People in Phoenix who want to head overseas to a city packed with activity and cultural sites can plan a trip to China's capital city. After you drive or take a taxi to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), it'll take at least sixteen hours to fly from Phoenix to Beijing, where you'll be greeted with the sights and sounds of one of the world's largest cities.
Forbidden City is located in the heart of Beijing, and it was home to the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It's where you'll find the Palace Museum, imperial gardens and sprawling grounds. Nearby are Tienanmen Square, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, the Summer Palace, and the National Museum of China. Wangfujing Street and Qianmen Street are two places where you can walk around with the locals, pop into small shops or large department stores and find a variety of dining options.
Once you arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), you can take the subway, bus or taxi to your hotel. You could also see if your hotel can arrange for a shuttle or private car. If you travel in the summer, be prepared for highs in the upper 80s with high humidity levels and an occasional rainstorm. Highs in the winter are often in the upper 30s.
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