Useful Ways for Travelers to Beijing

1. Travel by subway

In recent years growing subway lines begin to connect almost every corner of Beijing city, it is very easy to travel by metro lines. Subway is a very cheap and time-saving way to visit major tourist attractions in Beijng.

Subway Line 1 Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City.

Subway Line 2 Yonghe Lamasery Temple, Drum & Bell Towers.

Subway Line 4 Summer Palace, Yuanmingyuan Park, Beijing Zoo.

Subway Line 5 Temple of Heaven.

Subway Line 6 Beihai Park, Nanluoguxiang.

Subway Line 8 Olympic Staidum (Bird Nest and Water Cube).

Subway Line 10 Sanlitun Bar Street.

2. Choose your best way to Travel to Great Wall

Great Wall is a must-see spot for every traveler to China and Beijing. There are several ways to take this trip.

By public bus

You may take public bus 919 from Deshengmen to Badaling section. If this way, do come back in early afternoon, as there are usually around one thousand people waiting for the bus back, which may keep you waiting in queue for about 2 hours time.

Rent a car or taxi

If you have several travelers together with you, you can also rent a private car with a local agency or a taxi to the Great Wall. The shared price is not much and you can get to your favorite wall section and have a pleasant experience.

Join a coach tour

When you are a single traveler or just has 2 or 3 people. The best way is to join a coach tour. Various tour itineraries are available from local agency. The average price is about USD30 per person including pick-up and drop-off, English guide, air-conditioned coach, lunch and entrance fees.

3. Enjoy local food

Beijing has various local foods. Beijing Roast Duck is the most famous dish and you can have authentic duck dish at Pianyifang (18 Chongwenmen Outer Street, Glory Plaza 4F, Chongwen District Tel 010-67112244). Other featured local food include Zhajiang Mian Noodles with Soybean Paste at Old Beijing Zhajiang Noodle King (56 Dong Xinglongjie, Dongcheng District), Donkey Burger at Wang Pangzi Restaurant (80 Gulou Xidajie, Xicheng District), Mongolian Hotpot at Dong Lai Shun Restarant (12 Xinyuanxili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District)

4. Enjoy your nightlife

Beijing has various nice places to enjoy your nightlife. The Chinese Kung Fu show at Red Theater is a must for everyone. The show mixes stunning Kung Fu skills, exquisite dance&music and beautiful story together, presenting a fantastic experience for every audience. You can also enjoy your time at Lao She Teahouse (00 86 10 6304 6334) on Qianmen West Street where you can drink tea while watching shows including shadow puppets and kung fu as well as the opera.

5. Walk in Shichahai and Nanluoguxiang area

Walking in old Beijing’s Hutong area is a very unique experience. Shichahai area is nice for an evening stroll. You will find many featured restaurants, bars and cafes, shops transformed from traditional courtyard houses. Many bars have live music performance and outside couches by the lake. Richshaw rides and lake boating are also good choices. The Naluoguxiang Hutong is full of authentic Beijing atmosphere where you can enjoy siheyuan, archways, and wall carvings mixed with new pubs and restaurants.