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Beijing Travel Guide

Discover Beijing and fly direct from Manchester Airport with Hainan Airlines from 10th June 2016

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Where mystical traditions and slick modernity collide, Beijing is a thoroughly captivating city.

Whether taking in the precision of a tea ceremony, marvelling at unfamiliar edible treats at a lantern-lit market or admiring the skyline from a roof top bar, icy cocktail in hand, this is a heady mix of old and new. Food lovers rejoice at this city’s dedicated approach to food, while the mesmerising ancient relics and first-rate hotels keep visitors impressed around the clock.

 

Read our Beijing Travel Guide below for detailed insight on all things Beijing, while you can also view our Beijing destination guide where you can book your trip to the Chinese capital.                                                                                                              

Hainan Airlines

Fly direct from Manchester to Beijing in approximately ten hours with Hainan Airlines. Operating four times a week, this is the first direct service to mainland China outside of London. 

Discover more about Hainan Airlines by clicking on the video below or visiting our dedicated Hainan Airlines page.

Beijing's Top Attractions

Beijing’s historic attractions are one of its most popular draws. Built in the 15th century, the Forbidden City is a mesmerising complex of courtyards, halls, pavilions and gardens, and is home to a vast collection of priceless relics. Tiananmen Square is the world's largest public square, and offers up the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, the Qianmen Gate and the Great Hall of the People. Another magnificent attraction is the Summer Palace in the northwestern suburbs. 

Beijing National Stadium
Chinese Temple

Beijing Culture

Culture buffs visiting Beijing have much to explore. From opera and acrobats to fine art museums and antique markets, this is a city with rich and exuberant cultural heritage. An atmospheric tea ceremony is a particularly lovely way of experiencing a long-standing Chinese tradition. For something more active, there’s Kung fu - spectate or get hands on at one of the city’s sports centres.

Food in Beijing

Just the mention of Chinese food conjures images of steaming banquets of sticky noodles, glazed meats and delectable dim sum. Beijing certainly does not disappoint. Feast on classics such as Peking Duck at high-end restaurants for heavenly versions of your favourite dishes or branch out into the weird and wonderful with the likes of fried scorpion and duck’s tongue at traditional markets. The international dining scene is also on the up, with all manner of global food easy to come by.

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Beijing Traffic

Getting Around Beijing

The easiest way to get around Beijing is by taxi. They can be hailed on the street and tariffs are affordable - drivers may well not speak English so having your destination name written in Chinese can be a big help. Beijing’s bus system is cheap and far-reaching, but can be tricky to fathom for those with no Chinese. The subway system is also vast but easier to use. For those keen to avoid the traffic, cycling is a good option thanks to the flat roads with cycle lanes.

Shopping in Beijing

From ramshackle markets to malls stuffed with luxury brands, shopping in Beijing is as adventurous as you want it to be. For department stores and big brands head to pedestrianised Wangfujing Dajie where you’ll find the vast Oriental Plaza mall, while Sanlitun has the trendy Village. The Beijing Silk Market has fine tailor-made clothes in abundance, while Liulichang, near Heping Men subway station, is great for antiques. The open-air weekend market at Panjiayuan Jiuhuo Shichang is a wonderful place for a one-off find.

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Great Wall

The Great Wall of China

China’s serpentine Great Wall is the country’s most iconic attraction. And for good reason. Set against deep green hills, the system of towering stone fortifications is a truly arresting sight. The Great Wall stretches over 6,700km across the country’s northern lands, and dates as far back as the third centaur BC. Its construction is viewed as one of the most impressive to date, and today the Wall - which is actually several walls interspersed with impassable terrain such as mountainous peaks - is a mixture of crumbling ruins and defiantly resilient sections.

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