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4 Historical Structures to visit in Beijing

1. The Forbidden City
4 Jing Shan Qian Jie, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

The Forbidden City

Recognised as a World Culture Heritage by UNESCO, The Forbidden City is one of Beijing’s most well-known historical attractions. It was home to 24 emperors throughout Chinese history, along with countless other royal subjects. Join a tour or explore on your own to see this majestic structure, and get a sense of how the Chinese royals lived back in the day.

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2. The Great Wall of China
Yanging, Beijing, China

2A well-known historical treasure, The Great Wall is a must-see for history buffs. Built over 2000 years ago, this is perhaps the most extensive construction project the world has ever seen. Explore Badaling section of this historical site while in Beijing; it’s the most popular section of the Great Wall amongst travellers. Climb on for amazing views at the top!

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3. Ming Tombs
Changchi Rd, Changping, Beijing, China

Ming TombsNot far from where the Badaling Great Wall is located, the Ming Tombs are another historical attraction you should visit in Beijing, where the emperors of the Ming dynasty were buried. There are 3 tombs that are open to public- Dingling, Changling and Zhaoling. While visiting the Ming Tombs complex, walk along the Sacred Way, historically believed to lead to heaven, this path is lined with statues over a hundred years old.

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4. Summer Palace
19 Xin Jian Gong Men Lu, Haidian, Beijing, China

Summer PalaceSaid to be the most well-preserved royal park in the world, the vast compound is a collection of lakes, gardens and palaces located at the northwest of Beijing. Take a boat ride to see an island temple, enjoy a traditional performance at one of the restored theatres, and relax at one of the airy pavilions in the Garden of Restful Peace. Other popular spots to visit include the path known as the “Long Corridor” and the Longevity Hill.

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5 Brand New Beijing Hotels Not to be Missed in 2015

China’s capital, Beijing, is known for its fast pace of life and constant dynamism and it’s hotel scene is no different. With 5 brand new hotels, either architecturally intriguing, luxurious or quirky, each has its own charm and aims to make you feel just at home on your next trip to Beijing.

1.  Nuo Hotel Beijing

Opens March 2015NUO Hotel

Inspired by the Modern Ming Dynasty, NUO Hotel Beijing is set to open its doors in March 2015. An amalgamation of contemporary Chinese culture with modern artistic elements, NUO Hotel Beijing boasts a total of 439 spacious guestrooms with 3000 square meters of the state-of-the-art facilities. It is also the flagship hotel of the NUO group. One can expect the highest form of luxury and design from this hotel that’s also conveniently situated next to the 798 Art District and near many public transport systems.

2.  W Hotel – Chang’an

Opened November 2014

W Hotel Chang'an

Opened only a little more than a month ago, W Hotel – Chang’an is situated in a prime location near the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. With 349 rooms and suites, the hotel includes a spa, fitness centre, and heated indoor pool. Each suite consists of a digital tablet that allows for mood and light manipulation as well as an awesome music system that consists of Bose portable speakers and a home theatre system. For those looking to hold events, check out The Great Room, which is 518m2 with a ceiling of 7m.  W Beijing – Chang’an is currently offering special rates from 1 November 2014 to 30 April 2015 so be sure to look out for those here.

3.  Sunrise Kempinski Hotel

Opens 1 January 2015

Sunrise Kempsinki

Sitting on the banks of the Yanqi Lake, an hour’s drive away from central Beijing, an architecturally magnificent building completes the notion of a serenely beautiful landscape. While it is only set to open on 1st January 2015, as its name suggests, the hotel was designed to mimic the rising sun that symbolizes China’s economic growth. When viewed from the side, an image of a scallop is seen, representing ‘Fortune’ in Chinese culture.  The entire building consists of 10,000 glass panels to make up the exterior and 306 guest rooms and suites in the interior, some of which have views of the gorgeous Yanshan Mountains and the historically significant Great Wall of China. Take advantage of their three promotions which includes an ‘Early Booker’ package which gives you 20% off, ‘Special Opening Rate’ where a free breakfast and wifi is included in the price or the ‘Winter Breaks’ offer where you stay a minimum of two nights and receive a 20% discount. Click here for more information.

4. Rosewood Beijing

Opened October 2014

Rosewood Beijing

Located in Beijing’s Eastern Chaoyang District, this hotel sits opposite the iconic CCTV tower and is just a 15-minute drive from Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. With 283 ultra-luxurious rooms, 6 different restaurants and lounges, a spa that features an indoor swimming pool, gym and yoga studio, Rosewood Beijing is the first of the group’s luxury hotel in China. The hotel blends perfectly the notion of ‘East meets West’ with its modern furnishings set against carefully curated art pieces and books that feature Chinese culture. For those looking to hold an event or function, the hotel boasts a total of 3350 square metres of meeting space, which includes a pillar-less ballroom. Take advantage of the hotel’s ‘Time to Discover’ opening package here (valid till 28 February 2015), that allows for 24-hour check in/ out, airport limousine pick up, complimentary consumption of all mini-bar beverages and breakfast.

5.  The Orchid Dashilar

Opens early 2015

The Orchid GulouThis boutique hotel might still be in the works but its set to open in early 2015 so be sure to check them out here once the new year comes around. The Orchid Dashilar is situated nearby to the Tiananmen Square West’s exit, the National Museum of China, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the National Centre for the Performing Arts. Clearly in a rather artsy area of Beijing, The Orchid Dashilar is expected to be cool and classy just like, if not similar to its sister hotel, The Orchid Gulou. If it’s any good as The Orchid Gulou which, has customers raving about the high quality service levels as well as lovely unique rooms, you can be sure that The Orchid Dashilar will definitely be a popular choice amongst travellers as well.

Check out our article on ‘9 Fantastic New Places to Crash‘ for more ideas for where to stay in 2015 in Beijing, click here >>

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Where to See in the New Year in Shanghai For Any Budget

Shanghai is one of the most exciting cities in China, bustling with people and events. Would you expect any less for your New Year’s celebrations? Here’s a list of places to head to in Shanghai, arranged according to your budget, so you can usher in the New Year!

Free (or minimal cost)

1.  Longhua Temple

Longhua Temple

Ring in 2015! When we say ring, we mean ring. At the Longhua Temple, the city’s oldest temple, there is a tradition that has been taking place in Shanghai since 1988. As a symbol of good fortune for the forthcoming year, people are allowed to ring the 3000-kilogram bell at midnight. However, slots to do this are limited (108 places are available) and you will need to make reservations in advance. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll be entitled to one ‘dong’ to bring greater fortunes in 2015. For those who aren’t lucky enough to reserve a spot, you can still join in the festivities, as there will be lion dances, folk performances and a midnight fireworks show for your enjoyment.

2.  Huangpu River

Huangpu River

For those who are into ‘ooh-ing’ and ‘ahh-ing’ as the spectacular display of fireworks brightens up the night, make sure you secure a spot along the Huangpu River. Find yourself a rooftop pub along the Bund and have some drinks while catching up with friends, reminiscing what a year 2014 has been. Alternatively you can just hang out in the surrounding areas and wait for midnight to approach and watch as the Huangpu River lights up in excitement to welcome in the New Year.

 3.  Windows Too New Years Eve Countdown Party

Windows Too

Admission is free for this party pub where they will be giving out all the partying must-haves you will need. From horns and noisemakers, to hats and glow in the dark paraphernalia, Windows Too wants you to be part of the party atmosphere. With every 80RMB spent on food and drinks, a Windows Coffee Mug will be given for free. To add to the excitement, a lucky draw will be held to win free food and drink vouchers!

Mid-Range (RMB 200-800)

4.  Bar Rouge

Bar Rouge

One of Shanghai’s most famous clubs will be partying it up this New Year’s all dressed in Gold. Sparkle and shine amongst the fashionable and glamorous and make sure you get the special Moët & Chandon Gold Edition package to add more glitter to your night. Entry is 300RMB.

5.  Mr & Mrs Bund La Boum NYE Party

Mr & Mrs Bund

Bringing in DJ Zohan and Ghetto Blaster, Mr & Mrs Bund are throwing a house party that will involve lots of partying and dancing all dressed in a ‘Disco Chic’ theme. Entry is 200RMB.

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6.  Le Royal Meridien, Shanghai’s NYE Block Party

Le Royal Meridien

This will probably be the most fashionable NYE party to usher in 2015. If you’re looking to attend this party, make sure you’re dressed stylishly because Fashion TV will be there to capture the happenings. Occupying three whole floors, the NYE Block Party will have electro-house tunes on the first floor, Latin music and dance on the second and DJ Jacob will be dropping beats and pumping up the party with diverse tunes on the third. There will also be a hip-hop dance off o add to the excitement and entertainment for the night. Door prices start at 680RMB.

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Luxury (above RMB800)

7.  MVP Party at the Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt

This party will take you high up, not just in spirits but we mean literally high up all the way to the 91st storey of the Park Hyatt Shanghai. From 8pm to 4am guests will be treated to free flow champagne, spirits and tapas as well as live entertainment. Free transportation to Bar Rouge’s party (after 1.30am) is provided, if you decide that you’re in the mood for carrying on the party. The Park Hyatt’s is rather pricey from RMB888 onwards.

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8.  M1NT Restaurant


With a special six-course menu created just for the New Year’s M1NT Restaurant’s executive chef Michael Jakovljiev will be filling up stomachs with amazing food. Normandy Oysters, foie gras, caviar, a blue lobster pasta, wagyu beef and dessert will be served at a price of RMB 1288 and if you would like wine to go along it’s an addition RMB388. If you’re not too full after feasting and are still able to move, simply stroll over to the club next door for a full night partying! For more information, simply head over to their website here.


Check out our article on ‘Top 5 Rooftop Bars in Shanghai‘ for more ideas for where to see in 2015 in Shanghai, click here >>

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Images courtesy of (from top to bottom) Meet in Shanghai, China International Travel, Erin O’Leary, SmartShanghai.com, Shanghai Listings (5,7 and 8), Le Royal Méridien Shanghai.

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