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 Dec. 03, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Travel
Asked by Carlos
from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 07, 2018 15:11Reply
visa free on RETURN ?
I am UK citizen.
I will take Air China on 25/12, LHR - BJS - HKG
Then I should return to UK on 5/1, HKG - BJS - LHR
Now I am planning to change my return journey, leave at HKG on 2/1, stay a few days in BJS, leave to LHR on 5/1.
Do you think I can still use the Visa Free Program on my return journey please?
Answered by Lauren
from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 07, 2018 19:15
Yes, you can still use the 144 hours free visa on your return journey.
Asked by farooqui
from USA | Nov. 06, 2018 18:04Reply
high speed train station BEIJING SOUTH HOW MUCH DISTANCE FROM MY HOTEL king's joy hotel Tian'anmen Square
Answered by Karen
from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 07, 2018 19:18
It is about 6.5 kilometers from the hotel to the railway station.