Beijing International Airport is Air China’s main hub. The airport boasts three terminals, equipped with modern facilities. Terminal 1 services domestic flights whereas terminals 2 and 3 serve international and domestic flights.
China’s bustling capital city comprises of 18 municipal and suburban districts. Despite its glittering skyscrapers, the city has a historic core consisting of attractions like Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Five-Pagoda Temple.
The airport is 32km away from the city centre. The fastest way to the airport is via rail. Beijing subway, which opened in 2008 for the Olympics has an Airport Express Line and journey takes around 16 to 20 minutes.
Where to go
Shanghai, Republic of China
As China’s most westernised city, Shanghai is the place to head to if you are looking for modern and historical attractions donning one of the finest Art Deco architectures in the world. Top attractions include the Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Xintiandi and Ninjing Lu (Ninjing Road)
Guangzhou, Republic of China
One of the fastest growing region in China, the flourishing city of Guangzhou is home to attractions like the Qingping Market, Bright Filial Piety Temple and Mausoleum of the 72 Martyrs. Other places of interests include Shamian Island, featuring Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
Hangzhou, Republic of China
Many tout Hangzhou as an “earthly paradise”. Home to many scenic natural and man-made attractions such as Temple of Soul’s Retreat, Moon Mountain and the Pagoda of Six Harmonies. The biggest draw of the city lies in West Lake. The Solitary Hill Island offers one of the best views of the lake. Be sure to drop by Zhejiang Provincial Museum there.
Just 1.5 hours flight away lies Seoul. The National Folk Museum of Korea chronicles the history of South Korea. Visit Namdaemun and Heunginjimun, two of the eight gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul. It is a shopping galore at Myeong-dong district. Immerse yourself in tranquility of Buddhist temples like Bongeunsa and Jogyesa.
Popular mid-haul flight destinations include Hanoi. Explore Hanoi Oild Quarter, lined with shops selling from shoes, to clothes. It is also home to Bach Ma Temple, one of the oldest temples in Vietnam. Other attractions include Hoan Kiem Lake, featuring Ngoc Son Temple. For a taste of local life, head to the biggest wholesale market, Dong Xuan market. Sail away to the scenic Ha Long Bay, one of the seven wonders of the world.
A unique cityscape consisting of historical landmarks and edge-cutting skyscrapers awaits visitors in the city of Osaka. Family-friendly attractions include Universal Studios Osaka, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Go back in time when you explore the ancient Osaka Castle and Osaka Castle Park. Best time to visit is during the cherry blossom bloom.
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