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Getting there
Emirates operates daily, direct flights from Dubai, with prices starting from Dhs4,000 return including taxes. If your time is limited, see the city quickly with a Beijing Sideways guided motorbike and sidecar tour
(+86 13 9110 34847).

Where to stay
The most atmospheric accommodation is in the hutongs. Try The Orchid (+86 10 8404 4818, www.theorchidbeijing.com), a charming courtyard guesthouse located beside the Drum and Bell Tower, with double rooms from Dhs350 a night.

If you fancy a little more luxury, why not blow your budget at The Opposite House (+86 10 6417 6688, www.theoppositehouse.com). This stunning modernist hotel has all the right touches, including a complimentary in-room mini-bar, award-winning restaurants and modern art installations in the foyer. Doubles from Dhs1,155.

Dubai to Beijing
Flight time: Seven hours 40 minutes direct
Time difference: Four hours ahead of Dubai
Dhs1 = 2 Chinese renminbi

By Oliver Robinson
Time Out Dubai,

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