Beijing Basic Information
Pushing and shoving on the Beijing subway and buses is all part and parcel of the ride and not intended to be taken as a personal affront. For other tips on how to navigate your way through China's capital city, read on.
A visa is required for all Australian visitors to China whether for tourism, business, employment or study purposes. If you are travelling to China, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the duration of your intended stay and you must be able to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket. Be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of China.
The currency of Beijing is the Renminbi with denominations in Yuan. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and Chinese Yuan fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit card or debit card.
The dining options in Beijing are a melting pot of the 8 Chinese cuisines as well as influences from many different cultures including Muslim and Uygur dishes. The main specialities of this city have to be Beijing roast duck (formerly Peking duck) - where the whole duck is made into a 3-course meal, the intricately decorated and immaculately presented Imperial cuisine, and local snacks on streets and night markets devoted to cooked delicacies that are an unique feature of Beijing. You also can't go past a steaming hotpot of meat, seafood and vegetables on a chilly night. There's also everything from Korean specialities to Heritage, the sister space to the renowned Parisian noshery, and a huge array of international restaurants.
Beijing's after-hours party scene centres around Sanlitun, Dashanzi and Gongti in the Chaoyang District with over 600 venues. Sanlitun is popular with expats, but locals and travellers throng to the Gongti area around the Workers Stadium for the warehouse-style clubs, cocktail bars and local and international DJs. Dada and Lantern are where you'll find underground dance music, Babyface caters for the house and hip hop fans in a lounge setting and Chocolate is a club/restaurant hybrid with live music, stage performances and DJs. For drinks with a view, check out Q Bar for cocktails on the outdoor terrace, while stylish Migas lights up with the twinkling lights of Sanlitun.