Budget guide: 3 days in Beijing

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.

3. Be patient! My mom and I were really surprised at the attitude of some locals we had encounters with. People pushed us, blocked our view when we really had good shots for taking photos, and cut in line. While walking, some men would spit anywhere they wanted. It was really annoying at first but we got used to it.

Locals hurrying to take a photo of the panda.

Locals hurrying to take a photo of the panda.

4. The Great Wall and Forbidden City are two of the best places you will ever travel to. Maximize your time at these places, appreciate the history and culture of these wonders, and cherish every minute of your experience. 

Beijing was an unforgettable experience. I was really amazed at the richness of their culture. They honor their past and instill it in the present. They are not easily influenced. If they learn something from other countries, they infuse it with their norms. China was really a unique travel experience, a country that people should definitely visit. – Rappler.com   

Irene Maligat is a grateful traveler. One of her main goals in life is to inspire and empower a lot of people to travel gratefully. Her passions are sports, reading, motivational writing, traveling, and events planning and management. Visit her website at Inspiring Grateful Travels.