Known as the world’s most populous city with a population of over 21 million, featuring 56 different ethnic groups, 126 major national heritage sites (like the Great Wall of China) and 176 registered museums, Beijing is an economic, historic, and cultural center. As China’s capital, with over 20,07 sport venues, 5,593 conference rooms, 190,000 hotel rooms, and 1,700 flights to and from the city, Beijing is a top MICE location for meeting and event planners.
To help meeting and event planners find the best venues, places to stay, and things to do in Beijing, we’ve created this guide. Check out our planner’s guide to Beijing for meeting and event professionals.
Top 10 Venues Planners Should Consider
The China National Convention Center, also known as CNCC, which held the 2008 Beijing Olympics, covers 270,000 sq. meters of space and has been recently renovated specifically for meetings, conventions, exhibitions, and other events. The CNCC features a Conference Center with 100-meeting rooms, the largest, Plenary Hall, fitting 6,000 guests, 40,000 sq. meters of exhibition space, professional banqueting services for up to 15,000 people, and more. If that wasn’t enough, the CNCC also is connected to a 420-guest room Grand Hotel, the InterContinental Hotel, two office buildings, a shopping mall, and a Subway station located in the basement. With so much to offer planners and attendees, the CNCC is the ideal venue in Beijing.
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Host your next meeting or event in China’s most important political building, the Great Hall of the People. The Great Hall of the People is the meeting place for China’s parliament—the National People’s Congress. Meeting and event planners can host their event in one of the halls that represent the country’s 33 providences and four municipalities. Perhaps the most sought-after spaces are the 10,000 auditorium, which is known for its red star glittering ceiling, the 5,000 banquet hall. Because this is an active political building, the venues are not only exclusive, but there are several levels of security that need to be grated to enter the building.
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A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Hotel Eclat Beijing is a five-star, 100-guest room hotel located in Beijing’s Central Business District. Featuring modern architecture and art, the Eclat offers planners four meeting and event spaces: The Cocoon (150 guests), the 17thFloor Meeting Room, the Lagoon Suites, Parkview Speakers Corner & Roof Cafe (120 guests). In addition to the venue space, Hotel Eclat features four restaurants and bars, 24-hour butler service, gym, and Philosophy, known as “Beijing’s most progressive fitness club”. With all the facilitates and services of a larger hotel, and the charm of a boutique hotel, Hotel Eclat will ensure your guests are delighted.
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4. Water Cube
If you’re looking to host a unique and historical event in Beijing, then the Water Cube is the place for you. In addition to being known for hosting the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Water Cube is also known for its award-winning iridescent bubble wrapped architecture and its venue space. Whether you’re hosting a business and sporting events, performances, or conference, the Competition venue (5,000 guests), the Multi-Functional Hall (1,000 guests) Water Cube offers unique venue space, like the Water Droplet Theater (147 guests), and outdoor South Square (10,000 sq. meters). No matter what venue you choose, the Water Cube will work with you to create an award-winning event.
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The Beijing International Conference Center, also known as BICC, is an ideal place to host any meeting or event. Planners can choose from 18 different meeting rooms, the largest convention hall holding up to 2,300 guests or six banquet halls (400-5,000 guests). The BICC also features space for 70 exhibitors and interior access to the 531-guest room, four-star Continental Grand Hotel. The Continental Grand Hotel features three restaurants, a beauty salon, a teahouse, 15,00 sq. meters of office space, and five venue spaces. With so much customizable venue space and services offered between the BICC and the Continental Grand Hotel, this Center is the perfect spot for any meeting or event.
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Help your guests experience Beijing’s culture and allure, by hosting your next meeting or event at the Four Seasons. Featuring five-star amenities like 313 guest rooms, six restaurants and bars, a spa, a tea garden, an indoor pool, and a health club, there is so much for your guests to enjoy. For meetings and events, the Four Seasons offers planners 11 meeting rooms of 2,763 sq. meters of event space that can accommodate 10 to 988 guests. In addition to this space, the Four Seasons also offers planners the option of hosting a truly memorable event in one of the other unique areas of the Hotel like having a malt whiskey tasting on the rooftop or in the Opus Lounge. Planners can also enhance their event with a group activity like exclusive access to Beijing’s art village, where attendees will learn from locals to made traditional dumplings, paint, and learn about Chinese medicine. The Four Seasons can even arrange for you to host an event, like a picnic, at or along the Great Wall of China. At the Four Seasons Beijing, the possibilities for your meeting or event are endless.
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Are you looking for a flexible, luxury event venue? Then Beijing’s Green T. House is for you. The chosen venue space for brands like Louis Vuitton, Fendi, BMW, and Estee Lauder, the Green T. House features ala carte fine dining, art, wellness, and retail design that blends glamour, tradition, brashness, and refinement to create a “T” environment. Planners can host their meeting or event for 14 to 300 guests in this award-winning dining, art, and cultural venue that features 21,528 sq. ft of indoor meeting space and 161,459 sq. ft of outdoor space. Expose attendees to the sophisticated New-China experience by hosting your next meeting or event at the Green T. House.
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Featuring one of the most iconic and coveted locations, the TRB Forbidden City is located next to the eastern moat of the former Imperial Palace and the east gate. The restaurant, which can host 10 to 200 guests, boasts warm hospitality exquisite, contemporary European cuisine, and one of the largest wine collections in Beijing. The RB Forbidden City will even work with planners to customize menus, layouts, and other services to ensure all your needs are met. If you want to create a memorable event, ensure your guests’ satisfaction, and make all your guests feel like VIPs, then the TRB Forbidden City is the venue for you.
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9. King’s Joy
Promote a healthy lifestyle for your attendees by hosting your next meeting or event at King’s Joy. Located in the functioning Tibetan Lama Temple, King’s Joy is a vegetarian restaurant that encompasses a traditional Chinese courtyard with modern western architecture. The menu features healthy, unique vegetarian options, like a tea ritual, palm juice, the crispy truffle-grilled rice cakes, sweet and sour monkey’s head mushrooms, and more. For planners, King’s Joy offers seven indoor restaurant space as well as outdoor space where attendees can dine amongst the bamboo trees in the botanical garden. Whether your attendees are vegetarians or meat-lovers, the award-winning King’s Joy is sure to wow your attendees taste buds.
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Connected to the Kerry Sports complex, the Kerry Hotel in Beijing is not only the only hotel in Beijing to be connected to a sporting complex but is also considered a leading meeting and event venue space. With 11 function rooms and two ballrooms, the Kerry hotel can accommodate 21 to 1,872 guests. The Kerry also offers planners the opportunity to add a creative flair to their meetings and events by hosting a wellness break in the 7,000 sq. meter sporting center, host a stretching session on the hotel’s rooftop garden, or teaching their attendees the art of tea drinking by hosting a Chinese tea session. The Hotel also offers customizable packages, and themed, pre-organized events for planners to choose from like Beijing Food Street and the Emperor’s Night. If that wasn’t enough, the Kerry also offers 486 guest rooms, three restaurants, two bars, and the Hub--a room that features everything you and your attendees need like laptop rentals, computer workstations, translations. If you are looking for a hotel that has it all, the Kerry Hotel is for you.
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Top 3 Things to Do in Beijing
One of the “Seven Wonders of the World”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the longest wall in the world at 13,170.7 miles, the Great Wall of China is a must-see for any visitor. Because the wall is so long and you won’t be able to travel all of it, past visitors recommend visiting these three areas: Mutianyu, Jinshanling, and Jiankou. There are also tours you can take for a guided experience.
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In addition to the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, is another must-see for visitors. Not only is the Forbidden City the largest ancient palatial structure in the entire world, but it is also China’s best-preserved imperial palace, which features Chinese traditional architecture, artwork, traditional gardens, and governing and living quarters. The Forbidden City open Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during peak and costs 60 yuan for entry from April to October and 40 yuan from November to March.
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Built in 1750, the Summer Palace is boasted as one of China’s landscape and garden masterpieces. The Palace, known for its Imperial Garden features several historic Chinese pavilions and halls, like the Tower of the Fragrance of Buddha, the Wu Fang Pavilion, and more. Visitors will also enjoy views of Kunming lake and the Seventeen Arch Bridge.
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Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Beijing venues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Beijing? Let us know by commenting below!
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