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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144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
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.
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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- Last modified on Jan. 16, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Travel
Asked by Emilie
from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 15, 2019 09:50Reply
Europe->Beijing(Flight);PEK->HongKong(Train).Can I use 144HR policy?
I am flying from Europe to PEK, and planning to leave PEK to Hong Kong through high speed train. Am I qualified for 144HR visa free transit?
Answered by Austin
from DENMARK | Jan. 15, 2019 19:36
Yes, you are qualified.
Asked by Angela
from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 14, 2019 20:03Reply
Beijing South Railway Station to Capital Airport?
I will be arriving at South Railway at 7pm via train only and I was wondering if there's a bus that can directly take me to PEK? And where do I find the bus because the south station is quite big. :(
Answered by Cooper
from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 15, 2019 19:53
You can take airport shuttle bus line 2 from South Railway Station North Square to PEK directly. The operating hours are form 05:00 to 21:00. After arriving at the South Railway Station, you can easily find the direction because there are detailed English signs. Don't worry.
Answered by Angela
from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 16, 2019 01:24
Thank you! Can I buy the ticket on the bus or do I have to get one at the ticket office?
Answered by Cooper
| Jan. 16, 2019 17:05
You need to purchase the tickets at the mentioned ticket office.
Asked by Martha Maxwell
from UNITED STATES | Jan. 13, 2019 07:36Reply
can I use the 144 hr visa for a flight from tokyo to beijing to the US? I am a US citizen.
I am a US citizen. we will be flying from Tokyo to visit our son, who has been living/working in China since Oct 2017. Can we use the 144 hr. VISA exemption for our visit, then return to the US?
Answered by Primrose
from FRANCE | Jan. 13, 2019 19:20
Yes, you can enjoy the 144 hr visa free policy.
Answered by Martha Maxwell
from USA | Jan. 14, 2019 05:43
Thank you very much for your quick response.
Asked by aya
from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 13, 2019 02:24Reply
How to get to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) from South Railway Station?
Is there a bus that I can take that will directly drop me off there? Thank you!
Answered by Remi
from CANADA | Jan. 13, 2019 19:18
Oh, Aya, the transportation is quite convenient. Take airport shuttle bus line 2 and go to PEK.
Answered by aya
from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 14, 2019 20:06
Thank you! Do you know where I can find the shuttle bus? I'm scared I might get lost when I get there since it's my first time and I have no one with me :(
Answered by Remi
| Jan. 15, 2019 19:03
The ticket offices to buy the airport shuttle bus tickets are located in the following places:
T1: Gate No. 7 (inside) on F1
T2: Gate No.11 (outside) on F1
T3: Gate No.7 or No.9 (Outside) on F1