If China is the Middle Kingdom, then Beijing is the middle of the Empire! Nothing less, nothing more! Protected from external aggressions by the unavoidable Great Wall, this multifaceted capital offers a summary of the country and its contradictions. This is what a tourist guide on Beijing will show you. The architectural tradition of the Forbidden City and the imperial buildings is reflected in the very designer buildings of the business district, the malls of Sanlitun - and in particular the Village or the towers of Soho - or the concentric outskirts of a city that has become sprawling. A few hundred meters are enough to pass from China of the Ming dynasty to that of the 21st century, from trendy districts to popular residences. And the heart of the city is a real historical route, which allows you to sail from the time of the emperors to the time of the proclamation of the People's Republic. From the Mao mausoleum place Tian'anmento the antique dealers' street to the office towers, everything reminds us that Beijing is today an essential business centre, a world city. Both a consumerist capital and a spiritual city, Beijing feels its heart beating at different tempos. Between excessive modernization and ancestral traditions, welcome to Beijing!

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The high tourist season covers the periods from March to October and the low season from November to February. Basically, spring/summer and autumn (high season) and winter (low season). Based on the lunar calendar, special events are held to celebrate Chinese New Year's Day (January to February), Lantern Festival (15 days after Chinese New Year) and around October 1st (national holiday). Be aware that at this time, it is difficult, not to rent a room but to visit anything as many provincial Chinese are so numerous to visit Beijing! Spring and autumn are generally the best times to travel to Beijing. Note: despite its temperatures well below zero, winter can be a good season to discover Beijing under blue skies if you are not too afraid of the cold.

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Many tour operators are offering Beijing as part of the programme. The Chinese capital is often part of a circuit that includes the rest of China. In this case, you will spend a few days on site. But many trips will offer you the opportunity to stay in Beijing, and focus on its must-see attractions that combine imperial and modern China

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You will have no difficulty getting to Beijing. Many airlines offer daily direct or stopover flights to the Chinese capital. On site, no security problems. Beijing has become very safe for the whole family, even if you have to be careful of pickpockets in markets and tourist areas. The repression for attacks on foreigners is also very severe. So don't be afraid!

Beijing is a very large city, but very well served (recently, and the network is constantly expanding) : public transport (metro, bus, minibus) will therefore allow you not to waste your time to reach the many points of interest of the city. However, be careful during rush hour because you will quickly see what "crowd" means....

Finally, taxis are an excellent means of travel, even if they are less available than a few years ago

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When to travel?

The high tourist season covers the periods from March to October and the low season from November to February. Basica...
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Weather forecast

Beijing enjoys a continental climate (cold and dry in winter, hot and humid in summer) with temperatures that easily...
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Budget

The currency is the yuan or renminbi (RMB). The myth of China as a cheap destination has been around for some time no...
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Formalities

To travel to China, you need a passport (valid for more than 6 months after the planned departure from the country) a...
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Health

No vaccinations are required to travel to Beijing. Neither you nor your children are afraid of anything else, as long...
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How to travel by yourself?

You will have no difficulty getting to Beijing. Many airlines offer daily direct or stopover flights to the Chinese c...
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How to get organized?

Many tour operators are offering Beijing as part of the programme. The Chinese capital is often part of a circuit th...
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Getting around

Beijing is a very large city, but very well served (recently, and the network is constantly expanding) : public tran...
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