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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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 Jul. 18, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Travel
Asked by Timothy Wright
from SPAIN | Jul. 21, 2019 02:15Reply
I am travelling from Sydney to Beijing and on wards to Madrid on Irish passport.
Am I eligible for 144 hours visa free policy?
Answered by Molly
from USA | Jul. 22, 2019 01:20
Yes, no problem.
Asked by Lucilie
from AUSTRIA | Jul. 20, 2019 09:20Reply
How to get to my hostel in Beijing?
Can you please tell me how I get to the SUNRISE YOUTH HOSTEL BEIHAI BRANCH at W Huangchenggen N St, Xicheng Qu, China? I take the Airport Express Train to Dongzhimen Station and from there - how to I get to my hostel?? Thank you so much for your help!!
Answered by Vicki
from USA | Jul. 22, 2019 01:06
Take metro line 2 to Xizhimen Station, then transfer to metro line 4 to Xisi Station (Exit B), then walk north of 700m to it. It takes around 35 minutes with CNY4.