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Things to do in Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).

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  • Air China Automated Check-in Kiosks

    In a hurry and/or traveling light? Speed your international check-in on busy travel days by taking your carry-on luggage, ticket, passport number, ... More
  • Air China First-Class Lounge

    If you’re a first- or business-class passenger on China’s national airline, take a seat in a big upholstered chair in your own private skybox while... More
  • Airco

    Pick up small comforts at this duty-free foodstuffs and sundries shop. Thirsty? Try China’s popular pu’erh tea ($10) or a bottle of fiery Moutai, a... More
  • Airco Bag & Luggage

    Pack duty-free liquor in an imitation Wenger “Swiss Army” carry-on-size wheelie suitcase from this travel accessories store. Smarter buys include S... More
  • ASILK

    Nothing says China like a silk panda-motif necktie. Tax-free at 198 yuan ($29), it’s a bit more than you’d pay in town, but the quality is solid. S... More
  • Bank of China ATM

    Ran out of yuan at the end of your trip but need cash for a pre-boarding meal? The ATM speaks English! But be warned: most U.S. banks charge at lea... More
  • Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

    For the 2008 Olympics, this airport handled nearly 100,000 passengers and over 7,000 Olympic-related flights. That’s no issue for this sky port tha... More
  • Entertainment Center

    The airport’s mini-spa offers small, semi-private rooms with two comfy chairs each.  Try a 50-minute Tibetan Sweet Herb Alga Mud foot massage ($29)... More
  • HuaXiangYuan Tea Shop

    Take home China’s drink. This shop has a variety of boxed sets of teapots, cups, and samples of all the tea in China, from 500g (17.64 ounces) of U... More
  • Light Monorail Shuttle to Gates

    Get to your gate on time! Beijing Capital International Airport strives for efficiency but has yet to warn unsuspecting travelers arriving late at ... More
  • Lost & Found and Left Luggage

    Past the bookstore and the Arrival-level Starbucks, look for the English signs labeled “Lost & Found” and “Left Luggage,” where you can leave extra... More
  • Lounge Chairs and Mini Basketball Court

    If your flight is delayed, go down one level to the Arrivals hall and walk 100 yards east of Gate B (with the giant glass windows overlooking the s... More
  • No-Name Bookstore

    If you’re new to Beijing, forgot your own guidebook, and no one is meeting you, consider picking up the best (if overpriced) guidebook in stock, Lo... More
  • Passenger Service Center

    Upon arrival, go one flight up directly to the Departures hall Passenger Service Center for excellent help (finding a car, hotel, transfers, sights... More
  • Phone Card Vending Machine

    Pass a carved white stone wall and there, next to the bathrooms, is a vending machine with SIM cards from China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Tel... More

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