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

  • 100%



    I thought the city was chaotic and dirty, but it was very clean. And the traffic was oké. I even biked in the city (on a big road). The city has a lot to offer.

  • 60%


    Low Manner

    Other than the richness of culture, the people here kinda low in attitude. Spitting, urinating and some even take a shit by the street, or anywhere. They have no patient and like to cut the line.

    Insider Tip:Scam is almost anywhere, so beware. Do your research and don't trust the info that a stranger approach you. You might need to bargain to buy merchandise. English is not widely used and speak.

  • 80%



    Beijing overall is quite a nice city, however people constantly spitting anywhere they want is a bit off-putting. The Metro lines are fast and convenient and probably the cheapest ones in China.

    Insider Tip:Be aware when buying what you think is a chicken burger in KFC - it could quite easily turn out to be a shrimp burger!

  • 80%


    Beijing, the heart of China

    Full of historical places, cost of living is cheap compared with Europe, normal prices compared with middle east. You need to stay there for at least 4 days to say I explored Beijing.

    Insider Tip:Subway is cheap, just 2RMB per ticket. Rent a bike, 30-50 RMB a day, explore the city link Beijing People. Food: don't miss Beijing duck, hotpot, street food. Wakeup early to enjoy your full day, noted that Subway start close ~10-11pm Visit parks/ lake like Shishahai, different atmosphere. Play traditional Chinese games like Jianzi, practice TaiChi in parks for free. Cold weather in winter time.

  • 90%


    Beijing a city worth seeing

    There are lots of must see places in Beijing from the splender of the Forbidden City to the bartering at the Silk Market where a bargain is always available. The local cooking is good and reasonably priced. There are also the normal fast food outlets which also include the Chinese FFA St western food outlets. Local pastries are a must to try and enjoy. Getting around is easy as the underground is only 2 Yuan per trip.

    Insider Tip:Tack plenty of cash as most places don't take credit cards

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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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