Fly To Beijing, China
Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China, this city is characterised by its enormous size. A place with rich history dating back to several thousand years - it is not hard to see why it has so much to offer. Whether you are looking for a cultural, historical or even just a cuisine related adventure, this city has everything you need to make you holiday one to remember.
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Why visit Beijing?
- Beijing is able to provide a vibrant blend of history and modern freshness!
- This city is known for its diversity and colourful nightlife!
- This capital city is host to some of the best sights in China!
The official language that is spoken in Beijing is the Beijing dialect, which is said to belong to the Mandarin subdivision of spoken Chinese.
There is no ideal time to visit Beijing but if we were forced to choose, we’d suggest planning your vacation between September and October, as this is the time when the weather is most pleasant (cool during the evening and warm, dry and sunny with clear skies during the day).
During the months between July and August the temperatures can exceed 40°C. Peak-seasons coincide with during popular Chinese holidays, festivals or events, such as the Chinese New Year which takes place during spring. FYI: Chinese New Year is great time to visit the city, it is said to be an experience of a life-time. Travellers can expect goods to be slightly over-priced and the city becomes crowed as this is one of China’s biggest festivals. .
- Beijing is the oldest City in the world.
- This destination is considered to be one of the most visited cities in the world.
- This city is the bicycle capital of the world.
Beijing has evolved from being one of the small cities that was located in China to one of the main tourist destinations in the world. Beijing is home to many sacred temples that are considered to be very close to perfection just to name a few Yonghe, Tanzhe, and Yunju Temple are some of the most beautiful temples in Beijing. In fact, there are so many interesting places and sites to discover in Beijing, sites that should be explored include:
- The Six Unesco world heritage sites – Beijing has one less world heritage site than Egypt.
- The Great Wall of China,
- Summer of Palace,
- Temple of Heaven,
- Old Summer Palace,
- Silk Street, and
- Beijing World Park.
The city of Beijing is a major tourist attraction in itself. You definitely need to spend more than a week in this teeming urban paradise to understand its rules, its millenary traditions and its unique charm. If you are pressed for time, make sure you visit important historical sites and significant points of interest such as The Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, Beihai Park, The Forbidden City and the Lama Temple. With its inimitable mix of architecture, nature and diversity, Beijing will certainly be your next object of fascination.
Believe it or not food is an obsession for the Chinese which is great news for travellers as such a variety to choose from. In Beijing dining out is the main social activity and there are so many great restaurants that are located all throughout the city. Menus are filled with local’s favourite dishes-from Peking duck, to delicious dumplings and noodles. The most famous restaurants in Beijing, which we recommend you try include:
- Black Sesame Kitchen,
- Losr Heaven Beijing,
- Siji Minfu Restaurant Peking Roast Duck (Dengshikou),
- Garden at Lama Temple,
- Dadong Roast Duck (Nanxincang) Restaurant.
Beijing is a very safe city, violent crimes are not something you can expect to see often. They have a very strong reputation for having one of the lowest crime rates not just in Asia but globally as well.
Don’t let this blind you to crime, as with any city there are bad and good sides to Beijing. During peak-seasons especially, unexpected incidents of petty crime has been reported. Tourists should be aware of their surroundings, especially because of the fact that tourists tend to stand out more in a place than locals do which at times can make them easy targets.
The biggest religions followed in Beijing are Daosim, Confuciansm, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. If you are visiting Beijing then you can expect to see the traditional Chinese performing arts, which is an important part of China's culture. The best time to see these performances on display would be around Chinese New Year.
Beijingers are very proud of their city. They are known to be both very friendly and straightforward people and are also much more willing to discuss current events than the Chinese from other regions of the country.
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90||R 100||R 48|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22||R 20||R 14|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19||R 20||R 70|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10||R 12||R 6|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35||R 35||R 20|
South African tourists who want to visit Beijing should know that a travel Visa is required for their proposed trip and that it has to be obtained before they reach their final destination. You should have a South African Passport, valid for 6 months beyond date of return with at least 3 blank pages.
You can apply for a Chinese Visa at one of the consulate general offices located in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Your Visa will be processed in approximately 4 days from your application
The High Commission of South Africa
The South African embassy in Beijing can be contacted via the following channels:
5 Dongzhimen Outer St,
- Telephone: (+86 10) 6532 0171
- Fax: (+86 10) 6532 7319
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beijing Capital International Airport (Code: PEK) is the main international airport that serves Beijing.
Food and beverages: The restaurants that are located within the airport include places like Le Hong Kong Leisure Pavilion, KFC, Hong Kong style Wonton Noodles Kangzi, Papa Ricky, Star-Fang, Accor, Cool Wave Coffee, Kun Silk Coffee, and Starbucks.
Exchange currency: There are many exchange currency offices that are at the airport the main ones include Travelex exchange point, ring Kyushu Exchange, Isaac beneficial exchange, Hang Seng joint exchange, Beijing Bank foreign currency exchange point.
Lost luggage: If you have lost any item of luggage you should contact the Lost & Found offices that are at the airport (Telephone: 0086 10 96158), or you should go to the information desk that is located within the airport for more assistance.
Airport hotel: The hotels that are located near the airport include Lnagham Place Beijing Capital Airport, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport, Capital Airport Hotel, and Ibis Beijing Capital Airport.
Car hire: The main car hire dealerships that are at the airport is China auto rental, layer (the first stream car rental), and Hi.
Airport hub: Beijing Capital International Airport (code: PEK) is a hub for Air China, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines.
Book cheap flights to Beijing with Travelstart and discover a city destination brimming with well-kept secrets, natural beauty and the cultural heritage of China. Located in Northern China, Beijing is one of the biggest, most populated cities in the world and one of the most prosperous cities in China. The impressive story of this historical centre began 3000 years ago and continues to intrigue travellers today. This enormous urban area is divided into 14 districts and 2 rural counties, and is home to more than 20 million residents! Tourists appreciate its unique temples, monuments, tombs and simple yet incredibly sophisticated parks and gardens.
Tourists who are looking to book cheap flights to Beijing should know that this amazing metropolis has one of the busiest airports in the world by number of passengers and cargo traffic: The Beijing Capital International Airport. Book your Beijing flights and enjoy arts and culture in the form of the Beijing or Peking opera - a sensational Chinese theatre. Apart from being China’s cultural, economic and political centre, Beijing is also the place which sets new standards in exotic cuisine, tempting tourists to taste the exceptional Peking Roast Duck and Fuling Jiabing.
The information on this page is correct as of March 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.