Travel Guide to Beijing

Indian Embassy Near Beijing

Embassy of India

5, Liang Ma Qiao Bei Jie

Chaoyang District

Beijing 100600


Contact Number: (+86) 10 8531 2500, (+86) 10 8531 2501

Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Beijing

  • Original passport and old passports, if any
  • The passport should be valid for at least six months from the day of arrival in China, with a minimum of two blank pages
  • Confirmed return air tickets
  • Day-wise itinerary of the stay in China
  • Visa application form duly filled and signed
  • Two recent passport-size colour photographs (not more than three months old) taken against a white background with matte-finish
  • Cover letter with all details of travel, traveller, purpose of visit and the duration of stay. The letter should be duly signed by authorised signatory with company stamp and addressed to the ‘Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, Mumbai or Kolkata or New Delhi as per the jurisdiction.
  • Original bank statements reflecting transactions of the last six months with a minimum balance of Rs 1,60,000 per traveller
  • Hotel reservation

About Beijing

Serving as the capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing is an excellent place for the food-obsessed generation. Featuring a unique amalgamation of the old and modern world, Beijing is nothing less than a paradise for the history enthusiasts. With history etched in every step, Beijing attracts millions of visitors every year and serves them with all its heart. From the magnificent Forbidden City to the Temple of Heaven, all the tourist places in Beijing gives a trip to the past while racing towards the future.

Places to Visit in Beijing

The Great Wall of China – Located around 50 kilometres from the city centre, The Great Wall of China is undoubtedly one of the most famous places in Beijing. Moreover, as they say – “He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man”. Serving as China’s most significant engineering triumph, this attraction is packed with tourists all year round and listed under the Seven Wonders of the World.

Forbidden City – Located in central Beijing, Forbidden City is a massive palace complex and museum that served as the Chinese imperial palace from 1420 to 1912. Divided into two parts – outer and inner court; it takes a great deal of time to explore whole of the area thoroughly. Enthusiasts are advised to allow a minimum of five hours to make the most of their visit. Tour guides are readily available from ¥200 to ¥400 – depending on the area on wants to cover.

Tiān’ānmén Square – Ringed by low-rise perimeter fences, world’s largest public square Tiān’ānmén Square is a sight to behold and one of the most visited tourist places in Beijing. Visitors should plan an early day to catch the daily flag-raising ceremony at sunrise to take back a memory they can cherish forever. The soldiers of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) march precisely 108 paces per minute. The square is monitored by closed-circuit TV cameras and is run by the government.

Temple of Heaven Park – Another heavenly Beijing’s point of interest, Temple of Heaven Park is a serene oasis of peace and precise Confucian design. The 267-hectare Temple of Heaven Park is China’s busiest urban landscapes that once served as a vast stage for solemn rites performed by The Son of Heaven. The ceremonies were conducted for good harvests and sought celestial clearance and penance.

Summer Palace – Any visit to Beijing is incomplete without exploring the marvels of the Summer Palace. This place served as an escape spot from the suffocating summer torpor of the old imperial city for the emperors. To explore all of this place, visitors are advised to an entire day. The huge lake and hilltop views are something to look out for.

Lama Temple – The fabulous frescoes, riveting roofs, eye-popping carpentry, tantric statues and magnificent decorative arches make Lama Temple one of the most visited attractions of Beijing. The temple served as the former residence of Emperor Yong Zheng.

How to Reach Beijing

Beijing is well connected by air from all major cities of India. People planning a visit can book tickets to major international flights flying directly into the city. They can also hire domestic carriers while travelling from the prominent cities within China.

Travelling in Beijing

Local transport in Beijing is exceptionally planned and reaching new heights every year. With another 12 lines set to be in operation by 2021, the Beijing subway system is cheap, contemporary, safe and most importantly, easy to use. Though, it does get crowded during the peak travel hours. Fares are ¥3 to ¥8, depending on the distance one needs to cover. Tourists are advised to buy a travel card that can be obtained with a refundable deposit of ¥20 if they don’t want to queue for tickets each time they need to go somewhere. The travel card comes with a 50% discount on all bus journeys within Beijing.

Best Time to Visit Beijing

The best months to visit Beijing are from March to May and September to October. Stay prepared to experience the best climate these temperate seasons provide, not to mention colourful scenery. On the flip side, summer brings the scorching heat, and winter marshals in cold temps and sometimes snow.

What to Pack?

  • 3-4 quick dry, casual outfits
  • A pair or two of conservative shorts to tackle the warm climate
  • 1-2 suit or dress
  • 1-2 pairs of comfortable walking shoes
  • One warm jacket or sweater
  • Underwear’s and socks
  • Sleepwear
  • An umbrella, cap and comfy T-shirts

Top Delicacies

Spinach Noodles (bō cài miàn) – This typical Chinese dish is prepared with noodles made from spinach, then topped with whatever ingredients you would want to relish. Topped with an egg, potato, carrots, beef and chilli, the above serving has a spicy tomato-like sauce that enhances the flavor to several notches.

Fried Mashi (chǎo má shi) – One can easily find fried rice and noodles in any part of the world. Fried Mashi looks a lot like gnocchi, though, is entirely different. It's a little bit sweet, but it's hot and hearty. The crunchy vegetables on top provide a delicious collocation next to the soft chunkiness of the má shi.

Cold Vegetable Dish (liáng cài) – Liáng cài, translates to ‘cold dish’. This dish is an assortment of peanuts, vegetables and tofu, served with a dressing or sauce. The usual add-ons are green beans, lotus root, cucumbers and cabbage, midst a brilliant mixture of whatever else the chef thinks bests suits the dish!

Top Indian Restaurants in Beijing

Ganges Indian Restaurant

Address: The PLACE Mall, 9 Guanghua Rd, GuoMao, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001

Contact Number: +86 10 5206 1010


The Tandoor

Address: 1/F, Zhaolong Hotel, No.2, North Gongti Road, Chaoyang District

Contact Number: +86 10 6597 2211


Indian Kitchen

Address: 2 Sanlitun N Alley, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100027

Contact Number: +86 10 6462 7255

Shopping List Essentials (Where to Shop in Beijing)

Wangfujing Shopping Street – Located at an easy walking distance of 15 minutes from Tiananmen Square, it is one of the most ancient and famous shopping streets in Beijing. From bookstores to snack shops, this place has it all. One can easily reach here from Subway line 1 to Wangfujing.

Qianmen Street – This market can be easily reached by Subway line 2 to Qianmen after a tour of the Forbidden City. The ancient style buildings of this street offer an old-world charm while the shops have shoes, clothes, traditional souvenirs and food on offer.

Xidan Commercial Street – Yet another impressive shopping spot in Beijing, Xidan Commercial Street is where one can go crazy while shopping. Culture, shopping, dining and entertainment are well combined here while other offerings being similar to Wangfujing Shopping Street.

Healthcare Centres

It is advisable to keep the list of popular healthcare centres to be always prepared for any emergency that may encounter during the trip. As a measure, one should always invest in a travel insurance policy to keep the journey secured from all sides. Here is a list of popular healthcare centres of Beijing.

Peking Union Medical College Hospital

Address: East Section: 1, Shuaifu Yuan, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District,

West Section: 41, Damu Cang, Xidan, Xicheng District

Contact Number: +86 10 6915 6114


Beijing Friendship Hospital

Address: 95, Yong'an Lu, Tianqiao, Xuanwu District

Contact Number: +86 10 6301 4411


International SOS Clinic

Address: Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building,16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District

Contact Number: +86 10 6462 9112

Basics of Local Communication

English Mandarin
Hello Nǐ hǎo
Thank You Xièxiè
Yes Shì
No Méiyǒu
I Am Sorry Duìbùqǐ
Help Bāng bāng wǒ
Goodbye Zàijiàn
Do You Know This Address? Nǐ zhīdào zhège dìzhǐ ma?
How Much Duōshǎo?

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What kinds of medical coverage’s are provided??

The following medical expenses are covered: 

  • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

What is a deductible?

“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
  • Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
  • Treatment which could be reasonably delayed until the Insured’s return to India, which will be decided jointly by the treating Physician and the Emergency Assistance Service Provider and shall be in accordance with accepted standards of medical care.
  • The Insured taking part in naval, military or air force operations; war and nuclear perils.
  • Insured engaging in air travel unless he or she flies as a Fare Paying passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers.
  • Participation of the Insured in winter sports, mountaineering and such other professional sports or any other hazardous or potentially dangerous sport for which the Insured members are adequately trained, physically fit and using proper equipment. and that too only if specifically agreed and mentioned in the policy schedule.
  • Hazardous occupation, or if engaged in any criminal or illegal act.
  • Medical Expenses in respect of Experimental, investigational or unproven treatments or treatments which are not consistent with or incidental to the diagnosis and treatment of the positive existence or presence of any Illness for which confinement is required at a Hospital. Any Illness or treatment which is a result or a consequence of undergoing such experimental or unproven treatment.
  • Naturopathy treatment.
  • Non Allopathic treatment e.g. - Ayurvedic, Yogic, Homeopathic, Unani treatment(s).
  • Under no circumstances shall this insurance contract be deemed to provide cover and no liability be incurred to pay any claim or provide any benefit hereunder to the extent that the provision of such cover, payment of such claim or provision of such benefit would expose us to any sanction, prohibition, or restriction under United Nations resolutions or the trade or economic sanctions, laws or regulations of the European Union, United Kingdom, United States of America & India

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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption

Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.

Trip Delay

 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.