Some of the Chinese capital’s most atmospheric stays can be found in its hutong.

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Aman Summer Palace

Strictly traditional Chinese, thanks to furniture and design influences from the Ming dynasty, along with Jin clay tiles and intricate wooden screens in its rooms.

This is an Aman property, so wellness facilities are top-notch. Enjoy indulgent scrubs and massages at its 5,000m2 subterranean spa spread across two levels.

It’s a few steps away from the East Gate of the Summer Palace – set aside some time to explore the largest Imperial garden in China.

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Muji Hotel Beijing

You’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into a Muji store – and we mean this in the best way possible. Think cosy wood furnishings, clean lines and warm yellow lighting.

The Book Lounge, which stocks thousands of books on travel, culture, literature and more. Regular events and exhibitions are also held around its centrepiece table.

You’re just 450m from Tiananmen Square – meaning it’s a great place to base yourself to take in all of Beijing’s major tourist sites.

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