TRAVEL: Budget guide: 3 days in Beijing

Features Philippines Aug 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm


Planning a trip to Beijing? This writer traveled to see the Great Wall and Forbidden City – on a budget.

Here is a detailed guide, itinerary, and a few travel tips if you’re planning on visiting Beijing any time soon.

Flights to/from Beijing

During an airline seat sale in December 2015, we were able to book roundtrip flights from Manila to Beijing for only P4,099 per person. A one-way flight to or from Beijing takes around 4 hours. There is no time difference between Manila and Beijing. A travel tax of P1,620 is paid at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), while no fees are paid at the Beijing Capital International Airport.

Chinese visa

Philippine passport holders touring China need to apply for a visa. We applied for a single-entry visa that allowed us a valid stay of 14 days. We compiled all our requirements and had an authorized representative (make sure you sign an authorization letter) submit and pick up the documents at the Chinese embassy. We applied for the visa in September 2016 and were allowed to enter China before December 2016. Lowest application fee is P1,400 per person and processing time is 4-5 regular working days.

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