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Beijing Layover

Jan 26, 2014 | Comments 3

Stuck on a Beijing layover at the Beijing Capital International Airport? The Beijing Airport is located roughly 20 miles from Beijing’s city center, which makes it an accessible destination for those stuck on a long layover. If you are trying to decide if you can leave the airport during your Beijing layover, click here for useful tips.
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The Beijing airport is considered the largest in the world, and if you’re stuck in the airport during your layover, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do to keep you busy. The Beijing Capital International Airport has 3 terminals with terminal 1 and 2 having shops and restaurants. For more information regarding shopping at the Beijing Airport during your layover, click here.
There are plenty of options for you to dine and eat at the airport during your stopover. For more information on bars and restaurants, click here. The airport also offers you facilities like banks, smoking room, public telephone, free charging powers, dressing rooms, nursing rooms and kids activity zone. You can find different ATMs including the Standard Chartered, Bank of China, HSBC, Citibank, and Hang Seng Bank for currency exchange during your stopover. For more information regarding bank locations, click here.

The Beijing Capital International Airport hosts a Pay In Lounge, which is a great destination for long layover. The lounge offers facilities like TV, drinks and snacks, Internet, and comfortable single and double rooms to unwind. For information, click here.

The airport has a number of Activity Rooms for kids, located at all the terminals, which offers toys, games and cartoons. The nursing rooms provide comfortable rooms for mothers and kids, ideal for rest, feeding and changing. The rooms are found at all terminals, and are well equipped with basins, infant care tables, chairs and simple entertainment facilities for small children. Some of the other commercial services include battery car, business centre, porter service, hotel reservation, digital service and leisure, automatic vending, self service card sale, currency exchange, mobile rental and baggage packing. For more information, click here.

The airport also has special service centre for pregnant women, sick, handicapped and people with special needs. The center offers free wheelchairs and offers free skycap service along with trolleys, escorts, battery powered carts and paging service.

If you’re looking to ditch your bags while you explore, the airport offers left Luggage counters at all the three terminals. You can leave your luggage for few hours to few days. For more information, click here.

If you arrive in Beijing on your layover at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels located within 30 minutes from the airport. Click here to check out the many options.

To leave the airport and travel into Beijing, the airport offers metered taxis outside each terminal and travel time to downtown Beijing is roughly 40 minutes. If you don’t speak the language, it is advised to have the destination you want to be taken to written in Chinese or marked on a map. Car rentals are available through Beijing Air Tongli Car Rental Co. Ltd, located in the Arrival hall, first floor of terminal 2. The airport is well connected through public transport such as the Beijing Airport Express Train, which runs every 15 minutes, and there is also an airport shuttle bus. Click here for more information.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Beijing Layover:

The Great Wall Of China
The Great Wall of China is magnificent and one of the wonders of the world. Located in the northern part of Beijing, the Great Wall is 600 km long with 8 sections that include Badaling, Juyongguan, Huanghuacheng, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai. The highest section is about 15 meters high and all the sections are well preserved from the Ming dynasty.

Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square is a large square situated in the heart of Beijing that has become a popular destination due to political rallies and its rich history.

Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is spread over an area of 74 acres and is considered to be the largest palace complex in the world. The palace is from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and was built in 1420 and has become one of Beijing’s most popular tourist attractions.

Imperial Gardens
Beijing is full of luxurious and magnificent gardens and parks. Some of the parks that you can visit during your stopover are Beihei Park, Yuetan Park, Ritan Park.

Beijing Hutong Tour
The Beijing Hutong Tour gives visitors an opportunity to see the Beijing alleys and lanes on rickshaws. Hutong tours are a great way to see the daily life and sights of the city from the pedicabs/rickshaws.

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  1. i always get my hotel reservations in advance specially during peak seasons*~*

  2. John Ferry says:

    Another site, http://www.fodors.com, had a comment from someone saying there is at Beijing Airport a visa office leading to customs. And, if a person will be in airport less than 24 hours and shows his onward plane ticket, the office will stamp a visa allowing him to leave the airport. I should be there less than 14 hours on Aug 4. Any comments on this visa office?

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