Beijing Travel Tips

To have a better travel experience in Beijing, here are some useful Beijing travel tips which may be helpful for your Beijing tour. When plan your trip to Beijing, view our answers to questions about Beijing travel to get a better understanding of Beijing. 

Useful Numbers

Here below are some useful telephone numbers in Beijing and postcodes of Beijing for you to have a convenient Beijing tour.

China International country code number 0086
Ambulance 120
Fire 119
Police 110
Telephone Information Enquiry 114
Traffic Accidents 122
Weather Report 121
Post Code Check 184
Time Check 117
International SOS Assistance 010-6462 9100
Consumer Complaint Center 12315
National Tourist Service Hotline 12301
Legal Service 1600148
Tourist Complaints Hotline 12377/ 12315/ 12345
Price Complaint 12358
Expressage 185
Car Hailing  010-96103

Postcodes of Each District in Beijing

Administrative Divisions Postcodes
Dongcheng District(东城区) 100010
Xicheng District(西城区) 100032
Chaoyang District(朝阳区) 100020
Fengtai District(丰台区) 100071
Shijingshan District(石景山区) 100043
Haidian District(海淀区) 100089
Shunyi District(顺义区) 101300
Tongzhou District(通州区) 101100
Daxing District(大兴区) 102600
Fangshan District(房山区) 102488
Mentougou District(门头沟区) 102300
Changping District(昌平区) 102200
Pinggu District(平谷区) 101200
Miyun District(密云区) 101500
Huairou District(怀柔区) 101400
Yanqing District(延庆区) 102100

Beijing Emergency Numbers of Transportation

China Railway 010-51844150
Beijing Railway Station Inquiry Number 010-51019999
Beijing West Railway Station Inquiry Number 010-51824233
Beijing South Railway Station Inquiry Number 010-51836272
Beijing North Railway Station Inquiry Number 010-51866233
Beijing East Railway Station Inquiry Number 010-51835662
Capital Airport Service Hotline 010-96158
Metro Airport Line Customer Service Number 010-68345678
Airport Limo & Taxi Service 010-64596539
Capital Airport Parking Service Booking 010-64558552
Customs Advisory Telephone of Capital Airport 010-12360
Taxi Dispatch of Capital Airport 010-64558892
Inquiry/Complaint of Capital Airport 010-96158
Lost and Found of Capital Airport 010-96158
Medical Service of Capital Airport 010-64591919
Airport Shuttle 010-64594375/ 64594376

Phone Numbers of Embassy and Consulates in Beijing

Embassy and Consulates Tel.
Embassy of the United States of America 010-85313000
Embassy of Canada 010-51394000
British Embassy 010-51924000
Embassy of the Republic of France 010-85312000
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany 010-85329000
Italian Embassy 010-65325015/010-85327600
Embassy of the Republic of Korea 010-85310700
Embassy of Japan 010-85319800
Royal Thai Embassy 010-8531 8735
Indian Embassy 010-85312500
Embassy of the Russian Federation 010-65321381/010-65322051
Australian Embassy 010-51404111

Best Time to Visit in Beijing

While you can enjoy different scenery in each season, the best time to visit Beijing is definitely from September to October in autumn and early summer from may to June. The autumn of Beijing exudes a sense of profound history, the fragrant hill in northwest is already the sea of flaming red, and red maple leaves like the skirt of history adorn this ancient capital of thousands years.

What to Wear in Beijing

There are four distinct seasons in Beijing, spring and autumn are short, and summer and winter are longer. Among them, winter is the longest. 

  • In Spring(April-May): Spring in Beijing is warm but windy, and temperature difference is large between daylight and night. You need some light clothing: a long-sleeved shirt or T-shirt, plus one or two jackets and sweaters. Wear warmly when going out at night. Also outdoor windbreaker is needed to protect yourself from sandstorms. 
  • In Summer(June-August): Summer in Beijing is hot and rainy, and the temperature can reach 40°C. So you need to wear thin clothes like short-sleeved shirt and shorts. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and remember to bring a raincoat or umbrella just in case.
  • In Autumn(September-October): Autumn in Beijing is cool and pleasant, and the leaves are changing colors. Long-sleeved shirts and thin coats are suitable for autumn wear. Since from the late October, the temperature has dropped sharply, so you must wear warm clothes.
  • In Winter(November-March): Winter in Beijing is severe cold and long, average temperatures in December, January and February are likely to fall below 0°C. Be sure to wear a wool sweater and down jacket in winter.

Banks in Beijing

Cash machines are quite common in Beijing, and there's no need to worry about finding a bank. And today, mobile payments (WeChat pay and Alipay pay) are available in most places of China, let alone in Beijing, you can pay for almost everything with your mobile. Here below are some banks in Beijing where you can exchange money. 

  • Bank of China(Head Office)中国银行
    Address: No.1, Fuxingmen Inner Street, Xichegn District, Beijing City北京市西城区复兴门内大街1号
    Tel: 010-66596688/010-66591048
  • Bank of China(Chongwenmen Branch)中国银行
    Address: No.1, Chongwenmen West Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区崇文门西大街1号
    Tel: 010-65242762/010-65242514/010-65592925
  • Bank of China(Beijing Branch)中国银行
    Address: No.2, Chaoyangmen Inner Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区朝阳门内大街2号
    Tel: 010-85122288/010-85122107/010-95566
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China中国工商银行
    Address: No.147, Dongsi South Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区东四南大街147号
    Tel: 010-65122355/010-65256042/95588
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China中国工商银行
    Address: Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区王府井大街
    Tel: 010-65125938
  • China Construction Bank(Head Office)中国建设银行
    Address: CCB Tower, No.25, Jinrong Street, Xicheng District, Beijing City北京市西城区金融大街25号中国建设银行大厦
    Tel: 010-67597114/95533
  • China Construction Bank(Qianmen Branch)中国建设银行
    Address: No.1, West Damochang Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区西打磨厂街1号
    Tel: 010-67084007/010-51992186
  • Agricultural Bank of China(Head Office)中国农业银行
    Address: No.69, Jianguomen Inner Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区建国门内大街69号
    Tel: 010-85106102

Express and Post Offices in Beijing

Business hours of Beijing post office is usually 8:30-17:30 and part is to 16:30. Please see the opening time at the door of the post office. The postal code in Beijing is 100000. Beijing city has many post offices and express services, so sending postcards and parcels is very convenient. The postage for sending postcards is 0.8 yuan per sheet. 

  • Beijing Post Office北京市邮局
    Address: No.1, Jianguomen Outer Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区建国门外大街1号
    Tel: 010-65196432/010-65196655
  • China Post中国邮局
    Address: No.1, Beijing Railway Station West Street, Dongcheng Dsitrict, Beijing City北京市东城区北京站西街1号
  • Wangfujing Branch Post Office王府井邮政支局
    Address: No.74, Wangfujing Street, Donghuamen Sub-district, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区东华门街道王府井大街74号
    Tel: 010-65129632
  • China Post中国邮局
    Address: No.7, Qianmen East Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区前门东大街7号
  • Wangfujing Branch Post Office王府井邮政支局
    Address: No.50, Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing City北京市朝阳区光华路50号
    Tel: 010-65128120/010-65064288
  • China Post中国邮局
    Address: No.7, Qianmen East Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区前门东大街7号
    Tel: 010-65247140
  • SF Express顺丰速运
    Address: The 1st Floor of Beijing Department Store, No.255, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区王府井大街255号北京市百货大楼1F层
    Tel: 95338
  • SF Express顺丰速运
    Address: No.2-2, Nanmencang Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区南门仓胡同2-2号
    Tel: 95338
  • STO Express申通快递
    Address: No.40, Guorui East Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区国瑞东路40号
    Tel: 95543

Hospitals in Beijing

Beijing has the best medical conditions in the country, so if you have an emergency while traveling, you can dial 999 and 120 emergency hotlines.

  • Peking Union Medical College Hospital北京协和医院
    Address: No.1, Shuaifuyuan, Dongcheng District, Beijing City(Eastern Hospital)北京市东城区帅府园1号/No.41, Damucang Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing City(Western Hospital)北京市西城区大木仓胡同41号
    Tel: 010-69156699/010-69156114
  • Beijing Tongren Hospital北京同仁医院
    Address: No.1, Legation Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing City北京市东城区东交民巷1号
    Tel: 010-58266699/010-58269911
  • Beijing Ditan Hospital北京地坛医院
    Address: No.8, Jingshun East Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing City北京市朝阳区京顺东街8号
    Tel: 010-84322000/010-84322669/010-84322566
  • Peking University Third Hospital北京大学第三医院
    Address: No.49, Huayuan North Road, Haidian District, Beijing City北京市海淀区花园北路49号
    Tel: 010-82264567/010-82266699/010-82264000
  • Peking University Sixth Hospital北京大学第六医院
    Address: No.51, Huayuan North Road, Haidian District, Beijing City北京市海淀区花园北路51号
    Tel: 010-82801939/010-82801936
  • Peking University People's Hospital北京大学人民医院
    Address: No.11, Xizhimen South Street, Xicheng District, Beijing City北京市西城区西直门南大街11号
    Tel: 010-88326666
  • China-Japan Friendship Hospital中日友好医院
    Address: No.2, Cherry Garden East Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing City北京市朝阳区樱花园东街2号
    Tel: 010-84205288 010-84205566
  • Peking University Stomatological Hospital北京大学口腔医院
    Address: No.22, Zhongguancun South Street, Haidian District, Beijing City北京市海淀区中关村南大街22号
    Tel: 010-62179977/010-62179665

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Universities in Beijing

  • Peking University北京大学
    Address: No.5, Summer Palace Road, Haidian District, Beijing 北京市海淀区颐和园路5号
    Tel: 010-62752114
  • Tsinghua University清华大学
    Address: No.30, Shuangqing Road, Haidian District, Beijing北京市海淀区双清路30号
    Tel: 010-62793001
  • BUAA(Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics)北京航空航天大学
    Address: No.37, Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing City北京市海淀区学院路37号
    Tel: 010-82317114/010-82316114
  • UIBE(University of International Business and Economics)对外经贸大学
    Address: No.10, Huixin East Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing北京市朝阳区惠新东街10号
    Tel: 010-64492178/010-64492001
  • Beijing Normal University北京师范大学
    Address: No.19, Xinjiekouwai Street, Haidian District, Beijing北京市海淀区新街口外大街19号
    Tel: 010-58806183

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Other Tips

144-Hour Visa-Free Transit

Beijing is one of the most popular gateway cities in China. Since December 28, 2017, Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei have implemented 144 hours visa-free transit for passengers from 53 countries and regions. Those eligible for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit can travel freely within 6 days in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.

Embassies in Beijing

About 140 countries and regions have embassies in Beijing. The embassies are mainly located in Sanlitun and Jianguomen area. If you encounter visa, passport or other emergencies during your stay in Beijing, you can ask the embassy for help.

How to Get to Beijing

Beijing has extremely convenient traffic, and various modes of transportation is serving tourists at home and abroad. The main modes of transportation to Beijing include plane, train and coach. See more about Beijing Transportation.

Beijing Food

Although Beijing cuisine is not included in the eight great cuisines of China, the reputation of Beijing cuisine has long been spread out. When you are in Beijing, there are some food you must try, like Beijing Roast Duck, Instant-boiled Mutton, Noodles with Soybean Paste, Luzhu Huoshao, Stewed Pork Liver, Fried Beef Tripe, Daoxiang Village Dim Sum, etc. 

Top 10 Must-Taste Foods in Beijing

Beijing Shopping

To enjoy Beijing shopping, there are many things you can buy. Cloisonne, ivory carvings, jade and lacquer are considered the city's four finest traditional crafts. In addition, antiques, silk, pearls, Snuff Bottles with Pictures Inside and artificial flowers are also worth buying, deeply loved by tourists. All kinds of candied fruit and candies make your mouth water and make great gifts for friends and relatives.

Where to Stay in Beijing

In Beijing, the various functional areas are distributed in a rectangular ring, and divided into many different areas. The attractions in Beijing radiate around the Forbidden City, and the subway is cheap and unobstructed and covers most of scenic spots. As the capital of China and an international metropolis, Beijing serves very convenient accommodation for tourists. And also in this reason, there are too many hotels in Beijing to choose from, making people dazzling. In addition, since there is a flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen square in the early morning, most people choose to stay near Tiananmen square.

Things to Do in Beijing

Beijing attractions are second to none in China, with famous tourist spots of various types, historical, cultural, scenic and modern. The top sights are the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing city, the People's Republic of China, and Zhangjiakou city, Hebei province, from February 4 to February 20, 2022. This is the first winter Olympic Games held in China's history. Beijing and Zhangjiakou are both host cities. It is also the third Olympic event held in China after the Beijing Olympic Games and the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

Beijing-Zhangjiakou Olympic Games has 7 major events, 15 sub-events and 109 events. Beijing will host all ice events, while Yanqing and Zhangjiakou will host all snow events. Beijing became the first city in Olympic history to host both the summer and winter Olympic Games, and the second capital city to host the winter Olympics exactly 70 years after Oslo, Norway, in 1952.

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