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The place dwarfs pretty much everything inside and around.En route to Beijing you may have marvelled at the burgeoning hotel choice.Send us your Feedback / Letter to the Editor As you exit the airport, ignore the taxi touts to head to the basement and jump in an authorised cab (the meter starts at Rmb13 and goes up in Rmb2.3 increments per kilometre after three kilometres) for the 45-minute or so trip downtown.
A regular taxi from the airport's Terminal 3 to The Ritz-Carlton in Chaoyang will cost around Rmb100.The ancient city was built on two axes, with concentric ring roads emanating from the Forbidden City.The modern city is largely following suit: the 760-hectare Olympic Green lies directly to the north of the Forbidden City, and a sixth ring road has been completed a while back.There are more luxury hotels than you can shake a stick at as you scroll through an upcoming and newly opened blue-ribbon list that ranges from old favourites to names like Bulgari Hotel Beijing (opened 2017 in the Chaoyang embassy area, weighing in with 119 rooms, a stylish 1,500sq m BVLGARI Spa, 25m swimming pool and a ballroom for gala events and lavish functions), Inter Continental (South Sanlitun), Mandarin Oriental Qianmen (2018, East Hutong Quarter, a newer venture - the old CCTV Tower project is still in the deep freeze), MUJI, and the hipster CHAO Hotel that has brought fresh spark to Sanlitun with its industrial grunge that borders on grand.Mandarin promises to serve up a luxury escape in historic renovated courtyard surrounds with suites, cake shop and a spa. Designed by Sir Norman Foster to resemble a coiling dragon, Beijing International Airport’s Terminal 3 has a floor area of a million square metres and took Rmb21 billion, 50,000 workers and four years to build.
From the airport, the quickest (16 minutes) and cheapest (Rmb25) way to reach downtown is via the Airport Express (