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Combining an incredibly prestigious past with an exciting and ever-expanding future, Beijing is a city like no other on the planet. Everywhere you look there is food, with a simply dizzying choice and it’s all backdropped by imperial splendour unmatched anywhere in the world.
September and October are widely considered to be the best times to visit Beijing. Temperatures drop to a more comfortable level and the days are sunny with little rainfall. As the trees and flowers show off their autumnal colours, you get the chance to see the city at its best. You can find the biggest choice of cheap flights to Beijing in the winter months but it can get very cold at this time.
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There is a choice of UK departures to Beijing, including:
There are two major international airports in Beijing. Beijing Capital International Airport is located around 20 miles from the city centre and is the busiest airport in Asia and second busiest in the world by passenger numbers.
Beijing Daxing International Airport is the other main air hub, located around 30 miles from the city centre. It is currently undergoing upgrade works and is set to be the largest in the world upon completion, capable of handling around 100 million passengers a year.
Airlines offering direct flights to Beijing include:
In a city as big and complex as Beijing, getting around is never easy. Throw in the language barrier and it becomes even more complicated. If you are making any large journey across the city, plan your trip in advance and write down the name of your destination in Chinese characters in case you get lost.
The subway system is the best way to cover large distances, and is cheaper and faster than taking taxis. To speed up your journeys, buy a prepaid travel card rather than individual tickets for each journey.
Tiananmen Square is the world’s largest public square and surrounded by important buildings such as the Great Hall of the People, Museum of Chinese History and Forbidden City so it’s good place to start your Beijing experience.
Visit the iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium and National Museum, located in the Dongcheng district or immerse yourself in Beijing’s growing contemporary art scene.
Despite its size, China only has one time zone and is eight hours ahead of the UK. The currency is the yuan. British passport holders will need a visa to visit mainland China.
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