Welcome to Beijing
Though second to Shanghai in the biggest-city stakes, Beijing is a constantly growing epicentre for business, tourism, culture, politics and education. Its make-up - Beijing's history - is complex, and that has resulted in a socially adept, bustling city, where modernity and history stand side by side.
The city is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as hosting benchmarks of contemporary architecture: in many ways, it would be easy to see Beijing as a city of two extremes. But somehow, the city and its many, many residents turn both sides of the Beijing coin in on itself, creating a metropolis that's conscious and proud of its deep-seated foundations, but still allows extensive expansion.
Along with the heritage sites of the Ming Tombs, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and many other important facets of China's history, the city limits of Beijing also house a plethora of museums, theatres, sports facilities, shops, world-class restaurants and parks. The city is a flexible, sprawling one, and at times feels like its own country. There's much to explore here from one district to the next - the only problem is knowing where to begin.
Beijing Capital International Airport
The majority of domestic and foreign flights will land at Beijing International Airport. The airport is one of the busiest in the world and consists of three terminals, all of which are accessible via travelators or shuttle bus, depending on which you need to reach. Though the airport only has three terminals, it's worth bearing in mind that terminal three alone is bigger than the entirety of London Heathrow airport. Due to the size of the airport, travel into Beijing is easy: you can take a taxi, the Airport Express train or an airport shuttle into the centre.
Beijing Daxing International Airport
To ease some of the pressures from Beijing Capital International Airport, construction of a new airport is underway. Though the name of the airport is not entirely confirmed, it's expected to open towards the end of 2018 and will include fantastic transport links into the centre of Beijing.
Beijing Nanyuan Airport
Primarily a military base, Beijing Nanyuan Airport is also the main portal for China United Airlines. Beijing Nanyuan Airport will close once the new airport opens.