- 3D2N stay for 1 at the Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing for $2,260
- 3D2N stay for 1 at the Novotel Xin Qiao Beijing for $2,380
- 3D2N stay for 1 at the Nikko New Century for $2,500
Hotel at a glance
Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing
Catching the overspill of passengers that trickle from the Beijing Railway Station, the imposing steel and glass figure that marks arrivals at your East Chang An business abode. Pamper selves during stays with a detoxifying sauna session, making sure to keep nourished at either of its two restaurants, then head to the bar for bubblier rations and the chance to converse with fellow travellers. Alternatively, consider heading out to visit the city’s grand historical sights, including the oft photographed Tiananmen Square, or the walls of the Forbidden City.
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Standing tall since 1954, the hotel offers fatigued travellers respite from day-trekking adventures within one of its 700 rooms. Weary bones may soak aches and pains away in relaxing baths of hot spring water that flow in from a 1,400m underground spring at the en-suite bathroom before retiring in for the night with rejuvenating slumbers. Mornings bring opportunities aplenty for guest to venture out on foot to Beijing’s famous landmarks of the Forbidden City and Tiananamen Square, before indulging in bouts of retail therapy at the Wangfujing shopping district. Appetites are appeased with traditional Chinese dinners at the hotel’s Utopia Chinese Restaurant where Beijing’s prized dish of Peking roast duck is feasted on, while chopsticks clash at Tang Palace Restaurant, as guest dine on baskets of dim-sum and yum-cha lunches.
Hotel Nikko New Century Beijing
Branching out from beneath the acclaimed wings of Nikko Hotels International, the 712-room hotel welcomes discerning business and leisure travellers to spacious dwellings dressed in warm tones and Oriental influences. Guests can rejuvenate with soothing soaks in the Jacuzzi or vigorous exercise sessions at the fitness centre and swimming pool, before heeding gustatory groans with scrumptious meals and drinks at one of the hotel’s four restaurants and bars. Meanwhile, keen explorers are just a short drive from Xike Station and minutes away from bustling tech hub, Zhongguancun.
Hong Kong – Beijing
- Departure: 12.45 pm
- Arrival: 4.20pm
- Departure: 2.10pm
- Arrival: 5.30pm
- Departure: 5.30pm
- Arrival: 9.20pm
Beijing – Hong Kong
- Departure: 3.30pm
- Arrival: 7pm
- Departure: 5.30pm
- Arrival: 9.05pm
- Departure: 6.30pm
- Arrival: 10pm
All times listed are in GMT +8. Schedule for reference only, subject to change and availability.
- Stay at Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing, Novotel Xing Qiao Beijing, or Hotel Nikko New Century Beijing
- Rooms are on a twin-sharing basis. Hotel room, bedding, and facilities vary from hotel to hotel
- Max. occupancy: 2 guests per room
Beijing, China: What to see and do
Spearheading her future as one of Asia’s burgeoning metropolis, the People’s capital wows visitors with her wealth of historical landmarks, delectable cuisine, and cultural treasury. See the sights that are essential to all Beijing stops and trace the distant outline of the Great Wall, China’s claim to fame and the world’s largest military structure. Made up of various sections that include the famous 7km Badaling stretch, the Ming’s Jiayuguan Pass, and sea-meeting Shanhaiguan portion, your trek down the smaller blocks that join to span up to 17 different Chinese provinces continues at her opposite equivalent of the Beijing hutongs. Best travelled by rickshaws, your discovery of the alleyways of old Beijing careens you past royal mansions, ancient pavilions and rockeries, and local tea houses of the neighbourhood.
Then, take part in the nationwide obsession with food as you find your dining spot from your choice of a traditional courtyard house, urban restaurant, or neo-classical tea house of the city. Discover the imperial cuisine that is the Peking duck, which requires the delicate process of inflating the bird, rubbing the skin with malt sugar to produce an amber-like appearance, and slicing the cooked product into 120 thin cuts. Next, take on the walking tour of the food streets around the city as you navigate the hutongs for a bite of soybean pudding and honey yogurt, before claiming a bowl of cold noodles or Yunnan salad. As you nibble on a piece of Chinese omelette or artisan pancake, take stock of the cooking tips doled out by your friendly neighbourhood chef on authentic Chinese catering and local uses of spices and vegetables.