Beijing is a popular tourist and commercial city in China. 24 Hours Layover in Beijing is going to give you just about enough time to tick the major tourist attractions. The capital city is always bustling with tourist and businessmen from all around the world.
If you had 24 hours Layover in Beijing, I am sure you wanna want to go explore and visit the best places in and around Beijing city. To be honest, a day is good enough to tick off your bucket list and maybe a little more than what’s on your list.
As mentioned earlier Beijing is the most popular capital city of the Republic of China. It is the worlds most populous city. Beijing is alternatively known as Peking and hence the 3 letter airport code is PEK. Beijing is the 2nd largest city after Shanghai. It is a hub for all the leading centres’ likes language, architecture, education, etc. Like Sicily, Portugal, Beijing is among the oldest cities in the world and hosts around 7 UNESCO sites.
Beijing Highlights and Beijing Attraction:
Let’s talk about our 24 Hours layover in Beijing. Bear in mind the traffic in Beijing can be very tiring and disappointing. You do not want to make an endless list and then be disappointed as you could not cover them all. The best way would be to rent a car or book a tour and go around. I got in touch with the hotel concierge and booked a small car or my colleagues and my self. On a short trip booking a tour or renting a car would make a huge difference and would save you a lot of time.
I would suggest doing a bit of research on places to visit in Beijing or things to do in Beijing on a 24 Hour Layover. If you are like me and Beijing is your first time I am sure you want to visit the Wonder of the world, The Great Wall of China. The Great Wall does deserve a maximum time from your layover in China. This was the 2nd wonder of the World I visited after Petra Jordan
Transit visa for China:
Passengers transiting in China do require a transit Visa. Transit visa for 72 hours is free. Check the official website for more info.
24 Hour Layover in Beijing.
The Great Wall Of China:
My work took me to the Chaoyang District of Beijing. The distance from Chaoyang District to the Great Wall of China was 71km, after inquiring we figured to reach the Great Wall it would take an hour and 23 minutes which was not too bad.
Why Choose the Great Wall Of China:
- It is one of the Wonders of the World.
- I had read a lot of facts and Myths about this place that it intrigued me.
I would like to share a few facts with you:
FACTS about the Great Wall of China/ History of the Great Wall of China
- The Great Wall Of China literally means “The Immeasurably”. It is the longest Man-Made structure in the world.
- Length of the Great Wall 10,000 miles (6700km).
- Great Wall was called “the longest cemetery” as many people died building it.
- Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall annually and this makes it difficult to maintain the Great Wall.
- Several Walls were built in the 7th century BC.
The myth about the Great Wall of China:
- It is a myth that the Great Wall can be seen from the moon without aid.
How to reach the Great Wall?
- You can hike up the Great Wall obviously, with good hiking shoes. I read do not repeat the climb and do not climb if you have back problems.
- One can take a cable car to reach the top of the Great Wall. We personally chose the cable cars as we did not have the leverage of time. Also, the cable car will reward you with a great panoramic view. Read about the world’s highest cable car
I would suggest giving yourself at least 3 hours at this Historic Site. 3 hours is good enough to walk around enjoy the cable car ride and take a few pictures.
Entry fee: The fee to enter the Great wall was around $4 which does not include the price for the cable car. (Prices may vary.)
After about 3 hours we decided to walk back. To come back there 3 interesting ways.
- Cable Car.
- You can come down a luge. (toboggan) which is definitely more exciting.
- Or Walk back if you like.
Now it’s time to head back to our next attraction. On the way back do request your driver to make a stop at the waterfalls. During the winters, these waterfalls are frozen giving an amazing view to it. I do not remember the name of the falls but I do remember that we did not have to divert for it. It was on the way.
Our next stop is about 80 KM an hour an half drive to the Forbidden City.
In the centre of Beijing lies THE FORBIDDEN CITY. This too is a historic site and was declared as the WORLD HERITAGE SITE by UNESCO. Few facts I learnt from our driver and after getting to the forbidden city:
FACTS and History about Forbidden City:
- The temple was the Chinese imperial palace museum and was formerly known as the FORBIDDEN CITY.
- There are 9,999 rooms in the forbidden city.
- It took 14 years to build the magnificent and colourful Palace.
- The common people were not allowed to raise their eyes on their emperors.
These 2 popular places are the best places to visit in Beijing. In your 24 Hours layover, this would be the maximum you can add if you want it spaced out. Also, bear in mind that the traffic in China can mess up with your schedule. There were many organized tours in the city which can cover the above 2 in 24 hours.
I hope you find this post useful if you have 24 hours layover in Beijing like me and are confused on where to visit, as there are many things to see around, I would highly recommend the above 2 for the 1st timers.
To give you an average cost. I spent approximately 600 yuan that is 85 USD and that was absolutely more than enough to Share a Car with 2 other girls, tickets and food. Feel free to share some of your pictures if you visit these places, I would like to be a part of your experience through pictures. Enjoy and Safe Travels.
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