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A spacious two bed room apartment in the heart of Beijing

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Want a taste of real Beijing life in the very heart of the city without compromising the comfort of modern living? This newly remodeled two-bed-room apartment is situated inside a historical villa built by Rockefellers as a residential villa for the doctors of the Peking Union Hospital at the turn of last century. The apartment itself is over 60 years old with sturdy architecture, high ceilings, plentiful of windows for natural lighting and is certainly hard to find in the area these days. Only minutes walk to many attractions in Beijing: Oriental Plaza, the famous Wang Fu Jing shopping district, Tian An Men Square and to public transportation, including subway No. 1 and 5.

Although located in the heart of Beijing, the apartment gets its tranquility and peace from the shelter of matured trees, shrubs and flowers through out of the villa. It comes with living room, one bathroom, kitchen, dinning room. Hardwood floor through out the living room and bed rooms. Ceramic titles in the kitchen, dinning and bathroom. There is a electric fire place in one of the bed room. It is fully furnished with wash and dryer, refrigerator, microwave and all the kitchen equipments such as rice cooker, coffee maker and more. WiFi and cable TV are also available. It basically have everything. All you have to do is to move in. The villa has 24 hours security guard on the site.

Room cleaning is available every other day for daily renting. Short term and long term lease are all welcome. Due to big discount for the rate of monthly renting, room cleaning is available with extra charge.

Keywords: 2-bed room apartment, fully furnished, wash/dryer, full private bathroom, dinning room, newly remodeled, quiet neighborhood, near public transportations, subways, near major attractions

More Details

Betty Wu
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Mandarin
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Betty Wu

I was born and raised in Beijing, as matter of fact, in the very apartment I am renting out.

Because this apartment is situated in a western style villa, I had a lot more space and friends when I grew up compared to many kids grew up in typical Chinese courtyard. I still have fond memories of the games we used to play in the green and spacious courtyards. We used to chase each other on top of the brick walls and climb the trees.

Now we have all grown up and left the villa. We only come back to visit once a while. The villa has far less kids nowadays.

Eventually I left home too, after college and went to the United States for graduate school.

Now I have returned to live in Beijing with my cat and two sons who keep me very happy.

Betty Wu purchased this apartment in 2002

Why Betty Wu chose Dongcheng

I was born and raised in this apartment until I went to the United State for graduate school. For many years this was the only place I called home. I have many memories of this apartment.

The villa this apartment is situated is a historical villa built by the Rockefeller family as residential villa for the doctors of the Peking Union Hospital at the turn of 20th century. Although the apartment is the newest building in the villa, it is over 60 years old. It is the only 'modern' style building in the villa, which consists of some 30 houses and townhouses with gardens throughout. The villa has been declared by the Beijing Municipal Government as a historical site.

The alley, or hutong, where the villa is located is also full of history. During the Ming Dynasty the hutong was called 'Shi Da Ren Hutong' after 'Master Shi', who was a powerful general at the time. He built a mansion on this very spot in 1456, which is one of the eight famous mansions in Beijing.

Its current name, 'Waijiaobu', means Department of Foreign Affairs. It comes from the Qing Dynasty when the guest house of the Department of of Foreign Affairs, designed by an American Jerry Johnson, was built. It later became the site of the Department of Foreign Affairs complex during Republic of China era. It was one of the most luxurious Western-style buildings in the capital at the time.

When I remodeled the apartment, I had in mind providing modern comfort as well as preserving the original architecture. I selected only top quality materials for renovation. The bathroom cabinets, some furniture, and paint for the walls are imported from United States. I kept the high ceiling, deep window cells, and door paths which were special features from the original design. In addition, some of the furnishings are from when my parents lived here. Some of them are over 70 years old.

What makes this apartment unique

The best feature of the apartment is its location. While it is located in the heart of Beijing it is in a quiet and secluded neighborhood. Tucked away in the back of a historical villa it is sheltered from the busy street. Although it the villa is located in the centre of one of the busiest cities in the world, there is no sense of the fast paced urgency that exists right outside its walls.

The villa also features a beautiful common garden for residents to enjoy. There are many old trees that provide shade and tranquility. This is especially welcome when the greenery help soothe the heat and humidity of the Beijing summer.

Another nice feature of the apartment is it's near many attractions. The famous Wangfujing shopping street and the Oriental Plaza are only a short walk away. The Tienanman Square, Forbidden City, Line 1 and Line 5 subway stations, as well as a multitude of museums, temples, and other attractions, are also nearby.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Dongcheng in Dongcheng District

Property Type:
  • apartment
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • hospital
'Electric Fireplace, Hair dryer, Iron and iron board, Coffer maker, Toaster, Electric ricer cooker, 24 hrs security guard, quiet neighborhood, private driver with extra charge'


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A spacious two bed room apartment in the heart of Beijing
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews

Great Location! Comfortable stay!

  • 5 of 5

It was a joy to go "Home" each evening after climbing the great wall or visiting the forbidden city! Could not believe how big this place was with a kitchen, dining room, living room and two large bedrooms. Felt very safe and loved how close it was to shopping and dining! Big enough for 5 adults to be comfortable! You will love it!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank very much you for staying at the apartment.
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Clean, safe, centrally located to shopping/eateries/major attractions

  • 5 of 5

We had a pleasant stay here. The apartment is clean, convenient, and within walking distance to shopping areas and lot of eateries. Betty Wu was very responsive to all of our communications and made sure that everything was comfortable. This apartment is located in Hutong area and has a nice mix of western conveniences with historical site significance. It is surprisingly quiet within the complex even though it’s in the middle of the city. Washer/dryer in the unit saves lot of time and reduces packing.

Minor limitation: can't use any appliances while using hot water shower. Betty has communicated this very clearly, so it wasn't a surprise for us.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I would stay here again!

  • 4 of 5

Excellent location. It's within walking distance of several "tourist" sites, restaurants, shopping and subway lines. Although located in the middle of everything, the apartment itself is located within a quiet, tranquil Hutong with a beautiful courtyard. Betty, the owner, was great to work with. She promptly responded to all questions and provides detailed information on the apt. She recommended and we hired Kevin as a tour guide for a couple of days. We enjoyed and appreciated the additional information and insight he provided. We also had him arrange a car and driver to pick us up and take us back to the airport. We got in late and left very early so we did not want to have to deal with a cab. I highly recommend this apt!!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable apartment in wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I had the pleasure of spending 4 nights in Betty's apartment as we began our 12 day adventure in China. The location, off a quiet courtyard, provided a great base for our daily exploring. The first day we spent walking to Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, enjoying the local cuisine, and shopping. Kevin was our enthusiastic, very knowledgeable tour guide on day 2 and 3 as we hiked the Great Wall and visited more local attractions. I highly recommend using Kevin's services and Betty's communication before we arrived was very helpful. Great experience!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oasis in a great location

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was in an ideal location as a base camp to explore Beijing as a tourist. Many sights were in walking distance, and there was easy access to two main subway lines. The apartment itself is in a quiet courtyard with a bustling local neighborhood immediately outside; thereby giving a wonderful taste of city life, but the ability to relax away from the noise and heat. The place was very spacious (6 rooms!) and comfortable. If I came on extended business in Beijing, I would want to stay here as well since there is also a well supplied kitchen (which we didn't use much since we wanted to explore Beijing's culinary treats). One thing to consider if this place is right for you--The apartment is located in a older unique complex with many local families. We tried to have a light footprint so that places like this can continued to be offered and available without neighborhood resistance.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great apartment in centre of Beijing

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment in a very convent part of the city. The location is in an unusually tranquil part of the city, and is an ideal base to explore Beijing.

The apartment itself is very clean, comfortable and spacious. The owner and the person who managers the apartment in China are very helpful and accomodating.

I would highly recommend this apartment.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
28 Kilometres
Beijing Capital International Airport
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Beijing Railway Station
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
East Second Ring
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Car: not necessary

The apartment is conveniently located in the very heart of Beijing downtown - 5-10 min walk to two subway stations (Dongdan and Dongshidonggou) and is also in walking distance to some of the main sights such as Wanfujing Street, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden Palace. There are numerous local restaurants nearby.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Dongcheng, Asia

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1 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £101.93
Cleaning £13.59

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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