This stylish hotel is ideally located only minutes away from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the popular Wangfujing shopping precinct. All rooms feature superior amentities and are decorated in relaxed tones with an emphasis on comfort. The fully equipped fitness room, indoor heated pool, tennis court and massage centre allow guests to recharge after a full day of sightseeing. With a choice of two restaurants guests can sample both Cantonese and international cuisine or enjoy a drink and live music at Le Bar.
Why we recommend Grand Mercure Beijing Central
- Minutes from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
- Indulgent massage centre
- Live music at Le Bar
- Close to Wangfujing shopping precinct
- Fitness room, heated pool and tennis court
Attractions near Grand Mercure Beijing Central
Beijing’s hidden city
Barely known to many locals or mentioned on the regular tourist routes, the Dixia Cheng Underground City is a maze of tunnels stretching some 85 square kilometres beneath Beijing city. Built between 1969 and 1979, Chairman Mao Zedong had the tunnels built as an escape route from air raids and war attacks. Some tunnels are said to be wide enough for up to four vehicles.
The inconspicuous entrances to the tunnels are located in alleyways and backyards, largely unknown even to locals. If you’re able to find one, a small entrance fee will allow you to explore, albeit at your own risk. There are tours available that take visitors around a small but impressive section of this immense underground maze.
Find peace in a Beijing park
Beijing, one of the world’s largest cities, is home to some spectacular green spaces to relax in. In the northern district of Chaoyang, Ritan Park is the site of the sacred Altar of the Sun. Today, it stands as an amusement park with lakes to fish in, flower shows, and four ancient trees – some close to 1,100 years old. Nearby is Chaoyang Park, or Sun Park, which covers an area of over 700 acres.
Across town you'll find the Altar of the Earth in Ditan Park. Built in 1530, the altar building is amazingly well-preserved. If you're still in search of space to find serenity, right in the centre of Beijing is Beihai Park, one of China’s largest and oldest preserved imperial gardens.