Perfectly Planned China

Xi’an’s Great Mosque.
Xi’an’s Great Mosque. Lauryn Ishak
Friendly faces at Beijing’s Forbidden City.
Friendly faces at Beijing’s Forbidden City. Lauryn Ishak
A lunch of noodles and garlic shoots.
A lunch of noodles and garlic shoots. Lauryn Ishak

The Essentials: Where to stay and how to take in Xi'an and Beijing.

Newly renovated, the 230-room Peninsula Beijing entertains kids with dumpling-making classes, calligraphy lessons, and other family-oriented activities. Start the day with the hotel’s decadent breakfast buffet, and hit the indoor pool when it’s time for a break from sightseeing and shopping. The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are within walking distance, and the Chanel and Louis Vuitton boutiques are steps away. Includes breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.

Families will love Shangri-La Hotel, Xi’an’s indoor heated pool, three restaurants, and 393 rooms with sweeping views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Two shopping malls are within easy walking distance, and the hotel can connect guests with bicycle rental services for those interested in exploring this storied city on two wheels rather than two feet. Includes breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit.

The art deco-inspired Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian stands inside the ancient city walls, within walking distance of important landmarks. Swim in the 71-room hotel’s indoor pool, take daily tai chi classes, and enjoy a parents’ night out at the Louis XIII Bar, which serves rare cognacs through its partnership with Rémy Martin. Includes breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.

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