Beijing is the capital of China. it’s the center of art and culture and history of the long lived kingdoms. The city has grown a lot recently to become a megacity. It also hosted summer olympics a decade back. there are plenty of things to do and explore here.
Getting In & Around
Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
30 km northeast, Airport Express: Subway connection CNY 25, 40 mins (6:30 ~ 23:00), Airport Shuttle: Bus CNY 20 ~ 30 an hour (6 am – midnight), Taxi: CNY 90 ~ 150 metered.
Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX)
55 km south, Daxing Airport Train CNY 24 (West Beijing Station), Daxing Airport Metro CNY 35 (5am ~ 11pm), Bus (6 Lines) 5 lines (5am ~ 11pm) line 6 is night line, Taxi: CNY 165 to city center (150~240).
Beijing Nanyuan Airport
15 km south, Airport Shuttle Bus: To Beijing Station CNY 24 (9am ~ 9pm), Airport Shuttle Bus to Xidan Crossing CNY 16 (~ 90 mins), City Bus and Subway: *CNY 1 ~ 7, Buses are difficult to use if you don’t speak chinese Taxi: CNY 30 ~ 50
Beijing Railway Station
Connected by subway and public buses, International trains to Russia, Mongolia, Korea and Vietnam, as well as high speed trains, Restaurants and Cafes as well as some shops are available. Public services, waiting rooms and lockers are available for CNY 10.
West Railway Station
Connected by buses and Subways station. Trains to most parts of China. mostly towards south, southwest and central China. trains to Hong Kong, Public services, waiting rooms and lockers are available for approx CNY 10.
South Railway Station
Connected by subway, public buses and airport shuttle. High Speed trains to major cities like Tianjin, Shanghai etc. Restaurants, Cafes and shops are available. Public services, waiting rooms and lockers are available.
North Railway Station
Connected by subway, public buses, Currently under renovation works
East Railway Station
Small station and connected by buses and subway nearby. Trains to nearby towns, Chengde etc
Beijing transportation Card, known as Yikatong will can be use in Buses, Subway, public bicycle and Taxis. it will get you 50% discount in Buses. CNY 20 deposit required. Tickets are charged on distance travelled.
*Subway tickets are from CNY 3 and Bus tickets are start from CNY 1 for card users and CNY 2 for general tickets and works for 4 hours. Visit website
Tickets: single ticket *CNY 1~12, depends on distance
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See & Do
park | opening hours: apr-oct 6:30 am-9 pm, nov-mar 6:30 am-8 pm, tickets: apr-oct Adult: Entrance: ¥ 10, Through ticket: ¥ 20, nov-mar Adult: Entrance: ¥ 5, Through ticket: ¥ 15, address: 1 Wenjin St, Xicheng, China, 100034, phone: 10 6403 3225
palace complex | opening hours: 8:30 am – 5 pm (april to oct) & to 4:30 pm (nov to mar), last entry 50 mins before closing, Palace Museum is closed on Mondays, tickets: apr-oct Adult : ¥40 (yuan)/Senior (60+) & Students (6-18): ¥20 (yuan), nov-mar
Adult : ¥60 (yuan)/ Senior (60+) & Students (6-18): ¥30 (yuan), address: The Palace Museum, 4 Jingshan Qianjie, Beijing 100009, China, Visit Website phone: 8610 8500 7421
palace | opening hours: apr-oct 6.30 am-8 pm, nov-mar 7 am – 7 pm, last entry 2 hours before closing, tickets: apr-oct Adult: Entrance: ¥ 30, Through ticket: ¥ 60, Students: Entrance: ¥ 15, Through ticket: ¥ 30. nov-mar Adult: Entrance: ¥ 20, Through ticket: ¥ 50, Students: Entrance: ¥ 10, Through ticket: ¥ 25, address: 19 Xinjiangongmen Rd, Haidian, China, 100091, Visit website phone: 10 6288 1144
Temple of Heaven:
Temple Park complex | opening hours: apr-oct 6 am-8 pm, attractions 8 am-5:30 pm, nov-mar 6 am – 10 pm, attractions 8 am-5 pm, tickets: apr-oct Adult: Entrance: ¥ 15, Through ticket: ¥ 35, nov-mar Adult: Entrance: ¥ 10, Through ticket: ¥ 30, address: 1 Tiantan E Rd, Dongcheng, China, 100061. phone: 10 6702 8866
square| opening hours: 5:00 am – 10:00 pm, tickets: Square visiting : Free
Tiananmen Tower : CNY 15, address: Dongcheng, China
Summer Palace. Photo by Zhipeng Ya on Unsplash