- China Health and Travel Vaccinations
- Beijing Travel Insurance
- Seven Step Beijing Trip Planning
- Internet Access
- Chinese Visas
- Chinese Embassies Abroad
- Foreign Embassies in Beijing
- Chinese Telephones and Phone Cards
- Chinese Language Guide and Phrase Book
- Getting around: Beijing Transport
- Chinese Toilets
- Chinese Finger Counting
- Chinese Money & Currency Exchange
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Travel InsuranceWe strongly advise you purchase comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. BME can recommend JS Insurance for travellers from the UK and AIG Travel Guard for travellers from the USA.
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Seven Step Beijing Trip Planning
1) Decide When To Go
Times to avoid
In terms of climate, autumn is the best time to visit. The weather is dry all year round, with summer temperatures of near 40C and as low as -10C in winter. Check out the Beijing Weather section for more information.
2) Book your flight early
Book your flights as early as possible. From Western Europe, any indirect return flight below 450GBP (650 Euros) is quite reasonable. Tickets below 400GBP (570 Euros) are very rare. From East Coast USA, expect to pay around $1300 with some seasonal variation.
Follow this link for more information on Beijing flights or go straight to www.Expedia.com to check available flights and book a ticket.
3) Find somewhere to stay
There’s a huge range of accomodation options in Beijing suiting every budget. From five star havens of luxury to rustic courtyard hostels, Beijing has it all. Follow this link for more information on Beijing hotels for general hotel information, or see our favourite hotels and hostels.
and www.HotelClub.net both do great deals on hotel booking. Try Hostelbookers for speedy hostel booking online.
4) Get your Travel Insurance and Jabs
You should consult your doctor about travel vaccinations and health in Beijing – you should do this three months before you plan to travel.
6) Travel Guides and Interesting Reading
7) What to visit & what you have to know
Beijing has a massive tourist industry, but you still shouldn’t turn up unprepared. Make sure you know how you’re going to get money, and internet access and how you’re going to call home. Finally, read up on the few travel essentials that you must know before you go. If you have time to spare, it’ll make your trip more fun if you can pick up even a basic level of the Chinese language.
Next is the best part, work out where you want to visit, and have fun!
What to see and do around Beijing
Wonder at the Great Wall, be awed by the magnificent Forbidden City, drink in the scenery from a boat on the Summer Palace’s Kunming Lake.