Beijing Tourism, China

Visit Beijing - Best of Beijing

The capital of the world’s most populous nation, Beijing needs no introduction; the city’s reputation was well established when it transformed into the quintessential host for the Olympic Games of 2008. Given Beijing’s enormous size, it’s a little far-fetched to expect to see it all in one visit. To get a feel of Beijing in its entirety, experience everything right from everyday things like haggling in the local markets for things to visiting the mystery that is Forbidden City. Each one of you should visit Beijing at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Beijing.

Beijing Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Beijing tips for your visit

  • Time zone: UTC+08:00
  • Currency: Chinese Yuan
  • Language: Predominantly Mandarin and English
  • Electricity and Internet: The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A decent, reliable and fast broadband connection is accessible in Beijing. You will easily find wi-fi connection in all the hotels, and public places here.
  • Security: Police: 110, Fire: 119, Ambulance: 120, Foreigners: 6525 5486
  • Tipping: It's not compulsory to tip but it has become a norm to do the same with tour guides or hotel bellboy. It is also not mandatory in restaurants.
  • Customs: In temples, remove your hats and don't point directly. Don't display the affection publicly as the Chinese people don't really like being touched by strangers. In mosques, cover your arms to elbows. Don't sshake hands with the opposite gender, here!
  • Other tips: There are different seasons throughout the year and hence you should carry clothes according to the season you're going in.

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Facts and Stats for Beijing*

  • Pollution Statistics in Beijing

    Know the pollution level of Beijing before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 85.42 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 73.25 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 65.18 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 64.6 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 70.35 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 63.41 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 78.6 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 62.17 (High)
  • Beijing: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Beijing for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Beijing.

    • Burglary and Theft 51.6 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 49.07 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 49.68 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 73.58 (High)
    • Car Stealing 48.73 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 55.13 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 50.63 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 46.45 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 57.61 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 47.67 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 53.66 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 45.75 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 57.44 (Moderate)
  • Living in Beijing - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Beijing is 66.59 (Low)

    • Safety Index 47.43 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 57.7 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 89.49 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 46.9 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 45.41 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 62.99 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 47.27 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 83.46 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Beijing

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Beijing

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.04 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.87 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.46 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 93.83 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 68.66 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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