As many tourists flocks to China for a short stay at the airport or travel, there are several tips you shouldn’t miss for your Beijing layover tour.
1. Visa Application
There are 24 hours and 144 hours for free visa policy. If you have valid passenger ticket for connecting travel (including an airplane ticket, ferry ticket or train ticket), to a third country or region. (ie: USA-Beijing-Russia)
NOTE: 24-hour TWOV is not available to passengers traveling on the following passports; Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
NOTE: 144-hour visa-free is valid for the following passport holders:
24 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
15 Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus, Monaco
6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
2 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand
6 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar
After you land at Beijing Capital International Airport, go to China Inspection and Quarantine and get Visa-free Permit Stamp at 24/144-hour International Transfer (Apply to Leave the Airport). In general, it will take 1.5-2 hours to get out. In addition, you’d better spare 2 hours for returning back to the airport for clearing customs and etc.
2. Popular Attractions for Beijing Layover Tour
There are many options for your Beijing layover to choose depending on the length of your layover. These sites are popular sites for travelers to explore.
1．Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a must-see site for every traveler, it’s World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO. When you were a kid, you were probably told that the Great Wall of China was the only man-made object seen from outer space. It’s quite long stretching around 21,196 kilometers. And it divided several sections. Take this in the priority on your Beijing layover tour.
Forbidden City is palace for Ming and Qing dynasty for over 500 years. The historical architecture and many preserved traditional painting are awe-inspiring. Take your time and soak up the history of China.
Notice: Forbidden City closes on every Mondays.
Summer Palace is the perfect summer resort for the royal family, which has the most captivating landscape in Beijing. Take a leisurely stroll around or take a boat to appreciate appealing lake and bridges.
4．Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven is one of the most well-known religious complexes in China and it was the place for emperors holding annual ceremonies and praying to Heaven for a good harvest. It’s the idol place for travelers to explore traditional Chinese culture.
3. Where to Store Your Luggage
You don't need to bring check-in luggage, and you can bring your handbag with you for your layover tour. It's very safe to keep it in our private car if you booked a tour or you can use Luggage Left service at the airport, service fee varies from luggage size, it wouldn’t cost more than 10 dollars within 24 hours layover.
4. How to Get to the Hotel?
We advise you to book a hotel near Bejing airport, most of them provide free ferry service.
If you want to go to the downtown area, you can take subway.
Two stops to the downtown area are Sanyuanqiao and Dongzhimen.
Beijing Subway Map
Or You can take a taxi, for taxi price varies from location and time(Day or Night). Try to avoid taking a taxi during morning Peak (7:00-9:00 am) and evening peak (17:00-19:00 pm). Remember to bring cash in RMB with you!
5. What to Eat?
The famous Peking Duck is on the top list of your Beijing layover tour. Other recommended foods are spicy hot pot, dumplings and Chinese hamburgers.
6. Consider Taking a Private Tour
If you want to have a more flexible Beijing layover tour, find a local travel agency. It’s time-saving and more convenient for travelers. Agency will provide private vehicle and professional tour guide serving for your memorable Beijing layover.
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The Most Popular Beijing Layover Tour
On this layover tour, get to climb the Great Wall of Badaling section or Mutianyu Section, enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you walk along the wall at the same time learning how it was first constructed. Stop over for a Chinese style lunch at a jade factory and after that take a stroll on the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs and discover its historic and cultural value.
Badaling/Mutianyu Great Wall- Sacred Way Beijing Layover Tour
Do you have a 7 hours layover in Beijing? The Great Wall is a must-visit spot for every traveler in Beijing and goes wild at the only section of the Simatai Great Wall open for a night tour during your layover in Beijing. Yes, it is possible to make way to the spectacular sights of the wall winding its way up rooster crest like mountainsides and down valleys initially built as a protective structure but now draws millions of tourists attracted by its folklore and impressive architecture. After complimentary airport pick up head straight to the Simatai Great Wall where you can choose to either hike (accessible yet dangerous) or ride the cable car up to admire the awe-inspiring original appearance of wall blended with changing dramatic views beautifully lit up by lanterns. After the wall visit, you will be sent back to the airport.
Simatai Great Wall Layover Tour-Day Tour & Night Tour
This customized Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tomb excursion ensure that you see the ancient world wonder from all perspectives and also gives you the chance to discover the mystery that lies at the Ming Tomb (Changling Tomb). On the wall choose to either hike or take the cable car up to get a comprehensive view of the wall that looks more like a huge dragon winding its way over the rolling mountains. Get lost in a moment in time and create memories worth bragging about.
Historic Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs Beijing Layover Tour
Are you going to have a long layover in Beijing? Take the best chance to know and visit the most famous, historical and cultural sites in Beijing, such as the Tiananmen square (the most important square in the whole China), the Forbidden city (ancient home of emperors) and Mutianyu Great Wall (one of the new 7 wonders of the world). Our professional tour guide and driver will pick you up at the airport, we will take you for a quick Beijing tour and get you back on time for your next flight. booking this layover tour can be a memorable part of your epic trip!
Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City-Beijing Layover Tour