Commune By The Great Wall Kempinski

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The Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski is most often described as an architectural museum, a design exhibition, an exercise in cutting-edge modernism — architourists travel from all over the world to walk its polished wood and stone halls and admire the work of two dozen of Asia’s leading architects.

To fully experience the Commune, however, you have to live it. It’s one thing to aesthetically appreciate these (admittedly sublime) structures against the backdrop of the rugged Chinese countryside; it’s another thing altogether to wake up and gaze out at the lush green hills through floor-to-ceiling windows, and live surrounded by stunning avant-garde interiors and classic modern furnishings by the likes of Marc Newson and Karim Rashid, among many others.

The original 11 villas are massive, ranging from four to six bedrooms, and are essentially luxurious experimental mansions. A new partnership with the Kempinski hotel company has brought about 31 new villas — cut from the same experimental cloth as the rest of the Commune, but sized (and budgeted) for individual travelers rather than moguls.

If you’re interested in the absolute height of modern architecture and luxury hospitality, by all means, book a villa. For the rest of us, the Kempinski additions are the best sampler of China's newest architectural wonder.

How to get there:

Commune by the Great Wall is approximately a 1 1/4 hour drive from Beijing Capital International Airport, 20 km away from the main train station (Qing Long Qiao station) and a 1 1/4 hour drive from Beijing's city center. Please contact to arrange airport transfers from Beijing.

Travelling with Kids

Guests over the age of 12 are considered adults. Some rooms accommodate 3 or more. The "Presidential Suite" room sleeps up to 3 guests. For crib/cot, must book "Standard Room" room or larger. For 2 adults + rollaway bed, must book "Standard Room" or larger. For 2 adults + 2 kids beyond crib age, must book "Deluxe Room" room or larger. Connecting rooms available. Can be confirmed upon reservation.

Cribs are available and may be subject to an additional fee. Roll-away beds available for an additional fee of RMB500. No additional charges for kids beyond crib/roll-away.

Pool available that allows kids. Babysitting services provided by screened hotel personnel at RMB150 per hour. Daycare services provided, kids between the ages of 0 and 12 can be dropped off on a fixed schedule at RMB150 per hour. The restaurant is kid-friendly with high chairs and a kids menu. Room service offers a kids menu. Story Telling 0-12 Baking 4-12 Drawing 3-12 Weekend Costume Party 2-12 Bithday Parties on Demand 0-12

Emergency amenities include diapers and milk bottles.

Contact & location

The Great Wall Exit at Shuigan, Beijing


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