Beijing (北京) ,located in the northeast of the country, is the capital city of People’s Republic of China. The economic, politician, art and architecture centre of this fast growing country. This is a city has over 3000 years history, a city that has the most world’s heritage sites in the world, a city that is the world's third most populous city. Combining both modern and traditional architectures, Beijing is one of the oldest cities in the world and must-see place once in your life time.
Imperial palaces and ancient Hutong mixed with cutting-edge modern architectures and super shopping malls are all well linked by densely charted metro system of this mega city. Furthermore, outside of this super city, there lays the world renewed wonder, the magnificent Great Wall.
From top-end restaurants to thousands of local street treats, Beijing has almost everything ready for a gourmet to have a taste of China. Wondering about having some night life in Beijing? Take a look at Sanlitun bar street area, shining nights and “heart-attack” buzzing rhythm will satisfy your curiosity about what do the Beijingers do at night and what are the younger generation of the country up to nowadays.
This is a city that will never fail to surprise you. You could spend weeks here, but generally, if you just come to see the most iconic sights and get a taste of Beijing life, 3-5 days are good enough.
Beijing is has 7 world heritage sites and several Chinese national culture sites and many of them are must-see places. The Best Things to do in Beijing can be listed as below:
Yes, foreign citizens are required to obtain a visa for travelling in China. One can apply Chinese visa through embassies on websites or through visa or approved international travel agencies.
Good thing is that Beijing has several transit visa free policies. Generally speaking, if you are just transiting in Beijing and can provide flight ticket to a third country, you can apply for: 72 hours visa free in Beijing , 144 hours visa free in Beijing. Learn more about China visa application knowledge and China Entry and Exit Tips.
Foreigners need to get visa before arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport. Only those who are invited by Chinese side for emergency matters can apply for visa on arrival. Such as invited by china for attend trade fair in a short notice or invited to install equipment or make rush repairs…etc. Learn more about Beijing Visa on Arrival.
Though any client choose to travel with us will be covered by our basic Travel Insurance from China Life Insurance Company and so does many other tourists go with other Chinese travel agencies, we would strongly recommend you to purchase a proper fully covered insurance in your own country before your Beijing trip.
Because the type of insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance, of which the policy only covers accidents that occur within China. According to our service experiences of all these years, it is always much easier and quicker for our clients to claim pension if they need to within their own country’s system. For further information about what is our basic insurance actually covering please click here.
This is one of those most asked questions. Am I getting a better rate buying yuan in China than USA or UK..etc. The answer is usually YES! Buying yuan in China is usually cheaper than dealing the procedure in North American or European country. You can buy yuan at airport ATM machine or at a Chinese bank even at your hotel front desk. Many ATMs in China, especially these entrance cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, take international MasterCard or Visa cards, saving the hassle to go for a Chinese bank window.
Most tourists will take out some yuan on an ATM at the airport for they need money to pay taxi ride to hotel before they can find a better rate at their hotel or with their travel agencies.
This is a question that could have thousands answers depending different budgets people have. Generally speaking, Beijing is not a cheap destination as you might think or as it once was.
You can get cheap flights on Expedia or any major airlines official website if you are lucky to find any seats on sale. Here in this article, we are also offering you some popular optional websites that Chinese are using when we travel domestically or abroad. You may find it surprisingly cheaper compared to the main western booking sites.
When you are booking a discounted flight ticket, please make sure to check that you have enough luggage allowance attached to your ticket. Sometimes, cheap tickets don’t come with any allowance at all. And if that is the case, you can always purchase some on their official website in advance, in case being charged three times more at the check-in counter at airport.
If you love adventure and enjoy the fulfillment in doing a trip on your own, which is pretty cool either. For an international city like Beijing, it won’t be too difficult for tourist to handle it.
It is difficult to answer this question as it really depends on what kind of traveller you are. As a major Chinese online tour operator as we are—Top China Travel, we can save you a lot of time and hassle compared to drowning in the internet trying to searching bits of information on your own. We have discounted price offered by hotels and scenic sites, transportation system, and experienced local guides who can show you the first–hand Beijing in a most efficient way, it is a way to get a bigger deal by paying less in short.
Beijing is a city that has a clearly four seasons. Spring can be still a bit chill from the icy winter affects though the trees are trying hard to wake up. So spring is not the best for time for travelling to Beijing but the advantage is less tourists everywhere.
Summer is a good time and it is also among the peak season as many Chinese parents will take their kids to travel during their summer vacation free from schools. But you will find during the hot months like late august it can be steaming hot humid and it is a struggle to do any challenge hiking on the Great Wall. And needless to say, there will be a bit crowd at those famous sites such as Forbidden City and Summer Palace.
Autumn is the best time for Beijing and peak season too, neither too hot nor too cold and there is great view of the Fragrance Hill for maple leaves. But as all the best times are, they bring up the accommodation cost and crowded tourists.
Winter is freezing cold and it is the time for the “Beijing smog” to appear sometimes, it is not as bad as it once was when the western media reported the worst situations years ago. Chinese government has been keep improving it for 5 years since it first appeared in 2013. Consequently winter is the cheapest time of the year.
So the best time for a Beijing trip will be around summer (June to August) and autumn (September to November). However there are some national public holidays or golden weeks as Chinese describe them which are best to be avoided and they are listed as below:
Usually for the first-time visitors, 3 to 5 days is good enough to see most of the “must-go sites” in Beijing. One can organize Tiananmen square+ forbidden city + national museum + temple of heaven +Jinshan park on day 1 and go for the great wall trip on day 2, don’t forget to drop by to see the national stadium -- bird nest and water cube when you come back to town in the evening when the architectures start to light up. On day 3, indulge yourself in a Hutong wandering and pay a visit to the summer palace before join in the Houhai bar street for an exciting night. Below is some well organized and highly suggested itineraries written by our experienced travel consultant for tourist who travels Beijing independently.
Want to know where to stay in Beijing? The best locations to stay in Beijing for tourists are Wangfujing, Nanluoguxiang or Houhai, Qianmen and Xi'dan areas.
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For further detail info you can go for Beijing subway site (English Version), where you can buy tickets on line and search price of certain durations, they offer tourist very useful metro tips to hot tourist destinations as well.
Beside, you can purchase the Beijing "One Card Pass" if you intend to stay longer. Using "One Card Pass" in Beijing can save time for people to queue up to buy the tickets, such as the subway ticket, public bus tickets etc.
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