The sprawling city of Beijing is China at its most dynamic, where high-rise offices, glittering shopping complexes and eight-lane freeways herald the march of modernity upon the populous capital. But the city also brims with 3,000 years of history, enshrined in a collection of time-honoured relics that present a fascinating distinction between modern living and old-world charm.
Conveniently located from Pan Pacific Beijing, travellers can take a walk through politics at Tiananmen Square before marvelling at the architectural wonders of the renowned Forbidden City. For some quiet repose, the dignified complex of the Temple of Heaven is rich in religious symbolism for the Chinese.
Winding grey stone alleyways known as hutongs provide an atmospheric experience of local life, while Wangfujing, a pulsating commercial street, comes alive at night with a myriad of entertainment, shopping and dining options, easily accessible from Pan Pacific Beijing.
GMT/UTC +8 hours
Beijing's climate features a continental monsoon with four distinct seasons.
Government agencies: Mon-Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm (excluding one-hour lunch)
Banks: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Shopping centres: 9:00am to 9:00pm daily
Tourist attractions: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Locals are known for their warmth and generosity. Chinese religion and the observance of major and local festivals form a significant part of the Beijing culture.
A visa exemption policy applies to travellers of select nationalities under certain conditions. Please check with your local travel authorities for the latest visa policies.
The spring and autumn months of April, May, September and October are considered the best times to be in the city, with an average temperature of 17°C. The city sees a snowy winter from December to February, with temperatures frequently below zero degrees.