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City Guide Beijing, China

Visiting Beijing

Capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing has been the scene of a long cultural history. Today you can see evidence of all those who contributed to the development of the city making for some pretty interesting explorations.

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Beijing City Reviews

  • 40%

    Anonymous

    Do it! There's a reason why so many people go....

    I planned to avoid Beijing as it was a cliche filled tourist trap. After all who wants to go home from China and talk about all of the places your friends already know? However, I was very much mistaken. The great wall, forbidden city, summer palace etc etc. They are all great. Especially the great wall. That area would be spectacular to visit even if there wasn't an insanely long wall there to compliment and juxtapose the view! Go there's a reason so many do!

    Insider Tip:Autumn offers the best views due to the changing foliage and the weather is often the most forgiving for trekking hills (Or forbidden cities).

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Bonkers Beijing

    Bonkers Beijing but in the most fabulous way. Everything is so busy and fast. Traffic is a nightmare but very entertaining when trying to cross the road It's one of the cleanest cities I have been to. The people are amazing and so friendly. The food is to die for (and I hate ENGLISH Chinese food), so healthy and fresh. We visited The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square (you'll need a good 5 hours to see everything), The Summer Palace and The Great Wall (takes most of the day). STUNNING.

    Insider Tip:Mingle with the locals (especially when crossing a road)

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    5 days in Beijing

    Beijing is perfect place to travel with convenient subway transportation. Subway system helped to travel efficiently since most of the tourist attractions were near by subway stations. I also had one day tour to travel Great wall, Longqing Gorge and Summer palace. Those attractions were located within 2 hours far from Beijing but public transportation to get there was difficult. With one day tour taking private bus, I got to travel safely and conveniently.

    Insider Tip:Beijing is perfect place to travel with convenient subway transportation. Subway system helped to travel efficiently since most of the tourist attractions were near by subway stations. I also had one day tour to travel Great wall, Longqing Gorge and Summer palace. Those attractions were located within 2 hours far from Beijing but public transportation to get there was difficult. With one day tour taking private bus, I got to travel safely and conveniently.

  • 70%

    baimanya8817

    The capital of China

    Big, noisy and crowded. The best attractions are in the suburbs or outside the city, if you're not the follow everybody else type...

    Insider Tip:If you have the time, do the Jinshanling part of the wall.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    I really enjoyed my stay there. It feels homey. The staff is excellent, hospitable, helpful and has an great attitude. I would definitely stay again.

    I really enjoyed my stay there. It feels homey. The staff is excellent, hospitable, helpful and has an great attitude. I would definitely stay again.

    Insider Tip:I really enjoyed my stay there. It feels homey. The staff is excellent, hospitable, helpful and has an great attitude. I would definitely stay again.

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Asian cities, and particularly Asian capitals, are wonderfully fascinating. The continent’s love affair with technology is evident in every city you go to, yet they all manage to maintain many of the characteristics which make them some of the most historical cities on the planet. Beijing is no different.

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