Beijing Tourism

Beijing is beautiful, decent, lovable and leisure. It is China's cultural and political center, also one of the busiest transportation hubs, as well as the No. 1 tourist destination in China with numerous places to visit. You can find travel tips, such as attractions, currency, transportation, climate and electricity on this page.


Currency
The official name for the currency of China is Renminbi (RMB). It is denominated into Yuan (元) or Kuai (块). Foreign currency can be exchanged for RMB at the airport, banks and hotels. Major credit cards are honored at most hotels. Banks usually open at 9:00 in the morning and close at 17:00 in the afternoon all working days.


Transportation
Beijing has subways, taxis, buses for public transportation. Subway is convenient for most of the time. Avoid taking taxis / buses to the urban area (inside 3rd ring) during rush hours (typically around 8:00 and 18:00). You can get the route by public transportation on Google Maps.

To drive a car in China, you need a local driving license. Foreign driving license / international driver's license are not accepted in China. It is possible to obtain provisional driving license at Car Service Center.


Electricity
Electricity is supplied at 220V, 50Hz AC throughout China. Major hotels usually provide 115V outlet for razor.


Attractions
Over the 5,000 years history of China, Beijing has been the capital for many dynasties, Jin, Yuan, Ming, Qing, etc. It has many historical attractions. As the capital of China, Beijing is also a modern city with 20 million population. There are abundunt place to visit in Beijing.

You can get to most of the places listed below by subway except The Great Wall and Ming Tombs. If you take a taxi, show the Chinese characters to the driver.

Forbidden City (故宫)
Chinese Imperial Palace from Ming Dynasty to the end of Qing Dynasty. Largest and best preserved palatial buildings in the world.

Summer Palace (颐和园)
Chinese imperial gardens of Qing Dynasty. A vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing.

Temple of Heaven (天坛)
A complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing.

Ming Tombs (十三陵)
Tombs of 13 emperors of Ming Dynasty.

The Great Wall of China (长城)
Defensive wall built from Qin Dynasty (~2200 years ago), 8000+km long. You can get to the Great Wall by the S2 train from Beijing North Railway Station, which is connected with Xizhimen Subway station (Line 2, 4, 13).
Modern

Tian'anmen Square (天安门广场)
Center of Beijing, largest city square in the world. Has many landmark building of PRC. Such as Monument to the People’s Heroes, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, Great Hall of the People.

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