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Beijing is beautiful, decent, lovable and leisure. It is China’s cultural and political center, also one of the busiest transportation hubs, as well as the No. 1 tourist destination in China with numerous places to visit, innumerable things to do and a lot of delicious food to try . Here you can enjoy the historical glory and wonders of China at Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, unlock the luxurious and chic living style of royal families in Summer Palace, measure the walls, towers and bricks of the Great Wall personally, savor at an authentic dinner of Peking Roasted duck. Or marvel at Beijing’s another face of Modernity and fashion by visiting the CCTV Tower, Bird’s Nest, Water Cute, China Zun Tower, etc. It may be somewhere more relaxed and diverse than Shanghai or Hong Kong.
Latest Travel News: 1) Beijing’s second international airport, also the largest airport in the world – Beijing Daxing International Airport has completed construction on June 30. It is scheduled to open officially on September, 2019; 2) Beijing applies to the 144-Hour Visa Free Transit policy. Travellers who holding valid passport and connecting flight/cruise to the third country or region (HK, Macao) can travel in Beijing without visa up to 6 days.
Following are the top useful travel information about things to do, activities, transportation, maps, photos and popular tour packages of Beijing. Since we China Discovery are professional and rich experienced for providing tour service for international traveler guests, you can totally rely on us to travel Beijing and its surrounding areas. Please contact us to Plan Your Own Trip to Beijing!
As the No. 1 tourist destination in China as well as the current capital, Beijing is full of places to explore. Below is the Top 14 Attractions in Beijing. You can also check more attractions by visiting All Things to Do in Beijing.
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The Great Wall of China stretches through 16 provinces, cities and autonomous regions in China, including Shandong, Henan, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu, Liaoning, Ningxia, Beijing, Tianjin, Xinjiang, Heilongjiang, Qinghai, Jilin and Hubei. Beijing possesses the most highlighting part on which there are the world famous Mutianyu, Badaling, Simatai, Jiankou, etc. To learn more details, please check Ultimate Great Wall Trip Planning Guide and Best Great Wall of China Tours!
Located in northern China, and at the same latitudes of Newyork, Madrid, Istanbul, Washington, Beijing has a temperate continental monsoon climate, and usually no exteme weathers, like heavy snowfall, heavy snow, hurricane, etc. It is hot and rainy in summer, cold and dry in winter, and sunny in spring and autumn. Check below detailed Beijing weather information and travel guide.
Beijing has a temperate continental monsoon climate. The coldest month is January (average temperature is -4 °C/24.8°F), and the hottest moonth is July (at an average of 26 °C/79°F) with most rainfalls.
Generally speaking, Beijing is a city you can go to visit whenever you want and the best time to visit Beijing is from mid-September to November and May to June. Try to avoid visiting Beijing during Chinese holidays.
Beijing used to be notorious for its bad air quality. What about the air quality in Beijing now? It's much better now. The "good and moderate" days in Beijing have reached a record of 226 days in 2017.
Beijing usually has no extreme weathers. Spring (March to May) / 43°F ~ 68°F; Summer (June to August) / 69°F ~ 79°F; Autumn (September to November) / 41°F ~ 68°F; Winter (December to February ) /25°F ~ 40°F.
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Below are some helpful articles written by our Beijing travel experts to help you learn the essential things to know before you go, regarding tour planning, visa, airport layover, accommodation, etc. If you have any question or tour idea, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are always ready to help.
Visiting Beijing for the first time? Does trip planning exhaust so much of your effort and time? Have no idea where to start? Our Beijing Trip Planner is the best tool which aims to help to focus on where to go, where to stay, where to eat, when to go and more vital travel information you need to know before you go, such as Visa-free Policy, city transfer, etc.
Beijing belongs to one part of the Jing-Jin-Ji (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei 京津冀地区) Metropolitan Region which enjoys 144-Hour Visa-free Transit Rule. Thus, you may apply for 144-Hour Visa-free Transit to enter and visit Beijing & specified area for not exceeding 6 days, if you have a layover in Beijing and are eligible for all the requirements.
Layover tour itineraries can be tailor-made according to your layover schedule. Simply choose your favorite places to visit and let us know. Here are out popular layover tour plans: 1 Day Beijing City Highlights Tour, 1 Day Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from the Airport, 1 Day Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from the Airport if your schedule meets the required duration.
Among thousands of Beijing hotels, we have carefully selected the following hotels and hostels for its good location and best value for money. No matter you want a luxury stay in a 5-star hotel, or want a special experience in local featured hostel, we will help you find the best hotel according to your needs and budget.
Generally, most of the popular hotels are located in Wangfujing Area, Hutong Area and Qianmen Area which are all locaded close to some top attractions, like Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Bell Tower, Jingshan Park, Beihai Park, etc. Wangfujing Area offers a great convenience for shopping, Qianmen Area is close to Tian'anmen Square, and Hutong is more exotic.
Walking is a great way to explore Beijing. You have a lot of opportunities to go for a walking in Beijing. You can walk through the magnificent palaces of Forbidden City, wander in the narrow hutongs to seek for the different life styles, or enjoy a trekking on the wild sections of Great Wall...
Beijing is paradise for shopping of Chinese specialtie especially souvernirs. There are numerous desirable items put on the shelf every day. No matter you need an archaistic tea set or want some featured specialties, you can easily find a place to buy. There are plenty of shopping streets, store and markets.
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Hunting for local food is an unmissable part of your Beijing trip. Beijing has developed its own unique cuisine. The most famous and popular food of Beijing Cuisine is no doubt the Peking Roasted Duck. There are hundreds of Peking Roasted Duck restaurants in Beijing. Here we have prepared the best food guide for you!
① Peking Roast Duck ② Instant-boiled Mutton ③ Chinese Imperial Cuisine ④ Jiaozi - Dumplings ⑤ Zhajiangmian - Noodles with Soybean Paste ⑥ Fermented Mung Bean Juice & Fried Chinese Doughnut ⑦ Dalianhuoshao - Fried Wheaten Pancake with Fillings ⑧ Luzhuhuoshao - Wheaten Cake Boiled in Meat Broth ⑨ Chaoganer - Fried Liver ⑩ Baodu - Boiled Lamb Tripe ...
① Hua's Restaurant - Local Beijing Food with Courtyard Performance ② Donglaishun Restaurant - The most Authentic Beijing Hot Pot ③ Haidilao - The First Sichuan Hot Pot Restaurant Served by Robots ④ Choy's Seafood Restaurant - Authentic Cantonese Buffet & Seafood ⑤ Black Sesame Kitchen - Learn to Cook and Try the Homemade Chinese Food at Hutong ...
① Wangfujing Food Market ② Qianmen Food Street ③ Shichahai Food Street (Houhai Food Street) ④ Guijie Night Market (Ghost Street) ⑤ Niujie Muslim Food Market ⑥ Longfusi Food Street. Among all the food streets and night markets, Wangfujing Food Street is the most popular one for its convenient location and a great variety of snacks.
Where should you go to hunt for the best Peking duck? Here are 5 popular Peking Roast Duck restaurants that we recommended for you - Dadong Roast Duck 大董烤鸭店 Huajia Yiyuan (Hua's Restaurant) 花家怡园 Huajia Yiyuan (Hua's Restaurant) 花家怡园 Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant 全聚德 Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant 全聚德
Beijing has a widely connecting international air lines network and the largest domestic transportation network combing flight, railway, bus and other transportations. Most foreign travellers get to Beijing by flights, arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport. There are also several international trains, coming from Russia, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and North Korea. A few travellers drive by car or ride motorbike to Beijing from other countries, but it requires permits take several months to obtain. Tianjin Port is the nearest port which is about 30mins’ bullet train ride from Beijing downtown. It operates international cruises to South Korea and Japan. There is no international bus operated to Beijing. Beijing also can be reached by plane and train from most provincial cities in China, such as Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Guilin, etc. To know more transportation information of Beijing, please check how to get to & around Beijing!
-Private tour: traveling with a private tour arranged by China Discovery is strongly recommended if you want to explore in a worry-free and leisure way. Itinerary and tour service can be customized according to your requirements.
-Subway: recommended for independent travellers. Connected to all train stations and airports in Beijing as well as most of famous attractions. Usually operating from 6am to 11pm.
-Bus: Need to do a lot of homeworks if you can’t read and speak Chinese. Usually slow and crowded, but very cheap. Most sections of Great Wall can only be reached by bus.
-Taxi: Cheap by Western standards, and sufficient when it is not rush hours. Recommended for short distances ride.
-Cycling: It is easy to cycle in Beijing because most place are flat. But only take the wide and less crowded roads.
-Car rental and motorcycle: not recommended, as it is much challenging and hazardous for foreigners who are not aware of the complicated Chinese road conditions and driving rules.
-Rickshaw: Rickshaw ride is usually provided near Forbidden City and Hutong. Much leisure and interesting experience, but should negotiate prices before riding to prevent from overpriced scam.
To help you know better about location, airports, railways, train stations, subway, Great Wall and other popular tourist attraction of Beijing, here we have prepared some useful Beijing maps for you. Please click links to get more detailed maps.
Beijing is one of the perfect places for photography in China. Even common travelers without professional knowledge of photography skills can take many amazing photos. Here we sort out some beautiful photos of the top sites recommended for photography in Beijing, including Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Hutong, etc. To appreciate more beautiful images, please check all Beijing photo galleries!
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