Archive for the ‘PEK’ Category

PEK Beijing – Know Your Terminal!

Friday, April 18th, 2008

If you are travelling to or from Beijing’s Airports, keep these items in mind:

BCIA stands for “Beijing Capital International Airport” and is commonly used when referencing the Beijing Airport even though PEK is the same Airport.

Know your Terminal! PEK is a *huge* Airport, and the taxi will need to know which Terminal you are departing from. My United Airlines PEK to SFO flight was from Terminal three and I think most international departures are now from that terminal. Your hotel concierge may ask you “which airport” and I think they really mean “which terminal”. Clear this up before getting in the Taxi as the Chinese Taxi drivers rarely speak any English.

PEK is the Airport Code for Beijing’s main Airport which, without much traffic, is approximately a 40-50 minute taxi ride from most areas of the city. The cost for the taxi should be about 100 Yuan, perhaps a little more. In Beijing and Shanghai always ride in taxis with meters to avoid scams.

Beijing Airport PEK

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Tomorrow I will be reporting live from the Beijing Airport if I can find a free WIFI hotspot. My trip to China was more about train travel than planes this time because I wanted to see the countryside, and did see about 1800 miles of it from Hong Kong to Shanghai to Beijing. But no trains back to USA and I will be happy to be flying home tomorrow PEK to SFO to MFR.

My friends, who flew in from Shanghai, have been very impressed with the domestic air service saying that even regular class is very impressive. I think they flew China Air from Shanghai to Beijing. The cost here for domestic air is very reasonable and I think you can generally book at last minute (though avoid that on general principle). $142 for Shanghai to Beijing.

City from year 2100? No, it’s the Beijing Airport.

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Architecture helps define our sense of place and time. Big scale architecture does this in a dramatic way and the Beijing Airport is a great example of this. Beijing Airport Code is PEK for Peking, China, reflecting the former name of China’s greatest city. Now Beijing, this city was and remains China’s greatest city in size, prominence, and international recognition.