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 May. 21, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Travel
Asked by Iowagirl
from USA | May. 21, 2019 09:24Reply
Where is the nearest location to pick up train tickets when flying into Beijing Capital Airport?
If not near PEK, is there one near The Pullman South Hotel?
Answered by Jonas
from AUSTRALIA | May. 21, 2019 20:56
I remember there is one office located at No.9 Gate, L1 of Arrival Hall in T2 and the other ticket office is at Counter 22, L check-in area, L4 , Departure Hall in T3.
You can also get to railway station earlier to pick up train tickets.
Asked by Mark
from USA | May. 20, 2019 07:41Reply
Hi. I am flying standby into Beijing Capital Airport (PEK)
But will have a confirmed ticket out of PEK 2 days later. Is this okay for the 144-hour visa free transit?
Answered by Alice
from USA | May. 21, 2019 20:27
It is eligible only if your next destination country should be different from your last destination country and there is no other stops in mainland China.
Asked by charlotte barham
from GB | May. 20, 2019 03:37Reply
Can someone fly from the UK - Beijing for 4 days - UK?
Answered by Mike
from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 21, 2019 18:08
You need to apply for a visa in advance since it is not eligible for the 144-hour free visa transit.
Asked by Ain
| May. 19, 2019 21:14Reply
I am staying near Beijing Jing Yi Hotel.
Any halal restaurants nearby And it is Ramadan. Hope it is easy.
Answered by Kevin
from AUSTRALIA | May. 20, 2019 20:47
There are two halal restaurants near the hotel, both are within 1km. One is located at No.36 Zhichun Road，the other is at No.20 Zhichun Road. Hope you like!