Beijing Travel Guide
Being capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's political, economic, and cultural center. Located in north China, close to the port city of Tianjin and partially surrounded by Hebei Province, it also serves as the most important transportation hub and port of entry.
As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore the city's ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, with about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4.4 million international visitors in a year.
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It is northern China's main transportation hub. Frequent flights, modern roads and rail make it easy for visitors to reach Beijing. Crisscross roads make the urban transportation generally fast and convenient; however, you may encounter traffic jam sometimes due to the millions of vehicles that the city owns. Best Time to Visit
Interested in trying the local food? The Roast Duck and the Imperial Court Food are highly recommended. Nowhere else on earth will you find such a variety of gourmet restaurants offering the very best of Chinese and western dishes.
Whether you plan to buy curios and tourist souvenirs with traditional Chinese flavor, or you are keen on seeking quality products from world famous brands, you will find the city truly a shopper's paradise. The most famous and popular shopping destinations are the Yansha and Guomao Shopping Malls, Xidan Street and streets near Tiananmen Square such as the Wangfujing and Qianmen Streets.
After a day's tour, nighttime can hold other surprises for you. These can vary from traditional performances such as the traditional opera, acrobatics and martial arts to modern ones like concerts, pubs and clubs. Tianqiao Area and Laoshe Teahouse are good venues for tourists to enjoy Chinese folk culture; while Sanlitun Bar Street and the nearby embassy area is an ideal choice if you are a party-loving night owl.
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Questions & Answers on Beijing Travel
Asked by Ralph Hoger
from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 06, 2020 02:50Reply
how can i go to Tianjin Binhai Library once in Beijing, How far is it from Beijing?
Answered by Donna
from NEW ZEALAND | Feb. 06, 2020 18:00
The distance is around 170km.
Take bullet train from Beijing South Railway Station to Tianjin Railway Station first. The duration is around half an hour. Take subway line 9 to Civic Square Station, Exit A4. Then transfer to bus no.940 to Cultural Center. Walk southwest around 350 meters.
Asked by Miguel Ramos
from MEXICO | Feb. 05, 2020 17:27Reply
March 16-22 China Trip
I already have my flights, hotels, and Visa to travel to China from March 16 to March 22. I have a flight from Osaka to Shanghai, I stay two days there and then I'm planning by train to Beijing and stay two days there. I leave China on 20 from Beijing to South Korea.
My question is this. Do you think I will be better cancelling this trip with all the corona virus-related stuff? I mean, will I be able to take tours, go to the great wall, forbidden city, travel by train from Shanghai to Beijing by train?
I know you will probably not be sure about this, but I was wondering if you have more info than I do.
Answered by Carol
from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 06, 2020 18:03
Well, I am not sure that whether if the virus situation would become better at that time. You are suggested to keep close attention to the news.
Asked by hector
from SPAIN | Feb. 01, 2020 02:18Reply
Hi We are planning on visiting Beijing+Xi'An
Hi, a friend and I are planning on going to beijing and Xi'an. we have read that from february 2nd spring festival is over. does this apply to tourist places?are they (great wall, terracotta, forbidden city) open? (considering actual situation in China) Thanks
Answered by Glenn
from CANADA | Feb. 01, 2020 20:04
Well, the reopening time of these scenic areas are not clear. Some news says that they will reopen on Feb.9th. But I am not sure.