China’s capital Beijing is full of historically and contemporary important buildings. Most of them concentrate arround Tian’anmen square – which is sorrounded by government buildings and the entrance to the Forbidden City, the palace that hosted China’s emperors for more than 500 years. Beijing itself is full of attraction that take weeks to discover, but the fun doesn’t end there. Just a 90 minute bus ride away is The Great Wall at Badaling, the best known section of the Great Wall of China.
Best Time to Visit
Beijing is located in a continental climate zone and is known for its hot, humid summers and its harsh, cold winters. Therefore, the best times to visit are from late march through may and late august through november.
Please be aware that during the Chinese National holidays, usually two weeks after October 1st, the city is overcrowded with Chinese tourists and should be avoided.
From the airport to the city
Beijing Capital Airport, the second busiest worldwide, is very well connected by public transport. It is served by a regular subway line and an express rail way to the edge of the city center, which takes 20 Minutes and costs about 3€ one way. Further, there are 18 bus lines to different parts of the city (costing 3-5€). Of course, taxis are an option as well. A trip to the city center costs around 12-15€, but often take over an hour.
It is not possible to rent a car in China without a Chinese drivers license.