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

  • 90%


    3 days in Beijing (with halal food thrown in)

    So cheap. Ridiculously cheap for transport. Everywhere on the underground only cost around 25 pence (one way) in UK money. Visit Mutianyu section of the wall - it was not crowded at all unlike other parts like Badaling I hear. Visit the thousand yr old mosque in NiuJie and eat muslim Chinese food. Naturally you will visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square - be prepared to have people ask to take photos with you if you are non Oriental! Expect weak scenery photos due to pollutio

    Insider Tip:Visit the unknown thousand year old mosque at NiuJie where hit can also get amazing muslim Chinese cuisine nearby. Real treat for me. Here you will also see the non developed and poor part of Beijing with proper hutongs.

  • 80%


    So much to do!

    Beijing was one of my favorite cities to travel through. I thoroughly enjoyed all the historic sites and there's no shortage of those in Beijing. From the Forbidden City to Yonghegong Temple to the portions of Great Wall nearby, you could easily fill a week with sights. If you're so inclined, there's also all the usual trappings of a big city, including shopping and nightlife in Sanlitun. Of course, who can forget the cheap, delicious FOOD. The only caveat? Pollution and rampant smoking.

  • 90%


    Beijing - a city of plenty

    A great first stop to a visit to China. Lots of internationally known sights -- Great Wall, Summer Palace, Olympic Village, etc.

    Insider Tip:Go there with a native, or if not, a Mandarin speaker. The city is so big that having a local is quite helpful to navigate, etc.

  • 90%


    Beijing 2014

    Beijing was my vaforite town in China. Much more traditional and interresting than Shanghai. So much to see and visit for a westerner. I recommand you to stay in an hutong, to feel the local culture. Lama temple, Tienamen place must be visit. I was disapointed by the Temple of even. Summer palace definitly worst the visit. The metro system was efficient and easy to use. 2Y a ticket. Many indications translated in English. So after 1 or 2 days, you should be able to manage easily in this hudge town.

    Insider Tip:-Be carefull with the friendly chineese ladies, speaking a very good english around the touristic places. They want to take you to a tea house for a drink. Then troubles start. To nice to be honest... -No need to pay an organised tour for the great wall (around 300Y) Go to the north station, seach for the S2 counter (on surface) and pay around 20Y for a single ticket to Badling. Buy an other one on the way back. The park is close to the Badling station. (50Y entry) Just a few trains to go and come

  • 90%


    Dragon King made my visit to Beijing so great!

    Right next to a main subway station, if you follow the detailed directions that they give you on how to get there using the subway, you don't need to pay a taxi. Great location! Tons of restaurants and interesting things to see and do near. You can walk to lots of the places or just take the subway (we enjoy to walk more) rooms were very clean, simple standard Chinese hard beds, but you really can't ask more!

    Insider Tip:Walking distance to the night market, banks, restaurants etc.

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