Traveling outside our country can be a small odyssey, especially if we have decided to plan it on our own. Therefore, thinking of all lovers of oriental culture, we have compiled some tips for traveling to Beijing for the first time.
What do we need to travel to Beijing
The first thing we will need to be able to travel to Beijing is to have a passport with a minimum of 6 months validity. In addition, we will have to apply for a visa unless we plan to spend only six days, in which case we will simply need to show that we have a return ticket to our country of origin.
In some cases, documents confirming our stay are requested. Bringing the hotel or accommodation reservation with us will help us.
Nor should we forget to go to the nearest vaccination center. Although there is no mandatory vaccine to travel to China, it is it is recommended to be vaccinated against tetanus-diphtheria, hepatitis A and B and typhusamong other.
Having good travel insurance, in case you need medical assistance, will avoid problems. It also does not hurt to take medications as stomach protectors or pain relievers.
Similarly, it is very important to note that Internet access is fairly controlled in China. If we want to avoid this type of blockage, there is the option of using a VPN system to be able to keep in touch and use platforms such as Facebook or Instagram. It is convenient that the mobile is unlocked to be able to make local calls or calls outside the country.
What to see in Beijing
Although the city has undergone a great technological transformation in recent years, It still preserves areas where you can see the most traditional China. These neighborhoods are known as hutong. They are made up of low-rise houses connected by an interior patio where several families live together. Some of these neighborhoods remain inhabited, but are located on the outskirts of the city.
However, the starting point of most visits begins in the nerve center of the city. Here is the famous Tiananmen Square, where some of the most important monuments and museums of the city are concentrated. Among them we highlight the National Museum and the Memorial to Mao Zedong.
We should also not miss the opportunity to visit the Old Imperial Palace, better known as the Forbidden City. The complex not only shows us a more global vision of the country’s history, but also gives us the opportunity to visit numerous places of interest.
An obligatory stopping point if we have decided to visit Beijing is, without a doubt, the Temple of Heaven, the ancient ceremonial center of the great emperors of the nation. In addition, in the enclosure we can also walk through the Tiantan park and photograph the Imperial Vault of Heaven.
But there is much more. Already in the outskirts we find other world-famous enclaves such as the Summer Palacethe Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs, where it is believed that more than ten emperors of one of the most glorious dynasties of the country are buried.
More tips for traveling to Beijing for the first time
To facilitate our communication with the Chinese population, it is convenient to carry the names written in Chinese on a piece of paper or on the mobile. It is also advisable to carry a map in the language of the country to pinpoint more specific locations. Finally, if our accommodation has a business card, it will be a good idea to get one to return easily.
In China, and especially in cities like Beijing, You have to be careful when crossing the street. Traffic lights and zebra crossings are always indicative for them, so on many occasions they are not respected by drivers or bystanders, so we recommend looking before crossing.
It is also important to remember to haggle if we are going to buy traditional products or souvenirs. This business practice is very common in Beijing. Also, it is not uncommon for them to try to charge us high prices, so we can try to get better prices just by using this old tactic.
It is very important that we carry cash with us, there are many establishments and places where payment with credit cards is not accepted. There are also not too many ATMs in the city and some of them may not work as they should.