Beijing Travel Guide
Being capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's political, economic, and cultural center. Located in north China, close to the port city of Tianjin and partially surrounded by Hebei Province, it also serves as the most important transportation hub and port of entry.
As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore the city's ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, with about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4.4 million international visitors in a year.
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Things to Do & Places to Visit
It is northern China's main transportation hub. Frequent flights, modern roads and rail make it easy for visitors to reach Beijing. Crisscross roads make the urban transportation generally fast and convenient; however, you may encounter traffic jam sometimes due to the millions of vehicles that the city owns.Best Time to Visit
Interested in trying the local food? The Roast Duck and the Imperial Court Food are highly recommended. Nowhere else on earth will you find such a variety of gourmet restaurants offering the very best of Chinese and western dishes.
Whether you plan to buy curios and tourist souvenirs with traditional Chinese flavor, or you are keen on seeking quality products from world famous brands, you will find the city truly a shopper's paradise. The most famous and popular shopping destinations are the Yansha and Guomao Shopping Malls, Xidan Street and streets near Tiananmen Square such as the Wangfujing and Qianmen Streets.
After a day's tour, nighttime can hold other surprises for you. These can vary from traditional performances such as the traditional opera, acrobatics and martial arts to modern ones like concerts, pubs and clubs. Tianqiao Area and Laoshe Teahouse are good venues for tourists to enjoy Chinese folk culture; while Sanlitun Bar Street and the nearby embassy area is an ideal choice if you are a party-loving night owl.
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- Last updated on Aug. 13, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Travel
Asked by Numan Hameed
from PAKISTAN | Aug. 11, 2023 05:27Reply
Can I get invitation letter because I want to visit Beijing
Please give me some reasonable suggestions.
Answered by Molly
| Aug. 13, 2023 20:05
Generally, you can book a tour from a reliable travel agency like TravelChinaGuide and they will offer you an invitation letter.
Asked by Robert
from USA | Jul. 29, 2023 16:27Reply
Information and Lucky numbers
What are my lucky numbers?
What do I need to know to be extraordinarily happy?
Answered by Daisy
| Jul. 31, 2023 02:00
Your lucky numbers are 1,6 and 7. Your luck in 2023 is not very good. Just take care of your health in the next half of the year.
Asked by tim
from USA | Jul. 23, 2023 08:02Reply
chinese people purchased the house next to mine and gave me a gift is this a custom?
Answered by Rosie
| Jul. 24, 2023 00:38
Yes, lots of Chinese do that, in the purpose of getting alone well with their neighbours. There is a Chinese saying: A distant relative is not as helpful as a near neighbor. So Chinese care a lot of their neighbours.
Asked by Chloé Heller
from FRANCE | Jul. 05, 2023 04:36Reply
train Pekin / Ulan Bator
Hello ! I would like to come to china by plane, and then go directly on a train to Mongolia around the 12th of july.
Do you still offer this route ?
Answered by Kevin
| Jul. 05, 2023 19:16
I'm sorry but the train from Beijing to Mongolia has not been resumed.
Asked by Christina Davis
from USA | Jun. 25, 2023 13:14Reply
72 hour visa free travel
I want to know if this qualifies:
New York > 2 hr stopover in Dubai > Beijing > Brazil > New York
Answered by Alice
| Jun. 25, 2023 19:57
Yes, it is available. By the way, it has extended to the 144-hour visa-free transit.