Beijing Pocket Guide

Images Of Beijing

China's economical, political and commercial centre is a big, brash, busy city. It is different to many other Asian cities in that tourism doesn't overrun its heart and soul. It is far less commercialised than its counterparts and it seems at even at the city's best-known landmarks the number of locals outweighs the tourists. It is also a city steeped in history and has been the Chinese capital since 1421.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Discover what night market sells cooked frog legs and other such niceties.
  • Don't Miss After visiting Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City find out what else should you not miss.
  • Neighbourhood Watch A breakdown of some of the Chinese capital's most intriguing districts.
  • A Day in Beijing... Our perfect day in Beijing with the help of a bicycle so you fit in with the locals.

Beijing City Reviews

  • 60%


    Very fun and lots to do !

    As I was coming from Shanghai, Beijing wasn;t as imposing, but it was very fun. Reserve at least 4-5 days as some 2 or 3 main things you should see there take one whole day each. Avoid the little tuk-tuk looking vehicles as they aren't really trustworthy and my friend got scammed for $YN300 in one. DO take the cable car for the Great Wall if you go to the section with it as it saves almost one hour each way instead of walking up the side of the mountain.

    Insider Tip:To avoid crowds around Tiananmen Square just get off a metro stop or two down the line. If you are a student, bring your passport copy and student Id as we enjoy discounts at least 50% off to most attractions, sometimes even more than that !

  • 70%


    Busy city, center of history

    Beijing is busy. Be prepared to get swarmed with people inside subway and Forbidden City. But it's worth it. Forbidden City is majestic. Mutianyu Great Wall is even more. Summer Palace is beautiful. Who said China people is rude? We cant speak even a bit of Chinese and everytime we asked local people about directions, they always tried to help. :)

    Insider Tip:Some restaurant in Beijing tourist area (Forbidden City and Shichahai) is very expensive (one bowl of beef noodle cost 65Yuan). Be careful when choosing restaurants. If you can find places where local people it, one bowl of beef noodle cost around 12Yuan. So be smart.

  • 90%


    I love Beijing

    As a fun of China, I really love Beijing. I have been here already lots of time, sometime for work and for vacation as well. The city is the perfect mix between old and new age.

    Insider Tip:HUTONG!

  • 50%


    Beijing is a very interesting city. It has many places to see. You must visit the hutongs and the Temple of Heaven. The Great wall hike from Jingshaling to Simatái is the best. Incredibly amazing landscapes, very few sellers and tourists.

  • 90%


    Spend 6 days at least

    Beijing has enough to offer for a month. However, a week should be enough. With the Tian'man square and Forbidden City, Beijing is a one of a kind city. Do prepare what you want to see before going.

    Insider Tip:While on your obligatory trip to the Great Wall, spend the night in Chengde. The city used to be a Summer Palace, with tons of gardens and temples to see, including a Lhasa-like Tibetan Temple.

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