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Guide to Beijing

China’s historic capital is a seething mass of people. Home to around 8 million or so Chinese, it is the site of many of the country’s most impressive tourist attractions including the Forbidden City and the most accessible sections of the Great Wall of China. One of the most stunning things about Beijing for any visitor to the city is the fact that it is such a modern place. Gone are the hordes of identically dressed bicycle riding men of the past, replaced by the traffic chaos common to cities across the world, and gone too are the iconic images of Chairman Mao, now supplanted in the national consciousness by consumer goods imitating those available in the west.

Top Beijing Tourist Attractions

Make time in Beijing and see some of the sights Beijing attractions include the the Forbidden City is one of the best. Other popular sights like the Tian'anmen Square are also well worth seeking out. Beijing’s culture guarantees plenty to see. Why not book a Beijing city tour before you travel and allow our expert Beijing based guides to show you some of Beijing’s hidden treasures.

Beijing Sporting Guide

It often seems as though Beijing’s most popular sport is Soccer, which is played by the Chinese National Team who play at Beijing Workers' Stadium. The biggest event in the Beijing sporting calendar is undoubtedly the Olympic Games 2008 at the city's major venues and is quite a spectacle!

Top Beijing Tourist Attractions

Make time in Beijing and see some of the sights Beijing attractions include the the Forbidden City is one of the best. Other popular sights like the Tian'anmen Square are also well worth seeking out. Beijing’s culture guarantees plenty to see. Why not book a Beijing city tour before you travel and allow our expert Beijing based guides to show you some of Beijing’s hidden treasures.

Weather in Beijing

Easily pinpoint the best time for going to Beijing with our guide to the climate of Beijing. The table below shows the average temperatures in Beijing over the course of a year in Beijing.

Beijing Driving Tips

Unfortunately, it is not legal for visitors to Beijing do drive a car on China's roads, so to get around in Beijing, you must rely on taxis and public transport. In Beijing, as with the rest of China, you should always keep to the right side of the road. Even though you cannot book car hire in Beijing for your trip, there are many attractions around Beijing, so try and see as much as you can!

Your Guide to Beijing Airport

Capital International Airport is located approximately 18 miles to the northeast of Beijing. The airport's IATA code is PEK, and flights there take 15 hours from the UK approximately. Getting into Beijing is simple, and taxis are plentiful. Capital International Airport has many shops to browse before you fly, offering souvenirs from your time in Beijing if you want something to remember your visit.

British Embassy in Beijing

If you get into trouble in Beijing, or just need some advice, the Beijing British Consulate is the place to go.

British Embassy
11 Guang Hua Lu
Jian Guo Men Wai
Beijing 100600

Telephone: (86) (10) 6532 1961

The Facts About Beijing

City Name: Beijing
Country: China
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Currency: Chinese Yuan
Time Difference: GMT + 8
Electricity Supply: 220/240V AC 50Hz
Mobile Phone: GSM 900/1800

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