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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

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    A Beijing getaway !!

    Beijing is a really nice city, quite modern ( public transport...) but in a way also traditional with the forbidden city and other monuments. We can get around pretty easily, a lot of english around the touristic attractions so it's very convenient for foreigners, however it's better to speak some mandarin to navigate the city more easily (restaurants, subway, asking for directions, bargaining...)

    Insider Tip:The menus in restaurants are not always in english, but sometimes you can find some pictures.

  • 60%

    liuzhe1217

    Beijing is a city of China,not good to travel

    The weather in Beijing is not good.The traffic is terrible now.So many food of North China you can find here.The only thing you need go is the Great Wall.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    My favourite place on the planet

    I fell in love with Beijing 3 Summers ago and it was a pleasure to come back agin this winter and see it in a completely different light, especially in the red light of New Years! I realy love everything about this city, the sights, sounds, my god the food, the culture & history and most of all the people. As a taller than average female, there is quite a lot of staring but people want to engage with you even with the language barrier. I would move here tomorrow if my Mandarin was better.

    Insider Tip:The hutongs are a great way to see traditional Beijing. The resturants at the top of shoping centres tend to be amazing food but not 100% local/aunthentic - they all have english menus though. Try peking duck, the tube is fast, cheap & efficient. There are public toilets everywhere - do not be frightened by them. Try and see everything you possible can.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Beijing is become expensive.

    Beijing is more expensive than ever these days. Still value for money, but you really notice the difference when traveling elsewhere in China. Subway fares are now distance based, but still cheaper than taxis. Some shops are just overpriced, and for convenience items it pays to look at prices in a few not just buy from the first one you get to. For cheap food eat where the Chinese do, the small, places are usually the cheapest and tastiest.

    Insider Tip:Walk up the Hutongs for cheaper food, but beware some vendors selling items for more to foreigners. Be prepared to walk somewhere else if you think this is the case.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Beijing.....

    Full of culture and history, always easy to shop, relax or party, or any combination you desire. Increasingly expensive, compared to some other areas of China, but still offers value for money. Don't believe everything you hear about the pollution, good days and bad days. Definitely a city of four distinct seasons, spring and autumn probably the most comfortable to visit.

    Insider Tip:Use as much Chinese as possible, the people really appreciate it (for the most part). Venture into the unknown, and eat where the locals do to save money and eat great tasting food. Beijing street food is still arguably some of the best in China.

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