Day 2: Beijing: Temple of the Lamas, Confucius Temple, Qianmen, Tiananmen Square
We passed the control, Roger with a girl who had lived in Spain so they entertain themselves talking about the Easter holidays and once the control is over we see some panels that tell us that we have to take a train that will take us to the area of baggage claim
Just doing this already takes us practically an hour. Is this the first sign that China is huge?
We collect the bags and go directly to the Chinese Agriculture Bank where we see that the change is at 6.55RMB looking before changing the gearboxes that are right there and give us at most 6.25RMB per euro, so we go directly to the bank Without thinking much more.
Counting that tomorrow is Sunday we take the opportunity to exchange enough money until Monday that we will return to a bank, we have read that the best is the Bank of China, to see how the change is.
Today and after many more trips, we recommend you if you do not want to pay commissions when taking money from ATMs abroad and always have the current exchange, use the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to take money, our two favorite cards for travel.
You can find much more information in the post of the best cards to travel without commissions.
With the money already changed, we go straight to AirPort Express to get to Beijing. Think that a taxi from Beijing airport to the center has an approximate cost of 350RMB and the Airport Express costs 25RMB per person, so it is worth and much worth opting for this form of transfer between the airport and Beijing. At the moment you leave the baggage claim, everything is very well indicated, so you will have no problem getting to the area where the train is taken.
To get to our hotel in Beijing, the 161 Hotel, located in Lishi Hutong, we have to take the Airport Express, get off at Dongzhimen station and from there take the subway line 2 (navy blue line) to Yonghehong and here change to line 5 to Donsi.
Thus explained it may seem complicated, but we can assure you that it is as easy as the subway of any other city (think that all stations and cartels are written in both Chinese and English), you just have to be clear at which station you have to get off .