Beijing Capital International Airport is the primary international airport serving the capital of China. It is situated 32 km northeast of Beijing's city centre, and serves as the main hub for Air China, China Southern Airlines, and Hainan Airlines. Known as "China's No. 1 Gateway", it is the largest and busiest international aviation facility and primary gateway into the country.
Where to go
Shichahai - Shichahai is a 147-hectare area consisting of three lakes in the northern part of central Beijing that dates back to the Jin Dynasty. It houses several Taoist and Buddhist temples, as well as formal royal mansions. Rowboats can be rented at the Beihai (North Lake) Park. There are also places to get a taste of distinct Old Beijing-style food.
Forbidden City - Colloquially known as Zijin Cheng, the Forbidden City was a Chinese imperial palace dating back from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. The complex is a rather large 72-hectare area that consists of 980 buildings. The palace is now the site for the Palace Museum, which features a rich collection of artefacts and artworks. Touring the Forbidden City is a great way to gain insight on the history of Beijing, and see architectural masterpieces, as well as collections of 340,000 pieces of ceramics, 50,000 paintings, almost 10,000 pieces of bronzeware, over 1,000 timepieces, over 30,000 Jade pieces, and more.
Panjiayuan Market - The market is open only on the weekends, but when it is, it offers over 3,000 shops to shop from. It is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs such as bracelets, porcelain, jade pieces, pots, calligraphy brushes, paintings, and other collectibles, but be prepared to haggle. Photo ops are also unlimited and recommended, as the abundance of Chinese-related artefacts in the backdrop would make interesting photos.
Beijing National Aquatics Center - Also known as the National Aquatics Center, but locals lovingly refer to it as the Water Cube. It was originally built alongside Beijing National Stadium to serve as the site for the 2008 Summer Olympics swimming competitions. Half the interior was then reconstructed into a water park after the Olympics. The water park is open to the public and contains water slides and rides, a wave pool, and even spa areas.
Just about four to five hours from Beijing is Bangkok, Thailand, where there is also abundance in religious shrines, statues, and sites, including the Wat Pho, Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, the Golden Buddha, and Wat Mahathat Yuwarajarangsarit Rajaworamahavihara. For an even shorter trip, go to Busan, South Korea. Here, tourists will be able to explore Sea Life Busan Aquarium, stroll along Gwangalli Beach, or watch a game at the Sajik Baseball Stadium.
Beijing Capital International Airport also flies to long distance destinations, such as Honolulu, Hawaii, where one can immerse in the beauty of its cultural diversity, picturesque environment, mouth-watering cuisine, and exciting festivities. Other prime long-haul destinations are Los Angeles, Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Munich.
How to get out
Beijing Capital International Airport is served by many airlines in order to link Beijing to the other parts of China and other destinations worldwide. Included in this list of airlines are Aeroflot, Air France, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Australian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, EgyptAir, Delta Air Lines, Hainan Airlines, Japan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Iran Air, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, and Turkish Airlines.
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