DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Beijing - Your Essential Companion for Exploring China's Capital
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Beijing
If you are looking for a comprehensive, reliable, and up-to-date travel guide for your trip to Beijing, look no further than DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Beijing. This guidebook features DK's much-loved maps and illustrations, walks and information, plus all new, full-color photography that will help you discover the best of this fascinating city. Whether you want to explore the imperial splendor of the Forbidden City, the modern marvels of the 798 Art District, or the natural beauty of the Great Wall of China, this guide will help you plan your itinerary, find your way around, and stay safe. You will also find tips and recommendations for the best hotels, restaurants, shops, and festivals, as well as insider advice on how to avoid the crowds, where to capture the perfect photo, and more. With DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Beijing, you will have everything you need to make your trip unforgettable.
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Beijing
Why visit Beijing?
Beijing is not only the capital of China, but also one of the most ancient and dynamic cities in the world. It has a rich history that spans over three millennia, and a culture that blends tradition and innovation. It is home to some of the most iconic landmarks and attractions in China, such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall of China. It is also a vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolis that offers a variety of experiences and entertainment options, from art galleries and museums to nightclubs and bars. Whether you are interested in history, culture, nature, or cuisine, Beijing has something for everyone.
The best time to visit Beijing
Beijing has four distinct seasons, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The spring (March to May) is a pleasant time to visit Beijing, as the weather is mild and the flowers are in bloom. However, it can also be windy and dusty, and sometimes affected by sandstorms. The summer (June to August) is hot and humid, with frequent rainstorms and thunderstorms. It is also the peak season for tourism, which means higher prices and larger crowds. The autumn (September to November) is arguably the best time to visit Beijing, as the weather is cool and dry, and the foliage is colorful. It is also a good time to enjoy some festivals and events, such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day celebrations. The winter (December to February) is cold and dry, with occasional snowfall. It is a low season for tourism, which means lower prices and fewer crowds. It is also a good time to experience some winter activities, such as ice skating or skiing.
How to get to Beijing
Beijing is well-connected by air, rail, and road to other parts of China and the world. The main airport is Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), which is located about 25 kilometers northeast of the city center. It has three terminals that serve domestic and international flights. You can take a taxi, a shuttle bus, or the Airport Express train to get from the airport to the city. The second airport is Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX), which is located about 46 kilometers south of the city center. It has one terminal that serves domestic and international flights. You can take a taxi, a shuttle bus, or a high-speed train to get from the airport to the city.
Beijing has four main railway stations that serve high-speed trains and regular trains to other cities in China. They are Beijing Railway Station (in Dongcheng District), Beijing West Railway Station (in Fengtai District), Beijing South Railway Station (in Fengtai District), and Beijing North Railway Station (in Xicheng District). You can take a taxi, a bus, or the subway to get from the railway stations to your destination.
Beijing has several long-distance bus stations that serve buses to other provinces in China. They are located in different parts of the city, such as Liuliqiao Bus Station (in Fengtai District), Dongzhimen Bus Station (in Dongcheng District), Xizhimen Bus Station (in Xicheng District), Bawangfen Bus Station (in Chaoyang District), Sihui Bus Station (in Chaoyang District), Lizeqiao Bus Station (in Fengtai District), Muxiyuan Bus Station (in Fengtai District), Zhaogongkou Bus Station (in Fengtai District), Yongdingmen Bus Station (in Dongcheng District), Deshengmen Bus Station (in Xicheng District), Beijiao Bus Station (in Changping District), Liangxiang Bus Station (in Fangshan District), Huairou Bus Station (in Huairou District), Miyun Bus Station (in Miyun District), Pinggu Bus Station (in Pinggu District), Yanqing Bus Station (in Yanqing District). You can take a taxi or a bus to get from the bus stations to your destination.
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