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Here you can get some practical tips for touring in Beijing. Not only does it inform you about the common knowledge of life in the city, but also provide you with the detailed information-locations, prices and phone numbers of hotels, banks, hospitals as well as the complaints and consultation offices. What is more, the Communication, Laws, Mass Media and Money Matters sections offer some helpful tips for entering and traveling around China, guaranteeing a perfect tour in the city and a wonderful vacation in China to our honorable clients.  

The voltage in Beijing is 220 volts. The toilets in Beijing are a great deal cleaner than before. They are signed with Toilet or WC. Free public toilets can be found at restaurants, supermarkets, internet bars, bus stations, subways, railway stations, and airports, or some scenic spots, yet it is not always the case. For those movable roadside toilets and other private toilets, usually CNY0.5 or CNY1 are charged. Foreigners in China should usually ask for 'WC', as this is understood in most places.

Recommended Tour Itineraries:
Beijing One-Day Tours: 5 itineraries for you to choose.
Beijing Two-Day Tours: 2 itineraries to visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Badaling Great Wall, etc.
4-Day Beijing Travel: to the most popular attractions in the city.

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Comments and Questions

Can I buy a stored value bus/metro ticket at Beijing Airport, very late at night? Our flight arrives around midnight.
If yes, can this ticket be used for the airport to city bus? I realise the Metro will not be running at this time..Thank you.

Reply1/10/2015 9:11:29 PMLora,   Australia

Susan :2/5/2015 2:46:48 AM

The Public Transprtation Smart Card can be purchased at the ticket office of Airport Express in the airport. As I know, it only operates till around 23:00. The card can be used on subway and city buses. For airport shuttle buses, you have to pay cash.
Hope help!

Hi, You probably aren't the right people to discuss this with, but my "sender" speaks in gibberish ... constantly telling me to "patience to wait" ... it's been nearly 7 weeks ... I'm trying to track a parcel which apparently has been sitting at Beijing since 09.07.13. Is there an air strike going on? It's the 18th so I'm wondering if anyone is working as that's a long time for a small parcel to sit anywhere. Aren't the Chinese interested in getting my parcel to me? Do you think the "sender" has given me a BS story about the parcel and has stolen my money?

Reply8/18/2013 6:16:54 AMTracey,   Australia

James :8/18/2013 6:40:37 PM

it happens that a parcel gets to its destination after several weeks or even months, if the parcel is sent by ship.
and also, after the parcel leave China, the tracking information sometimes can not be traced.
sometimes it takes long for the checking at the customs.

We, two will be staying at Forbidden city Hotel (5 Nanheyan St, Dongcheng). We like to visit Badaling wall and Summer Palace on the same day. Is this practically feasible? Please suggest us suitable means of transportation. Also advice us how to get smart card. Is the smart card usable to bus, metro and train?

Reply4/9/2013 5:10:20 AMAbu S Miah,   Australia

Ashley :4/9/2013 6:12:20 PM

the smart card can be bought at any one of the subway station with a deposit of CNY 20. the card is usable to bus, metro, taxi, and the train from Beijing North to Badaling.
if you want to finish the two attractions in one day, first I'd tell you that you will be very tired, then you can go in this way:
from your hotel, walk southward to East Chang'an Avenue, turn right and walk to the Tiananmen East subway station. take subway line 1 to Xidan station and change to line 4 to Xizhimen station, where the Beijing North Railway Station is located. catch the S203 train that departs at 07:58 and arrives at Badaling at 09:20. spend the whole morning at Badaling and catch the S2016 train that departs at 13:02 from Badaling and arrives in Beijing North railway station at 14:23.
then from the Xizhimen subway station, take subway line 4 to Beigongmen station (the north gate of Summer palace), and spend the rest of the day there. the summer palace is closed at 18:00.

i would like to know about if is there any English guide inside the forbidden city and temple of heaven in bijing ?
many thanks!

Reply3/9/2013 10:51:08 AMali,   Denmark

Peter :3/11/2013 8:15:38 PM

yes, there are English tour guide there. you can also rent an audio guide which also provide English service.

hello Beijing Trip... can you assist us in visa assistance, pls... thanks and God bless

Reply12/26/2012 4:01:06 AMcaroline siapno,   Philippines

Hebe :12/26/2012 5:36:59 PM

Hi Caroline,
if you book a tour through a travel agency, they will provide invitation letter. but the visa part is mostly on your own. you can also try to find a visa agency to help you apply the visa.

hi.. i'm planning to visit beijing on early march 2013. how the temperature there and whats clothes 1 should wear and bring. tq

Reply10/18/2012 12:27:05 AMida,   Malaysia

Anna :10/18/2012 6:23:07 PM

Hi ida,
the temperature is lower than 10 C in March, and the it will be quite windy and dry. it would be cold in the morning and at night, and get a little bit warmer at noon.
so you still need to take warm clothes, scarf, gloves, and hat.

I'm an 8th grade school teacher in Hawaii. I will be taking 35-40 young teens to Beijing in March of 2013. Any andive regarding must see attractions or things to do for this age group of active 13 year olds? I travel a lot, but have never been to China before.

Reply2/3/2012 8:56:55 AMKamilla,   United States

David :2/4/2012 7:39:34 PM

I think you cna take them to Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbiddem city, Beijing Happy valley, Beijing Zoo, Beijing hutongs and Peking Man Site.
Have a good trip!

I am spending 6 days in Beijing, doe's anybody know if one can hire any Interpreters for a day or two.


Reply9/1/2011 8:17:22 PMguy palmore,   China

Polly :9/4/2011 8:08:45 PM

yes, you can hire a professtional English-speaking tour guide. you can also take the private or small group tour.

China is no doubt a country with rich history and lots of things to see. I travel back and forth from England to China work related and unfortunately haven't had the time to enjoy it but I'm considering going there on a vacation so this is useful information. I've only been to Beijing so far and it's an amazing city.

Reply11/8/2010 2:38:00 AMlisa jane,   United Kingdom

I am from Suzhou.I want to go to Beijing with my frens through train for 6 day trip.But we dont know how to go there and how to visit the places?can anyone give me info abt trains and visiting details

Reply6/17/2010 8:03:00 AMharish,   India

anna :6/17/2010 8:48:00 PM

there are several trains from suzhou to beijing , you can search for them at the following page http://www.beijingtrip.com/china-train/
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