The best Airbnb properties in Beijing

No couch surfing here, just the coolest pads Beijingers have to offer

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Whether you're stopping off in Beijing for a vacation or treating yourself to a little staycation, the city's Airbnb hosts have something for all tastes and groups of all sizes. We've picked out some of the best properties on offer, including swanky urban dens to fresh air getaways in the city's surrounding mountains, and some bizarre alternatives.

City pads

Architect's courtyard

Architect's courtyard

As far as hutongs go, 'luxury' has long meant just having your own toilet, though recent years have seen a boom in the numbers of Muji-chic, Instagram-friendly kind of dwellings in the narrow alleys. The plentiful glass panels of this Beihai pad bathe it in awesome natural light.

Sleeps Two. Price 799RMB per night.

Sanlitun modern pad

Sanlitun modern pad

Live in a place like one of those successful city slicker types, even if just for one night. This Sanlitun apartment is sparsely decorated, but floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views from a private balcony take in all of Beijing’s spanking modern skyline.

Sleeps Two. Price 868RMB per night.

Luxe white house

Luxe white house

Glass-clad, two-storey white edifices stick out like a sore thumb in the grey hutongs, and this narrow two-bedroom block just off the Houhai lake is certainly an eye-catcher. What it lacks in privacy, it makes up for being devilishly stylish.

Sleeps Five. Price 1,395RMB per night.

Great Wall getaways

Courtyard House

Courtyard House

Situated in a peaceful Huairou valley, this rustic abode’s large yard and ample bed spaces make it ideal for big group outings to the sticks. In addition two conventional bedrooms, there are two large heated kang beds, one of which the owner claims could be ‘the largest kang in the world, which easily sleeps up to 10’. Underfloor heating keeps it snug during the winter.


Sleeps Ten-plus in three bedrooms. Price 1,491RMB per night.

Great Wall Escape

Great Wall Escape

Mod cons such as a projector and DVD stash, a barbecue and garden fire pit make this another great spot for hosting a group escape. There’s a spacious kitchen, large couches and plentiful sleeping space, with two queen bedrooms and a kang that can take up to six people. It’s just two hours out of the city, sat right by the base of the spectacularly crumbling Jiankou Great Wall.

Sleeps Up to ten people in three bedrooms. Price 949RMB per night.

Mountain Lodge

Mountain Lodge

Pile in for a quiet weekend in Beijing’s mountains at this secluded stone house. Its three bedrooms have a mix of bunk beds and traditional kangs, so squeeze in as many people as you feel comfortable snuggling with. Even in winter, the stone walls keep the inside toasty; in summer, there’s an outdoor grill, fire pit and even an open brick pizza oven to make the most of. 


Sleeps 16+ in three bedrooms. Price 2,996RMB per night.

Little Yard

Little Yard

Escape the city and slow down the pace in a village near the Mutianyu Great Wall. Little Yard provides a perfect outpost for those looking for a smaller spot in the wild, receiving solid five-star reviews for its stripped-down and airy private rooms in a quaint siheyuan courtyard. There’s a king-sized bed, along with a single for junior/your favourite third wheel, and it’s fitted with its own Western-style toilet and bathroom.

Sleeps Up to three. Price 427RMB per night.

Something different

Galaxy Bubble House

Galaxy Bubble House

If you've ever wondered what it's like to sleep in a plastic bubble, wonder no more: there's one waiting for you just a few hours outta downtown, in Huairou district. If the smog lords are feeling generous, you and your bubble buddy will be treated to a starry ceiling to gaze at, but however it turns out, it'll probably be unlike any sleep you've ever had. The spaces are basic, but worth it for the novelty.


Sleeps Two per bubble. Price 502RMB per night.

The Phoenix's Lair

The Phoenix's Lair

Rooms with character. These dens are garish, wacky, potentially tacky and not to everyone’s taste, but if you’re the sort who likes to sleep on circular beds with kinky manga plastered on the walls, we’ve found the place for you. The wallpapered weirdness extends to 'deep space' rooms, Westerns and Egyptian tombs, with a plain white one also available if you’re chasing no frills. 

Sleeps Two. Price 190RMB per night.

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Time Out's alternative tourist guide

Time Out's alternative tourist guide

Do you have G20-dodging Hangzhou friends in town this weekend? Odds are you do. If you don't fancy taking visitors to the Forbidden City for the tenth time, have a look at some of the suggestions in Time Out's alternative tourist guide – and thank us later. 

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