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GET­TING THERE

Qan­tas flies daily from Syd­ney to Bei­jing: qan­tas.com

WHERE TO STAY

Bei­jing is one of the largest cities in the world, and its phys­i­cal foot­print is im­mense – which means lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion is im­por­tant when de­cid­ing on where to stay. Try one of these three ar­eas to start in on the ac­tion: Nan­lu­ogux­i­ang

• Nan­lu­ogux­i­ang has be­come one of the city’s most in­ter­est­ing neigh­bour­hoods, with more bars, restau­rants, shops and bou­tiques than you could visit in a week. It’s cen­trally lo­cated, with pub­lic tran­sit ac­cess to all of the city’s ma­jor at­trac­tions, and boasts nu­mer­ous bou­tique ho­tel op­tions.

Houhai

• Houhai is known for its beau­ti­ful lake, laid-back day­time charm, and hum­ming nightlife. There are plenty of up­mar­ket ho­tel choices here, and the food – from street eats to up­scale restau­rants – is richly var­ied. Try Han’s Royal Gar­den Ho­tel. han­sroy­al­gar­den­ho­tel.com Qian­men

• Qian­men is the place to stay for his­tory buffs and cul­ture vul­tures – lo­cated south of Tianan­men Square, steps from the For­bid­den City and dozens of other at­trac­tions, Qian­men boasts a quiet walk­ing street, iconic restau­rants, and a ton of shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties. Try the Qian­men Ho­tel Bei­jing.

DON’T LEAVE WITH­OUT

• Rent­ing a tan­dem bike for a ride around Houhai Lake

• Snack­ing on a scor­pion on a stick at Donghua­men

Night Mar­ket

• Rock­ing Chi­nese pop songs at a karaoke bar

• Vis­it­ing a tra­di­tional healer for hot cup­ping ther­apy

• Get­ting artistic at the 798 Art Zone

FUR­THER IN­FOR­MA­TION

• He­len Wong’s Tours: he­len­wongs­tours.com

• Goway Travel: goway.com.au

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