Discover Beijing, China's Olympic City
Getting to Beijing is now easier than ever. Tourist visas are fast-tracked and usually take less than a week to be approved. Given that Beijing Capital International Airport is one of the busiest in the world and caters to flights from almost every major world city, finding a flight to Beijing should be easy. Within the city, a continually improving public transport system is making it easier than ever to get around. But with many of Beijing's attractions located within a short distance of one another, walking is an attractive option. With three thousand years of history, Beijing offers all sorts of fascinating places to explore. It has numerous beautiful temples and tombs, plus some fascinating museums. You can take a trip to Beijing Zoo to see giant pandas or visit the Beijing Ancient Observatory where the stars were first observed by Ming Dynasty astronomers. But there's nothing old-fashioned about Beijing’s nightlife. With dozens of exciting clubs to choose from and friendly bars full of local character, there is something for everyone. When it comes to dining, Beijing is really something special. The city’s signature dish is, of course, Peking Duck, but there are all sorts of different delicious options to choose from within the canon of Mandarin cuisine. An increasing number of international restaurants are opening up around the city as well. You'll find the same mix of local Chinese and international options when it comes to accommodation. While Beijing now has a number of high end hotels, it's also a great place for backpackers. While it would take a great deal of time to explore the city completely, there are many great Beijing tours to make it easier for short-term visitors to take in the highlights. Beijing is undoubtedly one of the world's most impressive cities, filled to the brim with wonders you'll remember for the rest of your life.