Beijing Travel Guide

Districts

Beijing has a total of 14 districts and 2 counties. In 2010, Xuanwu District was merged into Xicheng, and Chongwen District was merged into Dongcheng. Wikivoyage continues to use the old districts.

Central districts and inner suburbs

The four central districts are located within or just beyond Ring Road Two. This is the location of the old walled city of Beijing and is where you will find most of the sights and also a good deal of sleeping, eating and drinking and entertainment options. The districts are:

Xicheng District ( Xchngq)covering the north western part of the central city area to just beyond ring two in the west and up to ring three to the north. Includes Beihai Park, the Houhai area, Beijing Zoo and National Concert Hall
Dongcheng District ( Dngchngq)covering the north eastern part of the central city area approximately up to ring three to the north and ring two to the east. Includes the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Beijing Central Station
Xuanwu District ( Xunwq)covering the south western part of the central city area to just beyond ring two to the west and up to ring two to the south
Chongwen District ( Chngwnq)covering the south eastern part of the central city area to just beyond ring two to the south and up to ring two to the east. Includes the Temple of Heaven

The next four districts are also fairly close to the centre. They are often referred to as the inner suburbs. This is were you will find parts of the Western Hills, universities, Olympic venues, business and embassy areas, entertainment and bars as well as art districts. The districts are:

Shijingshan District ( Shjngshnq)covering the area just west of the central city area. Includes parts of the Western Hills
Haidian District ( Hidinq)covering the northwest of the main urban area. About half of Haidian district is made up of the Zhongguancun high technology industry and business cluster and Beijing's major concentration of universities. Includes the Summer Palace
Chaoyang District ( Choyngq)covering a large area just east (and stretching both north and south) of the central city area stretching from ring two until beyond ring five to the east. Including CBD, the embassy area, Sanlitun, National Stadium (and other Olympic venues), Workers Stadium, Chaoyang Park and Ritan Park
Fengtai District ( Fngtiq)covering the area south end west of Beijing. Includes Beijing West Railway Station |
Rural Beijing and outer suburbs

The remaining ten districts and counties are quite far from the centre.

Northern suburbs(Changping, Shunyi)
Western and southern suburbs(Mentougou, Fangshan, Daxing)
Rural Beijing(Yanqing, Huairou, Miyun, Pinggu)

source: Wikivoyage

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