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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Top 10 Attractions & Things to Do in Beijing
 Beijing is definitely one of the most visited cities in the world. Every year, millions of visitors flock to Beijing to see the capital of China, a great blend of old and new.

Beijing is a city for all seasons. You can always find something for you no matter what time you are in Beijing and and whatever your interests are. There are actually hundreds of tourist scenic spots and historical sites in Beijing. Some are walkable. Some are a little far from the city center.

It takes time to enjoy everything that Beijing City has to offer. If you only have a few days to spare, you can highlight your Beijing trip by visiting the top 10 attractions or doing the top 10 things in Beijing. In that way, you can say that you have experienced Beijing City, even if your stay there lasts only for a few days or just the weekend.

What you should do or see in Beijing largely depends on your time, budget, personal interest and tolerance of the crowds. We offer two choices of Beijing Top 10 ( Red Top 10 & Blue Top 10 ), totalling 20 attractions based on the past 10-year internet tourism experience, only for your reference.

Beijing Top 10 and Travel Map
Beijing Top 10 and Travel Map Subway Line 2 Lama Temple Summer Palace Great WallMing Tombs Olympic Sites798 SpaceOld Beijing HutongsLama TempleNational Grand TheatreForbidden CityTiananmen SquareSilk MarketNew CCTV TowerCapital Museum Niujie MosqueGreat WallTemple of HeavenBeijing Duck Panjiayuan Market Beijing Capital Airport Panda House Subway Line 1 Subway Line 5 Subway Line 13 Nanluoguxiang

How to see the top 10 attractions or do the top 10 things in Beijing?

Red Top 10 Attractions or Things to Do in Beijing:

Forbidden City
Tiananmen Square
Temple of Heaven
Summer Palace
Ming Tombs
» Forbidden City » Tiananmen Square » Temple of Heaven » Summer Palace » Ming Tombs
Great Wall
Olympic Sites
Beijing Roast Duck
Beijing Opera
» Great Wall » Hutongs » Olympic Sites » Beijing Roast Duck » Beijing Opera

To many, many people, Beijing is an ancient capital city in the east. Forbidden City is the right place for you to start your Beijing tour by unveiling its mysterious face. Consisting of over 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this large palace complex was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 18th century and on wards during the Qing Dynasty. Wear comfortable shoes as you have to walk a lot! I highly recommend going with a guide. It really is helpful to have a guide explain the stories behind the site and tell you about the important historical parts in the forbidden city. Or if you are non-group tourists, I suggest you rent multi lingual guide recorder either at Meridian Gate ( southern gate of Forbidden city ) or the Gate of Divine Prowess (Northern gate of Forbidden City) and return it when you finish your tour of Forbidden City. After you visit the Imperial Palace and go out of the Gate of Divine Prowess, you can enter into Jingshan Park, climb a bit and overlook the panorama of the Imperial Palace. In the evening, especially in summer, Forbidden City is brilliant. Colored lights from all directions lighten Meridian Gate, the Gate of Divine Prowess, turret, palace wall and other main palaces.
Forbidden CityHow to get there:
Add: No.4 Jingshan Front Street, Dongcheng District 65132255
Opening Hour: 8:30-17:00
Time of finshing selling ticket: 15:00 pm
Travel Time: two hours
Entrance Fee: RMB 60
Take No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 52, 57, 22, 54, 120, 802, special No.1 bus and get off at Zhongshan Phongshan Park stop or Tian Am Men stop.
Take subway.

What is the symbol of Beijing? There are various answers. But Tiananmen Square is definitely on the top list. Located in the heart of Beijing City, it is the site for massive parades and rallies, which is the largest square of this kind in the world. This was the site when in 1949, from a rostrum on Tiananmen (the Gate of Heavenly Peace), Chairman Mao proclaimed the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Tiananmen Square is surrounded by Tiananmen ( Gate of Heaven Peace ) on its north ; the Great Hall of the People on its west, the meeting place of national people's congress of the People's Republic of China; on the east of Tiananmen Square is the National Museum of China, and visiting the exhibition is like reading concise China General History; there are Monument to the People's Heroes and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum on the south.
At sunrise and sunset the raising and lowering ceremony of the Chinese National Flag is well worth the watching. The precision of the young troops is very well performed. Go there about 30 minutes early to have a good seat. Spend the time to see the people (soldiers, tourists and locals) makes the square a true highlight for the first time visitors.
Tiananmen SquareHow to get there:
Tiananmen Square: Free
Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace): RMB 15
The Great Hall of the People: RMB 15
Chairman Mao's Mausoleum: Free
The National Museum of China: RMB 15
Open Time (Tiananmen Square): Whole Day
Travel time: 2-4 hours
Take No.1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 52, 57, 22, 54, 120, 802, special No.1 bus and get off at Zhongshan Park stop or Tian An Men stop. Take subway.

I recommend Temple of Heaven as a real highlight of Beijing. It is located in the southern part of Beijing, and has been one of the most holy places for the whole country for more than five centuries. It used as a complex of sacrificial buildings for the Ming and Qing emperors, and is the largest one in Beijing among several royal altars to Heaven, Earth, the Sun, the Moon and other deities or symbolic forces of Nature. If you go to the Temple of Heaven in the early morning, you can see groups of people practicing all types of kung fu and taiji. Many people contentedly entertain each other with music,songs or quietly playing cards. You can also practice with them if you are so inclined. This is another good activity for the jetlagged. What makes the temple unique is the century-old trees - line upon line of Chinese cypress, Temple of HeavenChinese juniper and scholar trees. Some of the cypresses are more than 600 years old. Dr Henry Kissinger, when he visited the temple, stated that while the USA could recreate the Temple of Heaven if it desired, it could not create the trees!
How to get there:
Add: on the east of Tianqiao, Chongwen District 67018866
Open Time: 6:00-21:00
Take 6, 20, 39 Buses
Travel Time: 1.5 hours
Entrance Fee: RMB 35

As the largest royal garden in China, Beijing's Summer Palace is actually a parklike imperial retreat spread out over 10 square miles. The Summer Palace in northwest suburban Beijing is the largest and most complete imperial garden existing in China. Once a summer retreat for emperors, this 290-acre park is still a retreat for the tourists, who can relax here or walk around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and huge lake. Summer Palace mainly consists of Longevity Hill (Washoushan) and Kunming Lake. Much of it is covered by Kunming Lake. With masterly design and artistic architecture and integrationg the essence of Chinese garden arts, the Summer Palace has a title of "Imperial Garden Museum". It is an imperial garden most completely reseved with richest landscapes and concentrated Summer Palacebuildings. The Summer Palace was added to the world cultural heritage list in 1998
How to get there:
Add: Yiheyuan (Summer Palace) Road, Haidian District 62881144-209
Open Time: 6:30-20:30
Take busses No.726, 826, 718, 332, 331 or 737 and get of at Yiheyuan Dongmen
Entrance Fee: RMB 40 (low season) / RMB 50 (peak season)

This is an amazing site for many reasons. First, it is outside Beijing, so you have a chance to escape the city and see a bit of the countryside. Second, it is relatively near the Great Wall, so you can visit both in one day. Third, the tomb itself is an eye opener. Some 50 kilometers northwest of the downtown Beijing, known as the “13 Tombs”, this is the burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. There are just two tombs which have been excavated and open to the public: Dingling and Changling. Changling is the first tomb to be built. It took 2 years for renovation, and was opened in 1958. Dingling has been excavated so thoroughly that one has to get into the burial chamber itself. However, it is a very Ming Tombssteep climb down and people who have problems with their heart or kneels are not suggested to visit the underground tomb. For wheel-chair users or those who don't want to go deep inside a tomb, I recommend Changling Tomb.
How to get there:
Entrance Fees as below:
Changling Tomb: RMB 30 (Nov.01 to Mar.31) / RMB 45 (Apr.01 to Oct.31)
Dingling Tomb: RMB 40 (Nov.1 to Mar.31) / RMB 60 (Apr.1 to Oct.31)
Opening Time: Changling Tomb: 08:30 to 17:30 / Dingling Tomb: 08:30 to 18:00
Travel Time: Two hours
Tourist Bus Route: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

If you are in a rush, you can get the most out of your visit to Beijing by hiking one of the sections of the Great Wall. The Great Wall snaking across Beijing in its northern part is about 600 kilometers long. Along the total length of the Great Wall around Beijing, there are major eight sections including Badaling, Juyongguan, Huanghuacheng, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Gubeikou, Jinshanling, and Simatai. Most of the sections of Great Wall in Beijing are well-preserved and mainly the remains from the Ming Dynasty, an era of huge construction. For the climbing of the Great Wall, strong footwear is needed! In summer, please prepare for sunblock, sunglasses and water.
Badaling Great Wall:
Great WallEntrance Fees: RMB40 (Nov. 01 to Mar. 31); RMB 45 (Apr. 01 to Oct. 31)
Opening Hours: 06:40 to 18:30
Hiking Time: Two and a half hours
How to get there: Take Bus 919.
Or take tourist bus
No. 1 at Front Gate ( Qianmen );
No. 2 at Beijing Railway Station;
No. 3 at East Bridge;
No. 4 at Xizhi Gate or Beijing Zoo;
Juyongguan Great Wall:
Entrance Fee: RMB 45
Opening Hours: 07:30 to 17:30
Hiking Time : Two hours
How to get there:
Take tourist Bus Route as below:
Take No. 1 at Front Gate ( Qianmen )
Take No. 2 at Beijing Railway Station
Take No. 3 at East Bridge
Take No. 4 at Beijing Zoo or Xizhimen Gate top
Mutianyu Great Wall:
Entrance Fee: RMB35
Opening Hours: 07:30 to 17:30
Hiking Time: Two and a half hours
How to get there: Take Bus no 916
Simatai Great Wall:
Entrance Fee: RMB 35
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 17:00
Hiking Time: Two hours
How to get there:
Take the 970 bus out of Beijing to Miyun and hire a taxi from there.
Jinshanling Great Wall:
Entrance Fee: RMB 30
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 16:50
Hiking time: Two hours

Do you have the experience of taking a pedicab? In the old Beijing hutong areas, you can find the ancient transportation tools now still preserved for tourists as the main traffic tool of visiting hutongs - Beijing unique old city lanes. The neighborhoods of narrow, twisting streets represent the “real life” of Beijing, where passageways connect to courtyards of traditional compact homes. Pedicab tours of the hutongs cover the attractions that normally include the Drum Tower, courtyard neighborhoods and Prince Gong's mansion. There are lots of many small resturants, bars, and inns. From Hutongsthe top of the Bell Tower you can overlook the surrounding hutongs. The most interesting part of the hutong tour is walking through "Pipe Tobacco Alley" near the Bell Tower. On this tour you will enjoy the real people's Beijing. On the other end of Pipe Tobacco Alley has some of Beijing's fashionable cafes.
How to get there:
Two Sites for Hutong Exploring:
Shichahai Area: north of Beihai Park
Dazhalan Area: south of Tiananmen Square
Rickshaw: RMB 50-100

Olympic SitesUsain Bolt of Jamaica broke the world record by winning both the 100 and 200 gold medals at the Olympics; at the Water Cube (the National Aquatics Centre), Michael Phelps of America makes history with 8 Gold Medals in Beijing! A visit to the Beijing Olympic Green sitting at the north end of the Beijing city's axis is an eye-opener for your Beijing trip.
How to get there:
Entrance Fee: Water Cube RMB 40; Water Cube RMB 60
Subway Line 8 (Olympic Special Line): get off at Olympic Sports Center Station,
get out of the station from Exit B1 (northwest exit) or Exit B2 (northeast exit), and walk north.
Bus Route Take bus no. 82, 538 and get off at National Stadium East Station.

Beijing duck is the local flavor of Beijing. Climbing the Great Wall, enjoying Beijing Opera and savoring Beijing Duck are the three "musts" for those visiting Beijing for the first time, which you cannot miss. The traditional method of preparing Beijing Duck has a history of over a hundred years and boasts a great reputation to this day. If you ask which is the best Beijing duck house ( restaurant ) in Beijing, different people will offer you different answers. Actually it is quite a personal taste of which one is the best.
Beijing Roast DuckHow to get there:
Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 32 Qianmen Dajie, Chongwen District
Open hours: 11am-1:30pm, 4:45pm-8pm
By bus: take lines 110, 120, 20, exit at Dazhalan
Tel: 6710 1379
Hepingmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 14 Qian Men xi dajie, Xuanwu District
Open hours: 11am-2pm, 4:30pm-10:30pm
By bus: take lines 14, 7, 15, subway line 2, exit at Hepingmen
Tel: 6301 8833
Wangfujing Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 9 shifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing dajie, Dongcheng District
Open hours: 11am-1:30pm, 4:30pm-8:30pm
By bus: take lines 1, 4, 37, 52, exit at wangfujing
Tel: 6525 3310

Beijing Opera is a number of stylized action, including singing, dancing, dialogue and acrobatic fighting to tell a story or present different characters and their feelings of happiness, anger, sorrow, surprise, fear and sadness. In Peking opera there are four main types of roles: sheng (male) dan (young female), jing( painted face,male), and chou (clown, male or female). The characters may be loyal or treacherous, beautiful or ugly, good or bad, their images being vividly presented.
Beijing OperaHow to get there:
Huguang Huiguan Ancient Opera Building
Add: 3 Hufang Road, Xuanwu District ,Beijing
Tel: 63529134
Time: 9:00-19: 00 closed on Monday
Bus: Take buses NO.5,6,23,50,53,102,105 and get off at Hufangqiao stop
Ticket: 150 yuan
Liyuan Theatre
Add: 1/F Qianmen Hotel, Yongan Road, Hufangqiao, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Tel: 63540841
Bus: Take bus NO.19,40,59,61,122,819 and get off at Hufangqiao stop
Ticket: 20-150yuan
Chang'an Grand Theatre
Add:In the Guanghua Chang an piazza ,East Chang an Avenue
Time:afternoon and evening show
Ticket: 20-180yuan

Blue Top 10 Attractions or Things to Do in Beijing:

New CCTV Tower
National Grand Theatre
798 Space
Nanluoguxiang Hutongs
Lama Temple
» New CCTV Tower » National Grand
» 798 Space » Nanluoguxiang » Lama Temple
Niujie Mosque
Panda House
Capital Museum
Silk Market
Panjiayuan Market
» Niujie Mosque » Panda House » Capital Museum » Silk Market » Panjiayuan Market

New CCTV Tower
The CCTV Headquarters Building is a high-rise in the Central Business District (CBD). The Beijing CBD or Beijing Central Business District is a projected part of Beijing city. It is located in the eastern urban area between the 3rd Ring Road and the 4th Ring Road with a total area of 4 square kilometers.
How to get there:
Take subway line 1 and get off at Guomao Station

National Grand TheatreNational Grand Theatre, the egg-shaped theatre is designed by the French architect Paul Andreu, the designer of the terminal of the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The National Grand Theatre, situated west of the Beijing's central Tian'anmen Square, has a huge glass and titanium dome-shaped structure surrounded by water.
How to get there:
Just west of Tiananmen Square
Take No.1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 52, 57, 22, 54, 120, 802, special No.1 bus and get off at Zhongshan Park stop or Tian An Men stop. Take subway.

798 Art Space, or Factory 798, the Beijing "Greenwich Village" or "SoHo", a part of 798 SpaceDashanzi in the Chaoyang District of Beijing that holds a rich artist community. It is located in a 50-year old out of service military factory complex with a functional Bauhaus-influenced design.
How to get there:
Bus lines: 401,402,405,418,420,445,909,955,988,991 or take taxi.

The hutongs in Nanluoguxiang has a history of over 700 years dating back to Yuan Dyansty in 13th and 14th century. Running from north to south, this lane is about 800 meters long with 16 hutongs - 8 hutongs on each side of the lane. The lane is now famous for the cafes and bars and clothing and handcraft shops that line its hutong laneways as well Nanluoguxiang Hutongsas its traditional hutong and courtyards (siheyuan). It is another bar area besides Houhai Bar street, Workers’Stadium and Sanlitun bar street. Nanluoguxiang is a perfect blend of past and present. This street is more famous oversea than at home! It is much quieter with reasonable prices.
How to get there:
Add: 108-2 Guluo Dongdajie, Dongcheng Disctrict, Beijing.
Nan Luo Gu Xiang is pronounced “nahn loo-oh goo shang”. The street runs north-south between Gu Lou Dong Jie and Ping An Da Dao, about 300 meters east of Drum Tower.

The only temple in Beijing to have its own subway stop, the Yonghe Lamasery, or Yonghegong, or lama Temple is the most handsome and impressive Buddhist temple in the city. Lama Temple ( Yonghe Lamasery ) was built in the 33 Qing Kangxi year (1694) and it is now the largest and best-preserved Lamasery of Yellwo Sect in Beijing. It was the residence of Emperor Yongzheng before his ascending to the throne. Built initially in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty, this Lama Templebuilding was the residence of Emperor Yongzheng when he was just a prince. However, in 1744 the Qing Dynasty formally changed the status of the dwelling to that of a lamasery, and so Yonghe Lamasery became the national centre of Lama administration.
How to get there:
Open Time: 09:00-16:30
Travel Time: 1.5 hours
Add: No.13 Imperial College Stree, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Take subway or No.62, 13, 116 and special 2 bus and get off at Lama Temple
Entrance Fee: RMB 20

Niujie Mosque (Ox Street Mosque)The Ox Street Mosque is the oldest in Beijing, having been founded about 1.000year ago. In the course of several reconstructions. Chinese architectural features have supplanted the original Islamic influences.
How to get there:
Entrance Fee: RMB 2
Bus Line no. 10, 48, 213, 626 and get off at Niujie or Niujie Mosque Station.
Bus Line no. 6, 57, 201, 613 or 687 and get off at Niujie Crossing East Station.
Bus Line no. 5, 38, 57, 109, 201 and get off at Niujie Crossing West Station

Panda HouseThe Panda House is located in Beijing Zoo. Now the Beijing Zoo covers an area of about 50 hectares. The animal houses and enclosures, with a total floor space of 40,000 square metres, include those for pandas, elephants, brown and polar bears, tigers, hippopotami, rhinoceros, antelopes, giraffes and reptiles.
How to get there:
Entry Fee: RMB15
Opening Hours: 07:30 to 18:00 (Apr. 01 - Oct. 31); 07:30 to 17:00 (Nov. 01 - Mar.31)
Subway Line 4: get off at Beijing Zoo Station,
Bus Lines: Take bus no.27, 45, 105, 107, 111, 206, 209, 319, 334, 347, 360, 362, 534, 601

Beijing's new Capital Museum is located on Fuxingmenwai Dajie, the western extension of Beijing's Chang'an Jie.The museum is a five-storey building allowing for a maximum of 13 concurrent exhibitions, which can be viewed in about 5 hours at the price of Capital Museum20 yuan (US$2.50) per visitor. Visiting Beijing Capital Museum, you may enjoy the elaborate works in the world, experiences artistic leisure, recognize the Chinese broad and deep culture and long history.
How to get there:
Subway: Muxidi Station, Line 1
Bus No. 1, No. 4, No. 52 and No. 37 to the stop “Gonghuidalou” (Labor Union Building)
No. 937, No. 727, No. 717, No. 650, No. 708, No. 26, No. 319 to the stop Baiyun Rd.
Special Bus No. 1 to the stop “Muxidi”
Number for telephone reservation: 63370491 63370492
Add: No.16, Fuxingmenwai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Tel: 010-63370491, 63370492

The old market has been demolished. The new market is open to the public. There are 1,600 booths in the new Silk Market (Xiu Shui Street)building. The new Xiushui Market is a five-story building with three underground stories covering an area of 28,000 square meters. The new market is now open to business for the golden shopping time after five o'clock in the afternoon in order to meet the demand for shopping after work. Second: there will not be bad weather disturbance since it is an indoor shopping center.
How to get there:
The Xiu Shui street mall is located along Changan Street, nust next to the Yong An Li Station(Line No.01 Subway). You can now walk directly from the subway into the indoor market via an underground passageway without stepping outside.

Panjiayuan Flea Market, or Panjiayuan Market, or Panjiayuan Antique Market, or whatever names you use, is a must for those Panjiayuan Marketwho like something really Chinese. Panjiayuan for me, it is also a place for nostalgia, finding some thingsreminding me of the time during 1960s.
How to get there:
Panjiayuan Market is located No.18, Huaweili Road, just 100 meters east of Panjiayuan Bridge on the east third ring road. It is its main gate - the north gate. If you take the bus or taxi here, you'd better enter the north gate. If you drive to Panjiayuan Market, you should go through the west gate. The west gate has a huge park lot while there is no parking place at the north gate. To get to the west gate, you just drive past the north gate westward and turn left at the first traffic light, for about 100 meters on your left side, you will find the west gate.


How to see the top 10 attractions or do the top 10 things in Beijing?
Oversea tourists usually have three ways to see the top 10 attractions or do the top 10 things in Beijing.

1. Make use of friends or business connection in Beijing to arrange your trips in Beijing.

2. Arrange your Beijing trip on your own by taking a bit of an adventure. Take public buses, subway, or taxi to go around the city.

3. Find a reliable local travel agency in Beijing to have worry-free Beijing tours. Local travel agencies in Beijing usually offer two kinds of tours:

1) Beijing seat-in coach tours (or also called Beijing bus tours, or Beijing join-in group tours). For Beijing seat-in coach tours, you will be arranged in a small group (around 10 persons) with other tourists from different countries on the same tour bus. You will be escorted by our professional English speaking tour guide to fulfil your exciting Beijing sightseeing.
Join-in Group Tour advantage: money saving, make new friends by mixing with the other travelers.

2) Beijing Private Tours
For private tours, you will enjoy the exclusive use of a vehicle and a tour guide for you or your family. No other tourists will join you. You have much to say in deciding your daily travel schedule.
Private Beijing Tours advantage: flexible, more privacy, though a little more expensive than a bus tour.

How to plan your independent travel in Beijing?

Nowadays, individual tourists have easy access to the huge amount of information from internet on any city or any country they are going to visit. Some tourists have the time and the brain to select the necessary travel information to fulfill their independent travel dreams.
See: Best Time to Visit Beijing

Beijing independent travel is possible if you are brave and going to take the adventures. The language barrier is disappearing with more and more local young people learning English language. You will feel it is easy to find the local tourist industry employees eager and willing to be helpful. Infrastructure is improving though Beijing's traffic is not exciting. Beijing has rich historical sites, vivid nightlife and also is a world of shopping.

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Step 2: Book your international flights to Beijing
Once you decide to visit Beijing, the first thing you should do is to book your international flights to Beijing. You may use your own travel agency or the online flight booking travel webs such as - - - - - -

Step 3: Book your hotel in Beijing
After your round trip international flights are booked, your next important task is to reserve your hotel in Beijing. There are over 800 star-rated hotels in Beijing. So you have a hard job to find an ideal hotel. You may ask your travel agent to do it for you. Or you may check the hotels through the online hotel booking travel wesbsites such as - - - and many more. If you are mentally drained by the search for the over 800 star-rated hotels in Beijing, you may check our selected three best value hotels in Beijing.

Step 4: Find the top things to see and do in Beijing
Now both your flights and hotels are booked, it is time to search the top things to see and do in Beijing. It takes time to enjoy everything that Beijing City has to offer. But if you only have a few days to spare, you can economize by seeing the top ten attractions in Beijing City or doing the top 10 things. In that way, you can say that you have experienced Beijing City, even if your stay there lasts only for a few days or just the weekend. See Top 10 Attractions in Beijing for more information.

Step 5: How to get from Beijing airport to your hotel
Now your attention is turned to the transfer from Beijing airport to your hotel in Beijing.
First, you should learn some basic information on Beijing Capital Airport. At present there are three terminals - T3, T2 and T1. Most of the international flights arrive at T3 and T2. T2 and T1 are connected by a corridor. T3 is a little far from both T2 and T1. There is a Free Inter-Terminal Shuttle Buses connecting T3, T2 and T1. T3 is the largest single terminal in the world. Please make sure at which terminal you are arriving or departing to avoid a wrong terminal. Detailed information about the terminals at Beijing Capital Airport. You can choose one of the following 4 transportations to go from Beijing airport to your downtown hotel.
Beijing Car Rental
Beijing Airport Shuttle Bus Service
Beijing Airport Taxi Service
Beijing Airport Express Train

Step 6: Schedule your travel in Beijing
Please find below my suggested travel plan for your reference:

1) Beijing in One Day:
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall ( or Mutianyu Great Wall )

2) Beijing in Two Days:
Day 01: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, Beijing Opera
Day 02: Ming Tombs and Badaling Great Wall ( or Mutianyu Great Wall )

3) Beijing in Three Days:
Day 01: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
Day 02: Ming Tombs and Badaling Great Wall ( or Mutianyu Great Wall )
Day 03: Hutongs, Lama Temple and Olympic Sites, Silk Market, Beijing Opera

4) Beijing in Four Days:
Day 01: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
Day 02: Ming Tombs and Badaling Great Wall
Day 03: Hutongs, Lama Temple, Olypic Sites, Silk Market, Beijing Opera
Day 04: Beijing Capital Museum, Panda House, CCTV Headquaters Building, Grand Natioal Theatre, 798 Space

Step 7: Get around in Beijing
Generally speaking, getting around or out of town, is quite easy in Beijing. In the past 30 years, Beijing transportation has been improved gradually and greatly - widened roads, lengthened subway lines, more clean buses, more environmentally friendly taxis etc. But like any other metropolitan cities worldwide, you will hit a traffic snag in a peak hour. So try to avoid rush hours and well plan your airport transfer to keep from possible delay.

1) Beijing Taxi    2) Beijing Public Bus    3) Beijing Subway    4) Beijing Trains    5) Beijing Flights    6) Beijing Airlines
7) Beijing Bike    8) Beijing Pedicab    9) Beijing Boat    10) Beijing Walking   

Step 8: Beijing Travel Tips
Traveling is also a way of learning. Beijing, of course, is a world of difference from your hometown. Having some empathy or putting yourself in "Beijing's shoes" is highly recommended. So it is necessary to cram for some basic facts and travel tips about Beijing before starting your trip.

1) Chinese Phrases for Travellers
2) Beijing Student Travel
3) Beijing Independent Travel
4) Beijing Senior Travel
5) Beijing Disability Travel
6) Beijing Women Travel
7) Beijing Facts
8) Beijing Climate
9) Embassies in Beijing
10) Beijing Business Directory
11) Beijing Exhibitions

Tips on your travelling in Beijing
Taking a taxi is not a big problem in Beijing. But there are still some illegal taxi in Beijing! You can use the following methods to choose a legal taxi:

1) The taxi plaque number starts with the number "B"
2) The taxi should be equippped with the light on the top and meter measuring.
3) It's better to take a taxi on the road instead of a taxi waiting somewhere. The empty taxi must show a red light in the front window. My experience tells me that there are two areas where you will encounter the illegal ( black ) taxi:

A.The taxi waiting at the North Gate of Forbidden City. Actually the legal cabs are not permitted to wait in fornt of the gate. If you want to take a taxi when you finish your visit to Forbidden City, we suggest you walk about 200 meters and find a taxi going on the road.

B.Please take a serious look at the taxi waiting at the Summer Palace. We still suggest you use a moving taxi. Don't use a the taxi which has no B or with funny colour ( normal colour: yellow and Red ).
Watch out! Don't come aboard the black "illegal tour bus":

In Beijing, there are still some black illegal tour bus sending tourists to the Great Wall. You will have a terrible trip once you get on it. To promote their illegal tours, these sales people always deliver a small card to passing-by travelers wanting to go to Great Wall tour by standing on the some public places like the street, Tian'anmen Square, or the entrance of Forbidden City. Very often they use their "unbelievable low price" to attract those "blind" tourists. But once you come aboard their bus for the Great Wall, they have to make you pay additional fees again and again. Sometimes even the Great Wall is not real Badaling section!! We remind you not to take their card if you happen to meet them. Actually it's very easy to recognize an illegal tour bus in Beijing. A legal tour bus plaque starts with "B", if not, you possiblely get on a "black tour bus".

Fake art students:
In some areas, you may meet some so-called art students who are approaching to you and talking with you mainly at the aim of practicing English with you. In fact, later, they want to sell some artifacts by taking you to an exhibition hall! Especially be careful of these areas:
A.Wangfujing street
B.Tiananmen square
Panjiayuan flea market:
If you are interested in visiting Panjiayuan flea market which are open only on weekends, please do bargin. You know some of the stuff are not real antique.

Is Beijing safe?
Beijing is relatively a safe city. But we cannot say there is no danger since it is a big city, the capital of China. When we talk about danger, we often mean people are getting tricked, misdirected, or ripped off in terms of money not neccessarily putting a gun or knife on your back! Chinese people hate crime either. So we suggest you have to take care of your belongings and use your brain.
Top 10 Beijing Tourist Scams

Crossing the street:
Some local people have little sense of traffic regulation. On the street, you will feel scary to find how some people in Beijing crossing the street. Some drivers fails to offer priority to the walking people or bicycle. At the same time some people ignore the trafic signal and the car too! Sometimes some people ignore the colour of the traffic. Please don't follow those who neglect the traffic regulation. Keep in mind that some of the drivers on the roads are quite new! So anything will occur!

You can still find some pickpockets in Beijing. Most of the predictable areas: scenic spots, shopping areas, on the buses and subway. Beside the areas, you have to be on the alert whereever and whenever you are, specially when you are in a supermarket or a restaurant. More Beijing independent travel informaion.

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