Traveling to Beijing is an adventure of a lifetime. You will be plunged into a realm of unfamiliar experiences, aromas, sounds and sights in one of the world`s most fascinating cities. Western travelers will find much to delight and awe them in the both richly historical and stunningly modern city. Other aspects of the city, including pollution, congestion and hygiene, may be more of a challenge for western sensibilities. By keeping an open mind and educating yourself about local customs and laws, you can make your trip to Beijing both enjoyable and safe.
Beijing Capital International Airport, PEK, is the major international airport for Beijing. Located 26 km northeast of the city in Chaoyang District, it is China`s largest and busiest airport, and is the major hub for both international and domestic flights. Recently having undergone a massive expansion with the new Terminal 3, the airport can now handle about 56 million passengers per year.
With over 200 international and domestic carriers serving Beijing Capital, you can fly to Beijing from all over the world. Currently there are non-stop flights to Beijing Capital from all major cities in the US, Europe, and throughout Asia.
Beijing Capital is connected to downtown Beijing by airport shuttle bus, subway and taxi. The airport has ATMs, money changers, and a variety of places to eat.
Taxis are prolific in Beijing and taxi travel downtown is convenient and economical, especially if you are in a small group. Taxis are metered, with a minimum charge of 10Y for up to 3 km. After that you are charged per kilometer. There are three grades of taxis in Beijing, which differ in how much they can charge per kilometer: 2 Y (larger black cars usually found outside luxury hotels), 1.6 Y (Citroens or Volkswagens, usually with air conditioning and suspension) and 1.2 Y (small Xiali brand cars). The taxi grade is displayed on an oval colored sticker in the rear left or right side window. Many taxi drivers do not speak much English so it is helpful to have your destination written in Chinese, for example on a business card, brochure or on a map. Hail a taxi at a stand or in a side street as taxis are not allowed to stop on solid white lines on busy roads, in Tiananmen Square or at the gates of the Forbidden City. To ensure you are getting a licensed taxi, check that your taxi has a B at the beginning of ts plate number. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.
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