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

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 80%



    Visited Beijing in July and found it to be a very beautiful country with lots of attractions to see and many activities to do everyday. Definitely one of the best places for sightseeing, however, transport can be long and tiresome if you don't choose to take flights or high speed train. Food is brilliant particularly if you go in a group as chinese eating is a completely new experience.

    Insider Tip:Book railway tickets between major cities in advance as they do sell out Always write down addresses in chinese characters because the majority of taxi drivers can't read the english equivalent.

  • 50%


    Beijing - Meh

    Beijing was a little disappointing. Many of the historic locations are poorly maintained and filled to maximum capacity. People can be very pushy and the city is not very clean. There are many pleasant people and places but they can be exceedingly difficult to find. The pollution is oppressive and just getting around with the press of people is exhausting. The gardens were very nice but the Forbidden City was a disappointment.

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    Beijing in a couple or words...

    This was my first time traveling to Beijing. I found that residents can be a bit inconsiderate on the roads, metro, and bus. If you want to get somewhere you need to push to not get pushed out of the way. It's hard because you're not used to acting in such way, but don't take things personal, that's how it is. There are MANY things to do in Beijing, so plan ahead to visit the most. I visited the Summer Palace, Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and other sites in 4 days.

    Insider Tip:Buy Lonely Planet's Beijing book!!! My friend and I managed to get around the city with it, and guess what? It includes a map!!! If you decide to travel via Taxi, always make sure you use a city registered taxi (one that will actually use the meter). There are some that will try and bargain a rate with you and not turn the meter on AND there are private vehicles that will settle for a rate (usually overpriced). If you have the money, otherwise BARGAIN! The metro and bus can get almost anywhere.

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