clean city; hotel costs are reasonable; sub-way is accessible and efficient; cost of taxi is affordable; taxi drivers are helpful and brings you straight to your destination (no roaming around just to increase the cost); but all the 20 or so taxis we took do not have English-speaking drivers; always carry the address of your hotel which is WRITTEN IN CHINESE; ask hotel staff to write on the address further instructions to the taxi driver on how to get to the hotel; expensive city in terms of signature products; local food is abundant and affordable; a very high-tech city; please give allowance to cultural differences such as many of them do not respect queues and they do not say excuse themselves in case they want to go ahead or had accidentally hit you; to outsiders, Bejingers seem to be rude and ill-mannered when it comes to getting ahead of the subway or bus or queues but I think this is just an issue of culture and environment.
The government can shut hotels anytime they wish for security reasons. We were required to stay in our hotel for almost 24 hours because this big celebration called "70th..." was in progress. Our hotel was located 5 kilometers away from Tiananmen Square where the celebration was. Airport Exress (sub-way from the airport to the city)is reasonably priced and accessible. Airport is very good. You can spend the night there without going to a hotel if you are in transit; plenty of shops to see and restaurants to dine; they have a massage place where you can stay overnight if you are flying the next day. It is best to exchange your money at the city or in your hotel. The money exchange at the airport is very low (4 units lower than in the hotel or bank). Just exchange what you need at the airport. You will need cash while in Bejing. Except at the airport, credit cards are not accepted by local stores and taxis.
Beijing is for tourists who want to experience a city that has a lot of Chinese culture and history. It is a very large city so if you're planning to commute by subway, make sure you have your 3 square meals and you're prepared for subway transfers that require a good amount of walking.
If you're planning to rely on taxis - you might want to look into taxi apps as the wait time to hail a cab in Beijing requires perseverance and patience. This city is not for the faint of heart. But after living for 7 months in Beijing, and visiting again recently, it grows on you. It also has a great diversity of ethnic restaurants, and places to shop and sight see.
Beijing is not for the faint hearted. You've got to be rugged and in shape. While the (recent) subway system has made different sectors of this ENORMOUS city easier to access, you still have to walk some distances to get to where you want to go after you exit a subway station.
As for cabs, they are numerous, but addresses in Beijing are such that specific addresses are often difficult to find. Aside from the iconic places (e.g. Temple of Heaven, CCTV tower, etc) cabbies tend to like to take you to general locations, like major street intersections, or any or all of the sightseeing locations. If you want them to take you to a specific address, be prepared for some pushback. To get ANYWHERE in Beijing from any point, I found I had to budget about 1 to 1.5 hours. Never assume it is going to be easy. So if your travel there is for a vacation and to sightsee, unless you do it with a tour group, Beijing is not an easy proposition.
Beijing is a huge city that is still modernizing at an extremely fast pace. I say still modernizing because despite what it looks like from the outside, there are still things that need adjusting within to fully cope with being with the rest of the modern world.
It is ever changing and it's dynamic but I don't know how well equipped the locals are with coping.
Beijing has beautiful people and so much history and places of entertainment to enjoy. The nightlife clubs bars and restaurants are awesome, the markets and shopping is world class with a plethora of offerings that is mind boggling.
It is a clean modern and futuristic city with convenient simple transport and I feel the best food and attractions in all of China including of course the Great Wall so if you were to visit just one place in China it should be Beijing
The city with 2 out of the 7 wonders of the world, a place for you to get to know more on chinese culture / history, forbidden city, summer palace, great wall to name few of the beautiful and amazing places to visit.
.. aside from that Da Dong Beijing duck restaurant is a must visit restaurant when you are there,... overall a great city to visit... the bad thing about this city is their taxi, hard to get and do not really go with meters, you need to try your luck few times before you can get a honest good taxi driver to drive you to your destination.
The place is nice. It is rich in historical and cultural values and are very nice to look at. However, I wonder why a lot of big hotels near the Tiananmen square look very old from the outside.
There are also crooks along the forbidden walls city who victimize tourists by offering bike rides at low rates but end up demanding more, claiming misunderstanding and lack of English. Had this been my home country, those crooks who are friends with the guards would have been jailed.
Do not ever travel Beijing around 1st Oct to 7th Oct.(China National Day holiday season) I travelled during that period and some places were closed, Trains and attractions were very crowded.
We couldn't visit Tianamen Square and Olympic Stadium due as closed and due to crowed. It is very had to find a English speaking people. You will find it difficult to find food you want, ask a road. So bring a mobile translator software such as Google Translator with you. Otherwise you will be lost.
I lived and worked in Beijing for 2 years.I hung around mostly Chaoyang District .Must see- The Great Hall,Forbidden City,Summer Palace,The zoo,Temple of Heaven,Lama Temple,Beautiful parks.
Beijing is a great city . always something new to find in the way of a restaurants / dining, or a new building opening, nice shops for all types of taste , plenty to do do and see.
Beijing is a good city with a good development. And also clean except the public toilet. Unfortunately, the people is not full of hospitality and shooping is very terrible.
There are no standard price even you buy from the tourist store which we have visited, just like tea store, the medicine store etc
Crowded but more order. There are lots of interesting places to see in the city and nearby. Food is cheap everywhere, people more helpful and friendlier than other cities.
Shopping reasonable prices especially in Xidan area. I prefer eating in food courts and very small restaurants where locals go. Just be sure of the prices before you order especially in big restaurants. This is true with other places not only in Beijing. Like to visit Beijing again.
Beijing has all cultural monuments, palaces, and gardens in each and every corner of the city! Must explore all! Local eatery is hit n miss, but definitely look into TA.
I love Beijing!!!!!
The air pollution in the city bad. It was very hazy, hot and humid in the month of July. I will never go to Beijing in July and August if I wish to go to Beijing again.
Bustling crowded city. Historically rich. Good for shopping. Many nice parks. Good transportation system and easy access to many places of interest.
Beijing is one of the wonderful place to live, Stay, Sightseeing, I did not went to US but I feel that this is best place in top ten world cities.
Weather always cold. Everytime I come here and stay at least 3 days. I am business traveler.
Forbidden City: must see. Great Wall: must see. Be prepared for huge crowds everywhere, a lot of pushing, and tonnes of security.
Long queues for everything, long waits for everything. And the weather is a bit of a killer.
Great Wall and Forbidden Palace are well know for Beijing. Specialy food at Wangfujing, you have to try is Scorpion and Starfish.
I was lucky enough to have visited a pollution-free Beijing. I actually bought a face mask in case pollution was unbearable.
But when I was there from September 13-15, skies were clear, blue and pollution free! I heard though that beginning September 16, pollution returned and people began wearing masks again. So I guess pollution is one factor to consider when visiting this city... Culture-wise, one will truly be amazed and satisfied as Beijing is replete with worth-visiting locations and dream destinations. Of course, expect a lot of tourists flocking in the various landmarks... Food is delicious; for those not familiar with Chinese food, then Western restaurants are pretty much visible and existing, particularly at the Wangfujing area... The metro/subway lines are very efficient and most convenient and cheap way to visit the city. Prices as of September 2015 are only from 3-9 RMB, one way. Solo travellers can easily tour the city, but they may also opt to join various group and private tours... The Chinese people are not that rowdy and short-tempered. They try to reach out and communicate, although their English is really very poor... Airport security check when departing Beijing is very strict! They really will ask you to empty your bags, especially if there are coins inside it... Finally, for a Filipino traveler like me, I did not feel any tension with the Chinese locals, notwithstanding the sea row at the South China Sea. I guess the political issues are not being taken personally by the Chinese locals against citizens of countries which they find themselves at dispute.
Best thing was having a friend show you around. I would like to have gone to see SHanghai, and to the beach if possible.
When you plan based on review, consider -ve reviews as well. Kung Fu(Red Theatre) - Is not really a Kung Fu show.
King of well practiced skit, may be worth of 140 RMB (least price tickets available), not more. Don't buy DVD which doesn't work. Great wall - Try to reach by 6:00 - 7:00 AM so that you will not waste much time in queue and use public transport if you are individual traveler.
Beijing is very modern city offering to visitors everything what they need shopping or visiting places or museums
Its dusty.Better to avoid during summer.Can expect a 39 deg c.Inhabitants are rude even if you speak mandarin.
Generally a must visit to the wall and forbidden city but be prepared for the crowd!!!
Amazing city with many historical and cultural attractions and beautiful parks. A great place to shop as well.
You must visit Beijing on your first visit to China. It is what foreigners think of when they think of China.
Beijing is a city designed to impress and more importantly intimidate. Streets are incredibly long and wide.
People ar every nice, very friendly.
Beijing is full of people, with the crowds in all those popular areas like cultural, historical sites.
Full of history to captivate any curious historians.
the city is good and beautiful but the taxi and the local people is not so friendly to the tourism.
Been twice, first time air quality was good, second time it was disgusting. Avoid during smog alerts.