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%


    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%


    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%


    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%



    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.

  • 90%



    Always lots to see and do in Beijing. For the best food eat where the locals do. Use the subway where you can, taxi's more expensive here than in other parts of China. Beware of anybody offering you anything that sounds too good to be true - it probably is. Enjoy the culture in the usual famous places and you can expect some English, go off the beaten track to practice more Chinese. Don't believe everything you hear about the pollution, some days have amazing weather and clear skies.

    Insider Tip:Talk to the locals - most love to speak with Waiguoren, and are very encouraging.

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