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I just tried. It is surprisingly easy, and I would totally recommend it even if you have only 4 hours between flights. I will suppose that like almost everyone coming from an international flight you are at Terminal 3. From the arrivals, go down to the ground floor, where the local buses are, and walk to the right: After the last bus stop there is still a ...


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I think we've all had that experience where a delay on one flight means we really had to hurry and dash through the airport, getting there after boarding has started. I once had a gate attendent see me (out of breath, red in the face, running hard, panting "I'm here!") and turn and run down the jetway to stop them closing the door! That plane started moving ...


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Will I need a visa or can I use the visa free transit? Yes as an US citizen, you are entitled for a free transit in China for up to 24 hours since you have a confirmed onward ticket to Melbourne (Australia) and without entering the country (i.e. clearing immigration). According to Visa And Passport National USA (US) /Embarkation ...


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Yes, you can simply go to your next flight in Beijing without clearing Customs and Immigration if you are carrying only hand luggage. Good news is your next flight at Beijing airport would be through Cathay Pacific Airways and presumably you are obliged just to check in online prior to departure. All you need to do is just go to flight connection at Beijing ...


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I (and friends) went through Chinese immigration (where they check your visa/passport) and customs (where they check whether you have stuff to declare) a handful of times and my experience is: They are aware of potential language barriers and prepared to handle those. In practice that means you encounter a pretty efficient operation where the officials ...


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It's unlikely that you would encounter problems solely due to a language barrier. In my (limited) experience, border officials in China (at major international airports) speak English well enough to do their job with English-only passengers. Also, since you already need to get a Chinese visa for your trip, the hard work has mostly been done. Your interaction ...


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Just a short answer: it all depends on whether you had it as one booking or two separate bookings. If it is on one booking (which I assume) then you are fine. The airline will take care to get you on a later flight and also of hotel if necessary. Just contact their desk in case. (Since the delay/missed connection is their fault, not yours.) If it's two ...


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Take the Beijing Subway Airport Express Line (北京地铁机场线). It goes right from Dongzhimen to PEK with only one stop in between. There are two stations at PEK, one in Terminal 2 and one in Terminal 3. The Airport Express costs ¥25 per trip, for which you could either use a Beijing public transportation card or buy a single-trip ticket at a vending machine, ...


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I suspect you can't. PEK is surrounded by suburban/semi-urban areas, but the immediate surroundings of the airport terminals are runways, fields, and other large open expanses. The only ways out are the connecting roads (and subway), which do not have sidewalks. You can try walking on the connecting roads and leave before you enter the Airport Highway, but ...


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PEK is working overload this year, meaning there is a lot of congestion at PEK. Assuming that the prices are similar, I would choose PVG as the lines are much shorter. If flying into PKX (Beijing Daxing International Airport) is an option, then PKX would be the best option as you would have less walking to do between transfers and since it is newer, you get ...


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Air China uses terminal 3, so... Nanjing → Beijing → Milan Your luggage will be checked all the way through. Even though you're technically leaving China from Beijing, you don't need to have your checked luggage with you to go through the departure customs procedure. Source: Beijing Airport Domestic to International, personal experience Milan &...


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Note that there is no direct Airasia flight from PEK to MEL, but there is a connecting one via KUL. Not that it makes a difference. You might run into major problems if your flight to PEK is delayed, as in that case you would miss your connecting flight and therefore your qualification for visa-free transit. Another issue is to convince the gate agent in ...


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Although I have never entered Beijing, I got through PEK several times as a transit. In my experience you can just use English and it has no problems at all. PEK is one of the largest international airports in the world and I'm sure that if you exclude passangers from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, at least 80% people that are going to get through the ...


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Yes you can rent bicycles around the airport hotels. This depends on whether you are a foreigner or Chinese national. Most hotels around the airport offer bicycle rentals to Chinese citizens as they only accept an ID card. Other places close to the airport also offer bicycle rentals though some are a bit far, just a few stops from the airport by subway. ...


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Air China do not fly from Toronto Pearson to Beijing, so you must be on a different airline for at least that leg of the flight. Presuming that airline is Air Canada, or at least some other carrier that uses terminal 3, then 1 hour 50 minutes is tight, but probably doable. The minimum connection time is 60 minutes, so you're above that means that the ...


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It is doable, though quite tight. They usually give you priority through the airport lines if they know that your connecting flight is taking off soon. You do not to clear immigration nor customs through PEK if you're final destination is Manila.


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I just answered a very similar question here, you will find it and the links provided there helpful I hope. Your question is not completely clear to me, I assume you are currently in Beijing on a valid visa that permits you no more entries. Then you would travel Beijing-HK-Bangkok-Beijing on one ticket and Beijing-Paris on another ticket within the 72h. ...


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You will most likely have to pick up your baggage and check them into your connecting flight. Clearing customs depends on the time of day and the amount of people on your flight. Usually, it takes about an hour to clear customs.


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You luggage will be checked through in PEK but it is always best to confirm when you check in. Yes you can have 2 separate bags plus your carry on for this flight


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As a Kyrgyz passport holder, you can transit in PEK (or any airport in mainland China except XMN) without a visa for up to 24 hours. Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months from the arrival date in PEK, and you must already hold a confirmed onward ticket to Macau. For any transit in mainland China, I recommend making sure your connection is not ...


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Overdue self-answer: in the end, I was unable to find any other alternative, so I bit the bullet and booked the "transit to lounge". Despite the price this was the right call, since the night I passed through it was full and several people pleading for a room were turned away. (room at lounge, picture by me) That said, it was pretty much what you'd expect ...


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I arrived at PEK Terminal 2 on Air France about a month ago, and I saw two stalls in the baggage claim area selling SIM cards. I don't remember the exact pricing as I decided to go to a China Unicom store in the city instead, but it was definitely lower than the one offered by klook from Daniil's link above (think about 200CNY for unlimited data and 100 ...


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At the airport From recent sources, there should be areas where you can buy a SIM card in terminal 3, none in terminal 2. A TripAdvisor post from 2 years ago: I believe that the only place to buy a SIM card at the Beijing airport is at terminal 3. It is in the area where you wait for your luggage. It is a China Mobile counter. If that does not work for ...


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It seems mostly safe. Usually 3 hours are enough. Some months ago we had a problem with Pakistan, so most airlines should not flight over it. OTOH I assume the plane will flight mush more north. In any case, from FlightRadar24 flight CA950, it is often on time. Few times just less then 1 hour delay (and twice with 1h30 delay). So it should be feasible. But ...


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It looks like both those flights will arrive in terminal 3. According to Air China, the minimum connection for international to international within terminal 3 is 60 minutes. Anecdotally, I found controls at Beijing Cap to be surprisingly unintrusive and to not take very long(but I was arriving in the PRC).


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