As one of the six ancient cities in China, it has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travellers as they explore the city's ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
This city has four discernible seasons: short windy spring, long hot summer, cool pleasant autumn but long chilly winter. The hottest month is July and the coldest is January. September and October with their pleasant and cool weather are considered the best time for visiting this city.
Beijing is the most important transportation hub in mainland China in air, rail and road transportation: China's largest airport is located here; it is the biggest rail hub of the country; many national roads and expressways radiate out here. Its urban area also has well-appointed transport system. However, as a metropolis in a densely populated country, transportation in the city's urban area is a bit crowded, especially during rush hours (around 08:00 and 18:00). During these time periods, traffic jams are common and may cause significant delays. If possible, avoid taking buses/taxis at this time of a day as it may drain your limited vacation time.
Everyone is familiar with the Beijing's signature dish Peking Duck. In fact, Beijing has a lot more to offer. Cuisines from many different cultures permeate the Beijing dining scene. With literally thousands of restaurants available, dining choices are practically unlimited. And the best part is that you can splurge at a fancy restaurant or dine supremely well at any of the smaller family-run operations located all over the city.
Beijing is the Kingdom of shopping centres and plazas. The "must not miss" place to shop should be Wangfujing shopping street for its most ancient and famous shopping street in Beijing. It is located about 15 mins walk from Tian an men square. Street snacks and food can be found along the street with authentic Beijing taste.
Sanlitun is not only famous for shopping but it is one of the best known and most popular bar street in Beijing. International restaurants and bars can be found here. For tourists, it is a nightlife with a feeling of home.