Beijing

As one of the world’s great ancient capitals, Beijing is a must see. It is the third most populous city in the world, and it is one of the most populous capital cities. Beijing is located in northern China, and it’s home to many headquarters of China’s largest state-owned companies. This city is a great example of the transformation that China has gone through as its history dates back three millennia; you can compare the crimson palaces with the city’s skylines side-by-side. Beijing has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are on all visitors’ to-see list: the Forbidden City, Temple of Heave, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, Zhoukoudian, parts of the Great Wall, and the Grand Canal. Beijing is considered as one of the safest cities in Asia. Nearly all neighborhoods are safe, even for tourists.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Beijing is quite safe and a non-violent city. Travelers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking precautions.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpockets and purse snatching are common in crowded places. We advise that you keep an eye on your belonging when you find yourself in busy and crowded areas.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Mugging and kidnapping against foreigners are extremely rare.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

Scams are a growing problem in Beijing. Travellers have reported being approached by people to talk and invite them to a teahouse where they later are forced to pay for everything. Unlicensed taxis and counterfeit currency are also common scams.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Be cautious when taking a taxi, especially at airports. Avoid unlicensed taxis, insist that the taxi driver use his/her meter, request a receipt, and ask your driver to remove the bags from the trunk before you get out of the taxi and before you pay.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Air pollution is a risk, so always monitor the air pollution levels as they change quickly. There are a few websites and apps that can help you.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Terrorist attacks are likely, but there is a low probability.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

eijing is a safe place to travel for female travellers, but it is always good to exercise precautions like you would in any other city.

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WHAT TO DO?

Dong Cheng

This district covers the eastern half of the city center. A few of the main attractions that you will find here are the Forbidden City and major temples such as the Yonghe Gong and Confucius Temple among others. As it’s a touristic neighborhood, be careful for pickpockets : don’t take your wallet out in public and crowded spaces. According to this website, c. 22,000 persons have been arrested for pickpocketing in the last 5 years

Haidian

This suburban district in the north-western part of the city. This is also where most of the universities are located, so most of the people who live here are students.

Shijingshan

This urban district is located in the western part of Beijing. It’s one of the smallest zones. There are not tourist attractions here, and it is a safe area to walk around.
Here are the details for the anti-pickpocket hotline:
Tel:110
Tel: 64011327
Cellphone: 13911991234

Useful Information

There are no specific difficulties for travellers entering China. The main requirements are a passport that’s valid for six months after the expiry date of your visa, and a visa. Citizens from 51 nations (including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Brazil and the UK) can stay in Beijing for 72 hours without a visa as long as it is a layover, they are traveling outside of China, have a third-country visa, and an air ticket out of Beijing. Similarly, travellers from the 51 nations can stay 144 hours in Shanghai, Nanjing or Gangzhou without a visa. For more information about the Chinese visa, please visit the Chinese Visa Application Service Center website. Hong Kong and Macau have a separate visa and entry administration. See entry requirements for Hong Kong here and here for Macau.
China’s currency is called “yuan” or renminbi (RMB, “the people’s money”). Denominations of bills: 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1 yuan. There are ATMs in big cities and towns. China is still a cash culture, so do not rely on your credit card.
The rainy season typically begins in February and ends in September. July and August are the hottest months of the year; some provinces have reported heat alerts. The typhoon season in China is usually from May to November affecting the southern and eastern coasts.
China’s major airports are Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, Xian Xianyang International Airport, Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page