Beijing is in the northeast of China and experiences four seasons, with hot, wet summers, freezing winters, and milder weather in spring and fall. Visiting in the spring (March through May) or fall (late September through early November) when it’s not too hot, too cold, nor too wet is advised.
Another good reason for not visiting in the winter, besides the cold, is that January and February sees a mass exodus of locals traveling to and from Beijing for Chinese New Year. Hotels get fully booked up at this time.
Beijing is massive but well covered by buses, taxis and a subway system. The subway is better than buses and cheap although it is fairly old. Buses cover more of the city but are crowded and uncomfortable, while taxis have standard meter charges and are a good deal.
There are two main options in getting from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to the city and hotels, including taxis and airport shuttle buses. If the shuttle bus doesn’t take in your hotel, it would be best to take a taxi but be sure to hand the Chinese name of your hotel to the driver. Taxis are metered but a lot more expensive than shuttle buses, which leave every 30 minutes.
Population: 15 million
Spoken languages: Mandarin Chinese
Electrical: 220 Volts, 50 Hertz
Phone/calling code: +86 10