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Here we provide full infomation about frequently asked questions before your traveling to Beijing. Still, some of the tips will be helpful for clients joining our China tours. Your wonderful trip in Beijing and around China are what we expect.  


Question: How can I be sure that you are a legitimate tour company?
    Answer: BeijingTrip.com is a travel-related website, having reliable travel information for travelers visiting China.


Question: When is the best time to travel to Beijing?
    Answer: Beijing is suitable for travel year-round but the best time to visit Beijing is from April to early November. It is worth noting that the city is very busy during the national holiday marking the Spring Festival that falls during January or February depending on the lunar cycle. Similarly the city is very crowded during the first few days of May and October, while during July and August the weather is very hot. For these reasons the city is probably best avoided at these times. Many people prefer to visit in March and April when it is very much cooler and not crowded. The average temperature at this time reaches approximately 15C by day falling to a low of around 5C at night. 

More information on Beijing's climate can be found here: More info on Beijing Climate


Question: Is it safe to go out late in Beijing?
    Answer: Beijing is a pretty safe place, but going out late is not a good idea, especially alone. Though serious crime against foreigners is rare, pick-pocketing and purse-snatching has increased in recent years. Like any where else, it is always wise to be cautious especially when you are in a crowded place.


Question: How can I get to Capital Airport by myself?
    Answer: Many people prefer getting there by taxi, which is very convenient. The fare is about CNY150.00 (including the expressway toll) for a 50 minutes' ride from the city center.

You could also get there by the airport shuttles. There are five routes available with departures every 15 or 30 minutes from various places in the city. 

Please note that you need to arrive at a stop at least two and a half hours before your plane departs to ensure that you arrive in good time for check-in.

Question: What are the airline companies in Beijing? How do you contact them?
    Answer: The major airline companies and their contact numbers are:
Airline Companies
Airline Codes
Telephone No.
Air Canada
AC
64682001
Air China Limited
CA
66013336
Air France
AF
65881367
Air Macao
NX
65158988
All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd.
NH
65909174
Asiana Airlines
OZ
64684000
Austrian Airlines
OS
64622161
British Airway
BA
85115599
China Eastern Airlines
MU
64680066
China Southern Airlines
CZ
65672208
FINNAIR
AY
65127180
Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited
KA
65182533
Japan Airlines
JL
65130888
Korean Air
KE
84538888
Lufthansa
LH
64654488
Northwest Airlines
NW
65053505
Singapore Airlines
SQ
65052233
Swissair
SR
65123555
Thai Airways Int'l
TG
64608899
United Airlines
UA
64631111


Question: I do not want to join a guided tour, so which bus should I take to visit the Great Wall?
    Answer: State-owned buses that go to the Great Wall can be found quite easily at three places: the Tiananmen Square bus terminus, a stop at the southeastern side of Tiananmen Square and at Deshengmen. These buses are operated by Beijing FIT Traveler's Center and will gradually replace the former special bus lines of You 1 to You 18. At present, there are three service routes available. You can choose to go to Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs; or to Juyongguan Pass and Ming Tombs, or to Badaling Great Wall only. The buses are manned by uniformed staff members who do not peddle for custom on the street or on the square. You will need to purchase tickets in the ticket hall.

If you are traveling on your own in Beijing, you should be aware of the illegal coach tours, which claim they are operated by legal travel agencies or by Beijing FIT Traveler's Center. To avoid being cheated, you are advised not to book tours from hostels or hotels with a low star rating. To be sure of value for money always take the state-owned buses (following the information above) or book through a recognized travel agency.

Question: What should I pack for my visit in Beijing?
    Answer: We have provided detailed information at the following page regarding Beijing's climate together with suggestions of what clothes you need to bring, please see
Beijing Travel Tips: What to Pack


Question: How can I buy train tickets in Beijing by myself?
    Answer: There are two major passenger railway stations in Beijing, Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station. They have ticket offices for foreigners in their international waiting rooms on the 1st floor. Passports need to be produced when booking or purchasing tickets.

The tickets are always sold 10 days in advance so you need to purchase early to be guaranteed seats. However, during peak travel seasons, such as May holiday (May 1st to May 3rd), National Day (Oct 1st to 7th) and during students' vacations (late June to early September and late January to early March), we suggest you book tickets from travel agencies or your hotel ticket booking center.

Please note that you should arrive at the railway station at least one hour before departure, because it is always very crowded.
 

Recommended Beijing Tour Itineraries:
Beijing One-Day Tours: 16 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 Beijing


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Comments and Questions

Can we find guided tours in Xi'an as well? Or maybe the same tour as in Beijing can do so too?
Thanks!

Reply3/29/2015 9:59:09 PMSusie Kim,   Malaysia

BeijingTrip :3/30/2015 9:20:37 PM

Thanks for your enquiry! We are glad to tell you that we can arrange guided tours in Xian. For the detailed information, please feel free to send us an email at travel@travelchinaguide.com

Hi! Our Group of 4 pax plan to visit Beijing in mid March. We would like to know whether we can get local guided tours and whether it is easy to get to Xi'an from Beijing. Thanks!

Reply3/26/2015 6:22:17 AMSusie Kim,   Malaysia

Tina :3/29/2015 4:33:43 AM

Yes, you can join a local guided tours. Chinatour360 and TravelChinaGuide would arrange this for you. Just consult them by emailing at travel@travelchinaguide.com

It is very easy to go from this city to Xian, either by air or by train. The two travel agencies I mentioned above can help with train & tarin ticket booking too.

Hi. We're going to Beijing on May 27-June 1. Our flight in arrives 11pm (Beijing Capital Airport) & we're staying in Beijing International Hotel. Is it easy to get a cab to our hotel?

Reply5/21/2014 12:01:29 PMRitchell Tacata,   Philippines

Lushan ( Canada ) :5/23/2014 4:29:23 AM

Don't worry! It will be easy to catch a cab to your hotel upon landing!

When renting a wheelchair from the entrance at the Forbidden City, can I return it at a different spot as I know that the place is huge and I don't want to backtrack ?

Reply5/7/2013 10:16:05 AMJoe,   United States

Kate :5/9/2013 7:21:47 PM

yes, you can.
visitors enter the palace from its south gate and you can rent the wheelchair there. and when you leave it from its north gate, you can return it there.

Please help.
I have been waiting for a package since December 8, and it still says that it is ready for departure. The company won't give me reasons why it isn't here yet and I was promised it would only be 5 to 7 days. It has been over a month.
The number is: RB236438607CN

Thank you for your help

Reply1/9/2013 1:03:13 AMTheresa,   United States

hi my husband and i are travelling to hongkong, beijing, and xiian, we are trying to find a mobility scooter that folds or dismantles to fit in the trunk of a car. We are hoping to hire one in these cities. Can you help us to find a place that hires in these cities. Thankyou for your consideration. maria

Reply7/20/2012 6:34:23 AMmaria herekuiha,   Australia

Hi,can you let me know how can I rent a bike in beijing?

Thank you

Reply7/8/2012 11:27:56 PMyeni,   Indonesia

Nina :7/9/2012 7:04:14 PM

you can rent bike from this company:
Beijing Kingdom Bike Rental
here is the website:
http://www.bicyclekingdom.com/

Hi! Our family will be in Beijing 21-25 Dec. Can we see snow filled areas esp at great wall during that time? And is LONGDINGHAU HOTEL near shopping centers? is it a nice hotel? Thanks...

Reply6/22/2012 8:01:11 AMSahlee,   Philippines

bruce :6/23/2012 7:11:04 PM

It's hard to say whether it will snow then. LONGDINGHAU HOTEL is adjacent to CBD, neighboring panjiayuan antique in the east and TaoRanTing park in the west.

Hello, I traveled to Beijing March 21, and I need a connection to Baoding. I know that the Beijing airport, is a direct bus service to Baoding. Do I need to buy a bus ticket in advance and where the ticket can be purchased and when?
Can I buy a bus ticket in advance return trip in Baoding to Beijing´s airport.
What time buses leave Beijing´s International Airport Terminal 3 to
and from where buses leave.
Thanks for the information.

Reply2/19/2012 7:39:17 AMPaavo,   Finland

David :2/19/2012 7:06:07 PM

There is no need to buy the ticket in advance. The bus schedules are:
Beijing Capital International Airport - Baoding: 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00
Baoding - Capital Airport: 05:00, 07:00, 09:00, 10:30, 14:00, 16:00
Bus Stations: No.15 Gate, 1F of T2;No.1 Gate, 1F of T3; Baoding City Terminal Building

Hi,I will stay in Holiday Inn Express Donzhimen Beijing,we have 6 of us, how do i go about to Tianjin Airport from my hotel and how long to take to reach Tianjin Airport.

Reply2/15/2012 6:33:42 PMPenny,   Malaysia

Nina :2/16/2012 7:09:46 PM

Hi Penny,
you can take two cabs to Beijing Bawangfen Longd-distance bus Station (15 minutes). there are airport shuttle bus leaving for Tianjin Airport at 10:30 everyday (2 hours).
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