Beijing Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Beijing

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  • I have a 17 hr stopover in Airport. Do I need visa to visit city? I have a Irish Passport

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    • Hi Michael! I think it would be better to contact nearest diplomatic or consular mission of the People's Republic of China for getting this information. If you are currently in Ireland, you can contact the Chinese Embassy in Dublin as it is the right place to get answers related to your visa queries. You can call them on  353 1 219 6651 or  353 1 269 1707. 

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

    • Air Pollution 82.62 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 73.41 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 63.14 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 62.9 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 68.95 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 63.24 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 75.31 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 58.01 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Beijing for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Beijing.

    • Burglary and Theft 32.82 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 30.95 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 29.96 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 59.36 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 30.25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 35.23 (Low)
    • Attacks 31.73 (Low)
    • Drug offense 31.65 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 71.53 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 62.03 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.66 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 28.67 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 38.85 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Beijing is 72.82 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 65.24 (High)
    • Climate Index 57.64 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 86.96 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 45.12 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 43.86 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 63.7 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 43.9 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 60.8 (Low)
    • 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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.03 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.14 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.02 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.36 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 68.92 USD

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

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