72 hours in Beijing

Getting a visa for China is very difficult. But there’s a 72 hour transit visa you can get upon arrival. Luckily a lot of the major attractions are close to the city and can be seen in just a couple days.

When were we there
4 days, June 3 – June 6

Where did we go
✈️ Flight from Seoul to Beijing
Quick and easy flight on Air China. We got upgraded to business for free!
🏨 Park Hyatt
We stayed at the Park Hyatt. It was $150/night (after discounts) and probably the best hotel we’ve ever stayed at. Giant 45th floor modern room, floor to ceiling glass on two walls. We could live there.


  • Great Wall of China
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Silk Market (epic shopping!)

I’ll be honest: I never thought I’d visit China. I was intimidated. Boy was I wrong. I thought Beijing would be like Delhi: busy, crowded, dusty, and still developing. Actually it was clean and modern. The air quality was the only issue.

We enjoyed incredible food (we ate everything! It was spicy!), beautiful sites, and a rich ancient history.

We had a tour guide take us around for 2 days and she was awesome! Super energetic and funny!

China seems to be developing WAY faster than India. They seem to have come very far in just the past 20 years, and I don’t think I can say the same about India.