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Tourist Information Centers in Beijing

Monday, September 17th, 2018
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Plan your Beijing tour? Beijing tourist information centres will help you arrange your individual Beijing travel. Beijing Tourist Information Centers are open 7 days a week, 8 hours per day. Some tourist information centres operate year round and others are seasonal. Travelers may obtain literature about destinations and attractions.

There are about 20 tourist information centres in the city proper of Beijing. Find out the nearest Information Centres  to you and well plan your Beijing trip.

Beijing Tourist Information Centre Sign (Logo)

 

Beijing travel information logo


1. T3 Beijing Capital Airport

Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Center T3 Beijing Capital Airport 北京旅游咨询服务中心首都机场T3航站楼咨询站
Tel:64532610
Add: Inside T3 of Beijing Capital Airport2. T1 Beijing Capital Airport
Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Center T1 Beijing Capital Airport 北京旅游咨询服务中心首都机场T1航站楼咨询站
Tel::64540989
Add:Inside T1 of Beijing Capital Airport3. T2 Beijing Capital Airport
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information T2 Beijing Capital Airport 北京旅游咨询服务中心首都机场T2航站楼咨询站
Tel:64598145
Add:inside T2 of Beijing Capital Airport4. Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station
1) Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Beijing Railway Station 北京旅游咨询服务中心北京火车站咨询站
Tel:65288448
Add:16 Laoqianju Hutong, Dongcheng District 东城区老钱局胡同16号

2) Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Beijing West Railway Station 北京旅游咨询服务中心海淀西客站咨询站
Tel:63982337
Add:Northen Exit 2, the north square of Beijing West Railway Station 北京西客站北广场北二出口

5. Wangfujing Street
1) Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Center Wangfujing Station 北京旅游咨询服务中心王府井咨询站
Tel:85110468
Add:Ling2, 269 Wangfujing Street 东城区王府井大街269临2号

2) Station name: Beijing Travel Information Wangfujing Roast Duck Restaurant 北京旅游咨询全聚德王府井店咨询点
Tel::65253310
Add::9 Shuaifuyuan Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District 东城区王府井大街帅府园9号

6. Beihai Park and Jingshan Park
1) Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information West Gate of Beihai Park 北京旅游咨询服务中心北海公园西门
Tel:64002378
Add:West Gate of Beihai Park, 1 Wenjin Street 西城区文津街1号北海公园西门

2) Station Name:Beijing Travel Information Jinshan Park 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城景山公园咨询站
Tel:64038098
Add:Inside Jingshan Park, 44 Jingshan West Street, Xicheng District 西城区景山西街44号景山公园内

7. Houhai Area (Shichahai)
1) Station Name:Beijing Travel Information Houhai 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城后海咨询站
Tel:84033792
Add:17 Gulou Xidajie, Xicheng District 西城区 鼓楼西大街 17 号

2) Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Center Prince Gong Mansion 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城恭王府咨询站
Tel:83288149
地址:Inside Prince Gong Mansion, 17 Qianhai West Street, Xicheng District 西城区前海西街17号恭王府院内

8. Beijing Zoo (Panda House)
Station Name:Beijing Travel Information Center Beijing Zoo 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城动物园咨询站
Tel:68390274
Add:Beijing Zoo, 137 Xizhimen Beiwaidajie 西城区西直门外大街137号北京动物园

9. Beijing Olympic Sites
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Olympic 5 北京旅游咨询服务中心朝阳区奥林匹克中心区5号站
Tel:84370526
Add:Inside the Olympic 朝阳奥林匹克公园

Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information 3 北京旅游咨询服务中心朝阳奥林匹克中心区3号站
Tel::84370660
Add:Inside the Olympic Site 朝阳奥林匹克公园

Station:Beijing Tourist Information Centre 北京旅游咨询服务中心朝阳区奥林匹克中心区4号站
Tel:84370468
Add:Inside the Olympic Sites.朝阳奥林匹克公园

10. Qianmen Dashilan
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Center Dashilan 北京旅游咨询宣武大珊栏咨询站
Tel:63182505
Add:Inside Neiliansheg Shoes Store, 34 Dashilan, Xicheng District 宣武区大珊栏街34号内联升鞋店内

11.  Changfu Gong
Add :Beijing Beijing Tourist Information Chang Fu Gong Center Hotel 北京旅游咨询长富宫饭店咨询点
Tel::65126107
Add:26 Jianguomenwai, Changyang District 朝阳区建国门外大街26号

12. Beijing curio city
Station Name: Beijing tourist information centres 北京旅游咨询北京古玩城咨询点
Tel:59609999
Add:21 Sanhuan South Road, Changyao District 朝阳区东三环南路21号

13. Yansha Outlets Shopping Center
Station name:Beijing Tourist Information Yansha Outlets Shopping Center 北京旅游咨询金源燕莎购物中心咨询点
Tel:88874611
Add: Yuanda Lu 1, Haidian District 海淀区远大路1号

14. Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics
Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Centre Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics 北京旅游咨询服务中心崇文明长城遗址公园咨询站
Tel:65270874
Add:Inside Ming Dynasty Wall Relics 明长城遗址公园内

15:Qianmen Area
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Qianmen 北京旅游咨询服务中心崇文前门咨询站
Tel: 83531111
Add: East side of Zhengyang Gate 崇文区前门正阳门箭楼东侧

16. Yuanmingyuan
Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Yuanmingyuan 北京旅游咨询服务中心海淀圆明园咨询站
Tel:62566911
Add:South gate of Yuanmingyuan 海淀区圆明园公园南门外

17. Laoshe Teahouse
Station Name:Beijing tourist information and the list.北京旅游咨询宣武老舍茶馆咨询站
Tel:63036830
Add:Building 3, Zhengyang Market, Qianmen Xidajie, Xicheng District 宣武区前门西大街正阳市场3号楼内

18. Liulichang
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Centre Liulichang 北京旅游咨询宣武琉璃厂咨询站
Tel:63017427
Add:Inside Hongbaotang, Liulichang Xijie, Xicheng District 宣武区琉璃厂西街3号宏宝堂内

19. Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant
Station Name:Beijingg Tourist Information Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant 北京旅游咨询全聚德和平门店咨询点
Tel:63039916
Add:Xidajie 14, Xichang District 宣武区前门西大街14号

20. Haidian District
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Haidian 北京旅游咨询服务中心海淀咨询站
Tel:82622895
Add:Dangdai Shopping Plaza, Haidian District 海淀区当代商城一层客服中心

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
06611If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Morning Stroll in Temple of Heaven

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
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Plan your Beijing tour? For most first-time visitors, Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park) is one of the must-see attractions in Beijing. It is an ancient sacrificial altar where the emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 – 16440 prayed for good harvest.

Its impressive ancient architectures and profound cultures have captured people’s imagination. They are also the valuable heritage of ancient culture of China.

In addition, if you could visit Temple of Heaven in the early morning, you will be pleasant to find the real and vivid morning activities. Most of them are retired citizens, playing card games, a bunch of activities like dancing, Tai Chi, singing and badminton and generally just enjoying life.

Just follow me to stroll around the big park of Temple of Heaven and have a view of local social life in the park as well.

Temple of Heaven is open at 6:30am. You may take the subway line 5 and get off at the station of Tiantan Dongmen ( Temple of Heaven East Gate) and exit from the Exit C. Then cross the north-south Tiantan Donglu ( East Temple of Heaven Road), you will see the east gate to the Temple of Heaven.

Entering the east gate to Temple of Heaven ( Entrance fee: RMB15), you will see the park is well treed and groomed with rows of pine trees and manicured bushes.

you will see the park seting is well treed and groomed

you will see the park seting is well treed and groomed

Soon, on your right hand, you will come to a playground that is equipped with a number of exercise facilities where the people are doing various exercises. Most of them are retired citizens with yearly park passes and come to the park nearly everyday.

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People standing in a circle playing qigong
People standing in a circle playing qigong

People standing in a circle playing qigong

The Temple of Heaven Long Corridor leading to the Hall of Prayer in the park.
The Temple of Heaven Long Corridor leading to the Hall of Prayer in the park.

The Temple of Heaven Long Corridor leading to the Hall of Prayer in the park.

Some retired citizens are playing cards, singing or playing instruments inside the long corridor.
Old cypress trees are worth having a close look. Some of the cypresses are more than 600 years.
Some of the cypresses are more than 600 years

Some of the cypresses are more than 600 years

The main attraction inside the park is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest that is open at 8:00am. Before its opening time, you may have a look at its impressive dome from outside the wall that circles the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest.
the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

Along the axis, walk to the south and soon you will see the Imperial Vault of Heaven with a lovely roof, where the emperors sacrificed animals and burned incense sticks to pray for good weather for the crops.

You will see more social life in the park with cool shades, meadows and neatly arranged pine trees where people are doing morning exercises.

more social life in the park

more social life in the park

Doing Tai Chi
Doing Tai Chi

Doing Tai Chi

Circular Mound Altar: Used to worship Heaven at the winter solstice where the principal construction is a large round marble terrace named the Circular Mound.
Circular Mound Altar

Circular Mound Altar

An old man writing Chinese calligraphy with a big brush dipped in water
An old man writing chinese calligraphy with a big brush dipped in water

An old man writing Chinese calligraphy with a big brush dipped in water

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


How to Visit Grand Canal in Hangzhou.
Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

For any questions, just drop a line.

How to Visit Ditan Park

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
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Beijing has five royal altars left from Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911) including Tiantan ( the Altar for the Heaven, also knowns as the Temple of Heaven), Ditan ( the Altar for the Earth, also known as the Temple of Earth), Ritan ( the Altar for the Sun, also known as the Temple of Sun), Yuetan (the Altar for the Moon, also known as the Temple of Moon) and Xiannongtan ( the Altar for Agriculture, also known as Temple of Agriculture).

Now four of the original altars have been extended and turned into public parks known as Tiantan Park (the Temple of Heaven), Ditan Park (the Temple of Earth), Ritan Park (the Temple of Sun), Yuetan Park (the Temple of Moon).

Ditan, or the Altar for the Earth and the Temple of Earth, was built in 1530 during Ming Dynasty. It was the place where the emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasties who would attend the annual summer solstice ritual of sacrifices to the earth. In 1925, the Temple of Earth was built into a park open to the public. Later the park was destroyed and discarded due to the successive wars. The park was repened to the public in April, in 1957.

Ditan Park is open 24 hours a day all year around with a small entrance of 2 Yuan. But the entrance to the inner site of the Altar costs you another 5 Yuan. Each year during the Chinese Spring Festival ( Chinese new year), a grand temple fair will be held inside Ditan Park with added up entrance fee of 10 Yuan.

Ditan Park has four entrances – South, North, East and West. Its south gate is easily reached by taking the Subway line 2 and you get off at the station of Lama Temple and exit from Exit A and walk to the north for about 300m, you will get to the southern gate to Ditan Park. We recommend that you make a circular tour of the park from the south gate, to East Gate, North Gate and exit from West Gate, or back to the southern gate.

A morning stroll around Ditan Park is very much rewarding, seeing people ( most of them are seniors ) doing all kinds of morning exercises, dancing and singing. Ditan Park is also one of the best places to view autumn leaves in the downtown Beijing when the Ginkgo trees are all yellow, blanketing the major roads in the park.

Another important occasion to come to Ditan Park is Chinese Spring Festival when a large temple fair will be held here annually, attracting huge crowds of visitors. There will a plenty of vendors selling all kinds of stuff, food, entertainment, and games.

Morning Stroll around Ditan Park
First, follow me for a relaxing stroll around Ditan Park in the morning. This time I enter Ditan Park through its west gate instead of its south gate. What allures you is the grand pailou outside the west gate. Pailou, also known as Paifang, is a traditional Chinese architectural form like an archway.

Pailou ( Paifang ) is a traditional Chinese architectural form like an archway.

Pailou is a traditional Chinese architectural form like an archway.

Pailou is a traditional Chinese architectural form like an archway.

 Then walk from the decorated pailou to the west entrance, a 200m some walking with its pathway covered by the dense trees. Actually there are two west gates – one 3-arch gate and another one arch gate both with green glazed tiles and re-colored wall. The ticking office is set by the inner west gate, a one-arch gate.

After entering the west gate, walk to the north, soon you will see a square red wall which houses the Palace Fasting where emperors would fast before they went to the Altar for sacrificial ritual.

the Palace Fasting where emperors would fast

the Palace Fasting where emperors would fast

To the north of the Palace for Fasting are the Devine Horse Stable and Bell Tower.
the Devine Horse Stable

the Devine Horse Stable

The Bell Tower in Ditan Park
The Bell Tower in Ditan Park

The Bell Tower in Ditan Park


Each morning many local residents, especially senior people come to Ditan Park or the Temple of Earth for doing all kinds of exercises. This group of people are Tibetan dancing fans, dancing in front of the open space by the west gate to the Palace for Fasting.
This group of people are Tibetan dancing fans

This group of people are Tibetan dancing fans

Move on to the east from the Tibetan dancing group, I see another group of people learning Tai Chi.
I see another group of people learning Tai Chi.

I see another group of people learning Tai Chi.

Soon, I reach the wide paved road running from north to south leading to the North Gate. Many people are doing morning exercises on the road covered with high Ginkgo trees.
Many people are doing morning exercises on the road covered with high Ginkgo trees.

Many people are doing morning exercises on the road covered with high Ginkgo trees.

This is the northern gate to Ditan Park.
This is the northern gate to Ditan Park.

This is the northern gate to Ditan Park.

Let’s go on to make a loop tour of the park and move on to the east side of the north-south main road. Here you may find even more people doing Tai Chi, doing plentiful morning exercises.
Here you may find even more people doing Tai Chi

Here you may find even more people doing Tai Chi

A veteran of martial art is practicing in order to attract new students for commercial purposes.
A veteran of martial art is practicing in order to attract new students for commercial purposes.

A veteran of martial art is practicing in order to attract new students for commercial purposes.

Relying on apparatus to do exercises. Some just go to the extreme. 
Relying on apparatus to do exercises. Some just go to the extreme.

Relying on apparatus to do exercises. Some just go to the extreme.

This is the Chinese Traditional Medicine Health Cultivation Garden telling people how to keep fit and self-cultivation. The garden is located at the East gate to Ditan Park.
This is the Chinese Traditional Medicine Health Cultivation Garden

This is the Chinese Traditional Medicine Health Cultivation Garden

It is a beautiful garden immersing people into a mesmerizing environment while learning the basics of Chinese traditional medicine.

Well. let’s walk to the middle of the park – the Altar in a square pond (Fangzetan) circled by red-colored wall with yellow glazed tiles.

 Fangze Tan ( The square and moated terrace), popularly known as “the Altar” was the place where the emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasty offered sacrifices to the God of the Earth. It is locked in the early morning, so I have to peep through the wooden gate and take a picture of the Altar from a distance.

peep through the wooden gate and take a picture of the Altar from a distance.

peep through the wooden gate and take a picture of the Altar from a distance.

Old pine trees and green lawn by the Altar. I happen to take a candid photo of a cute baby escorted by his grandpa.
happen to take a candid photo of a cute baby escorted by his grandpa.

happen to take a candid photo of a cute baby escorted by his grandpa.

Now I come to the southern gate, the most popular gate of the four gates in the park. In front of the gate is the House for worshipping the Earth God. The house is also surrounded by the red-colored wall with yellow glazed tiles.
the House for Worshipping the Earth God

the House for Worshipping the Earth God

This is the exterior of the Southern Gate to Ditan Park.
This is the exterior of the Southern Gate to Ditan Park.

This is the exterior of the Southern Gate to Ditan Park.

Just outside the southern gate, you can find one of the popular Cantonese restaurants in Beijing known as Jindingxuan Restaurant. You may have a bite of the Cantonese food.
the popular Cantonese restaurants in Beijing known as Jindingxuan Restaurant.

the popular Cantonese restaurants in Beijing known as Jindingxuan Restaurant.

Fall Foliage at Ditan Park.
Beijing is at its best in autumn with blue sky, comfy sunshine and colourful leaves. The best time to see the foliage in Beijing spans about one month ranging from October 15 to November 15.

There are many places to view fall foliage in Beijing including the mountainous areas (all sections of the Great Wall) and downtown parks. Among them, Fragrant Hill is unanimously considered as the most famous place to see autumn leaves in Beijing.

If you are scared of the huge crowds of visitors at Fragrant Hill or don’t want to go to the mountains or the Great Wall outside Beijing, and would rather have a leisure time in viewing the autumn leaves in downtown Beijing, Ditan Park ( The Temple of Earth ) is definitely your best option. 

Autumn Ditan 1

Ditan 1

Ditan 1

Autumn Ditan 2
Ditan 2

Ditan 2

Autumn Ditan 3
Autumn Ditan 3

Autumn Ditan 3

Autumn Ditan 4
Autumn Ditan 4

Autumn Ditan 4

Ditan Temple Fair during the Chinese spring festival
As a foreign visitor, if you are in Beijing during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year),  visiting a temple fair is definitely a good choice to experience the traditional  Beijing custom and Chinese culture.

Like elsewhere in the world, temple fairs (Miao Hui)originated and developed as groups of vendors did business near temples when many pilgrims came to pay tribute to the gods during traditional festivals.

Now there are over 10 major temple fairs held each year in Beijing during Chinese New Year. Most of them are in the parks, wide streets and other non-temple areas.

Though some commercialization is greatly reinventing the essence of the Beijing’s temple fairs, and old Beijing culture is becoming a smaller part of the fairs, going to a temple fair is still one of the opportunities to know something about our Spring Festival traditions: eating, shopping and entertaining.

Eating and drinking at Ditan Temple fair. Shopping at Ditan Temple Fair

Shopping at Ditan Temple Fair

Shopping at Ditan Temple Fair

Entertaining at Ditan Temple Fair
Entertaining at Ditan Temple Fair

Entertaining at Ditan Temple Fair

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

For any questions, just drop a line.