My trip to China was just absolutely unforgettable, but what made it extra memorable, was my 2-day trip to Beijing. Despite the short but sweet visit, we still tried to maximise our time there, so finding the right accommodation was crucial. Luckily we found the wonderful Ming Courtyard located right in the heart of the city.
As I was mostly based in Shenyang for the majority of the duration of my trip to China, my friend and I took a train from Shenyang into Beijing, just ‘cos why not visit the capital while I’m here right?
We were there for a couple of days so we booked to stay at Ming Courtyard, located in the Dongcheng district of Beijing. Ming Courtyard is housed in this lovely traditional Chinese building which I thought was such a cool experience.
The accommodation was absolutely spotless and the staff that greeted us at the reception were so lovely. We ended up going for a twin room, equipped with wifi, air conditioning (we went in May when the weather was super hot) and our own private bathroom which only had a glass partition separating it from the actual bedroom. Wasn’t a problem though because you can just draw the shower curtains so, privacy restored. Cute room though right? Such a unique little set-up.
The courtyard area itself was a great place to chill in too, especially in the evening when it started to get cooler in temperature. Seats were comfortable and once again, the entire area was just immaculate. Super clean and well-kept.
Key features of the hotel:
- Aircon and wifi
- Private bathroom equipped with hair dryer and basic toiletries like shampoo and soap
- Electric kettle
- 24 hour reception desk with super friendly staff who were always happy to help
- You can also leave luggage behind the reception desk if you wish, if for example, you arrive well ahead of check-in time or if you still wanted to roam around the city after checking out of the hotel on your last day
- You can also book cars and bicycles for rent from the tour desk
- It’s a 5-minute walk from Beixingqiao Station
- Free parking
- Free wifi
- Wangfujing Street, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven are all within less than 5 miles from the hotel, so lots to see already without having to travel too far
In terms of places to see in the heart of Beijing itself, as that was pretty much where this hotel was located, we were able to visit Tiananmen Square before dinner. Our first night in the city was actually the only chance we had to roam around since we only had two nights to spend here and our second day was already reserved for an action-packed adventure that we knew would leave us way too exhausted to do anything else in the evening on our second night. We were just so grateful that we had the opportunity to explore the city even on such a short visit.
As a must-see in the city, visiting Tiananmen Square will enable you to also see:
- Tiananmen Tower
- Monument to the People’s Heroes
- Great Hall of the People
- Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall (you might even be able to see the national flag raising ceremony)
It was such a great experience to wander around and get a feel of this iconic city before a pretty big day waiting for us the following day, as we were then set to go trekking up one of the seven wonders of the world…
Can you guys guess where?
The Great Wall of China!
Eeeeep! The excitement was real guys, so I’ll definitely take you all along in the next post.
Overall, Day 1 in Beijing was a complete success. We definitely made the most of that first 24 hours. It didn’t take us long at all to settle right in, thanks to our smooth check-in experience at Ming Courtyard. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to enjoy all the benefits of being right at the heart of the city, while on a budget. I would absolutely love to go back in the future and see more of Beijing.