26 Hours in Beijing

After enjoying the endless beaches and blue skies of the Philippines as backpackers for two weeks, arriving in Beijing was somewhat overwhelming, but luckily we were heading straight to luxurious Park Hyatt. Located in the city’s booming business district, Chaoyang, Park Hyatt Beijing takes up floors 35 to 63 of one of the city’s tallest buildings, giving guest’s uninterrupted views out over the skyscrapers.

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On arrival we were thrilled to find our room was a lovely blend of oriental design and high-tech gadgets. The marble bathroom came complete with epic rain shower and big square bath, with a dressing table island and walk-in-wardrobe. Sliding doors in the centre of the room provided privacy from the big king bed.

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After a quick-nap and an in-room coffee to recover from our five-hour flight from Manila, we set off on the metro to Tiananmen Square. Although we didn’t make it to the Forbidden City before it closed, not all was lost as we were able to explore the beautiful grounds and temples, and eventually found ourselves up high on Jingsan Park with a stunning view of the whole city.

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We returned to the Park Hyatt to find chocolate dipped strawberries and fresh fruits waiting in our room, and a box of chocolates with images of Beijing printed on each one. As evening fell the view from our room slowly lit up, a stretch of glowing lights in all directions. Up the 63rd floor Beijing’s cool crowd began to gather for cocktails in the hotel’s fashionable China Bar, although here as in Barcelona and Berlin, the partying usually only really gets going past midnight. The hotel’s signature China Grill restaurant serves delicious Chinese and European cuisine, and holds the prestigious title of the tallest restaurant in the city!

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Breakfast at the Park Hyatt was a real highlight: freshly made vegetable juices, pastries and full English alongside Chinese style choices. The granola was some of the best I’ve tasted, which I drizzled with honey dripping from a massive suspended honeycomb.

IMG_3278IMG_3286Staying at the Park Hyatt Beijing was a lovely, relaxing experience, and I can’t think of a more ideal way to break up the long journey from Manila to London. Our only regret is that we missed the Forbidden City, but this does give us a great excuse to come back!

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