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Full infomation about frequently asked questions before traveling to Beijing, China.


Question: How can I be sure that you are a legitimate tour company?
    Answer:
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Question: When is the best time to travel to Beijing?
    Answer: Beijing is suitable for travel year-round but the best time to visit Beijing is from April to early November. It is worth noting that the city is very busy during the national holiday marking the Spring Festival that falls during January or February depending on the lunar cycle. Similarly the city is very crowded during the first few days of May and October, while during July and August the weather is very hot. For these reasons the city is probably best avoided at these times. Many people prefer to visit in March and April when it is very much cooler and not crowded. The average temperature at this time reaches approximately 15C by day falling to a low of around 5C at night.
More information on Beijing's climate can be found here: More info on Beijing Climate


Question: Is it safe to go out late in Beijing?
    Answer: Beijing is a pretty safe place, but going out late is not a good idea, especially alone. Though serious crime against foreigners is rare, pick-pocketing and purse-snatching has increased in recent years. Like any where else, it is always wise to be cautious especially when you are in a crowded place.


Question: How can I get to Capital Airport by myself?
    Answer: Many people prefer getting there by taxi, which is very convenient. The fare is about CNY150.00 (including the expressway toll) for a 50 minutes' ride from the city center.

You could also get there by the airport shuttles. There are five routes available with departures every 15 or 30 minutes from various places in the city. You can get more details at the website of the Beijing Capital International Airport.

Please note that you need to arrive at a stop at least two and a half hours before your plane departs to ensure that you arrive in good time for check-in.


Question: What are the airline companies in Beijing? How do you contact them?
    Answer: The major airline companies and their contact numbers are:
Airline Companies
Airline Codes
Telephone No.
Air Canada
AC
64682001
Air China Limited
CA
66013336
Air France
AF
65881367
Air Macao
NX
65158988
All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd.
NH
65909174
Asiana Airlines
OZ
64684000
Austrian Airlines
OS
64622161
British Airway
BA
85115599
China Eastern Airlines
MU
64680066
China Southern Airlines
CZ
65672208
FINNAIR
AY
65127180
Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited
KA
65182533
Japan Airlines
JL
65130888
Korean Air
KE
84538888
Lufthansa
LH
64654488
Northwest Airlines
NW
65053505
Singapore Airlines
SQ
65052233
Swissair
SR
65123555
Thai Airways Int'l
TG
64608899
United Airlines
UA
64631111



Question: I do not want to join a guided tour, so which bus should I take to visit the Great Wall?
    Answer: State-owned buses that go to the Great Wall can be found quite easily at three places: the Tiananmen Square bus terminus, a stop at the southeastern side of Tiananmen Square and at Deshengmen. These buses are operated by Beijing FIT Traveler's Center and will gradually replace the former special bus lines of You 1 to You 18. At present, there are three service routes available. You can choose to go to Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs; or to Juyongguan Pass and Ming Tombs, or to Badaling Great Wall only. The buses are manned by uniformed staff members who do not peddle for custom on the street or on the square. You will need to purchase tickets in the ticket hall.

If you are traveling on your own in Beijing, you should be aware of the illegal coach tours, which claim they are operated by legal travel agencies or by Beijing FIT Traveler's Center. To avoid being cheated, you are advised not to book tours from hostels or hotels with a low star rating. To be sure of value for money always take the state-owned buses (following the information above) or book through a recognized travel agency.


Question: What should I pack for my visit in Beijing?
    Answer: We have provided detailed information at the following page regarding Beijing's climate together with suggestions of what clothes you need to bring, please see

Question: How can I buy train tickets in Beijing by myself?
    Answer: There are two major passenger railway stations in Beijing, Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station. They have ticket offices for foreigners in their international waiting rooms on the 1st floor. Passports need to be produced when booking or purchasing tickets.

The tickets are always sold 10 days in advance so you need to purchase early to be guaranteed seats. However, during peak travel seasons, such as May holiday (May 1st to May 3rd), National Day (Oct 1st to 7th) and during students' vacations (late June to early September and late January to early March), we suggest you book tickets from travel agencies or your hotel ticket booking center.

Please note that you should arrive at the railway station at least one hour before departure, because it is always very crowded.

Comments

Is there any Restroom in Airport to rest about 4hours?

10/3/2008 2:30:00 AMshengbin ,   Singapore

Beijingtravel ( 10/7/2008 9:16:00 PM )

Yes, there are rest rooms in different terminal buildings of Beijing Capital International Airport. For details, please go to the http://en.bcia.com.cn/servings/service103445.shtml.


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