Cheap flights to Beijing, China from $522

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Flights to Beijing, China in 2024

Find the latest flights to Beijing in 2024, with up-to-date prices and availability. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 3,314,962 searches and data was last updated on February 29, 2024.

Popular in

July

Cheapest in

April

Average price

$1,658

Round-trip from

$1,161

One-way from

$555
High demand for flights, 20% potential price rise
Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average for round-trip flights in February 2024
From New York to Beijing
One-way flight from New York to Beijing

Cheap flights to Beijing, China in February & March 2024

Discover affordable flights and deals to Beijing in February and March 2024. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 3,314,962 searches and data was last updated on February 29, 2024.
The below flights offer some of the lowest fares to Beijing in February and March 2024. If these prices don't match your budget, be sure to check back soon for more deals.
Sat 3/910:55 pmSFO - PEK
1 stop20h 15mChina Airlines
Wed 3/1312:25 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop21h 15mChina Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,062
Sat 3/912:05 amSFO - PEK
1 stop19h 05mChina Airlines
Tue 5/78:20 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop38h 35mChina Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,071
Fri 3/812:55 pmSFO - PKX
1 stop29h 10mChina Southern
Wed 3/207:30 pmPKX - SFO
2 stops31h 25mChina Southern
Deal found 2/28$1,073
Tue 3/1910:15 pmLAX - PEK
1 stop24h 50mSichuan Airlines
Tue 4/233:30 pmPEK - LAX
1 stop20h 45mSichuan Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,074
Fri 3/291:55 pmSFO - PKX
1 stop37h 10mChina Southern
Sun 4/77:30 pmPKX - SFO
1 stop15h 45mChina Southern
Deal found 2/28$1,078
Tue 3/59:35 amLAX - PEK
2 stops33h 20mMultiple Airlines
Sun 6/95:00 pmPEK - LAX
1 stop32h 05mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,081
Sat 3/912:05 amSFO - PEK
1 stop19h 05mChina Airlines
Tue 3/128:25 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop37h 15mChina Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,081
Tue 3/2612:20 pmSFO - PEK
1 stop33h 20mEVA Air
Mon 4/228:40 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop24h 50mEVA Air
Deal found 2/28$1,087
Mon 3/49:35 amLAX - PEK
3 stops34h 15mMultiple Airlines
Sun 6/95:00 pmPEK - LAX
1 stop32h 05mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,090

Beijing, China 2024 flight deals

Explore flight deals for Beijing in 2024, offering the best prices and options to suit your preferences. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 3,314,962 searches and data were last updated on February 29, 2024.
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Sun 9/111:40 pmLAX - PEK
1 stop21h 15mPhilippine Airlines
Tue 9/1712:55 pmPEK - LAX
1 stop22h 45mPhilippine Airlines
Deal found 2/29$969
Fri 9/2011:50 pmSFO - PEK
1 stop21h 05mPhilippine Airlines
Tue 10/1512:55 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop22h 55mPhilippine Airlines
Deal found 2/29$995
Wed 10/2311:40 pmLAX - PEK
1 stop21h 15mPhilippine Airlines
Fri 11/112:55 pmPEK - LAX
1 stop21h 35mPhilippine Airlines
Deal found 2/28$997
Fri 4/2611:50 pmSFO - PEK
1 stop21h 05mPhilippine Airlines
Thu 5/1612:55 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop22h 55mPhilippine Airlines
Deal found 2/28$997
Tue 10/1511:40 pmLAX - PEK
1 stop21h 15mPhilippine Airlines
Thu 10/3112:55 pmPEK - LAX
1 stop21h 35mPhilippine Airlines
Deal found 2/29$1,003
Tue 9/2411:40 pmLAX - PEK
1 stop21h 15mPhilippine Airlines
Thu 10/1012:55 pmPEK - LAX
1 stop22h 45mPhilippine Airlines
Deal found 2/29$1,005
Tue 9/2411:50 pmSFO - PEK
1 stop21h 05mPhilippine Airlines
Thu 10/1012:55 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop22h 55mPhilippine Airlines
Deal found 2/29$1,005
Tue 4/911:15 pmLAX - PEK
1 stop29h 00mSichuan Airlines
Tue 4/233:30 pmPEK - LAX
1 stop20h 45mSichuan Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,006
Tue 4/212:40 pmSFO - PEK
1 stop16h 25mKorean Air
Mon 4/221:30 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop16h 10mKorean Air
Deal found 2/28$1,013

Flights to Beijing, China departing soon

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Browse some of the best deals on flights leaving last minute to Beijing. Prices refresh often so be sure to come back soon for more deals.
Sat 3/910:55 pmSFO - PEK
1 stop20h 15mChina Airlines
Wed 3/1312:25 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop21h 15mChina Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,062
Sat 3/912:05 amSFO - PEK
1 stop19h 05mChina Airlines
Tue 5/78:20 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop38h 35mChina Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,071
Fri 3/812:55 pmSFO - PKX
1 stop29h 10mChina Southern
Wed 3/207:30 pmPKX - SFO
2 stops31h 25mChina Southern
Deal found 2/28$1,073
Tue 3/59:35 amLAX - PEK
2 stops33h 20mMultiple Airlines
Sun 6/95:00 pmPEK - LAX
1 stop32h 05mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,081
Sat 3/912:05 amSFO - PEK
1 stop19h 05mChina Airlines
Tue 3/128:25 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop37h 15mChina Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,081
Tue 3/512:20 pmSFO - PEK
1 stop32h 20mEVA Air
Wed 6/127:45 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop25h 45mEVA Air
Deal found 2/28$1,087
Mon 3/49:35 amLAX - PEK
3 stops34h 15mMultiple Airlines
Sun 6/95:00 pmPEK - LAX
1 stop32h 05mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,090
Thu 3/710:40 amLAX - PEK
1 stop34h 00mEVA Air
Wed 6/127:45 pmPEK - LAX
1 stop26h 25mEVA Air
Deal found 2/28$1,091
Tue 3/512:20 pmSFO - PEK
1 stop32h 20mEVA Air
Tue 4/231:55 pmPEK - SFO
1 stop17h 05mEVA Air
Deal found 2/29$1,096

One-way flights to Beijing, China

Explore one-way flight options to Beijing for greater flexibility in your travel plans. Find up-to-date pricing and availability for one-way flights. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 3,314,962 searches and data was last updated on February 29, 2024.
Take a look at some of the one-way flights departing to Beijing in the near future. Users seeking round-trip flights to Beijing should update the search form at the top of the page accordingly.
Tue 3/127:00 amLAX - PEK
3 stops35h 00mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/28$522
Tue 3/127:00 amLAX - PKX
3 stops49h 55mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/28$522
Tue 3/127:00 amLAX - PKX
2 stops37h 50mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/28$523
Tue 3/57:00 amLAX - PKX
3 stops59h 00mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/29$527
Tue 3/127:00 amLAX - PEK
2 stops40h 15mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/28$536
Tue 4/167:00 amLAX - PKX
2 stops42h 50mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/28$536
Tue 4/97:00 amLAX - PKX
2 stops42h 50mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/28$537
Tue 4/167:00 amLAX - PEK
2 stops41h 20mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/28$538
Sun 4/147:00 amLAX - PEK
2 stops41h 20mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 2/28$540

Direct flights to Beijing, China

Wed 4/1010:35 amSFO - PEK
Nonstop13h 50mUnited Airlines
Mon 5/135:25 pmPEK - SFO
Nonstop12h 20mUnited Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,265
Sat 3/3010:35 amSFO - PEK
Nonstop13h 50mUnited Airlines
Sat 4/135:25 pmPEK - SFO
Nonstop12h 20mUnited Airlines
Deal found 2/28$1,281
Wed 3/610:50 amSFO - PEK
Nonstop14h 35mUnited Airlines
Mon 5/65:25 pmPEK - SFO
Nonstop12h 20mUnited Airlines
Deal found 2/27$1,283
Sun 3/242:20 pmLAX - PEK
Nonstop12h 50mAir China
Sun 5/123:00 pmPEK - LAX
Nonstop12h 00mAir China
Deal found 2/27$1,285
Thu 4/1811:25 pmLAX - PEK
Nonstop15h 05mAir China
Thu 5/910:55 pmPEK - LAX
Nonstop13h 10mAir China
Deal found 2/28$1,315
Thu 4/411:25 pmLAX - PEK
Nonstop15h 05mAir China
Thu 5/3010:00 pmPEK - LAX
Nonstop13h 10mAir China
Deal found 2/27$1,326
Thu 4/1811:25 pmLAX - PEK
Nonstop15h 05mAir China
Thu 5/1610:55 pmPEK - LAX
Nonstop13h 10mAir China
Deal found 2/27$1,327
Fri 4/511:25 pmLAX - PEK
Nonstop15h 05mAir China
Thu 5/3010:00 pmPEK - LAX
Nonstop13h 10mAir China
Deal found 2/27$1,347
Thu 4/1111:25 pmLAX - PEK
Nonstop15h 05mAir China
Fri 5/1010:55 pmPEK - LAX
Nonstop13h 10mAir China
Deal found 2/28$1,352

Find flights to Beijing within your budget

Locate flights to Beijing that fit your budget, with regularly updated fares and availability. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 3,314,962 searches and data was last updated on February 29, 2024.

Fly from

Any airport

Budget

$969 - $1,098

Route

Depart

Return

Price

Los AngelesBeijing Capital

LAX - PEK

LAXPEK

Los Angeles

Sun 8/18

1 stop32h 20m

Beijing Capital

Sun 9/22

1 stop22h 45m

$969

Los AngelesBeijing Capital

LAX - PEK

LAXPEK

Los Angeles

Tue 4/9

1 stop29h 00m

Beijing Capital

Tue 4/23

1 stop20h 45m

$1,006

San FranciscoBeijing Capital

SFO - PEK

SFOPEK

San Francisco

Tue 4/2

1 stop16h 25m

Beijing Capital

Mon 4/22

1 stop16h 10m

$1,013

San FranciscoBeijing Capital

SFO - PEK

SFOPEK

San Francisco

Mon 4/8

1 stop19h 10m

Beijing Capital

Wed 5/22

1 stop14h 40m

$1,015

San FranciscoBeijing Capital

SFO - PEK

SFOPEK

San Francisco

Sun 4/21

1 stop26h 45m

Beijing Capital

Mon 5/13

1 stop22h 25m

$1,033

Los AngelesBeijing Daxing Intl

LAX - PKX

LAXPKX

Los Angeles

Sun 4/28

2 stops36h 20m

Beijing Daxing Intl

Sat 5/18

1 stop37h 35m

$1,035

San FranciscoBeijing Daxing Intl

SFO - PKX

SFOPKX

San Francisco

Sun 3/17

1 stop35h 40m

Beijing Daxing Intl

Fri 3/29

2 stops32h 25m

$1,073

Los AngelesBeijing Capital

LAX - PEK

LAXPEK

Los Angeles

Sun 4/14

1 stop20h 20m

Beijing Capital

Sun 6/9

1 stop29h 05m

$1,092

Los AngelesBeijing Capital

LAX - PEK

LAXPEK

Los Angeles

Tue 4/9

1 stop20h 10m

Beijing Capital

Mon 5/13

1 stop18h 40m

$1,098

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Average price of flights to Beijing by month

Plan your trip to Beijing by taking into account the cheapest months to travel. The average price of a one-way flight to Beijing is currently $531 while a round-trip flight costs $1,037. Price data was last updated on February 25, 2024.

Currently, February is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Beijing (average of $1,307). Flying to Beijing in July will prove the most costly (average of $2,211). There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

January

$1,323

February

$1,307

March

$1,434

April

$1,515

May

$1,740

June

$2,039

July

$2,211

August

$1,659

September

$1,436

October

$1,435

November

$1,481

December

$1,668

Temperature and rainfall in Beijing by month

Plan your trip to Beijing by taking into account the average temperature and rainfall totals by month.

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Temperature

26.6 - 78.8 °F

If weather is an important factor for your trip to Beijing, use this chart to help with planning. For those seeking warmer temperatures, July is the ideal time of year to visit, when temperatures reach an average of 78.8 F. Travelers looking to avoid the cold should look outside of January, when temperatures are typically at their lowest (around 26.6 F).

When is the best time to book a flight to Beijing?

Use this chart to determine the optimal time to book a round-trip flight to Beijing. Price data was last updated on January 28, 2024.
The best time to book flights to Beijing is 81 days before your desired departure date. The cost of your flight will likely increase significantly if you book two weeks in advance of your flight.
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When is the cheapest time to fly to Beijing?

Use this chart to determine the cheapest time to fly round-trip to Beijing. Price data was last updated on February 25, 2024.
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Users looking for the lowest fares to Beijing should consider flying on Tuesday at noon, when prices are typically cheapest. Budget-minded travelers will want to avoid Sunday afternoons, when prices are usually at their highest.
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Reviews of airlines servicing Beijing

Get insights into the airlines that provide service to Beijing. Read reviews, discover amenities, and learn about the overall travel experience offered by airlines. Use this information to make informed decisions when choosing an airline for your flight to Beijing. Reviews last updated February 29, 2024.
See what other customers who have flown with Philippine Airlines, China Eastern and Lufthansa to Beijing have to say. Users have also rated airlines in terms of entertainment options, comfort, food, crew/service, and boarding process.
8.6
Very good
1,257 reviews

Entertainment

8.2

Overall

8.6

Crew

8.8

Boarding

8.6

Comfort

8.3

Food

8.2

Reviews

1 / 10

I went to airport at 8;30 pm really to check in but they didn’t let me go they said my ticket had problems …I confused asked them check out to office help me please but they said they can’t ! beg them help😭They told me if want to fly now need buy another ticket $ 3585 or want go tomorrow $1889 OMG it’s terrible I cried and asked them could you help me find another ticket cheaper I need to go back home on time he stand up said NO if you want cheap go buy another plane ✈️ I did ! I bought ticket of American Airlines is $980 ! I came home now ! Please 🙏 check out about my problems it’s terrible for travelers! I am so tired and very disappointed ! Own business in USA 🇺🇸 I understand how to take care of customer services it’s very important ! Please 🙏 check out on them be fair for customer satisfaction ! By that time I spoke with them Vietnamese language and English too but they try to making money 💴 from me it’s very poor! So sad 😭 for vacation! Please 🙏

8.6
Very good
1,257 reviews
8.6
Very good
1,257 reviews

Entertainment

8.2

Overall

8.6

Crew

8.8

Boarding

8.6

Comfort

8.3

Food

8.2

Reviews

1 / 10

I went to airport at 8;30 pm really to check in but they didn’t let me go they said my ticket had problems …I confused asked them check out to office help me please but they said they can’t ! beg them help😭They told me if want to fly now need buy another ticket $ 3585 or want go tomorrow $1889 OMG it’s terrible I cried and asked them could you help me find another ticket cheaper I need to go back home on time he stand up said NO if you want cheap go buy another plane ✈️ I did ! I bought ticket of American Airlines is $980 ! I came home now ! Please 🙏 check out about my problems it’s terrible for travelers! I am so tired and very disappointed ! Own business in USA 🇺🇸 I understand how to take care of customer services it’s very important ! Please 🙏 check out on them be fair for customer satisfaction ! By that time I spoke with them Vietnamese language and English too but they try to making money 💴 from me it’s very poor! So sad 😭 for vacation! Please 🙏

8.5
Very good
1,034 reviews
8.6
Very good
1,257 reviews

Entertainment

8.2

Overall

8.6

Crew

8.8

Boarding

8.6

Comfort

8.3

Food

8.2

Reviews

1 / 10

I went to airport at 8;30 pm really to check in but they didn’t let me go they said my ticket had problems …I confused asked them check out to office help me please but they said they can’t ! beg them help😭They told me if want to fly now need buy another ticket $ 3585 or want go tomorrow $1889 OMG it’s terrible I cried and asked them could you help me find another ticket cheaper I need to go back home on time he stand up said NO if you want cheap go buy another plane ✈️ I did ! I bought ticket of American Airlines is $980 ! I came home now ! Please 🙏 check out about my problems it’s terrible for travelers! I am so tired and very disappointed ! Own business in USA 🇺🇸 I understand how to take care of customer services it’s very important ! Please 🙏 check out on them be fair for customer satisfaction ! By that time I spoke with them Vietnamese language and English too but they try to making money 💴 from me it’s very poor! So sad 😭 for vacation! Please 🙏

8.4
Very good
1,476 reviews
8.6
Very good
1,257 reviews

Entertainment

8.2

Overall

8.6

Crew

8.8

Boarding

8.6

Comfort

8.3

Food

8.2

Reviews

1 / 10

I went to airport at 8;30 pm really to check in but they didn’t let me go they said my ticket had problems …I confused asked them check out to office help me please but they said they can’t ! beg them help😭They told me if want to fly now need buy another ticket $ 3585 or want go tomorrow $1889 OMG it’s terrible I cried and asked them could you help me find another ticket cheaper I need to go back home on time he stand up said NO if you want cheap go buy another plane ✈️ I did ! I bought ticket of American Airlines is $980 ! I came home now ! Please 🙏 check out about my problems it’s terrible for travelers! I am so tired and very disappointed ! Own business in USA 🇺🇸 I understand how to take care of customer services it’s very important ! Please 🙏 check out on them be fair for customer satisfaction ! By that time I spoke with them Vietnamese language and English too but they try to making money 💴 from me it’s very poor! So sad 😭 for vacation! Please 🙏

8.4
Very good
1,671 reviews
8.6
Very good
1,257 reviews

Entertainment

8.2

Overall

8.6

Crew

8.8

Boarding

8.6

Comfort

8.3

Food

8.2

Reviews

1 / 10

I went to airport at 8;30 pm really to check in but they didn’t let me go they said my ticket had problems …I confused asked them check out to office help me please but they said they can’t ! beg them help😭They told me if want to fly now need buy another ticket $ 3585 or want go tomorrow $1889 OMG it’s terrible I cried and asked them could you help me find another ticket cheaper I need to go back home on time he stand up said NO if you want cheap go buy another plane ✈️ I did ! I bought ticket of American Airlines is $980 ! I came home now ! Please 🙏 check out about my problems it’s terrible for travelers! I am so tired and very disappointed ! Own business in USA 🇺🇸 I understand how to take care of customer services it’s very important ! Please 🙏 check out on them be fair for customer satisfaction ! By that time I spoke with them Vietnamese language and English too but they try to making money 💴 from me it’s very poor! So sad 😭 for vacation! Please 🙏

8.3
Very good
1,558 reviews
8.6
Very good
1,257 reviews

Entertainment

8.2

Overall

8.6

Crew

8.8

Boarding

8.6

Comfort

8.3

Food

8.2

Reviews

1 / 10

I went to airport at 8;30 pm really to check in but they didn’t let me go they said my ticket had problems …I confused asked them check out to office help me please but they said they can’t ! beg them help😭They told me if want to fly now need buy another ticket $ 3585 or want go tomorrow $1889 OMG it’s terrible I cried and asked them could you help me find another ticket cheaper I need to go back home on time he stand up said NO if you want cheap go buy another plane ✈️ I did ! I bought ticket of American Airlines is $980 ! I came home now ! Please 🙏 check out about my problems it’s terrible for travelers! I am so tired and very disappointed ! Own business in USA 🇺🇸 I understand how to take care of customer services it’s very important ! Please 🙏 check out on them be fair for customer satisfaction ! By that time I spoke with them Vietnamese language and English too but they try to making money 💴 from me it’s very poor! So sad 😭 for vacation! Please 🙏

Beijing is the capital city of China, and is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Booking Beijing flights for a tour of this ever-changing metropolis will leave travelers breathless – from the historical sites to the commercial shopping and exploration, there is much to do and see in Beijing.

Probably the most known tourist destination in Beijing – and the first place to begin exploring the city – is Tiananmen Square. It’s the spot where Mao Zedong declared the formation of the People’s Republic of China, but Tiananmen Square is more commonly known as the site of student-led pro-democracy protests in 1989.

The Olympics arrived in Beijing in 2008 and the large clock in the middle of Tiananmen Square served as the countdown to the world’s greatest games.

The city is constantly undergoing transformation. Return travelers on flights to Beijing will notice a drastic change in Beijing’s landscape. Tourists will need to dodge construction cranes and orange cones to get to Beijing’s new hotels, shopping malls, sports stadiums and restaurants and nightlife options. But Beijing also offers a glimpse of China’s famed history, including national parks, temples, and the Great Wall of China. Find cheap flights to Beijing and take a good look around – the next time you fly to Beijing you might find yourself in a completely different city.

Beijing, China climate

September and October are dry and sunny with average temperatures in the 60s and 70s (Fahrenheit). Winter is quite cold; December and January temperatures can drop into the teens with cold winds off the Mongolian plains. April warms up to the 60s. Summer is muggy and hot, and July and August can reach the upper 70s. 

Best Time to Fly to Beijing, China

Peak Season:

The busiest time is the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), when the Chinese and visitors to China are on the move. The holiday season starts two weeks before the New Year and continues for two weeks afterwards. The New Year is in January or February (the date is based on a lunar calendar). Summer is the peak season for tourists, especially foreign tourists, and it can be difficult to find cheap flights to Beijing during this time. Labor Day (May 1) and National Day (October 1) are also big holiday weeks for the Chinese.

Off Season:

October through December is rainy season and it’s also very cold in Beijing. The city is less packed with tourists and because of the rain, it can be difficult to get around to all the must-see attractions. However, this is the best time to find cheap flights to Beijing and discounted hotel rooms and tourist accommodations.

Getting around Beijing, China

There are plenty of ways to get around this enormous city. Beijing has an extensive bus and subway network to get you where you need to go. The subway is fastest and easiest, but will be very crowded during rush hour. Buses are always crowded. The taxis run off of meters, and are very easy to find, but many drivers don’t speak English, so it helps to have your destination written in Chinese. Cycle rickshaws are another option, but you will have to bargain your rate, and some drivers demand more when you arrive at your destination. You can also rent a car and driver for the day, or rent your own car. Be aware that you won’t be able to leave the city limits if you’re driving. The city is too large to walk, but you can certainly take public transportation or a taxi to a particular area and then explore on foot. If you are brave enough, rent a bicycle and ride alongside the busy traffic. Biking is very popular in Beijing and bike lanes are clearly marked. If you get overwhelmed, go with the flow of cycling traffic, especially when crossing streets. 

Beijing, China Travel Information

  • Sampling the Chinese food in Beijing is an absolute must. But don’t just to stick to Western favorites (albeit also Beijing specialities) such as roast duck, dumplings or hotpot. A Cantonese proverb says that if something walks, swims or flies with its back to the sun it is edible – and you’ll find anything and everything in Beijing, especially from the street markets. Be brave and sample something you wouldn’t dream of eating back home, such as silkworms, scorpions, sparrows, pigeons or cicadas. Try the street vendors at Wangfujing (which you can reach by the metro) for a taste of the exotic.
  • If you’re visiting the Forbidden City (which almost every tourist will), take a detour to the roads to the north around the lakes. The houses here give a good sense of the way Beijing used to be. Rickshaws are available to hire if the walk seems too much.
  • The recently opened Beijing Aquarium is the largest inland aquarium in the world and likely to be a much more enjoyable trip than the nearby zoo. Though the zoo has a good panda enclosure, most visitors from the West leave appalled at the care and conditions for the animals. The aquarium, on the other hand, almost always impresses, with lots of “hands on” exhibitions – you can touch starfish and sea cucumbers should you wish to – and performances by sea lions.
  • The Underground City in Beijing is said to be better known by tourists than by Beijing residents. Built as a bomb shelter during the 1970s, it has been open to the public since 2000 and is a maze of 18 miles worth of tunnels. The tunnels were originally dug by volunteers and local citizens, even school children, on Chairman Mao Zedong’s orders and were intended to house at least 40 percent of the city’s population if needed. Today they are an eery reminder of the past conflict, standing deserted with more than 1,000 air raid shelters and spaces intended for shops, hospitals, schools and restaurants.
  • Don’t just visit Tiananmen Square in the day. At night, the entire square is lit up and the atmosphere changes completely to the bustle of the day. Worth watching is the lowering of the flag at sunset by the army. However, don’t stay too late. At 10.30pm on the dot, the army moves everyone out of the square and locks it up for the night.

Beijing, China airport overview

Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is one of the world’s largest and busiest airports, which is to be expected in the world’s most populous country. The airport was revamped and upgraded for the Olympic Games in 2008 and now it is the second-busiest international air-hub, after Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International.

Beijing Airport has three terminals all of which have a wide selection of shopping, food and beverage options to keep even the most difficult traveler entertained during stopovers or while waiting to board.

China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Air China all use Beijing Capital International Airport as a hub. There are direct flights to Beijing Capital International Airport from almost all the airports in China as well as many Asian, European, African and North and South American airports.

Passengers using Beijing’s airport are certain to notice the beauty of the airport. As with many Chinese constructions the art of Feng Shui is employed to give the building, and the business it houses, good luck and positive energy. The red color of the roof in terminal three is the Chinese color of good luck.

What does PEK mean?

PEK is a unique code, commonly called an IATA code, used in the aviation industry to identify airports. This code, along with many others, are defined by IATA (International Air Transport Association). A PEK flight refers to a flight to Beijing Capital Airport. While you’re still figuring out your travel plans, it’s not a bad idea to learn the names and codes of other airports around these areas: Beijing Daxing Intl Airport (PKX).

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