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Here’s how to enjoy Beijing for...


Under US$50


Head to Tiananmen Square in the morning to file past the body of the Great Helmsman at the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, then visit the National Museum of China ( next door, one of the largest in the world.

In the evening, catch the death-defying acrobatics show at the Chaoyang Theatre


Under US$150


Go beyond the guidebooks and discover a new side of the Forbidden City by attending a talk by the history experts at Beijing Postcards. Explore the still-active Lama Temple in the afternoon, a former Imperial palace turned lamasery.

Finish the day shopping for designer souvenirs and retro antiques on trendy Wudaoying Hutong.


Under US$300


Begin the day on a city tour with a difference: a two-hour chauffeured joyride on a 1950s PLA motorcycle sidecar by the bike fanatics at Beijing Sideways. After all that excitement, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment at the Peninsula Beijing.

End the day with a champagne-paired dinner while learning the secrets of Peking duck. Go behind the scenes on a kitchen tour at the city’s best duck restaurant, courtesy of boutique travel company Bespoke Beijing.