Beijing, China's capital for the past 800 years is a city having a combination of a rich past and a modern present.
The city has four distinct seasons; summer, spring, autumn and winter. Spring is a beautiful season with flowers everywhere. Winters are cold, and summers are hot with rains. Weather is pleasant throughout the year, but autumn is the best time to travel to the city.
Please remember to carry cool summer cotton clothes with you.
There are major tourist attractions in the city like the Great Wall, the Hutong that is a symbol of the old city and the Forbidden City, the best conserved and a majestic city in Beijing.
All hotels, attractions, and transport get busy during the Chinese New Year, in January or February so plan a trip to the city accordingly. One must book well in advance to avoid any disappointment. If traveling in winter (from December to February), carry thick jeans warm sweaters caps, gloves etc. during winters traveler can go for skiing to the Nanshan Ski Resort, the Huaibei Resort and the Bird’s Nest. Try the steaming hot Mongolian Hotspot to enjoy some warmth.
The city is well connected with all major cities of the world. Being the capital of the country, the city has rail and air links with every part of China. Traffic congestion is a problem and the public transport such as the metro and buses are overtly crowded. One can take a taxi to save time or can book a private city tour.
The city has an exciting nightlife to offer with many bars, nightclubs and karaoke joints. One can view some local cultural shows like the Chinese acrobatics and Beijing Opera. All tourists traveling to China can experience one of the finest Cuisines. One must try the Peking Duck at the Quanjude Restaurant, which is a specialty besides other authentic Chinese dishes. Wangfujing the main pedestrian street in Beijing has small stalls selling a variety of snacks at night, a definite not to miss.
There are many good hotels in Beijing to cater to all budgets. The group of budget hotels is at the outskirts while the hotels are located in the heart of the city and are relatively more expensive. One must make all hotel reservations through a reliable travel company, with good relationship in the hospitality sector, as it often guarantees a good deal. The best souvenirs to take home are fresh water pearls and Cloisonne Ivory & jade carvings from the outdoor markets at the Panjiayuan Collection Street, Xiushui Street and Liulichang Street.
Travel Tip shared by William Scarlet