Flights to Beijing, China
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and is the second-largest city after Shanghai. It is the educational, political and cultural centre of the country making it one of the top tourist destinations in China. The city and immediate area are served by two airports:
- Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) – The Beijing Capital Airport is the main international airport in the city. It is located 32 kilometres from the Beijing city centre. A taxi from the airport to the city centre can cost between CNY150-250 (MYR94-157) including toll gate fees and fuel surcharge and will take under an hour of travel time. Airlines that operate from this airport include Malaysia Airlines, Air China, AirAsia X, Singapore Airlines and Cebu Pacific.
- Beijing Nanyuan Airport (NAY) – This airport serves as both a military airbase and secondary airport for Beijing. It is located in the Fengtai District and 13 kilometres from the city centre. A taxi from the Beijing Nanyuan Airport to the city centre would cost about CNY50 (MYR31) and take around 30 minutes of travel time. Airlines that operate in this airport include China Eastern, China United Airlines and Tianjin Airlines.
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Best Time to Visit Beijing
Beijing is another city where you can travel year-round, but it has been recommended that the best time to visit Beijing would be during the months of March through May and September through October.
The months of March, April and May is considered as the spring months where flowers are in bloom and temperatures are comfortable between 10 to 21 degrees Celsius. Some events during this season not to be missed include the Pure and Bright Festival in early May as well as May Day on the 1st and Youth Day on May 4th.
June through August are the summer months and is the peak travel season for the city. The cost of flights and accommodation can get high during this period as foreign tourists flock to the city. Temperatures can also get to the highs of 27 degrees Celsius with high humidity. The later months of July and August are also the rainiest months of the year. Don’t miss the Dragon Boat Festival which happens in June.
September and October are some of the best months to visit Beijing thanks to the more tolerable temperatures. While there are still some hot days in September, humidity is low making it more comfortable to those not used to the climate. An event not to be missed during this season is the Mid-Autumn Day in September.
Lastly, the winter months of November through February is the low season for travel to Beijing. Temperatures can drop to -1 degrees Celsius during the day and further below freezing at night. However, if you do travel during winter, you will find below average accommodation rates as well as less crowded tourist spots.
Things to do in Beijing
There are many cultural and historical sights to see and visit in Beijing. Here are some of the spots highly recommended:
- Forbidden City – This Chinese imperial palace is located in the centre of Beijing. This historical site traces back to the Ming Dynasty to the end of Qing Dynasty. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist spots, not only in Beijing but China.
- Great Wall of China – While this world-famous structure is located throughout China stretching from the eastern Dandong to the western Lop Lake, some of the best sections of the wall are located near Beijing. Include this in your itinerary as a day trip from Beijing.
- Tiananmen Square – This city square is located in the centre of the city of Beijing. It is home to the National Museum of China, Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, Monument to the People’s Heroes and Great Hall of the People.
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