Beijing is a culture rich metropolis with lots of culture and modernity. This city has the best of both worlds; both traditional and modern architecture. Beijing has a lot to offer travelers from near and far. This guide is here to suggest ideas of what you can do on your trip to Beijing.
Population: 21.5 million
Known as: The Forbidden City
Climate: Temperate continental monsoon climate
Arrival/ Getting Around
Beijing actually has 2 airports (and another on the way); Beijing International Airport (29.8km away), Beijing Nanyuan Airport (21.2km away) and Beijing Daxing International Airport (2019).
Beijing has an amazing subway line and express train from Beijing international airport that can get you to the city center in 30 minutes (dependent on where you will be staying). The airport express cost ¥25 for a one way trip, which drops you off at Dongzimen station. From there you can either transfer to the subway, bus or taxi if you need to.
Most places in Beijing are easily accessible by subway. You can even get a subway map that shows you which stop to get off at for attractions. However, taxis are also fairly cheap and save you time. You can also catch the ultra cheap buses, if you can figure out where it is you need to go. You can also get a motor rickshaw, like a Chinese tuk tuk. Make sure to negotiate the pice a head of time! Walking is always a great option as well!
What to See
Beijing has a myriad of attractions. Amongst the most famous are The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and of course The Great Wall. The Great Wall is the furthest out of all the other places to visit, so you should probably go there first. I would recommend either hiring a car to take you or going with a tour group, as The great Wall is very far and the buses can be a bit tricky to figure out.
There are lots of temples and palaces to explore as well. Summer Palace, Yonghe Temple and Tanzahe Temple are worth a visit.
Other amazing things to do include Fragrant Hills Park, exploring Hutongs, Beijing National Stadium, CCTV Building, Kunming Lake, Prince Gong Mansion and Wangfujing night market.
What to Eat & Drink
Beijing is well known for Peking Duck. Most Chinese restaurants you walk by showcase a few roasted ducks in their windows, letting you know where you can come eat Beijing's most famous food. I must say, Peking Duck is absolutely delicious and is obviously a no brainer as a must try dish.
Other foods to try:
Where to Stay
Beijing has a lot of low cost hostels for travellers on a budget. I came across a few good hostels with great reviews while looking for a place to stay. I decided to stay in Qianmen because there are a lot of things to do in that area. I stayed in the Leo Hostel which was within walking distance to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, National Museum and Qianmen Square.
Other great areas to stay are Wanfujiang and Dongzhimen.
Here are some other great places to visit near Beijing
Tianjin-- Tianjin is a port city located 2 hours from Central Beijing. This city is well known for the European style buildings as well as the modern skyscrapers. It is also the 4th most populated city in China
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