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Mesmerising Beijing

Book flights to Beijing and experience China’s bustling capital, where you’ll find both state-of-the-art skyscrapers and six World Heritage Sites.

Marvel at the magnificent Forbidden City, roam the vast Summer Palace and walk in the footsteps of history on the epic Great Wall.

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Check out the museums tracing China’s past and the city’s eye-catching temples before heading to the cutting-edge galleries of the 798 Art District and the spectacular Parkview Green shopping centre.

Food is a national obsession in China – and nowhere is this more true than in Beijing’s lively restaurants.

Sample the finest dishes from around the country. The satisfying heat of a Sichuan hot pot, moreish sweet and sour pork, pancakes filled with deliciously crispy Peking duck – it’s all on the menu.

Book your Beijing flights to enjoy the best of China’s incredible capital.

What’s the weather like in Beijing?

What’s the weather like in Beijing?

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Beijing has four distinct seasons. Spring is short while summer is long and hot, averaging 27°C in July. It cools down in autumn, and the winters can be cold.

Book your flight tickets to Beijing for April or May and you will be able to enjoy the city’s beautiful cherry blossoms and blooming spring flowers.

Reasons to visit Beijing

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The wonder of the Great Wall

One of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China is the ultimate destination for many visitors to Beijing. Perhaps the most famous sight in the country, this series of towers and fortifications is a stunning example of ancient Chinese architecture.

Just 45 miles from the wall, Beijing is a great starting point for a trip to this spectacular landmark. Choose to hike along it and take in the idyllic scenery, or experience the Great Wall in a different way – like paragliding or even sliding down on a toboggan.

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Relax at the Summer Palace

Just nine miles from downtown Beijing, discover the Summer Palace by boat on the serene waters of Kunming Lake, or hike up Longevity Hill to the magnificent Buddhist Temple overlooking the whole park.

Stroll through manicured gardens, enjoy fascinating architecture, or watch a traditional Chinese performance in the restored theatre.

The Summer Palace is also home to the Great Opera Hall, which entertained visitors during the Qing Dynasty. A peaceful haven from the bustle of the city, the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest park in China.

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Explore the Forbidden City

Now named the Palace Museum, the Forbidden City was once home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties between 1368 and 1911. Previously closed to the public – with entry only for those with special permission from the emperor – the Forbidden City is the world’s largest palace complex.

Visitors can now discover the secrets and hidden treasures of this mysterious ‘city’ and explore one of the most important heritage sites of Chinese culture. More than 900 buildings make up this magnificent structure, so allow plenty of time to explore.

Things to know before you fly to Beijing

plane Transfers from the airport

Arrange an airport transfer online with Etihad and your driver will be waiting for you when you land at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).

Alternatively, take the Airport Express Line which has regular trains running into the city with a journey time of around 20 minutes.

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Beijing residents speak a local version of Mandarin inspired by the city’s long cultural heritage, although many Chinese dialects are spoken in the city, including Cantonese.

bus Getting around

One of the best ways to travel around the city is by using the Beijing subway system, which is reliable and easy to navigate.

Walking is a fantastic way to experience the city if you’re centrally located. Alternatively, cycling is a quick way to travel short distances.

meals Local cuisine

Beijing brings together all of the amazing food from the regions of China. Try jianbing – a crepe filled with egg – for breakfast, then dumplings for lunch, typically stuffed with prawn and pork and served with soup.

Peking roast duck is another must-eat – crispy, juicy duck eaten with pancakes, cucumber and spring onions.

Flying to Beijing: FAQs

Where should I stay in Beijing?

Beijing is an exciting and varied city. The neighbourhood of Wangfujing is perfect for retail therapy and if you want to be centrally located. Gulou is fantastic if you’d like to be among the locals in a trendy area.

How many days should I spend in Beijing?

To explore all the city has to offer and visit the top attractions in Beijing – including a trip to the historic Great Wall – you’ll need at least a week or more.

Fly to Beijing as the start of your Chinese adventure, and afterwards head south east to explore Shanghai.

What should I see in Beijing?

Beijing is a popular launchpad for visiting the Great Wall of China – there are several sections of the wall surrounding the city, so this should definitely be on your to-do list.

Other must-see attractions include the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.

What is the best part of the Great Wall of China to visit?

The Great Wall of China is vast – some sections of the wall are in better condition for exploring than others.

Visit the Badaling Section to see a part of the wall which has been fully reconstructed. It has 16 watchtowers and access to a cable car to the top of the wall.

Why we love Beijing

“There’s always something to enjoy in Beijing. It’s bursting with amazing modern architecture and still celebrates the past – Chinese New Year in Beijing is a sight to behold as the city turns red. A visit to the Great Wall is genuinely breathtaking.”

Why fly to Beijing with Etihad?

When you book flights to Beijing with Etihad you have options to help you shape your travel experience.

Add extra baggage, choose how to check in and pre-book your airport transfer. If you’re flying in First or Business, you can relax in an airport lounge before your flight. In some airports, Economy guests can also pay for lounge access.

Our cabins are designed with your comfort in mind. All our seats recline and feature adjustable headrests. Economy guests can also choose from upgrade options for extra legroom or additional space.

There are plenty of entertainment options onboard your flight to Beijing. Take your pick from the latest movies, your favourite TV shows and music to suit every taste.

Every guest can enjoy a complimentary meal from our menu, including dishes inspired by your destination. Our meals are made using fresh, seasonal ingredients and are accompanied by a choice of beverages.

*Aircraft, cabins and services may vary by route and flight. You can check this when you search for your flight. This page was last updated Sept 2019.

Weather in Beijing

15 °C
Wednesday28 Oct 2020
15 °C
Thursday29 Oct 2020
15 °C
Friday30 Oct 2020
17 °C
Saturday31 Oct 2020
16 °C
Sunday1 Nov 2020
12 °C
Monday2 Nov 2020
10 °C
Tuesday3 Nov 2020
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