Beijing Travel Guide
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Beijing is the capital of China and the second largest city after Shanghai. The city attracts millions of tourists as the centre of culture and art in China.
Beijing Capital International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in China. It is located 32 km of Beijings city center. In the arrival hall are sometimes people trying to take you to their cars. Don't go with them because you will be ripped off. They look for foreigners and tourists. Just follow the Chinese passengers and leave the arrival hall. Outside is the taxicab rank with the official taxis where passengers are queuing up.
A taxi to downtown Beijing cost about 100-125 Yuan depending of the car model. The travel time to downtown Beijing is 45 minutes but if it is crowded it can be 1,5 hour.
The airport bus has 6 lines and cost 16 Yuan. At night there are no buses running. Airport bus line 2 has a stop at the Beijing Railway Station.
The Airport Express of the Beijing subway connects terminal 2 and 3 of Beijing Airport with 2 metro stations ( Dongzhimen and Sanyuanqiao) in Beijing's center. The fare for the Airport Express is 25 Yuan. Travel time is about 25 minutes.
In Beijing are plenty of luxury hotels and hundreds of three star accommodations. Internet access is often included in the room rate. An average double room in a 4 star hotel in Beijing is between 450-700 Yuan including breakfast buffet. Many four and five star hotels are located in the Wangfujing shopping area or Central Business District. One of the most famous and oldest luxury hotels downtown is the Raffles Beijing Hotel. Cheapest accommodation are hostels and guesthouses. Many of them are in preserved Hutongs (old Chinese neighbourhoods).
If you are looking for a clean and inexpensive restaurant outside your hotel, step inside one of the large department stores in Wangfujing. Wangfujing is the main shopping area in Beijing close to the Forbidden City. In the department stores you will find besides a McDonalds or Pizzahut also small Chinese and Japanese restaurants. The Quanjude Restaurant is the largest roast duck restaurant in Beijing and one of the best. A branch of their chain is also in Wangfujing Street. Western top restaurants can be found in the international hotels. The Hard Rock Cafe (steaks, hamburgers) is in the Landmark Hotel. Danieli's in the St. Regis Hotel is a top Italian restaurant. Maxim's de Paris is a famous name in the French cuisines; address 2 Chongwenmen Xi Da Jie in the Chongwen District. Nishimura in the Shangri-La Hotel is one of the best Japanese restaurants.
The Watercube (National Aquatics Center) at the Olympic Green
Beijing Great Wall
The Great wall is outside Beijing. Badaling is the best-preserved section of the Great Wall and about 70km North of Beijing. Badaling is very crowded in high season. A cable car brings the visitors from the parking to the top of the hill. It is possible to climb. The other parts of the Great Wall are much less touristic. Many hotels have a travel desk where you can book trips to attractions, shows or the Great Wall.
Badaling Great Wall Beijing
Beijing train station
The Central Railway Station is in downtown Beijing. From Central Station leave trains to North China, Mongolia, Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou. The second large station is Beijing West Railway Station. This station serves all other destinations in China. The fast day train Shanghai - Beijing arrives at Beijing South Station.
Train stations are allways crowded in China. Foreigners and passengers who buy a soft-sleeper ticket or soft seat first class can wait in the VIP-waiting room. Many hotels can make reservations for train and domestic flights for a small commission.
A few other main attractions are:
- The Forbidden City: the emperors of old China used to lived here. Nowadays its a museum (Imperial Palace Museum). It's in downtown Beijing.
- Tian'anmen: one of the largest squares in the world: more than 400,000 square meters. Tian'anmen is in front of the Forbidden City.
- Beihai Park: large and popular park near the Forbidden City.
- Wangfujing: the main shopping street in Beijing.
- the Olympic Area: with the National Stadium and Aquatics Center
- the Lama Temple: large Tibetan Buddhist monastery
- Beijing skiing largest ski resorts in/ around Beijing
- The Ming Tombs: mausoleum of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty close to the Great Wall
- Summer Palace: famous for its garden. A popular park to visit.
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