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.
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.
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.
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.
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.