Eastern Promise

Eastern Promise

From ancient palaces to hipster districts, make a date with dynasty to explore the Chinese capital Beijing

SLUMBER Glass interiors and a bamboo courtyard await at this modern boutique hotel.
Hotel Kapok, No.16 Donghuamen Street

STYLE Take time out from shopping in the Oriental Plaza mall for a hair revamp. Toni&Guy, No.1 East Chang An Avenue

GORGE Join the locals at this restaurant renowned for serving the finest Peking duck. Da Dong, 1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao

DISCOVER Gallery hop for hours in the city’s thriving contemporary art district.
District 798, Dashanzi Road Crossing South


INDULGE Savour a sumptious afternoon tea and breathtaking rooftop views at Michelle Garnaut’s award-winning restaurant.
Capital M, 3/F, No.2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street

MARVEL Explore the secrets of the Forbidden City; the largest palace complex in the world. Then take a boat out onto the Shichahai Lakes. The Palace Museum, 4 Jingshan Qianjie

SHOP Haggle with street vendors for crafts, antiques and curios at this huge flea market. Panjiayuan Market, East Third Ring Road

PARTY Sip expertly-crafted cocktails in the vast bar of Beijing’s slickest lounge club. LAN, 4/F Twintowers, B-12 Jianguomenwai Ave

  • Words: Bethan King

  • Photography: Lyle Vincent, Francisco Diez, Ahmed Elhusseiny, Charles Haynes, Shizao, David Bote Estrada