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Beijing Travel Tips

Showpiece capital searching for identity

Like the painted faces of Peking opera, Beijing is an enthralling clash of personalities. Traditional but tech-forward, autocratic yet artistic, it’s a micro-managed megacity marching into the future, while striving to prune and polish the narrative of its turbulent past. And what a past. Ruling over China (on and off) since the days of Kublai Khan, Beijing is a treasure trove of Unesco World Heritage: The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, the Ming Tombs, the Grand Canal. And above it all, draped dreamily across mountains, is the Great Wall of China – more magnificent beside Beijing than anywhere along its course.

Modern architecture has been outmuscling Beijing’s antique middle for decades, but, precariously, the city’s charming old hutong lanes endure. Here is where you’ll find locals gossiping around xiangqi (Chinese chess) boards, discreet boutique hotels tucked behind grey brick walls, and hip cocktail bars in hidden courtyards. And then there’s the food. From the city’s signature Peking duck to lesser-known delights from every nook of the Middle Kingdom, Beijing is a literal melting pot of Chinese gastronomy, presenting unbridled adventure for fearless foodies.
  • Best Attractions to Visit in Beijing

Some of the best attractions to visit in Beijing include the following attractions:
  • Forbidden City

  • Summer Palace

  • Great Wall of China – Mutianyu

  • Temple of Heaven

  • Lama Temple

  • Jingshan Park

  • Tian’anmen Square

  • Liyuan Theater Peking Opera

  • Wangfujing Street

  • Sanlitun Bar Street

  • Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum

  • Prince’s Gong Mansion

  • Hutongs

  • Things to bring to Beijing

The weather is dry and the sunshine is strong in Beijing. Therefore, it is suggested that you bring sunglasses, umbrellas, long shirts, and body lotion with you.
  • What to wear in Beijing

If you are planning to spend your holiday from November to March in Beijing, you’d better bring enough warm clothes with you to prevent from the coldness there. During the period of time, it is very dry with little rain but much snow. You could take shorts, skirts, umbrellas, T-shirt, sunglasses, and sunscreen scream with you in the summer holiday in Beijing. 
  • Visa in China

Since the 72-hour visa-free transit policy was implemented on January 1, 2013 in Beijing, air passengers who are the passport holders from the following 45 countries can stay for up to 72 hours (3 days) in Beijing without a visa.
The 45 countries are as follows.
24 Schengen Countries: Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherland, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland
7 other European countries: Russia, Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.
6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile
2 Oceania Countries: Australia, and New Zealand
6 Asian Countries: United Arab Emirates, Japan, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, and Brunei

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