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

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    Beijing hot summer!

    Beijing has much to offer every type of tourist, whether a first time traveler or a seasoned visitor. Be sure to take in all the central sights but at the same time do not be afraid to explore the more local areas. The best food can always be found in Hutongs and alleys, eating where the Chinese do. Beijing street food is probably the best I have come across in China. Use the subway for convenience and value for money, travelling around is easy this way even if you do not speak or read Chinese.

    Insider Tip:Only use official taxi's, never take a 'taxi' in a car without the correct ID displayed, and ALWAYS go on the meter. (da biao) especially if approached by taxi drivers giving you what seems like a good price -it will always be at least twice the price of a meter journey. Do not be afraid to say no to anyone or anything, there are always more options around the corner !

  • 80%


    Beijing; an absolute must

    For my first trip to China I began in Beijing for 5 nights and it just was not enough. The place is fantastic. The endless cultural treasures, fantastic food and general buzz around the city is one of the best I've experienced. Travelling there in December it was very cold but it added to the cities majestic charm. The normal 'musts' of the city will be done as standard; the Hutong's and street life shouldn't be overlooked for real fun.

    Insider Tip:Dumplings and noodles represent ridiculous value for money for a great meal. Careful of the 'scams' outside of the main tourist spot; everyone has a story to spin you. Don't be put off by language barriers just go for it, locals are generally friendly helpful people. The Subway is the best way to see the city, easy to use and at 2 Yuan per journey anywhere in the city you cannot go wrong.

  • 70%


    Historical and cheap

    After living in Shanghai for 5 months, Beijing was such a nice place to be. Everything is very affordable and you have so many cultural places to go.

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    Beijing is an incredible interesting place and it was definetly in my list of places to visit. However pollution is a big, big issue there (we had nasty smog every day), if you are going for a few days it is worth it (unless you have some lung or respiratory problems...). The great wall, the summer palace, Tiananmen square... you should see them!

  • 80%


    There are so many things to see, your feets will hurt after visiting all oft them. But I can defenitley recommed a trip to Beijing! We Bad a great time there!

    Insider Tip:Go to the heaven supermarket. You can buy everything and sit down and eat and drink at the same time. Afterwards go to Sanlitun to Party :-)

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