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By Chris | December 22 2007
Beijing’s top concierges share their recommendations for the perfect trip
Head Of Concierge, China World Hotel
+86 10 6505 2266
“You can start your day with a fitness session with the tai chi master at our fitness club, followed by a sumptuous buffet breakfast in Scene a Café.
“Take a bicycle or hybrid car tour to the Forbidden City and learn about Chinese history, then head over to the historical hutongs and walk the traditional neighborhoods particular to Beijing. Have a delicious Peking duck lunch at Duck de Chine and head out to 798 Art District, where you can spend the afternoon taking in the works of contemporary Chinese artists. Homesick? For dinner, a taste of world-class modern European cuisine can be found at the Aria restaurant. Located here at the China World Hotel, Aria offers some of the city’s best gourmet cuisine prepared by head chef Matthew McCool.”
You simply can’t come to Beijing without seeing the Wall.
Arguably the city’s best venue for Peking Duck.
+86 10 6501 8812
The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti North Road, Chaoyang District
An entertaining local dining experience where dancing girls make hand-pulled noodles right by your tableside.
+86 10 6506 0403
2 Dahuisilu, Haidian District
A popular boutique offering high-quality, stunning reinventions of the traditional qipao (cheongsam) or tang zhuang (male version of the traditional attire).
Oriental Plaza, 1 East Chang’An Street, Dongcheng District
A traditional hutong combined with contemporary and unique shops, restaurants and bars.
Nanluoguxiang Hutong, Dongcheng District
Chief Concierge, Raffles Beijing Hotel
+86 10 6526 3388 ext. 4121
For the perfect Beijing itinerary, start your day bright and early by joining Raffles Ambassador John Spooner on a walk to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Come back to the hotel and enjoy a delightful Western or Oriental breakfast at our luxury restaurant East 33. Following breakfast let a Raffles Hotel car and chauffeur take you to the Great Wall for an exciting day trip. After a delicious dinner of Peking duck, return to your room to rest, relax and change. You will find the tickets you requested for a ballet or opera at the National Center for Performing Arts already waiting for you.
This fantastic Cantonese restaurant brings dim sum to new levels of perfection. Private dining rooms offer sanctuary from the crowd, particularly for busy Sunday brunch.
+86 10 8522 1212
3rd Floor, Jinbao Tower, 89 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District
A Beijing-based fashion house that is at the forefront of emerging Chinese luxury fashion brands. Best known for their couture gowns.
Cuiwei Plaza, 33 Fuxing Road, Haidian District
Located on the eastern side of Tiananmen Square, the museum is great to visit. Stroll through the exhibition halls and soak up some Chinese history.
16 East Chang’an Street, Dongcheng District
Concierge, The Peninsula
+86 10 8516 2888
Fully restored by the Empress Dowager more than a hundred years ago, the palace and grounds are situated on a tranquil lake where you can see the magnificent Marble Boat.
Yiheyuan, Haidian District Liulichang Culture Street
A traditional, cultural market selling antiques, jewelry and works of ancient calligraphy.
Liulichang East Street, Xuanwu District
Tea-infused fusion cuisine served in an impressively sleek and well designed setting.
6 Gongti West Road, Chaoyang District
Located in the historic Qianmen Street, Capital M diners can feast on delicious, modern European cuisine while enjoying spectacular views of Tiananmen Square below.
2 Qianmen Avenue, Pedestrian Area, Dongcheng District
Hailed as one of the world’s ‘Ten Best Restaurants’ by the New York Times, this internationally renowned dumpling restaurant is both opulent and contemporary in style.
24 Xinyuan Xilizhongjie, Chaoyang District
An upscale watering hole with an avantgarde décor scheme.
4th Floor, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Street North, Chaoyang District
Opulent and luxurious nightclub venue with an impeccably well-stocked bar and live DJs most nights.
4th Floor, LG Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District
All the finest luxury designer brands your heart could desire.
8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District