | 2-3 hours

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A burgeoning megacity with one foot in the past, Beijing is a marvellous melange of UNESCO-listed heritage buildings set within an ever-more tech-forward cityscape. Come for the culture, the people, and of course the food.

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