About Beijing

Vibrant and old-world, Beijing is a perfect blend of historical past and modern urbanity. As the capital city of the People's Republic of China, Beijing boasts a population of 21.7 million people and is the second largest city after Shanghai. With a dazzling historical display of its imperial past and a compelling futuristic vibe, Beijing is the educational, cultural and political center of China. Beijing offers  luxurious experiences, intriguing sights and enchanting activities that make it a tourist’s delight. Visit this fun-filled destination and enjoy this authentic city as it emerges as one of the world's tourist hot-spots.

 

Public Transport System

Subways, Buses, Taxi

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness - Normal to moderate; Efficiency - High

Mode & Cost of Transports

Subway - With Transportation Smart Card: 3 Yuan (for first 6 km), 4 Yuan for 6 to 12 km, and 5 Yuan for 12 to 22 km.

Buses - 2 Yuan (for first 10 km) and an extra 1 Yuan for every additional 5 km. Children below 4 ft. can take it for free

Taxis - 13 Yuan for first 3 km.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.30
Cup of Coffee USD 4.66
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.80
Rice/Kg USD 1.20
White Bread USD 1.80
Eggs (12) USD 1.95
Combo Meal USD 5.26
Fine Dining USD 30.05
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.60
Domestic Beer USD 0.75
Imported Beer USD 2.40
Bottle of Wine USD 15.03
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 3.01
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.30
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.60
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 975.91

Dos:

  • Learn a few basic phrases of Mandarin to communicate with the local shop owners and taxi drivers.
  • Carry some cash with you, you may not be able to use your credit card in all establishments.
  • Book a hotel through a reliable travel company and not one that offers stays and tours at cheap prices and tries to rip off tourists.
  • Check on the weather as there is a possibility of getting stuck in torrential rains, sandstorms or hurricane winds in Beijing.
  • Avoid leaving your hotel without your visa and passport. 
  • Rent a bicycle (apart from your normal sightseeing tours) to get a closer experience of the people and places in the city. 

Dont’s:

  • Don’t take the subway during rush hour.
  • Don’t take illegal taxis.
  • Beijing is known for its unpredictable traffic jams so don’t take a  taxi especially when you’re in a hurry.
  • Be very careful while crossing the road and always follow the traffic rules.
  • Don’t leave your hotel without your visa and passport, you might be stopped by the police. 
  • Don’t forget to bargain.
  • Don’t forget to carry toilet paper.
  • Don’t talk about politically sensitive issues.

Night Life

Beijing’s electrifying nightlife offers a plethora of activities for everyone to discover the city’s beauty and charm.  Beijing is full of western-style bars, clubs, casinos, and cafes.  The nightclubs and luxury restaurants attract a number of tourists looking to relax and unwind.  If you’re a food lover, then hop across to the "snack streets" for an unmatched experience in street food, or go on a gourmet night-food walking tour.  Shoppers can check out the malls or street side stores for local or high-end shopping.   If you're a lover of art and theatre, then visit the Beijing Opera for a spectacular theatre show.  If you’re fond of acrobatics, then head straight to the ‘Pearl of Oriental Art’ to witness the amazing performances and superb skills of acrobats.  If you love martial arts more than acrobatics, then visit the Red Theater for a Kung Fu Show.  Alternatively, one can admire Beijing's nighttime cityscapes or the nightly views of the Great Wall.  The colorful and lit up buildings across Tiananmen Square also offer a stunning view at night.  These and many similar activities can tantalize the senses and pump up the adrenaline of any traveller.

Must See

  • If you’re a food lover, then visit the Silk Road of Beijing. The area is lined with restaurants and you can enjoy a donkey meat sandwich or grilled cow tongue.
  • Discover the wonderful art at the most famous Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, famous for high-end modern art.
  • Experience the fun of buying Beijing postcards that give you a glimpse into the history of Hutongs and other such wonders.
  • Wander around the Watermelon Museum to get a crash course in the origin of watermelons and their amazing varieties around the world.

 

Experiences

  • If you’re an art and antique collector, head to the Panjiyuan antiques market, home to 3,000 vendors selling curios and memorabilia.
  • Drop in at the Temple of Heaven to enjoy a quick session of tai chi, singing, chess or calligraphy.
  • A fun, relaxing bath in the hot spring lends an out-of-this-world experience, especially if you’re a spa lover.
  • You’ll absolutely love the rickshaw rides on Beijing Hutongs that give an old-world feel.
  • Explore the small streets and narrow alleyways of Beijing that give you a glimpse of old Beijing.
  • Don’t miss out on the street stalls and small restaurants that give a taste of a variety of fried, or seafood-filled dumplings.

Activities

Tengger Desert
Desert
Southern edge of Gobi Desert, Beijing
Distance From City Center
1,220 KM
Beijing Nanhaizi Elk Museum
Zoo
Luyuan Road, Sanhaizi, Quan Country, Daxing District, Beijing 100076, China
Distance From City Center
21.9 KM
Beijing Double Happiness Hotel
Casino
37 Dongsisitiao, Beijing, China
Distance From City Center
6 KM
Shijinglong Ski Resort
Ski
Yanqing, Jiuxiao Rd, Beijing
Distance From City Center
99.6 KM
Wanda Vista Beijing
Casino
Tower C Wanda Plaza – 93 Jianguo road Chaoyang district – 100022 Beijing
Distance From City Center
1.6 KM
Beijing Nanshan Ski Village
Ski
Miyun, Beijing, China
Distance From City Center
78.5 KM
Wanlongbayi Ski Resort
Ski
Fengtai, Shejichang Rd, Beijing
Distance From City Center
35.5 KM
Beijing Xiangshan International Golf Club
Golf
No. 108, Qijia Village, Sijiqing Town, MinZhuang Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Distance From City Center
33.1 KM
Tianma Beach
Beach
Nandaihe, Beijing
Distance From City Center
107 KM
Tianmo Desert
Desert
Longbao Mountain, Nanxinpu Town, Huailai County, Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province
Distance From City Center
2,576 KM
Jinghua Golf Club
Golf
Tongzhou, Beijing, China
Distance From City Center
36.9 KM
Sheraton Qinhuangdao Beidaihe Beach
Beach
No. 16, Binhai Road, Beidaihe District, Qinhuangdao 066100 China
Distance From City Center
283 KM
Golden Coastline
Beach
Beidaihe, Beijing
Distance From City Center
306 KM
Badaling Wildlife Park
Zoo
No.21 Exit of Badaling Changcheng Parking Lot, Beijing 102102, China
Distance From City Center
72.3 KM
Beijing Zoo
Zoo
No.137 Xizhimenwai Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100044, China
Distance From City Center
14.9 KM
Alashan Desert
Desert
Near Inner Mongolia Area, Beijing
Distance From City Center
1207 KM
Beijing Golf Club
Golf
Shunyi, China
Distance From City Center
50.3 KM
Zhongle Six Star
Casino
No.4 Building Fangqunyuan 3rd Area Fangzhuang Fengtai District,Beijing China
Distance From City Center
7.1 KM

Shopping

New World Shopping Mall
Shopping Malls
5 Chongwenmen Outer St, ChongWenMen, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Distance From City Center
4.4 km
Beijing Antique City
Antique Markets
21 East Third Ring South Road, Chaoyang District
Distance From City Center
4.8 KM
Panjiayuan Antique Market
Antique Markets
No.18 Huawei Li, Panjiayuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100021, China
Distance From City Center
5.6 KM
Bairong International Flea Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Beijing 100075, China
Distance From City Center
10.3 KM
Hongqiao Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Dongcheng, China
Distance From City Center
5.2 KM
Silk Street
Flea Markets and Bazaars
8 Xiushui E St, JianWai DaJie, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Distance From City Center
1.9 km
Wangfujing Street
Handicrafts and Souviners
Wangfujing Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
Distance From City Center
4.8 KM
Bairong World Trade Center
Shopping Malls
101 Yongdingmen Outer St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100075
Distance From City Center
10.1 KM
China World Mall
Shopping Malls
1 Jianguomen Outer St, JianWai DaJie, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Distance From City Center
2.0 KM
  • Yixing Teapots
  • 'Inside Painted' Snuff Bottles
  • Beijing Palace Lantern
  • Chinese Jewellery
  • Chinese Tea
  • Cloisonne Objects
  • Eight Treasures Ink-pad
  • Chinese Ceramics
  • Chinese Silk
  • Beijing Lord Rabbit Figurines
  • Beijing Paper Cuts
  • Neiliansheng Cloth Shoes
  • Chinese Chop
  • Zhongguo Jie (Chinese knots)
  • Chinese Calligraphy Wall Scrolls
  • Beijing Dough Figurines
  • Chinese Traditional Clothing

Official Language

Mandarin

Other Language

Cantonese

Spoken Language

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Currency

Yuan (CNY)

Population

21.7 (Millions)

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Weather

Clear Sky 16.39°C

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TimeZone

13:54 PM (GMT +08:00)

 

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Ambulance

120

 

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Police

110

 

Electric socket

Type A
Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type C
Type C ( 220 V 50 Hz)
Type I
Type I ( 230 V 50 Hz)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Beijing Capital International Airport - PEK

Airport Name / IATA Code

Beijing Daxing International Airport - ICAO

Best time to visit

September and October: these months offer the best climate and colourful scenery.

Moderate time to visit

March, April, and May: the weather is hot and humid in these months.

Worst time to visit

December, January, and February: these months have cold and dry weather with some snow. June, July, and August: June marks the start of summer and the city warms up considerably. July and August are the wettest months with it being uncomfortably hot and humid.

Taxi

Start Tariff: CNY 13.00

1 Km. Tariff: CNY 2.30

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: CNY 45.00

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