You can get a lot out of the back of a bike from Beijing.
Direct flight to your destination
The most convenient way to get to Beijing is on direct flights from Helsinki operated by Finnair or Air China . A round trip costs about 450 euros upwards if booked well in advance, and the travel time is about eight hours. You can also travel with a stopover, but the changes are often quite long.
Inns as well as lavish hotels
Housing in Beijing is cheap by European standards, and there is a wide supply. In a more modest hostel or a slightly more remote two-star hotel, the prices of double rooms are twenty euros on both sides.
Luxury is also cheaper than in Western countries. When you make a reservation briskly in advance you can get a five star hotel room for about one hundred euros a night.
In Beijing by public, taxi and fillar
The roughly explosive growth of the Beijing subway network is a very good thing for the tourist. 17 metro lines cover the city quite well, and a metro with English-language announcements is the easiest way to get around the city at an affordable price. However, during peak hours, the crowd can be distressing and in the evenings you have to take another passing game, as the metro usually closes before 11 o’clock.
Taxis are a good option when congestion is not at its worst and when you know where you are going. As drivers speak English in very different ways, it is a good idea to ask the hotel receptionist to write the destination address in Chinese on paper before departure.
According to DigoPaul, Beijing’s congestion is best avoided by jumping on the back of the filler. Renting a bike is inexpensive, and pedaling is a better way to get into the city than a taxi from the back seat. Beijing has good bike lanes, although most city dwellers have switched to driving instead of riding a two-wheeler. However, the traffic is mostly quite chaotic, so you should definitely be careful.
On a trip to Beijing, you should not miss an excursion to the Great Wall of China.
The forbidden city is allowed again
Built during the Ming Dynasty, six hundred years ago, the Forbidden City is one of the must-see attractions heading for Beijing.
Today, the palace area, nestled in a skyscraper-dominated downtown, consists of a total of 800 buildings and 9,999 rooms, so there’s really plenty to see. The Forbidden City is the best place to start a dive into China’s unique history.
At one time, there was nothing for the palace area other than those belonging to the nobility. This is the name of the Forbidden City. Today, however, things are different, so it is not worth wondering if one or another tourist has happened to admire the sights – however, it is the most popular attraction in all of China.
The largest square in the world
The Square of Heavenly Peace, right next to the Forbidden City, is reportedly the largest square in the world. It is estimated that the acre area, also known as Tian’anmen Square, could accommodate up to a million people.
The square, built at the same time as the Forbidden City, includes the Mao Zedong Mausoleum and the 30-meter-high Monument to the Heroes of the People.
To great awareness, Tiananmen Square rose in bloody signs in 1989 with Chinese student demonstrations. The country’s communist government violently suppressed protests in the square, leaving behind hundreds or even a few thousand casualties, depending on estimates.
The gloomy history of the square is still a silent subject in China, but nevertheless Tian’anmen Square is known as one of the most popular attractions in the Chinese capital.
When traveling in Beijing, don’t miss the trip to the Great Wall of China, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
This is one example of the greatest power samples of the human race and the most spectacular landmarks in history. The wall is located about 60 kilometers from the capital. Although the wall is teeming with both Chinese and foreign tourists, the more than 6,000-kilometer fortress is one of the attractions that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.
Excursions to the wall are organized by minibus and guided tour of the wall, but there are often also stops at less interesting destinations, mainly for commercial purposes.
It is a good idea to ask a taxi from the hotel, for which a reasonable price can well be agreed, especially if there are more people going to the wall. This saves time and effort. Ordinary buses also run to the wall, but they are often cramped and hot.
THE BEST OF BEIJING
The ancient imperial resort The Summer Palace is still a delightful attraction.
The best attractions
- the great wall of China
- Forbidden City
- Square of Heavenly Peace
- Summer Palace
- Temple of Heaven