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Why Fly to Beijing?
Beijing is one of the the oldest cities in Asia, but its rapid growth, combined with China's emergence as a major world and economic power, makes it feel like the capital of the future. The city's landscape is continually in flux: traditional hutong neighborhoods, centuries old, are torn down to make way for some of the world's most advanced and experimental architecture.
Flying to Beijing from the UK
Flights to Beijing depart from several airports throughout the UK and Ireland including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Dublin. Direct flights leave only from London Heathrow and take around 10 hrs. Indirect flights (1 and 2 stops) take around 16 hours, although the return journey is often a good 3 - 4 hours longer. One stop British Airways flights from major airports outside London have one domestic stop off at either London Heathrow or Gatwick.
Popular Flight Routes to Beijing
Which Airlines Fly to Beijing?
Air China, British Airways and Virgin all offer direct flights from London Heathrow; with Alitalia and KLM offering indirect flights from London, Manchester and Birmingham with a stopover in a European city (including Amsterdam and Frankfurt. The stopover times can vary from as little as an hour to as much as 8 or 9 hours. As British Airways stop over in London, it may be quicker to pick the flight up there rather than from the initial departure airport. Flying indirectly is often much cheaper, especially if you have been unable to book well in advance. it is often possible to save as much as £300 to £400.
Mini Travel Guide to Beijing
The compact size of Beirut means that it is easy to see in a short trip. You can begin your day traveling through the museums and plazas of the Beirut Central District, the city's restored historic district, and end your day on the beach watching the sun set through the arches of the city's famous Pigeon Rocks. A day trip to the scenic ruins of the Temples of Baalbeck, just outside Beirut, can be complemented by a visit to one of the city's modern neighborhoods, such as Verdun or Hamra.