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
Important Notice: The Forbidden City will close from Sep. 21 to Oct. 1, 2019. TravelChinaGuide suggest you rearrange your itinerary to Summer Palace or Hutong, which are also highlights of a Beijing day tour.
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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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- Last modified on Sep. 11, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Travel
Asked by Liwliwa Albornoz
from UNITED STATES | Sep. 17, 2019 09:19Reply
Am I qualified for 72 hours visa?
I am travelling with my New Zealand passport from New York to Philippines via Beijing. Can I use 72 hours visa free to stay in Beijing?
Answered by Nolan
from DENMARK | Sep. 18, 2019 18:02
Yes, you can.
Asked by Dawn
from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 17, 2019 03:44Reply
Hi, I am flying into Beijing - Peking International staying for 5 days in the city
being a tourist then returning to London Heathrow. Can I apply for the 144 transit visa?
Answered by Parker
from CANADA | Sep. 18, 2019 18:03
Is your route UK-Beijing-UK? If yes, you are not eligible for the 144 hours visa free policy. You need to apply for the Chinese visa in advance in your country.
Asked by Iva
from CHINA | Sep. 16, 2019 20:55Reply
Hi. Can someone give me information if the Forbidden City will be open on September 18th?
I’ve read that it will be closed starting September 21st but I need a confirmation. Thank you.
Answered by Hudson
from CANADA | Sep. 18, 2019 18:03
The scenic area will close from Sep 21 to Oct 1, 2019.
Asked by Monica
from USA | Sep. 16, 2019 20:06Reply
72-hr Visa-free transit versus using valid Chinese visa in passport
I got a 10 yr, category M, multiple entry Chinese visa last year for a trip to Shanghai. I will be doing an overnight layover in Beijing next month en route from Mongolia to Texas, USA. Can I use my valid Chinese visa or should I go through the lines at the airport for a 72-hr visa-free entry?
Answered by Josiah
from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 18, 2019 18:06
Don't worry. You can use your valid Chinese visa.