The capital of China, Beijing (literally, ‘Northern Capital’) is also its second largest city. The city, which is located in northern part of the country, has been a political, cultural and educational hub for centuries. Well-connected via rail, air and road, Beijing is renowned all over the world for its beautifully constructed temples, palaces, gardens, tombs and walls. These factors combined with its proximity to the Great Wall of China make it an attractive tourist destination for visitors from across the world.
Beijing has 14 urban and suburban districts and two rural counties. Some of the major neighborhoods in the city which would be of greater interest to a visitor are:
From the Airport
Beijing is predominantly served by Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), for both domestic and foreign trips. Another airport, Beijing Nanyuan Airport, which is served by only one airline and offers only domestic hauls.
Bus (From Airport)
Bus (Within city)
For more information on fares and schedule you can refer to the BCIA Airport Shuttle page.
Subway (From Airport)
Subway (Within city)
Tipping is not part of the culture in China and is not expected in most places.
Beijing in 5 days (Source: Frommers)
Visit the spectacular Eastern Qing Tombs (it is a five-hour roundtrip drive so start early!)
Service providers charge a national roaming fee in China so be prepared to pay extra if you are going to be on the move!
Beijing is known for its cheap yet delicious food, with a few small yet famous eateries located in popular areas such as Wangfujing, Huguosi Street, Gui Jie, and Gulou areas.
Pecking Roast Duck: This Chinese delicacy is available at most of the restaurants in Beijing. Served with pancakes, plum sauce, cucumbers and scallions, the Peking Duck is one dish not to be missed!
Savory pancakes: A popular street snack, these are a specialty of North China cart vendors.
China is a tea loving country and is one of the biggest growers of the drink. Do not forget to visit the numerous tea tasting ceremonies, especially in the Qianmen area south of Tian'anmen Square.
China does not have a great reputation as wine- makers, though Great Wall is the most famous local brand of grape wine. Some of the famous bars and drinking options include: