Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to Beijing Indian Embassy Near Beijing Embassy of India 5, Liang Ma Qiao Bei Jie Chaoyang District Beijing 100600 China 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? Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? Take a look at our FAQ section that resolves commonly-asked queries on travel insurance. How do I benefit with Travel Insurance? Overseas travel insurance protects you when you are travelling in a foreign land. The insurance covers the expenses incurred during events like flight cancellation, illness, injury, misplaced baggage, loss of passport, etc. There would be financial reimbursement offered to cover the financial risk. Are Children and Senior citizens covered? Children from the age group of 3 months are covered.Senior citizens are also covered, with maximum entry age restricted to 85 years.For buying a policy covering people above 60 years of age kindly contact our representative at 080- 49010200. MORE FAQs Why choose Bharati AXA Travel Insurance Travelling overseas is always fun. its more fun when you know your trip financialy secure. 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