Flights to Beijing - Discover the Orient
The bustling metropolis of Beijing is the capital of China. This is an ancient city of great historical significance. The imperial architecture of the old city alongside the construction of modern buildings, the adherence to past traditions with the indomitable spirit of Chinese entrepreneurship - these are just some aspects of Chinese life and living. It lends Beijing the air of being uniquely modern and charmingly dated, at the same time. Visit the Orient - in it you will discover the world.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Beijing is during autumn. Summers are gruelingly hot and not conducive to outdoor sightseeing. During the months of September and October, the weather is pleasant. Nights can be cool. The Mid-Autumn Day is held in September and is an important Chinese harvest festival. It usually coincides with the autumn solstice.
How To Get There
The Beijing Capital International Airport serves the city of Beijing. However - Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai and Bangalore are some cities which do not have direct flights to Beijing. Several international airlines like Singapore Airlines, Air India, Jet Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways International and Air China connect to Beijing from Mumbai. Altogether, over 1,350 direct and hopping flights operate to Beijing from Mumbai every week. There are direct flights from Mumbai and New Delhi to Beijing, on Air China.
Places to Stay
Finding accommodation in Beijing is not a difficult task. There is something available, suited to all budgets. Head to Shunyi if you are backpacking across the Orient. The rents are as cheap as Rs. 1,200 per night. If you are traveling with family and looking for a tranquil place of rest, there are hotels available which are more exclusive. The price per night at these locations can go up to about Rs. 13, 000.
The Forbidden City of Beijing is on every tourist’s bucket-list. It is a palace with an imposing structure, which also houses a museum. The Summer Palace is another popular attraction. This iconic structure next to the lakes is where the royals spent their summers. The famed Tiananmen Square is a lively cultural venue. The Great Wall of China is another must-visit. It is a fortification found in different parts of China - made of stones, bricks, wood etc. For a day of hiking, head to Mutianyu.
Shopping in Beijing
There are large-scale departmental stores in Beijing like the Lufthansa Center and Parkson. For buying traditional handmade crafts, antique markets like the Beijing Curio Market and the Panjiayuan Flea Market are the places to visit. Silk Street and the Xidan Street are other places to shop. These commercial streets are lined with shopping complexes and stores. To see some of the best pearls of the region, head to the Beijing Hongqiao Pearl Market.
When in Beijing, try out the local food. It is not anything like the Chinese you have tasted back at home. Try the Peking Duck, it is a local specialty. The hot-pot is served with broth and meat. Other dishes from the region include the meatball soup, the quick-fried tripe and the moo shu pork (served with mushrooms). Bao du is a popular street food made from beef or lamb. Several restaurants also serve international cuisines.