When is the best time to visit Beijing?
The best time to visit Beijing is spring and autumn, you can enjoy the Beijing city with the most comfortable weather. As winter is quite cold and summer is hot. Travel to Beijing during Autumn, you can find the pleasure of picking, enjoying the most natural and richest color of the season: the flaming maple leaves, the golden corns, the dark green water, and the crystal clear blue sky.
Do i need visa to enter beijing for travelling? How can i apply the visa?
There are two situations for the visa to enter Beijing city, the first one is visa free, you can enjoy the 72 -hour /144- hour Visa Free Policy to enter Beijing if you have a transit in Beijing airport for another country or region; You need to apply for a Chinese Tourist Visa if you plan to visit other part of China, such as Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai etc. As for how to apply the Chinese Visa, you need to complete an application form attached with your recently-taken color photo, prepare a valid passport, and submit them along with other supporting documents to the Chinese embassy consulate.
For more details, you can contact the Chinese embassy in your area.
Is it safe to travel around Beijing city?
Beijing is a pretty safe place, the crime rate is low to medium in this capital city. Female travelers are never unsafe even when traveling alone. Reports of getting robbed and attacked are next to none in this city. You can find the city with cameras everywhere, it was part of the project called Skynet. Police surveillance cameras are put up everywhere in the city, and the government monitors everything. Subway metro and some buses have tight security. Some coaches have police personnel onboard for additional protection.
Please kindly note the scamming visitors is pretty standard in Beijing. The best thing you can do is not to accept invitations from strangers. Be especially wary if you get invited to tea or drinks by an English speaking native. When you traveling within the city, it is important to get into an registered taxi which use the meter to charge. Take care of your belongings during your tour, you will not become easy prey for lawbreakers.
How can i get to Beijing downtown from Beijing Capital Airport?
Beijing Capital International Airport is the main international airport in Beijing, it is located about 30KM from Beijing city center. There are several ways that you can choose how to get to Beijing downtown from airport once you arrive, such as Beijing Airport Express Train, Airport Shuttle Bus, Taxi and book a priavte transfer service. If you want to get to Beijing is a fastest and cheapeast way, Airport Express Train is highly recommended, it costs around CNY25/P.P; If you want to enjoy a hassle free service, you should book a private transfer with driver pick up service with local company.
How about the public transportation in Beijing? Is it easy to go around by subway?
Yes, it's easy to go around Beijing city by subway on your own. Beijing is the capital and a huge city in China with the convenient transport system. Taxis, city buses, subways, peddle bikes, and cars are all available in Beijing. Subway is highly recommneded if you don't want to stuck in the traffic jam. Fares are based on distance traveled, except for the Airport Express Lines, which have fixed rates. You can buy the single trip tickets or Yikatong cards (which can take several times, one-day ticket/ 3-day ticket...); Most subway lines operate from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., there are over 20 lines that you can take in Beijng city. If a taxi driver refuses to use the meter, get out and get another one when you taking taxi in Beijing.
Do you have any recommended area to stay in Beijing for the tour?
If you are the first time to visit Beijing, you should choose to stay in the central Beijing such as Wangfujing, Qianmen,Xidan, Houhai Area, Hutong Area and Sanlitun. Hotels in the Beijing city center are more expensive than the suburb, but you can true enjoy yourself. Wangfujing is in the heart of Beijing, close to Tiananmen Sqaure & Forbidden City. If you are travelling with kids, Wangfujing is the best area for family stay. Hotels in Qianmen Area are suitable for the budget travelers; If you are a shopping fan, you should consider Xidan Area since it's a paradise for shopping in Beijing; If you want to enjoy the night life and food culture in Beijing, Houhai Area & Hutong will be good choice for you.
What should i pack for the trip to Beijing?
Beijing is the perfect destination for travelers looking to see more of China’s golden age of history. It is the heart of China, and one of the six ancient cities, with many awe-inspiring places to explore. Below is the important items you should pack for a Beijing trip:
1). Vaild Passport & Visa
2). Exchange some Chinese cash before you arrive, credit card (you can withdraw cash from local ATM mechine as well)
3). Mosquito repellent, toiletries, favourite deodorant, medication, phone, converter/adaptor, charger, camera, translation book.
4) Clothes Packing Tips
Travel to Beijing in Spring(Mar.-May): It is windy and dry season and still cold in Beijing during the spring. The average tempreture is from 3℃ to 10 ℃, you should wear windbreakers, jackets, sweaters, and other clothes to keep warm.
Travel to Beijing in Summer (Jun.-Aug.): Summer is hot and humid in Beijing, you should bring the normal clothes for summer. As the UV is very strong, the sunglasses, sunhat, umbrella, sunscream are necessary.
Trvel to Beijing in Autum (Spet.-Nov.): It is the best time to visit Beijing city, the average tempreture is 20℃. It is recommended to wear shirts, long skirts and thin sweaters, windbreakers, casual clothes, jackets, suits, etc.
Travel to Beijing in Winter (Dec.-Feb.): Beijing has a long and cold winter, it is recommended to wear overcoats, sweaters, winter coat, woolen jacket, gloves, down jacket and scarfs. Beijing's winter also attracts lots of tourists to visit since the charming snow scenery.
Is Credit Card available in Beijing? Can i get money from ATM?
Beijing is a big & modern city in China, you can use your western credit card in most shop malls, big restaurant, hotels, but some small shops, restaurant in the street which can't take credit card payment; You can get cash from local Beijing ATM meachine, most ATMs accept both MasterCard and Visa cards, but each bank may charge a different fee for each transaction. Check the exchange rate before you use an ATM for the first time so that you know exactly how much local currency you want to withdraw.
Do people speak english in Beijing? Will I have trouble if I don't speak Chinese?
Not really, most local people can't speaking english in Beijing, but you can find lots of English sign at train station, subway station, airport and tourist sites. Most of taxi driver do not speak english, if you ask someone who doesn't speak English, they'll probably use the body language to communicate with you. So the language barrier still a big problem for the forigen langauge speaker. If you travel alone, you can download translation Application (Google Translation) before you arrive in Beijing.
Should i tip for my Beijing tour guide & driver?
Tipping is not customary but getting common practice in China now, especially tourism industry. It has become a very popular norm to tip the tour guide and driver when you use the tour service in Beijing and some other cities, hotel bellboy in recognition of their good service. And you no need to tip to the waiters/ Waitress in the restaurant.
How about Beijing local cuisine? What's the famous food in Beijing?
Beijing's local cuisine is famous for its diversity and style. Beijing is unique in China because foods from all parts of China can be found there, as well as a huge variety of Western foods. No other place in China has the diversity of cuisine that Beijing has. Besides food from other areas, Beijing has also been developing its own style of cuisine for almost 5,000 years and come up with some amazing foods including the world famous Peking Roast Duck.
How many days should stay in Beijing for first time traveler?
Beijing is a historical and cultural city with lots of places to visit, we suggest you should stay in Beijing at least 3 days if you have a limited time. A trip to Beijing can be any length. If you are not able to spend a lot of time visiting but want to see the main sights that Beijing has to offer, a minimum stay of 3 days and 2 nights is recommended.
What are the famous places should be visited in Beijing?
Beijing is one of the top tourist destinations in China with many world famous attractions, such as Forbidden City which is the imperial palace and the most significant attraction and can trace its origins back to the Yuan Dynasty of the 13th century; Temple of Heaven, it's a place for the emperors to pray for the good harvest; Great Wall of China, one of the "Eight World Wonders" and there is an old saying" He who does not reach the Great Wall is not a true man"; Beijing Hutongs where you can experience the true old and authentic life of Beijing local residents; Summer Palace, it is a imperial garden featured with classic Chinese garden design.
What are the top things to do for kids in Beijing?
There are some great & interesting places to visit for kids in Beijing, such as see the giant pandas in Panda house (Beijing Zoo) & see the marine organisms in Beijing Aquarium, have fun in Beijing Happy Valley or Shijingshan Amusement Park, catch a Kungfu Panda Show at Night. Besides, you can choose to take the traditional rickshaw ride when you visit Beijing famous Hutong, take the boat ride at Houhai area.
Is there interesting activity to do at night in Beijing?
There are many interesting night activities in Beijing suitable for visitors with different interests. If you are a culture lover, you can enjoy some local perfromance, such Peking Opera Perfromance at Liyuan, Chinese Kung Fu Show, experience the tea culture at Laoshe Teahouse etc.; Beijing Bars & Cafes are also popular for visitors, locals as well, you can experience the how the locals enjoy their night in this city. The main bar areas in Houhai Area, Shichahai, Chaoyang Park.
Where is the best shopping area in Beijing?
Beijing is one of the best places to do shopping in China, the most popular shopping areas by locals and tourists such as Wuangfujing Street, Qianmen Street, Dongdan and Xidan Commercial Street. If you want to find the lasted and most luxurious items, you can go to Jianguomen Wai Street and Chaowai Street; Nanluoguxiang Hutong also is good place for shopping, you can buy some traditional handcrafts and food there. Panjiayuan Antique Market is suitable for those who like collection.
Is the Internet service available in Beijing?
Internet access is provided in most hotels, free wifi access at public area in Beijing (airport, train station,some Cafes, Starbucks, Mcdonald’s and some larges stores offer wi-fi service). Please note the Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and some others are blocked in China. If you have a long stay in Beijing and other cities, you can purchase a local SIM card for the internet service from airport ocne you arrive in Beijing. The fee will be cheaper than use your own.
How to visit Beijing in one day?
Actually, one day is not enough for Beijing since it's a huge city with many places to visit. If you have only day for Beijing sightseeing, you can take a one day Beijing highlights tour to visit the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Beijing Hutong. If you want to visit the city highlights and China Great Wall, you can choose one or two places within the Beijing city and do a half day Mutianyu or Badaling Great Wall Tour from Beijing.
What is Beijing city famous for?
Beijing is a famous city in China boasts a history of more than 3,000 years that has been proved by words and cultural relics. Beijing is famous for it's imperial history, it has been the capital of the Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. You can learn the imperial stories from the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven etc. Beijing is famous for Great Wall, it's one of the" Eight wonders of the world". Beijing is famous for it's food, the peking roast duck is the most representive local dish, it is often served with spring onions, cucumber, pancakes.
Is it necessary to book tour with local tour company or travel on my own?
We higly recommend you book a tour package with Beijing local tour company if you are first time traveler, Beijing is the capital city of China a one of the international. You can find lots of English sign in the city which can lead you the way, but for the tourist sites, you'd better take a tour which can make get a better understanding about the history and culture. Book a tour with local company, you will enjoy the hassle free guided tour service with airport pick up service, daily hotel pick up with professional English tour guide and experience driver, no worry about how to take public transportation to the each palce, no need wait in line to buy the entrance tickets. If you travel with a buget, you can book a local group day tour package to visit the best part of Beijing city.
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