Beijing Travel Guide

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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.

Roast Duck
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.

Souvenir Store
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.

Peking Opera
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 Rene from SWITZERLAND | Mar. 18, 2019 08:34Reply
Can i get the 24 h visa if I fly into Beijing and then take the train to north Korea the same day?
Take the train the same day leaving at 05.25 pm to north korea via border. does it count leaving the train station at 05.25 pm or only when we arrive next day at Dandong Border?
Asked by cynthia from CANADA | Mar. 16, 2019 09:23Reply
Arriving Toronto Canada to Beijing . staying 4 nights and then Tianjin port for cruise.
post cruise at Singapore and connection Tokyo to Canada

is this what could apply for the transit visa? I am worried how it all works .
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Answered by Andrew from GERMANY | Mar. 18, 2019 00:34

Yes, you are eligible for 144hr visa free policy.
Asked by ANGELITO CASTILLO from USA | Mar. 15, 2019 22:25Reply
Taxi fare Beijing Airport to CITIC Hotel Capital Airport
From Shanghai, I am arriving in at 21:35 on April 2. What is the estimated taxi fare from PEK to Citic Hotel PEK at No. 9 Xiao Tianzhu Road.
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Answered by Jack from UKRAINE | Mar. 18, 2019 00:19

The cab fare is around CNY30 at that time.
Asked by vanessa from USA | Mar. 15, 2019 11:27Reply
hi, i always dream to go see china, i haven’t travel in years so im rusty
i read some of your tips and advise, here are my questions:

1) i will be traveling with a ten years old i don't plan on staying over 60 days do i still need a visa of any sort? can i travel with our usa passport to Beijing?
2) i want to save money and rent a place for two months while there near the city do you know any good town with rental accommodations and low price that is safe for tourists?
3) i plan on taking the train mainly, and order online for my tickets, is there any English version to understand the train website and what is this main train railway website there?
4) you can you your usa debit card to china atm?
5) if we decide to stay longer what are some apartment website that is very low price, thanks
6) you mention something about traveling to china by train, where from? you can travel from this us to china by train now? i'm in florida, what would be my best way to go about it, thanks

thanks for helping out, i really enjoy reading your tips and i downloaded your book and will print a map too
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Answered by Samuel from CANADA | Mar. 18, 2019 01:14

1. Yes, you need to apply for the China Visa in advance in your country.
2. There are many youth hotels in the city. The prices are low and reasonable. Wangfujing and Qianmen Area is a convenient place with advanced public transportation system.
3. No, the train booking page only has Chinese version. You can ask help for It provides train ticket booking service. If interested, their contact information is
4. You can use Visa Credit Card.
5. Agoda is a nice APP for you to find rental apartments. :)
6. You need to take the flight from Florida to the Capital Airport (PEK).
Asked by Zatcha from INDONESIA | Mar. 14, 2019 17:08Reply
Hi, is there any Muslim Prayer Room at the Arrival Terminal 3 Beijing Capital Airport?
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Answered by Sophia from CANADA | Mar. 14, 2019 18:41

Yes, you can find two Prayer Rooms at PEK, located in T3B and T3C. They are specially equipped with blankets, seats, holy water and other supplies for prayers. :)
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