Travel guide to Beijing

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Facts

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Local name
Beijing
Inhabitants
13,000,000
Timezone
When it is 12.00 in Denmark, it is 19.00 in Beijing.

Best time to visit

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Beijing is a metropolis which can be visited all year round, and even though the weather is best in the spring it is also recommended to visit the city in the wintertime, in spite of the cold, as you'll have Beijing all to yourself. In the summertime hordes of tourists take in the city.

Literature

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Beijing (Cadogan Guides) Lonely Planet Beijing

Culture and entertainment

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The art of acrobatics, which can be experience in Beijing, is a more than 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition. In the Peking opera, the most widely known form of Chinese theatre, dancing, singing and miming are combined. May 1 the entire city is decorated with flowers in celebration of the labourer's international day.

Accommodation / Hotel

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Beijing has many luxury hotels, many of which include restaurants, shopping malls, gyms, masseurs, discotheques and more. The cheaper middle class hotels also have a large number of facilities, but are less expensive. Book your hotel in Beijing here

Local transport

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Taxi

There are plenty of taxis in the streets of Beijing and they are very cheap. The only (and biggest) problem is, that the driver doesn't always understand where you want to go, so it's a good ideas to write down your destination in Chinese.

Other transport

The city buses are cheap, but also difficult to find your way around in, as all destinations are written in Chinese. The subway: Beijing's subway is fast and effective, and the signs are written so that foreigners understand them.
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