Begin your Bejing holiday with a visit to the city's most important palace, the Forbidden City. The imperial palace was completed in 1420 and comprises 980 buildings, making it the largest surviving palace in the world. Found in the Dongcheng District, the Forbidden City was once the palace for the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Today the palace is one of Beijing biggest attractions. Walk through the famous halls of the palace, admire the unique and intricate architecture and view the decadent Ming and Qing collections of artwork and artifacts.
From the Forbidden City you can walk to Tiananmen Square, the third largest city square in the world. Tiananmen Square was originally built in 1651 as part of the Tiananmen Gate that was designed to protect the Forbidden City. Since then the square has doubled in size to 440,000 square metres. Over the years the square has been the sight of many public celebrations, political events and protests, most notably the protests in 1989. People are free to visit the square up until 10:30pm when it is closed for the night.
Though a visit to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square is must during the day, head here at night as well to take in the bright lights and stunning atmosphere.
Beijing Airport (PEK)
Flights from Australia to Beijing will disembark at Beijing Capital International Airport.
Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is Beijing's main airport and the busiest airport in Asia. The airport comprises three terminals, one of which spans four stories and is the second largest terminal in the world.
Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Beijing Capital International Airport. Book your Beijing Airport accommodation.
Getting to Beijing
There are many airlines that offer flights to Beijing from Australia. Direct flights from Sydney take around 12 hours. Flights from Brisbane via Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore or Guangzhou take between 13 and 15 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Melbourne via Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore or Guangzhou take between 13 and 16 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Perth via Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore or Guangzhou take between 13 and 16 hours depending on the stopover.
Airlines that fly to beijing
Airlines that offer cheap flights to Beijing from Australia include:
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