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How to Plan a Trip to Beijing

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
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If it’s your first time in Beijing, we’ve put together some travel tips as well as several multi-day itineraries that will help you plan your Beijing tour. We try to offer  advice on when to go and where to stay, how to allocate your time and choose the major attractions in Beijing.

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Just a kind reminder: These are just our suggested  travel tips and itineraries, but there are endless options  as how to visit Beijing. Check out Beijing Travel Guide for more information.

When to Go
Maybe”When to go” doesn’t seem a practical question since most of us are unable to match our visit time with the so-called the best time to visit Beijing or any other particular destination. But nevertheless getting ourselves well informed of “When to go” is very much useful preparing a coming trip.

Beijing has clearly cut four seasons with longer winters and shorter springs. Beijing’s winter lasts offiacially from November 15 to March 15 ( official winter indoor heating period) : dry and cold outside.  But visiting Beijing in winter is not a bad idea given the discounts offered by airlines, hotels and sites, plus numerous winter activities in Beijing.

Though Beijing’s official spring time starts from March 15 to May 15, its warmer springtime only lasts one month from early April to early May. Beijing’s March is very often chilly and sandstorm hits Beijing periodically in March. So traveling Beijing in early April through early May is relatively safe and comfortable. But try to avoid visiting Beijing during the 3-day public holiday May 01 to 03.

Beijing’s summer lasts from May 15 to September 15. The first two months ( May 15 – July 15) are not so hot with relatively comfortable weather, a nice time to visit Beijing.

July and August are Beijing’s rainy season, hot and humid. July and August are also the school summer vacation season with lots of domestic tourists flocking major attractions in Beijing.

Autumn (September 05 to November 15) is oft-lauded as the best time to visit Beijing, blue and clear sky and mild temperature. October 01-07 period should be avoided to keep from the hordes of domestic tourists on China’s National Holiday.

The major attractions in Beijing are open all year around and basically you are able to visit Beijing at any time of a year. Choosing your own best time per your own time, budget and personal taste.

What to See
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 major attractions in Beijing.

Check out the Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing based on our past 15 years’ internet tourism experience, only for your reference.

Where to Stay
Where to stay in Beijing? That’s a common question when you are planning your Beijing, considering that Beijing has hundreds of star-rated hotels, plus numerous hostels, courtyard hotels, B&B hotels and boutique hotels.

Generally, Beijing is divided into 6 areas – Central Beijing, Houhai & North Beijing, South Beijing, Northeast Beijing, West Beijing and Northwest Beijing, where you can find where and in which hotel you want to stay per your personal taste and budget.

Five Suggested Steps to finalize Your Hotel booking in Beijing
1. Choose the area where you want to stay
2. Compare the hotels and prices in the same area
3. Use google to map the exact address of the hotel
4. Use google and hotel review websites to assess the hotel
5. Book your hotel directly or use the hotel booking engines.

Check out the link: Where to Stay in Beijing for more hotel information in Beijing.

How to Get from Beijing Airport to Your Beijing Hotel

Beijing Airport Shuttle Bus
Taking airport shuttle buses is the cheapest way to enter the city from Beijing capital airport. Beijing capital airport’s shuttle buses cost around RMB 25 per person, which is related to the distance traveled.

You may take the airport shuttle bus if you do not have much luggage or you may already know the bus routes and where you are going to get off and connect a taxi or subway for your hotel in Beijing. Check out the link:
Beijing airport shuttle buses.

Beijing Airport Express Train
There is also a fast Airport Express Rail links the airport to Beijing’s subway line. The airport express rail costs RMB 25 per person. For more information on the airport express train, check out the link: Beijing Airport Express Train.

Beijing Airport Taxis
Taking a taxi to the city center from Beijing Capital airport is most convenient.When you exit from the arrival hall, it may happen that some so-called taxi drivers or touts may approach you offering you a taxi ride. Just ignore them since these taxi rides will be unmetered, illegal or overcharged. It is preferable to follow the taxi stand sign to queue up for a legal taxi. Check out Beijing Taxi for more information.

Pre-arranged Private Transfer
Many hotels arrange airport pick-up service. There are quite some private airport transfer operators in Beijing. They offer airport to hotel door to door transfer service, which cost more than a taxi, but avoid the risk of being overcharged. For private airport transfers, check out the link: Beijing Airport Transfer

How to Get Around
Generally speaking, getting around or out of town, is quite easy in Beijing. In the past 30 years, Beijing transportation has been improved greatly – widened roads, lengthened subway lines, much cleaner 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. Check out Beijing Taxi for more information.

How to Visit Beijing
We put together 4 options ranging from one day tour to four day tours which can generally meet the travel needs of the first time visitors to Beijing.

1) Beijing in One Day:
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and  Mutianyu Great Wall  ( Or Badaling 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, Olympic Sites, Silk Market, Beijing Opera
Day 04: Beijing Capital Museum, Panda House, CCTV headquarters Building, Grand National Theatre, 798 Space

Where to Eat
The big difference between Chinese and Western eating manner is that in the West, everyone has their own plate of food, while in China people share the dishes placed on the table.

A typical Chinese meal starts with cold dishes. These are followed by the main courses, hot meat and vegetable dishes. Finally a soup is brought out, which is followed by principal food, usually including rice or noodles or sometimes dumplings. Check out the link Beijing Dining for more information on where to eat in Beijing.

Beijing Nightlife
Beijing nightlife is very colorful. Beijing nightlife has more to offer! If you travel with your kids, then enjoying Kung Fu show in the evening is a must.

If you are young and energetic, you may go to disco or live jazz. If you like to know more about old Beijing and enjoy Chinese tea, you can go to tea houses. Check out the link: Beijing Nightlife for more information.

How to Visit the Great Wall
Visiting the Great Wall is a delightful must for the first-time visitors to Beijing China. The Great Wall was built in different times and dynasties, largely constructed in the three dynasties – Qin Dynasty (221 B.C to 206 B.C); Han Dynasty (206 B.C.– 220 A.D ) and Ming Dynasty (1368 A.D – 1644 A.D).

The most powerful Yuan Dynasty (1271 A.D – 1368 A.D) and the last Qing Dynasty (1644 A.D – 1911 A.D) did nothing about the building of the Great Wall since they were “barbarians” against whom the Great Wall of China had been built.

For historical and geographical reasons, the Great Wall of China doesn’t form a continuous line and in fact exits in different sections. The official survey shows the Great Wall now totals 21196 km long with the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty ( 1368A.D – 1644 A.D ) as long as 8851 km. Check out the link: How to Visit the Great Wall of China.

72 Hour Visa Free Transit in Beijing
For Beijing airport transit passengers, basically you need a Chinese visa to enter Beijing if you want to exit from Beijing Capital Airport for a few hour’s layover tour or 2 or 3 days short stay in Beijing. But currently, 51 countries are entitled to 72 hours free visa transit stay in Beijing. So Visa-free travel to Beijing is possible now!

1. Prerequisites for getting the 72 hours transit free visa
The Eligible 51 nationalities include:24 Schengen Countries in Europe:

A. 24 Schengen countries in Europe:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

B. 13 other European countries:
Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania.

C. 6 American countries:
The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

D. 2 Oceanian countries:
Australia and New Zealand.

E. 6 Asian countries:
Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

2.Travelers must have valid passports.

3. Travelers must have confirmed tickets to a third country or regions (Hong Kong and Macau).

Check out Beijing 72 Hours Free Visa Transit for more information.

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 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

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Top 10 Walking Routes Downtown Beijing

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
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Downtown Beijing has limitless options for wonderful walks through hutongs, streets, markets, parks and along imperial, common and modern sites. Beijing is a boon for a walking enthusiast who are planning Beijing walking tours. If you prefer Beijing hiking tours outside Beijing, check out Top 10 Beijing Hiking Trails. Here are the top 10 suggested walking trails in downtown Beijing:

Walk 1: Beijing Axis Walks (1)
Walking Trail: Yongdingmen Gate – Temple of Agriculture – Temple of Heaven – Qianmen Pedestrian Street (Dazhalan) – Tiananmen Square
Walking Distance: 3 km
Walking Time: 2 Hours

Beijing Central Axis, which is interpreted as a royal line. The emperors in ancient China believed that they were the center of the world, so all of their palaces should be built on the axis or alongside the center from south to north of Beijing. As the core of old Beijing city, the Central Axis of Beijing also show us the ingenious urban planning in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as China today.

The Central Axis of Beijing is 7.8km long from Yongdingmen Gate in the south and Bell Towert in the north, passing through Qianmen Gates, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Hill Park, Dianmen Gate ( non-extent ), Drum Tower and Bell Tower.

Beijing Axis Walk can be divided into two walking tours below:
Beijing Axis (1) Yongdingmen Gate – Temple of Agriculture – Temple of Heaven – Qianmen Pedestrian Street (Dashilan ) – Tiananmen Square;

Beijing Axis (2) Tiananmen Square -Imperial Ancestral Temple and Altar of the Land and Grain – Forbidden City, Jingshan Park – Dianmen Gate ( non-extent ), Drum Tower and Bell Tower.

Walk 2: Beijing Axis Walks (2)
Walking Trail: Tiananmen Square -Imperial Ancestral Temple and Altar of the Land and Grain – Forbidden City, Jingshan Park – Dianmen Gate ( non-extent ), Drum Tower and Bell Tower.
Walking Distance: 4.5 km
Walking Time: 3-4 hours

The Central Axis of Beijing was first laid out in 1403 in Ming Dynasty that can be traced even further back to the Mongol that Beijing was served as the capital Dadu. Today the Central Axis is still intact though some original buildings and gates are non-existent. Now the Central Axis of Beijing is on the tentative list for UNESCO cultural heritage, which was submitted in Sept 01, 2013 by National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO.

Walk 3: Old North City Walks
Walking Trail: Lama Temple – Chengxian Street, Bell Tower, Yandaixiejie (Yandai Byway) and Shichahai (Houhai)
Walking Distance: 3.5 km
Walking Time: 2-3 hour

The old north city walking tour allows you to explore the old and traditional area on the northern Beijing and starts with Chengxian Street ( some part of the street is also called Guozijian Street), west of Lama Temple; passing by the Confucius Temple and Guozijian (Imperial College); an outside look at the Drum and Bell Towers; stroll through the 800 year old Yandai Byway amd Yinding Bridge; experience some typical hutongs in the Shichahai area like Da Jinsi Hutong Tao, the most famous hutongs keeping the original layout of Hutong.

Walk 4: Old South City Walks
Walking Trail: Hepingmen Subway Station — Walk along South Xinhua Street ( avenue ) — Liulichang East and West Street (antique street) – Tieshu Byway (old hutongs ) – Dazhalan West Street ( old hutongs ) – – Dazhalan Commercial Street ( renovated old commercial street ) – Qianmen Street ( renovated old commercial street ) – The southern end of Tiananmen Square.
Walking Distance: 2.5 km
Walking Time: 2-3 hour

Exploring the historic district of the southern Beijing, the cradle of Beijing city development, home to old hutong and genuine local Beijingers. You see Liulichang antique street – the oldest street in Beijing. Liulichang is 800m long with a long history from Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Tieshu Byward is the most interesting narrow alley flanked by the bungalow courtyards populated by locals. Dazhalan is a 1.26-square-kilometer area of 114 streets and alleys. Qianmen Street is one of the last remnants of the business centers of old Beijing. It has been transformed into a modern commercial pedestrian street, the second walking street after Wangfujiang Street in the downtown shopping district Beijing.

Walk 5: Old West City Walks
Walking Trail: Fuchengmen Bridge – Former Residence of Lu Xun – The old building of the Assembly of God – White Dagoba – The Temple of Ancient Emperors – Guangji Temple
Walking Distance:2-3km
Walking Time: 2-3 hour

The old west city walk offers a rare chance to explore the former residence of celebrities, temples in additional to the old hutongs. Start with Fuchengmen (non-existent ancient gate), stroll along the old and traditional hutong area, visit the former residence of Lu Xun, the most famous Chinese writer and the biggest Tibetan-style Buddhist dagoba in China.

At the temple of the former emperors, you will learn how the emperors judge on their previous emperors in the successive dynasties. Generally, the walking tour gives you a glimpse of the ordinary Beijingers’ life.

Walk 6: Olympic Green Walks
Walking Trail:Bird’s Nest – Water Cube – Olympic Forest Park
Walking Distance: 4 km
Walking Time: 2-3

The successful Beijing 2008 Olympic Games has left a deep impression on people’s mind in the world though many years have passed. For many foreign visitors, the temptation is great to visit the Bird’Nest (Beijing National Stadium ) and Water Cube (Beijing National Aquatics Center).

Both Bird’s Nest and Water Cube ( Olympic Sites ) are easily accessible through subway, cheap and fast. Take Subway Line 10 and get off at Beitucheng Station. Then interchange for Subway Line 8 and get off at Olympic Park ( Olympic Green ). Once you come out from the subway, you are inside the Olympic Park. The park is free to the public.

Walk 7: Wangfujing Area Walks
Walking Trail (a loop walking route) : Beijing Hotel – Wangfujing Pedestrian Street – Wangfujing Traditional Food Street – Catholic Cathedral, St. Joseph’s – Jinyu Hutong (Palace Hotel) – Dongdan Street – Oriental Plaza – Beijing Hotel.
Walking Distance: 2 km
Walking time: – 2 hours

Wangfujing Street is 1600 meters in length, running from south to north street. Now the part of it has been transformed into a pedestrian street since 1999. Its south starting point between Oriental Plaza and Beijing Hotel, and ends at National Art Museum of China in the north.

Its 810-mter pedestrian section starts from south and finishes at the crossroad. East of the crossroad is Jinyu Hutong and west Donganmen Street ( where the Donganmen Night Food Market is located ).

Walk 8: Dongjiaomingxiang Walks
Walking Route: Dong Jiao Min Xiang Alley
Walking Distance: 1.5 km
Walking Time: 2 hours

Dong Jiao Min Xiang is a historic site worth your short stroll and glimpse of the European-style buldings left over by the late 19th century and early 20th centry foreign powers. Dong Jiao Minj Xiang ( or Dong Jiao Min Alley ) literally means “East Foreign Residents Alley”, which is the longest alley ( hutong ) in Beijing with a total length of 1550 meters.

In the English travel guidebooks, Dong Jiao Min Xiang is polularly known as Former Legation Quarter. It was once home to the former 11 foreign embassies including UK, France, Germany, Japan, the US, Russia, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium and Dutch.

Walk 9: Chang’an Avenue Walks
Walking Route: From East Chang’an Avenue to West Chang’an Avenue
Walking Distance: 4 km
Walking Time: 2 hours

Chang’an Jie (长安街) in Beijing is often regarded as the longest and widest street in the world. Chang’an Jie, known as Chang’an Avenue, literally means “”Eternal Peace Street” named after the ancient capital of Tang Dynasty which was the present city of Xian.

The original construction of Chang’an Avenue started with the building of the Forbidden City in Ming Dynasty during the period of 1406 -1420 with over 600 years of history. The Chang’an Avenue used to be only 4 km long centered on Tiananmen Square which divided Chang’an Avenue into two sections – East Chang’an Avenue and West Chang’an Avenue. Now in a very broad sense, the present Changa’an Avenue has been largely widened and extended, adding up to a total length of 45km starting from Beiyuan, Tongzhou District to the eastern gate of Shougang at Shijingshan District.

Walk 10: Imperial Sites Walks
Walking Route: Tiananmen Square – (south entry ) Forbidden City ( north exit) – (south entry) Jingshan Park (west exit) – (east entry) Beihai Park (north exit) – Houhai (Shichahai)
Walking Distance: 3 km
Walking Time: 3-4 hours

Tiananmen Square is flanked by the Gate of Heavenly Peace (the entrance to The Forbidden City) on the north, Chinese National Museum on the east, the Great Hall of the People (China’s parliament) on the west and Qianmen (Arrow Tower) on the south. There are two entrances to the Forbidden City – the southern gate ( Meridian Gate – Wumen) and northern gate(Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men). The southern gate is linked to Tiananmen Square to the south. You have to enter Forbidden City from its southern gate and exit from its northern gate, which is officially set as a one-way south to north travel route.

After finishing your visit of Forbidden City from south to north, you exit from Forbidden City’s north gate. Raising your head, you will find a pavilion with three layered eaves perched on a hill. The hill is called Jingshan Hill ( Coal Hill or prospect Hill). Beihai Park is well known for its beautiful gardens, the maze in the stone cave, temples and pavillions. Atop the Jade Island in Beihai Park, the White Dagoba becomes an important landmark of the city.

Shichahai is composed of three lakes – Qianhai (front lake), Houhai (back lake) and Xihai (west lake). Sometime local people also use “Houhai” to refer to Shichahai.

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Top 10 Biking Routes in Beijing

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
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Pedaling though the best of China’s capital is an interesting and insider’s approach to see Beijing. Local middle-class residents own various kinds of cars or scooters overshadowing the bikes which once ruled the roads. But today, bikes are still favored by people who explore on just two wheels for leisure or exercises in their spare time.

As an international traveler, riding through the hutongs and streets in Beijing makes you have a better glimpse of Beijing with more close interaction with the locals – learning more about its urban residents and its culture. If you are planning Beijing bike tour, you may following the top 10 cycling trails in Beijing.

Trail 1: Ride along Beijing Central Axis
Start: Yongdingmen Tower Gate
End: Bell Tower
Distance: 7.8 km
Highlights: Yongdingmen Tower Gate, Temple of Heaven, Qianmen Pedestrian Street, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Drum and Bell Towers

Beijing Central Axis was a royal line. The emperors in ancient China believed that they were the center of the world, so all of their palaces should be built on the axis or alongside the center from south to north of Beijing. As the core of old Beijing city, the Central Axis of Beijing also show us the ingenious urban planning in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as China today.

Start with Yongdingmen Tower Gate, the former entrance gate to the ancient southern outer city of Beijing. Continue north along the imperial axis, go past by the the east entrance to Temple of Agriculture and the west entrance to Temple of Heaven. Cycle along the north-south Qianmen Avenue till the east-west Zhushikou Avenue and you go no further. On your left side is the Immaculate Conception Cathedral (South Church). Then you turn right along the side way of Zhushikou Avenue till you see a flyover. Go across the flyover, down to the east direction. So head east, soon you will spot the southern entrance to Qianmen East Road.

Cycle to the north along Qianmen East Road, soon you will ride along the east side of Tiananmen Square till Chang’an Avenue, turn right and then cycle north cross Chang’an Avenue to Nanchizi Road and Beichizi Road, paralleling the Forbidden City from south to north. Taking the picture of the northeast turret of the Forbidden City and go on with your bike trip going past Jingshan Park along its east road known as Jingshan East Road. Continue north along Dianmen Neidajie and Dinganmen Waidajie till the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower and end of your cycling trip.

Trail 2: Cycle though Beijing’s old North City
Start: Lama Temple
End: Houhai
Distance: 5 km
Highlights: Lama Temple, Confucius Temple and Guozijian (Imperial College), Drum and Bell Towers, 800 year old Yandai Byway, Yinding Bridge; typical hutongs in the Shichahai area like Da Jinsi Hutong Tao.

Start with Lama Temple, then cycle west along Chengxian Street flanked by Confucius Temple and Guozijian (Imperial College) on its east side.

Ride along Chengxian Street till you go no further, and you come across the north-south Annei Dajie. You bike south along Annei Dajie till Jiaodao Kou Cross where you turn right (west) along Gulou East Street. Go past Drum Tower and visit Shichahai area ( Hutongs, Yinding Bridge and Yandai Byway and so on.

Trail 3: Pedal Through Beijing’s Old South City
Start: Liulichang Culture Street
End: Temple of Agriculture
Distance: 6 km
Highlights: Liulichang ancient culture street, old hutong areas in the south city, Temple of Heaven and Temple of Agriculture

Pedal with Liulichang Culture Street along the north-south Xinhua Dajie. Then turn northeast at the byway known as Wudao Jie Byway where two byways branch off – Yingtao Byway and Tieshu Byway. You bike along Tieshu Byway which is flanked by old hutong bungalow courtyards.

Cycle along the Tieshu Byway and Dazhalan West Road till you come across the north-south Meishi Jie. Head south along Meishi Jie, you will come across Zhushikou West Street, you turn left ( east ) and cross Zhushikou West Street and continue south along Tianqiao South Avenue. Continue south, go past the west gate to Temple of Heaven and the east gate to Temple of Agriculture. At the Yongdingmen Tower Gate, turn right (west ) and soon you will reach the south gate to Temple of Agriculture and end of your cycling trip.

Trail 4: Bike through Beijing’s Old West City
Start: Fuchengmen at the West Second Ring Road
End: Beihai Park
Distance: 10 km
Highlights: Fuchengmen Bridge – Former Residence of Lu Xun – White Dagoba -The Temple of Ancient Emperors – Guangji Temple – Beihai Park

Start with Fuchengmen Bridge, cycle along Funei Dajie, then turn north along the side way known as Funei Beijie (North Street), you will spot Lu Xun Old Residence, the first writer in China. Then retrace and cycle east along Fuchengmen Neidajie, soon you will see the White Dagoba Temple.

Continue east along Fuchengmen Neidajie, you will come across the south gate to the Temple of Ancient Emperors. Head east, you will spot Guangji Temple. Continue east, you will reach the south gate to Beihai Park and end of your biking trip.

Trail 5: Olympic Green Bike Routes
Start: Bell Tower
End: Olympic Sites ( Bird’s Nest and Water Cube )
Distance: 8 km
Highlights: Bell Tower – Jiugulou Outer Street – Gulou Outer Street – Beichen Road – Olympic Park

Start with Bell Tower and cycle north along Jiu Gulou Dajie. Then bike straight north and enter Gulou Dajie. Cycle along Gulou Dajie till you come across Anhua Bridge. From Anhua Birdge, the road north of Gulou Dajie is called Beichen Road. Continue north along Beichen Road, soon you will spot Beitucheng Roundabout, you still cycle north along Beichen Road. Head north, you will go past Beichen Bridge, then you officially enter the Olympic Sites ( Water Cube, Bird’s Nest and so on.

Trail 6: Chang’an Avenue Cycling Route
Start: Guomao (Dabeiyao)
End: Gongzhufen
Distance: 14km
Highlights: CBD – Silk Market, Beijing Railway Station, Wangfujing Street, Tiannamen Square, Zhongnanhai, Financial Street and Gongzhufen

It is a 14 km cycling routes straight from the east Guomao to the west Gongzhufen, the longest street in China. Actually Chang’an Avenue is much longer than the 24km section. For a big sense, it should be 45 km long starting from Tongzhou to Jingshan.

Chang’an Avenue is a major through route in Beijing running from east to west through the heart of Beijing. But you cannot find the actual name of Chang’an Avenue on maps since it is a general name of 10 roads and streets that encompass the whole Chang’an Avenue including Shijingshan Road, Fuxingmen Outer Street, Fuxingmen Inner Street, West Chang’an Avenue, East Chang’an Avenue, Jianguomen Inner Street, Jianguomen Outer Street, Jianguo Road and Jingtong Expressway. The Subway line 1 runs under the Chang’an Street.

Trail 7 : Cycle along the Side Way of the Second Ring Road (Loop)
Start: Jianguomen Bridge
End: Jianguomen Bridge
Distance: 33km
Highlights: the first non-traffic city express ring road in China with 29 bridges

Start with Jianguomen Bridge over the second ring road. Bike clockwise along the second ring road and so you first head south, go past the Old Observatory, the Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park. Continue south along the city moat. Then ride past the southern second ring road, the west second ring road and the north second ring road, going past parks, historical sites and modern buildings, with a clear picture of the current Beijing.

Trail 8: Top Beijing Markets Cycling Route
Start: Silk Market
End: Beijing Antique City
Distance: 7km
Highlights: Silk Market, Panjiayuan Flea Market and Beijing Ancient City

Start with Silk Market. There are 1,600 booths in the 5-storey building aimed at targeting the shopping groups including foreign tourists and local white-collar workers. Location: North of Dong Chang An Avenue, Jianguimenwai Street, Chaoyang District.

Cycle east along Chang’an Avenue, then turn south at Guoma Bridge along the side way of the third ring road. Continue south, go past Shuangjing Bridge and Jingsong Bridge. Head south, you will see the third bridge known as Panjiayuan Bridge, where you turn west along Panjiayuan Road, and soon you will spot the north gate to Panjiayuan Flea Market.

Then retrace along Panjiayuan Road to the east, then turn right (again south) along the side way of the third ring road. Soon you will spot Beijing Antique City.

Trail 9: Top Beijing Shopping Malls Bike
Start: The Malls at Oriental Plaza
End: Solana – Beijing Lifestyle Shopping Mall
Distance: 15 km
Highlights: The Malls at Oriental Plaza, COFCO Plaza Shopping Center, Scitech Plaza, The Place, Beijing Yintai Center, Shin Kong Place and Solana – Beijing Lifestyle Shopping Mall

Start with the Malls at Oriental Plaza at the south entry of Wangfujing Street. Cycle east along Chang’an Avenue, before ride under Jianguomen Bridge, you will see COFCO Plaza Shopping Center by the south roadside of Chang’an Avenue. Continue east, you will see Scitech Plaza after going through Jianguomen Bridge.

Head east and turn north along Dongdaqiao Road, you will soon spot The Place. Retrace along Donddaqiao Road to Chang’an Avenue. Continue east, go past Beijing Yintai Center. Cycle east past Gaomao Bridge and head east, soon you will see Shin Kong Place on your left side. Ride north along Xidawang Road and continue north along Jintai Road and Tianshuiyuan Road, till you go no further and you come across Chaoyang Park, just ride along the park on your left and soon you will get to Solana – Beijing Lifestyle Shopping Mall.

Trail 10: Beijing Religious Sites Cycle Route
Start: Beijing Diocese Xuanwumen Catholic Church
End: White Cloud Taoist Temple
Distance: 8 km
Highlights: Beijing Diocese Xuanwumen Catholic Church, Niujie Mosque, Fayuan Buddhist Temple and White Cloud Taoist Temple

Start with Beijing Diocese Xuanwumen Catholic Church, and ride along Xuanwai Dajie. Continue still north across Caishikou and head still north along Caishikou Dajie. Come across the east-west Nanheng Dongjie, you turn right, soon you will see Fayuan Temple.

Continue west along Nanheng Xi Jie, you will soon come across the north-south Niujie Street. Head north, you will spot the west entrance to Niujie Mosque. Continue to ride north along Niujie Street, soon you will see the east-west Guangnei Dajie, turn right (west) and cycle along Guangnei Dajie, till the second ring road. Ride north along the side way of the second ring road. Cycle west under the Tianningsi Bride, soon you will spot Baiyun Taoist Temple.

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