Beijing Travel Tips

Beijing Travel Tips

Beijing's Neighboring Areas: Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province
Resident Population: 19.612 million
Area: 16,410 square kilometers (6336 square miles)
Area Code: 010
Tourist Complaint: (010) 65275315 (010) 65130828

Visa & Embassy

 144-hour visa-free transit
Since December 28th, 2017, the 144-hour visa-free transit has been implemented in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei as well for passengers from the 53 countries and regions.

Visitors from other countries still have to obtain a visa before entering the city. You can apply for the visa in the Consulate of P. R. China in your country. Alternatively, you can obtain the visa through a travel agency. Special fast applications can be generally completed with 24 hours.

 Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Beijing
There are about 140 countries and regions having their embassies set in Beijing. The embassies are mainly distributed at the Sanlilun Area and Jianguomen Area to the east of the city center. If you have encounter problems on visa, passport or some other emergencies during your stay in the city, you can find your embassy for help.

 More about China Embassies Abroad


Money & Bank

Bank of China in Beijing
Bank of China
 Bank of China
Wangfujing Branch: 1, Chang' an Street, Dongcheng District
Qianmen Branch: 17, Xijiaominxiang, Xicheng District
Xidan Branch: 130, Xidan North Street, Xicheng District
Dongzhimen Branch: 35, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District
Xindongan Mall Branch: 130, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District

 Foreign Exchange

Great Britain Pound, Euro, U.S. Dollar, Swiss Franc, Singapore Dollar, Swedish Crown, Danish Crown, Norwegian Crown, Japanese Yen, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, Philippine Peso, Thai Baht are all exchangeable. Foreign currency and checks with the face value of Eurodollar and Spanish Peseta are also exchangeable at the Bank of China, other authorized banks offer foreign exchange service, some hotels, restaurants and shops will also accept foreign exchange business in order to provide convenience for foreign tourists.

 Credit Card
It is very convenient for tourists to use credit cards in star hotels and the large emporiums. At present main credit cards accepted in China, are Master card, Visa, American Express, JCB and Diners.


Telephone booth
Telephone Booth on the Street
Phone booths can be easily found along the roads. The fees of such public phones are as follow:
IC card phones: local call - 0.5 Yuan for the first 3 minutes and then 0.2 Yuan per minute. The charge for DDD is 0.8 Yuan per minute and the charge for IDD is 8.2 Yuan per minute.
 Useful Phone Numbers

 Post Office:
Letters posted within the city need a stamp of CNY 0.6 and letters posted within the country need to stick a stamp of CNY 0.8. According to the different region and weight every international airmail letter costs more than CNY 5.4. Letters posted to Hong Kong or Taiwan needs about CNY 2.5. The International Post Office located on the east side of Jianguomen North Street, operates a receiving and posting international and domestic letters, parcels and express mails, making out invoice, cash draft and telegram drafts, domestic and international telegram etc.

Yong' an Road Post Office: 173, Yongan Road, Xicheng District
Fangzhuang Post Office: 22, Pufang Road, Fengtai District
Huashi Post Office: 67, Huashi Street, Dongcheng District
 Area Code & Zip Code


Surfing the internet is not an adventure any more, for internet cafes' can be easily found on the streets. If you come to the city by yourself and want to do business via the internet, chat with family or friends, there are plenty of venues to choose from.



Tsinghua University, Beijing
Tsinghua University
Universities & Institutes
Beijing boasts the classic and most education resource in the country. There are over 100 universities and institutes, including many famous ones like Peking University and Tsinghua University. The campuses are mainly located in Haidian District and Xicheng District.

 International Schools
The city has a foreign population of over 200,000. More and more international schools are set to meet the demand of the foreigners and also enrich the education of the local students.

Libraries & Book Bars
Big public libraries like the National Library and the Capital Library with abundant foreign books are introduced for you to find materials in different languages. There are also some featured book bars in the city for you to find leisure readings or just kill time.

Xidan Books Building: C17, West Chang'an Street
Wangfujing Xinhua Book Store: 235, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District


Medical Service

Hospital in Beijing
Hospital in Beijing
 Hospitals & Clinics
Peking Union Medical College Hospital: 1, Shuaifu Yuan, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District(east section); 41, Damu Cang, Xidan, Xicheng District (west section)
Friendship Hospital: 95, Yong'an Road, Tianqiao, Xicheng District
International SOS Clinic: Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building
16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District (08:00 - 20:00 all year round; Tel: +86 10 6462 9100)
China-Japan Friendship Hospital: Yinghuayuan East Street, Chaoyang District

Tongrentang: 120, Xidan North Street, Xicheng District; 248, Zhushikou West Street, Xicheng District
Yongantang Drug Store: 2, Huangsi Street, Dongcheng District
Chaoyang Drug Store: 8, Chaoyang Xinjie Dayuan, Chaoyang District
Jinanjian Medicine Selling Center: 53, Majiabu Xili, Fengtai District

 South Cathedral – Xuanwumen Catholic Church: 141, Qianmen West Street, Xicheng District
Zhushikou Church: 129, Qianmen Street, Xicheng District
East Church – Wangfujing Catholic Church: 74, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District
St. Michael's Church - Dongjiao Minxiang Church: 13, Dongjiao Minxiang, Dongcheng District

 It is a worldwide sports event held in the middle of October every year. It takes participants passing by many of the landmarks of the city, such as Tiananmen Square, Diaoyutao State Guest Hotel, Olympic Forest Park, and Olympic Park.

 Toilet Facilities
It is easy for tourists to find public toilets in the subway stations, railway stations, airport, bus stations or sightseeing spots and most toilets in the downtown area are free except for some mobile ones.

 Temple Fairs

- Last updated on Jan. 31, 2024 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Travel Tips
Asked by Robert from USA | Aug. 05, 2019 16:31Reply
I heard there was a bookstore in Beijing that is located in a building that used to be a cathedral.
Can you tell me where it is and how to get there? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Ben from USA | Aug. 08, 2019 19:18

It is located at No.85, Beitong Linge Road. You can take metro line 2 and get off at Changchun Street, then walk to it.
Asked by John Ashley from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 20, 2019 13:15Reply
I will arrive direct from Amsterdam.Stay in hotel in Beijing for 4 nights
then to Hong Kong by high speed train.I understand I apply for 144 transit visa at immigration in the city. Do I have to show visa to hotel in the city and do I have to declare my intent in Amsterdam?
Answers (1)
Answered by Elva from USA | Jul. 22, 2019 01:25

It is 144-hour visa-free transit instead of visa. I think it is necessary to show your passport to the hotel staff.
Asked by Anthony from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 03, 2019 07:06Reply
Booking for the Beijing Red Theatre Kung Fu Show
Hello, I'm coming to the city next week with family travelling from the UK and want to take them to the Red Theatre to see the Kungfu show. I'm struggling to identify which is the correct website that I should book my tickets with - can anyone advise which is the legitimate one?
Answers (1)
Answered by Perry from USA | Jul. 03, 2019 19:12

Sorry, it is not allowed to post website address here. You can go there early and buy it on the spot.
Asked by Violet Doan from SINGAPORE | Jun. 27, 2019 10:08Reply
I am visiting Beijing with my family .We all have Singapore passport and also Singapore citizen
We are visiting as tourist . We want to make tour 15days (from 17th November to 01st December 2019) go Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu
Do we need visa ?
Answers (3)
Answered by Brooke from USA | Jun. 27, 2019 20:40

Absolutely, you need to apply for a China visa in advance.
Answered by Violet Doan from SINGAPORE | Jun. 28, 2019 05:07

If I stay in Beijing 14 days or less then I no need to apply for a China Visa, is it correct ? I have Singapore passport and also Singapore citizen.

Answered by Brooke from USA | Jun. 30, 2019 18:48

There is only 144-hour visa free visit in Beijing and Chengdu. You can only get it if you stay in either Beijing or Chengdu less than 144 hours and then fly to the third country.
Asked by J.D. LACHAPELLE from CANADA | Dec. 16, 2018 20:37Reply
Transiting through Beijing, China
Arriving by train from Mongolia July 18th. Flying out of China on July 20th. Do I qualify for the 72 hour Visa exception or must I need a Visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Damian from RUSSIA | Dec. 17, 2018 23:18

No, you need to fly into and fly out China. Otherwise, you don't quality for the 72 hour visa exception.
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