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Located 32 km northeast of the centre of the city is Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), the main international gateway of China’s capital city. China’s most important and busiest airport, it is situated in the Chaoyang District and is often referred to as the “First Door of China”.  

The airport features three terminals, three runways and two control towers. Transit from the airport into the city is by express subway train, airport shuttle bus, or taxi. 

Quick facts about Beijing

Car rent

from $35 per day

Hotel booking

from $21 per night

Currency

CNY
Chinese Yuan
Reference average prices in Beijing

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

$ 4.34

🍕Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

$ 21.72

🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

$ 1.45

🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

$ 0.43

🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)

$ 723

Best time to visit Beijing

The best time to explore the city
May and June in early summer, as well as September and October when the weather is still mild.
Prices
Hotels from $21
Temperature
Beijing is coldest in January at average temperatures of -4°C and hottest in July when temperatures average 27°C. The most daily sunshine is in June at 12 hours, and the average annual temperature is about 12.1 °C.
Precipitation
Average annual rainfall in Beijing is 610 mm. August is the wettest month with an average rainfall of 182mm.

The weather

The warmest months are from April to October, but keep in mind that the summer is quite rainy, and the sky is gray and cloudy.

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Known formerly as Peking, Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China.

. The third most populous city in the world, it is a place where ancient culture and modern civilization co-exist as one. With its long history and cultural heritage, it is a city which attracts millions of visitors every year to its many wonders.

 

Beijing is home to the singular man-made structure which can be seen from outer space, the Great Wall that runs for hundreds of kilometres within the region. Other notable landmarks include the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven, which have all been listed in the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

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Things to do in Beijing

A city that perfectly blends the old and the new, Beijing is one of the most visited cities in the world and has a lot to offer its numerous visitors. With its many historical sites and touristic spots inside and outside the city, guests to the city get to see and experience the uniqueness of this capital city.

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A Ride Through the Hutongs

A network of narrow alleyways that twist and turn around numerous traditional courtyard houses, the hutongs give visitors a glimpse into the old Beijing. If you are interested in discovering traditional Beijing life, then a rickshaw through the hutongs would be a great idea.

 

You could also explore hutong walking routes and spend sometime with an authentic hutong family to get a true taste of their everyday life.

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Ming Tombs

This amazing site situated in the countryside just outside the city can be found close to the Great Wall. And so, both locations can be explored in one day.

Also known as the "13 Tombs", the Ming Tombs situated 50 kilometers northwest of the city, is the burial site of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Only two of the tombs, the Dingling and Changling have been opened to the public. Visitors can even get all the way into the burial chamber of Dingling. Those who prefer not to go deep inside a tomb, should visit Changling Tomb instead.

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Beihai Park

A favourite of the locals, Beihai Park is one of the oldest imperial gardens in China. Consisting of pavilions, gardens and bridges, the park covers up to 71 hectares and is a great place to walk, jog,  relax, and also chat with the locals.

Other activities one can engage in here include a boat ride on the lake, or a visit to the historical buildings where the emperor rested, held banquets and conducted official business.

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The Great Wall of China

Up to 600 km long across the northern part of Beijing, not many leave the city without visiting this iconic location. The wall has eight major sections along its total length, and you could spend a day hiking one of these. There are Huanghuacheng, Jiankou, Badaling, Juyongguan, Mutianyu, Jinshanling, Simatai and Gubeikou, each well preserved from the era of the Ming Dynasty.

Beijing Cuisine​

A visit to Beijing would be incomplete without tasting their delicious local dishes. A few you might encounter include: the Peking Duck, a national dish which consists of crispy duck smeared in maltose syrup and usually served with savoury pancakes stuffed with cucumber, spring onions and so on.

 

You might also find Zhajiang Mian, which is a noodles dish cooked in soybean paste, also Aiwowo, a dish of sweet rice balls, usually eaten as a dessert. For a drink you could try a Beijing yogurt called Nai Lao, a fermented milk mixed with wine, rice and honey or even sugar and drunk through a straw.

 

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