Beijing Travel Guide
Being capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's political, economic, and cultural center. Located in north China, close to the port city of Tianjin and partially surrounded by Hebei Province, it also serves as the most important transportation hub and port of entry.
As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore the city's ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, with about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4.4 million international visitors in a year.
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144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
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It is northern China's main transportation hub. Frequent flights, modern roads and rail make it easy for visitors to reach Beijing. Crisscross roads make the urban transportation generally fast and convenient; however, you may encounter traffic jam sometimes due to the millions of vehicles that the city owns. Best Time to Visit
Interested in trying the local food? The Roast Duck and the Imperial Court Food are highly recommended. Nowhere else on earth will you find such a variety of gourmet restaurants offering the very best of Chinese and western dishes.
Whether you plan to buy curios and tourist souvenirs with traditional Chinese flavor, or you are keen on seeking quality products from world famous brands, you will find the city truly a shopper's paradise. The most famous and popular shopping destinations are the Yansha and Guomao Shopping Malls, Xidan Street and streets near Tiananmen Square such as the Wangfujing and Qianmen Streets.
After a day's tour, nighttime can hold other surprises for you. These can vary from traditional performances such as the traditional opera, acrobatics and martial arts to modern ones like concerts, pubs and clubs. Tianqiao Area and Laoshe Teahouse are good venues for tourists to enjoy Chinese folk culture; while Sanlitun Bar Street and the nearby embassy area is an ideal choice if you are a party-loving night owl.
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Questions & Answers on Beijing Travel
Asked by Jokin
from SPAIN | Jan. 29, 2020 07:12Reply
MIYUN ACCOMODATION AND TRANSPORT TO JINSHANLING
I am trying to find accomodation in MIYUN but I can not find anything in booking, tripadvisor, etc. Do you now any "decent" place to stay?
Moreover, I would also like to know if there is any public transport that takes you from MIYUN to JINSHANLING for the Great Wall Hike and the schedule of it (I do not really want to take those violent taxis that bully you once in the 980 Express Bus).
Asked by Richard
from CANADA | Jan. 20, 2020 16:01Reply
I want to fly to PEK on Air Canada, using my staff airline pass ,then use a purchased ticket to NRT
Is this a qualification to get the 144 transit visa? Thanks
Answered by Mia
from THAILAND | Jan. 20, 2020 18:37
Yes, it is workable.
Asked by Manuel
from GERMANY | Jan. 19, 2020 20:48Reply
Are those connections eligible for the visa free 144h transit:
Chiang Mai- Beijing - Nürnberg
Chiang Mai - Beijing - Vancouver ?
I'm from Germany planing my travels home at the moment.
Answered by Manny
from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 20, 2020 18:35
Yes, no problem.
Asked by B dollar
from USA | Jan. 19, 2020 18:43Reply
I'm flying into Hong Kong then into Beijing for three days
Then going to Bangkok with a layover in Malaysia for a for hours am I'm cover. By the 144 hour free visa rule
Answered by Gary
from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 20, 2020 18:29
Yes, you are eligible for 144 hour visa free transit.
Asked by Diane
from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 15, 2020 21:10Reply
Can I apply for the Beijing 144 hour visa weiver?
My husband and I are cruising into Beijing and we are staying in Beijing City for 2 1/2 days- approx 66 hours. We are then flying from Beijing back to Australia via a 2 hour stopover in Singapore. Would we be covered by the 144 hour transit visa?
Answered by Emma
from CANADA | Jan. 16, 2020 18:17
If you take cruise into Beijing from Australia, then you are entitled for 144 hour visa free transit.