Travelling to China is an adventure, and many people end up succumbing to the temptation to rely on a travel agency to do so. This is a big mistake! With good planning and a little assistance, you can travel to China on your own without any problem. In fact, a big part of what makes travelling to China so much fun is overcoming of all these obstacles. One thing you have to remember is that everything there is different, from the way you indicate numbers with your fingers (which can make agreeing on the price of something impossible) to the fact that in China there is no queuing tradition, something which might seem harmless at first but can end up causing a lot of problems!
Also, Beijing is a very easy city for independent tourists, and even more so since the Olympics. For one it is a gridded city, so it's easy to get your bearings and move around. In addition it has an extensive metro system and is ideal for biking. With a good hotel close to the Forbidden City and a rented bicycle, you'll be able to enjoy a perfect get-away!
Below you'll find some practical information for your trip to Beijing. But in the Way Away Trip Planner you'll find everything you need to plan your trip to Beijing in a single afternoon.
Click on the icons above to find some practical information for your trip to Beijing. But in our Beijing Trip Planner you'll find everything you need to plan your trip to Beijing in a single afternoon.
See Way Away recommended Smart Routes for Beijing:
In our Beijing Trip Planner for each day of the Smart Route, we recommend what to do, how to do it and in what order, how to buy the cheapest tickets and not wait in line. You will also find how to get from place to place. Our Smart Routes© are designed to make transportation as logical, comfortable and cheap as possible.
And if you are not satisfied, we give you your money back. That easy!