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Flights from Beijing Capital

As the second-largest airport in the world and the busiest in Asia, Beijing Capital International Airport dominates the flight routes going between China and the surrounding area. It handles an average of 500,000 aircraft movements with millions of passengers departing and arriving from various destinations. Cargo traffic is also enormous with more than a million tonnes of products and supplies coming in almost every year to this primary port of entry in East China. 

 

Opened in 1958, Beijing Capital International Airport used to have only one small terminal building meant for the use of VIPs and charter flights. A new building was built in 1980, but it proved to be too small to accommodate the increasing number of flights in the 1990s. This spike in passenger traffic prompted the construction of Terminal 2 with the extension of the runways to relieve the congestion in the airport. Terminal 3 was then completed in 2008 for the Summer Olympics. This expansion included a rail link to the city centre, which made it more convenient for passengers to reach the capital. Further expansion with another airport to be built nearby is planned to divide the number of flights coming to and going from Beijing. 

 

Where to go

Go on a tour around the major cities of China to appreciate various aspects in Chinese culture. One of the places to consider is Guǎngzhōu. Once known as Canton, this city in the province of Guangdong offers a variety of sights to enjoy such as the Grand Mausoleum of the Nányuè King, which also functions as one of China's best museums. Those looking for a spot of green can venture to Shāmiàn Island, a stretch of gardens surrounded by old houses and cafes. The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes can also be found here, which was established by the French in 1892. One must not forget to take a detour to the Chén Clan Ancestral Hall, a Confucian school and a compound of the Chens who are predominant in the area. Visitors going here will find buildings with traditional designs and embellished with carvings, statues, and ornate scrollwork.

 

Travellers who want to experience the beauty of the Chinese countryside can visit Sìchuān, which lies near to the lower centre of the country. One will see here mountains covered with mist, ancient villages, and carved Buddha structures. The panda, one of China's most famous icons, can also be seen in the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base where they frolic in large and well-maintained enclosures. From here, tourists can turn to the Bakong Scripture Printing Press and Monastery that uses the old woodblock printing methods. More than 320,000 scripture plates are kept here, which feature Tibetan literature and ancient writings covering various topics. Other attractions to be found here include Yàdīng Nature Reserve, Shǔnán Zhúhǎi National Park, Darjay Gompa, Sānxīngduī Museum, and many more.

 

Only two hours away from Beijing, Mongolia features a rich natural landscape from steppes to deserts. The craggy and barren Bayanzag is also popular for the Flaming Cliffs which come to life before dusk when the bright colours of the sunset reflect on the reddish land. One can then visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the oldest in Mongolia. One will find here a wall decorated with more than 100 stupas, a common fixture in the traditional architecture, as well as three zuu temples maintained for their cultural significance. After visiting here, one can go back to Ulaanbaatar and see the National Museum of Mongolian History which keeps various artefacts starting from third century BCE to present time. 

 

Travellers from Beijing can visit Russia, the ideological sister of China and one of its primary allies. Moscow is around eight hours away from Beijing, which allows travellers access to various sites such as Lenin's Mausoleum. Visitors will see here one of the foremost figures in Russian history lying in state at the foot of the Kremlin wall. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin is not the only one visited here, as Josef Stalin, Leonid Brezhnev, and other prominent personalities in Communism are also buried here. From here, one can tour St Basil's Cathedral lying at the southern end of the Red Square. The multi-coloured patterns and shapes on this ornate structure feature the best of Russian architecture. Other landmarks to include in the itinerary are the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Gorky Park, and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.  

 

How to get out

Tourists going out of China to see other places can book flights in Beijing Capital International Airport. Airlines serving here fly to and from major airports in Europe and various parts of Asia from the north to the southeast. Southwest Asia, some parts of Africa, and North America are also accommodated here, which solidifies Beijing Capital International Airport as one of the primary transit routes in the world. 

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