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It’s difficult to describe just how big Beijing is until you see it for yourself, rest assured you’ll have visited few cities quite like it.
A city that’s as old as it is big, Beijing has a history stretching back over 3,000 years, with lots of ancient sites to visit such as the majestic Forbidden City.
However, it’s also an extremely modern city, with more recent landmarks too such as the ‘Birds Nest’ Olympic Stadium which was built for the 2008 games.
One of the most popular tourist areas is the massive Tiananmen Square, which is where you’ll find the National Museum of China, home to a large collection of cultural relics, and the mausoleum of Mao Zedong.
And just an hour away on the train you’ll find yourself at Badaling, the most visited section of the Great Wall of China.
Beijing is a true fusion of old and new with a wide variety of attractions and sights, as well as excellent restaurants and street foods to try out too.
If you’re looking to book cheap flights from Australia to Beijing, be sure to check out the latest fares here at Globehunters, including first class and business class fares.
Here are five basic facts to know about Beijing before you leave:
Time Difference: UTC +8 hoursCurrency: Chinese Renminbi (¥)Native Languages: MandarinWeather: Hot, humid summers and cold, windy and dry winters. Spring is dry but can experience sandstorms and Autumn is also largely dry.Sales Tax: 16%
Here’s everything you’ll need to know before flying to Beijing from Australia, including flight times and entry requirements.
Direct flights are available from Sydney and Melbourne to Beijing and generally take around 11 to 12 hours.
Indirect flights are available from other airports around Australia but take considerably longer.
Australian citizens travelling to China will require a visa, so it’s important to have this sorted at least a month before you travel.
You can apply for a Chinese visa either at a Chinese Visa Application Service Centre (located in major Australian cities) or by mail, although this can take up to ten days to process.
The following airlines currently offer direct flights from Australia to Beijing:
- Air China
- China Eastern Airlines
The city’s primary airport is Beijing Capital, which is the second busiest in the world. It’s linked to the city by the Airport Express line of the Beijing Subway.
A one way trip generally takes between 16 and 20 minutes and costs ¥25, with stops at Sanyuanqiao and Dongzhimen.
Beijing is a huge city, but if we had to pick ten top things to see and do on during your stay, this is what they would be.
- Forbidden City
- Great Wall of China
- Summer Palace
- Temple of Heaven
- Tiananmen Square
- The Tiananmen
- Beihai Park
So if you’re heading to the Far East, we can compare thousands of flights, hotels and car hire deals here at Globehunters to ensure that you get the very best deal on your flights from Australia to Beijing.