THE RITZ-CARLTON, BEIJING

83A Jian Guo Road, China Central Place, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100025, China
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Attractions


From Tiananmen Square to the Great Wall, experience the sights of Beijing

The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing is conveniently located near the city’s top shopping and dining districts as well as famous cultural attractions, including Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven.

Positioned in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) near the World Trade Center, our hotel offers convenient access to the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Silk Market and other stunning Beijing landmarks. Let us help you plan a spectacular adventure when you plan your stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing.


Cultural

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Beijing Ancient Observatory (北京古观象台)
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Opening hours:
9:00—11:00; 13:00—17:00
Last Entry at 16:00
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Located on the southwest side of the Jianguomen crossroad in the Dongcheng District, the Beijing Ancient Observatory, one of the oldest observatories in the world, was built in 1442. During the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, this observatory served astronomers in their star-gazing reports to the Emperor, who considered the movements of the celestial bodies to be a highly important affair. The astronomical instruments were also utilized for sea navigation. In 1673, the Jesuit Ferdinand Verbiest supervised the rebuilding of some of the instruments and further developed the observation of the stars and planets with other Jesuits. The main astronomical devices are located on the observatory roof and the exhibition rooms within house ancient star maps dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907).
Forbidden City (紫禁城)
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Distance: 10km (one way)
Duration of car ride: 20-25 minutes
Duration of visit:  1-2 hours

Opening hours:
Open daily all year.

April 1st to October 31:  8:30—17:00
Last Entry at 16:10
Tickets sold until 16:00

November 1 to March 31: 8:30—16:30
Last Entry at 15:40
Tickets sold until 15:30

Lying at the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City, called Gu Gong in Chinese, was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Now known as the Palace Museum, it is to the north of Tiananmen Square. Rectangular in shape, it is the world's largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. Surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter high wall are 9,999 buildings. The wall has a gate on each side. Opposite the Tiananmen Gate, to the north is the Gate of Divine Might (Shenwumen), which faces Jingshan Park. The distance between these two gates is 960 meters, while the distance between the gates in the east and west walls is 750 meters. There are unique and delicately structured towers on each of the four corners of the curtain wall. These afford views over both the palace and the city outside. The Forbidden City is divided into two parts. The southern section, or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The northern section, or the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Until 1924 when the last emperor of China was driven from the Inner Court, fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty had reigned here. Having been the imperial palace for some five centuries, it houses numerous rare treasures and curiosities. Listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987, the Palace Museum is now one of the most popular tourist attractions world-wide.
Great Wall of China (长城)
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Distance: 80km (one way)
Duration of car ride: 1.5 hours
Duration of visit: 2-3 hours

The Great Wall is a symbol of Chinese civilization, and one of the wonders that the Chinese people have created. It stretches 6,700 km (4,160 miles) across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus. The Badaling section of the Great Wall, the most representative part, was promoted as a key national cultural relic, protected under the approval of the State Council in 1961. In 1988, it was enlisted in the World Cultural Heritage Directory by UNESCO. July 7, 2007 has once again witnessed the worldwide reputation that the Great Wall gained: it was listed among the New Seven Wonders of the World.

After uniting China in 221 BC, the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, ordered the building of the wall to connect the existing fortifications along China’s northern border to protect the country against intrusions by the nomadic tribes from the north.

Badaling Great Wall is situated in Yanqing County, over 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of Beijing. It is the most well-preserved section of the Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). This section with an average altitude of over 1,000 meters (3,282 feet) is the outpost of the Juyongguan Pass. The mountain slope is very steep and the roads are tortuous. These features made it a military stronghold. Badaling Great Wall is like a strong dragon winding its way along the mountain ranges.

Helicopter service at The Great Wall Badaling Section is now available!

This will be an unforgettable travel experience. The tour begins at the Badaling Heliport which is 10 to 15 minutes drive from The Badaling Great Wall Entrance.

The service is provided by Capital Helicopter Company and the whole ride will be around 15 minutes. After take off, guests will find Badaling Great Wall right beneath them and the flight across the mountain range gives a bird's-eye view of the best preserved section of this 8,000 kilometers long structure.

The price of the helicopter service listed as below (insurance included)

Person         1                 2               3                 4

Price   RMB 2,200  RMB 3,400  RMB 4,800  RMB 6,000

Please note:

1) Reservation for 1 or 2 travelers will share a helicopter with other travelers, for 3 or 4 traveler will have the privilege of a private helicopter flight. So in case there were less than 3 travelers, however, they don't want to share with others, can choose to pay for 3 travelers' rate at 4,800 to enjoy the private heli tour

2) Guests need to bring their passports to check in at the heliport.

3) Itinerary could be customized base on request, please contact Concierge to make arrangements.

4) Reservation is required at least 24 hours in advance.

5) At this moment, they only accept cash payment, guest can pay at Concierge and Concierge will call the helicopter company to come to the hotel to collect the money.

Hutongs of Beijing (胡同)
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Distance: 15km (one way)
Duration of car ride: 20-25 minutes
Duration of visit:  2-3 hours

People say that the real culture of Beijing is "the culture of hutong" and "the culture of courtyard". How true that is. Often, it is Beijing's winding hutongs that attract tourists from home and abroad rather than the high-rise buildings and large mansions.

Hutong is a typical lane or small street in Beijing that originated during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). "Hutong" is a Mongolian word, meaning "water well". During that time, water well is the settlement around which people lived. There are tens of thousands of hutongs surrounding the Forbidden City. In the past, Beijing was composed of countless courtyards. Hutongs were formed when people left a passageway between two courtyards to make entering them more convenient.

As the symbol of Beijing City, a hutong has its own layout and structure, which makes it a wonder in the world. When taking a bird's eye view of Beijing, you will find the combination of hutongs and courtyards just like an orderly chessboard with delicate gardens, fine rockeries, and ancient ruins. Hutongs have witnessed the development of Beijing. Where there is a hutong, there is a story.

Olympic Green (北京奧林匹克公園)
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On Friday 8 August 2008 the opening ceremony of the 29th Olympiad was held at The Beijing National Stadium, also known as the ‘Bird’s Nest’. It has a capacity of 80,000 seats for the games. The unique architecture and design of the building has made it an iconic focal point for Beijing. The circular shape of the stadium’s bowl was defined using computer software developed by Arup to allow spectators to have the optimum view.

The blue-colored National Aquatics Center (NAC), nicknamed the "Water Cube" was inaugurated and delivered for use on the morning of January 28, 2008. It took over four years to construct the Olympic venue, which is a new landmark in Beijing. The "Water Cube" was designed with water-saving and environmental effort; the venue can save 140,000 tons of recycled water a year

Temple of Heaven (天坛)
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Distance: 11km (one way)
Duration of car ride: 20-25 minutes
Duration of visit:  1-2 hours

The Temple of Heaven is a worthwhile visiting place in Beijing. It is much bigger than the Forbidden City and smaller than the Summer Palace with an area of about 2,700,000 square meters. The Temple was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. As Chinese emperors called themselves 'The Son of Heaven, they dared not to build their own dwelling, 'Forbidden City' bigger than a dwelling for Heaven.

The Temple of Heaven is enclosed with a long wall. The northern part within the wall is semicircular symbolizing the heavens and the southern part is square symbolizing the earth. The northern part is higher than the southern part. This design shows that the heaven is high and the earth is low and the design reflected an ancient Chinese thought of 'The heaven is round and the earth is square'.

Tiananmen Square (天安门广场)
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It is the symbol of the People’s Republic and the center of Beijing’s landmarks. The flagstones of Tian’anmen cover a staggering 440,000 square meters (100 acres), enough space to allow a million people to gather there, making it the largest open-urban square in the world. Used as a massive meeting place since its inception, its flatness is broken only by the 38-metre (125 ft) high Monument to the People's Heroes completed in 1958, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong completed in 1977. The Tiananmen Gate Tower sites at the north, the Five-Star Red Flag flies high on the square, the Monument to the People’s Heroes dominates the center, the Great Hall of the People and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the Museum of Chinese History to the east and west of it, as well as The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and the Tiananmen gate, sit in the south of the square.
Prince Gong Mansion (恭王府)
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This grand compound sits in a neighborhood once reserved for imperial relatives. Built during the Ming Dynasty, it fell to Prince Gong, brother of Qing emperor Xianfeng and later an adviser to Empress Dowager Cixi. With nine courtyards joined by covered walkways, it was once one of Beijing's most lavish residences. The largest hall offers summertime Beijing opera and afternoon tea to guests on guided hutong tours. Some literary scholars believe this was the setting of the Dream of the Red Chamber, China's best-known classic novel.

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Summer Palace (颐和园)
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Distance: 26km (one way)
Duration of car ride: 40-50 minutes
Duration of visit:  2-3 hours

Situated in the western outskirts of Haidian District, the Summer Palace is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from central Beijing. Having the largest royal park and being well preserved, it was designated, in 1960 by the State Council, as a Key Cultural Relics Protection Site of China. Containing examples of the ancient arts, it also has graceful landscapes and magnificent constructions. The Summer Palace is the archetypal Chinese garden, and is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens of the world. In 1998, it was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Constructed in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), during the succeeding reign of feudal emperors; it was extended continuously. By the time of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it had become a luxurious royal garden providing royal families with rest and entertainment. Originally called 'Qingyi Garden' (Garden of Clear Ripples), it was know as one of the famous 'three hills and five gardens' (Longevity Hill, Jade Spring Mountain, and Fragrant Hill; Garden of Clear Ripples, Garden of Everlasting Spring, Garden of Perfection and Brightness, Garden of Tranquility and Brightness, and Garden of Tranquility and Pleasure). Like most of the gardens of Beijing, it could not elude the rampages of the Anglo-French allied force and was destroyed by fire. In 1888, Empress Dowager Cixi embezzled navy funds to reconstruct it for her own benefit, changing its name to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). She spent most of her later years there, dealing with state affairs and entertaining. In 1900, it suffered again, being ransacked by the Eight-Power Allied Force. After the success of the 1911 Revolution, it was opened to the public.

Shopping

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Hongqiao Pearl Market (红桥市场)
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Opening hour: 9:30am-7pm
Location: No. 46 Tiantan Donglu,Chongwen
Distance: 8km with 25 minutes drive
Telephone: 6713 3354
Floor Plan:
1F: Watches,
2F: Clothes, Shoes, Leather Goods
3F:Souvenir, Pearl
4F & 5F: Fine Jewelry Store
The Panjiayuan Folk Culture Market (潘家园旧货市场)
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Address: No. 18 Huaweili Chaoyang District
Distance: 7km with 20 minutes drive
Opening Hour: 5:30am-4:30pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Telephone: 87772727
The Panjiayuan folk culture market is a market in Beijing dealing in secondhand goods of private citizens and art and craft articles. As a market for people to visit in holidays and leisure, it also involves all varieties of goods for collectors in the nation and is China's biggest collecting and distributing center of art and craft articles. Situated in a place of city traffic hub, south of Eastern Third Ring Road and west of Panjiayuan Bridge nearby Second Ring Road, it is very easy for visitors to reach. The market covers over three hectares of land and accommodates over 3,000 stalls open to business. Everyday, many Chinese people and foreigners patronize this market of traditional Chinese style
Sanlitun Yaxiu Market (三里屯雅秀服装市场)
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Opening hour: 10:00am-9pm
Location: Gonti Beilu, Chaoyang
Distance: 4.5km with 15 minutes drive
Telephone:6416 8945
Floor Plan:
B1-Shoes; Leather goods;
1F; 2F- -Men’s and Lady’s Wear
3F- Silk, Tailor Shop, Kid’s wear,
4F-Souvenir,Antique,Watches,Tea Shop, Manicure, Jewelry
5F-Food Court
Silk Market (秀水市场)
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Opening hour: 9:30am-9pm
Location: No. 8 Xiushui Dong Street, Chaoyang
Distance: 4km with 10 minutes drive
Telephone: 5169 9003

On 19 March 2005, Beijing Silk Street High-rise, which draws lots of attentions, is open for business officially. After more than 20 years development, the two characters ”Xiu Shui” have become a famous brand among the sphere of commodity circulation in Beijing. The Silk Street High-rise is tightly near CBD, the total floorage amount to 28,000 square meters, and there are 1,500 stalls in the market. Commodities mainly sold in Silk Street are shoes, bags and cases, leather, famous brand, casual wear, fashion clothing, cowboy series, sports leisure attire, knitted dress, kid's clothing, tie, silk handkerchief, silk wax printing, craft table cloth, handicraft, jewelry, antique, calligraphy and painting, Beijing roast duck and characteristic snack, etc.

Floor Plan:
B1-Shoes; Leather goods;
1F-Men’s Wear
2F-Lady’s Wear
3F-Sport Wear; Silk, Kid’s wear,
4F-Souvenir,Antique,Watches,Tea Shop, Manicure, Jewelry
5F-Fine Jewelry
6F-Restaurant and Tong Ren Tang (Quanjude Roast Duck,Western Restaurant)
7F-Restaurant( Quanjude & Xiaowang’s Home)