City Guide, Beijing
Beijing sits between two rivers that flow out of the hills and onto the North
China Plain, which at this location is a large alluvial fan. The city is located
some 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the gulf known as Bo Hai, an arm of the Yellow
Sea, or Huang Hai.
A world-renowned ancient cultural city, Beijing is a flourishing metropolis,
boasting many scenic spots and historical monuments, precious artifacts and world-famous
architectural wonders, such as Forbidden City, the most magnificent palace in China;
Ming Tombs, an imperial tomb cluster for thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644);
Great Wall, one of the seven wonders of the world; Temple of Heaven, the worshipping
site for the emperors; Summer Palace, the grandest imperial garden in China; Sacred
Way, a divine road reflecting the pomp and dignity of emperors; Tiananmen Square,
The largest square in the world; Lama Temple, a noted temple dedicated to Tibetan
Buddhism; Beihai Park, a centuries-old park with marvelous scenery; Hutong, a carrier
and mirror of Beijing folk culture.
Culture and entertainment
Undoubtedly, Beijing is the cultural center of China. Beijing has endowed too
many connotations for culture. Beijing is just like the thickest encyclopedia, containing
the cultural heritage of 5,000 history of China, absorbing the exploding knowledge
of the current society, and foretelling the scenarios of the future development.
Beijing offers a wide variety of entertainment. Visitors can enjoy the traditional
Chinese performances of Beijing Opera, Chinese Drama and acrobatics staged at theaters
and teahouses or stop off a private Karaoke TV room to sing, or at a bar for a drink.
For those who prefer more active pursuits, Yoga, bungee-jumping and rock-climbing
are also available.
Food and drink
While dining in Beijing, even the most experienced of Beijing visitors will get
tantalized. The reason is that the city is filled with so many delicacies all from
through the country that it is too difficult to make a decision. As the capital
of China, Beijing has developed its own culinary identity- Beijing Cuisine.
Join the throngs at Hongqiao Market to haggle for pearls, high-tech gadgets and
brilliantly colored silks or tailor-made clothes at Ya Show Market. The mood is
more up market in designer-lined Wangfujing, where the Arts & Crafts World Mansion
stocks Chinese crafts from jade to intricate wood carvings. Bordering the hutongs
and centered on remodeled Qing dynasty siheyuan courtyard houses, Liulichang Xi
Jie is an atmospheric street to pause for tea and shop for antiques, name chops
and calligraphy brushes.
Starting January 1, 2013 Ethiopian airlines operation at the Beijing Capital International Airport will be served from Terminal 3. This move is as part of Star Alliance strategy of moving under one roof to simplify air travel to customers, which will further simplify connection times throughout the Star Alliance network within China and in the Region.
Now, Ethiopian customers flying to Beijing will have seamless connection to other cities within China and other neighboring countries like Shanghai, Fuzhou, Incheon, Narita, Taiwan, and hundreds of other destinations while earning and burning their miles across Star member carriers.
This will provide access to Air China Lounge for Ethiopian Cloud Nine and ShebaMiles Gold passengers and better connections to flights operated by Air China (Domestic and International), Air Canada, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Austrian Airlines, Egypt Air, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.
Beijing Capital International Airport Map