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Beijing Capital International Airport

Airport Code: PEK

  Location: situated in the Shunyi District, Beijing, and about 25 km (about 15.5 miles) northeast from the city center 每 Tiananmen Square, Beijing Capital International Airport is the busiest and the most important international airdrome all over the country.

   Brief Intro: Beijing Capital International Airport is opened to public in 1958. With the development of civil aviation and the increasing of passengers, the airport expanded two times respectively in 1980 and 1999. Nowadays it owns a 4E standard flight area, a 60 thousand-square-meter (about 71,762 square yards) lounge building and a 336 thousand-square-meter (about 401,866 square yards) lounge building and a parking apron, etc. Besides, the perfect services and the completed facilities attracted 66 airlines operate here. Now the airport serves air routes from Beijing to about 88 domestic cities and 69 foreign cities.

 Facilities:

No. 1 Terminal Building

Passengers' Changeroom: it will not be impolite and ungenteel to change your garment in public halls in the airport since there is changeroom for passengers. You can find it at the first floor of the Terminal Building, on the west of the Picking-up Hall of Luggage.

Business Center: inside the lounge building, there offers receiving and transmitting facsimile, zerox, printing, charge to mobile phone, online for PC and personal workstation for those with PC. It is situated in the east of the hall at the second floor of the lounge. And the opening hour is from 08:30 to 20:00. (Note: you had better inquire the clerks since not all the Business Centers offer document binding and selling IC phone card.)

Rest Room:
VIP Rest Room: with red carpet, it is located in the public region of the hall.
Rest Room for Mother and Infant: situated in the northern part of No. 25 Boarding Gate of the Domestic Limited Area.
Time Rest Room: it will be charged by time. You can dial the phone number through 010 每 64598932 (domestic) or 010 每 64598943 (international) to communicate with the staff directly.
Besides, there are Gotone Club of China Mobile and Honorable Guest Room of China Unicom of Airport offer rest rooms for their customers in the airport.

Smoking Room: there are two smoking rooms in the lounge building. They are respectively situated in the sides of the Boarding Gate of east and the west lounge areas for later flights.

Public Phone: the airport offers common IC phone and phone card selling in the arrival hall of the first floor and the leaving hall of the second floor and also near the Boarding Gate of the lounge hall.

Water Fountain: water dispensers scattering in the lounge supply passengers the drinking water: common pure water with one-time use paper cups, the automatic watering machine and the automatic electronic heater.

Clinic: situated in the west of the hall at the first floor, it will charge passengers by the 24-hour services of visiting patients in the terminal building, first aid, receiving and sending by ambulance, transmitting patients, etc. Besides it offers selling of all kinds of first-aid and common use medicines from 07:00 to 21:00 daily. Passengers can dial 010 每 64591919 for first aid.

No. 2 Terminal Building
Passengers' Changeroom: in order to offer passengers convenience, you can find changerooms in the Picking-up Hall of Luggage. One is located to the east of No. 14 turnplate of Domestic Picking-up Hall of Luggage and the other is near the No. 4 turnplate of International Picking-up Hall of Luggage.

Business Center: on the opposite of No.14 gate of the Leaving Hall at the second floor, at the side of No.34 Boarding Gate in the Domestic Lounge for leaving airport and between the No.10 and the No.11 Boarding Gates of the International Lounge for leaving airport, there are business centers providing receiving and transmitting facsimile, zerox, printing, charge to mobile phone, online for PC and personal workstation for those with PC. (Note: you had better inquire the clerks since not all the Business centers offer document binding and selling IC phone card.)

Rest Room:
VIP Rest Room: with red carpet, it is located in the public region of the hall.
Rest Room for Mother and Infant: situated in the northern part of No. 25 Boarding Gate of the Domestic Limited Area.
Time Rest Room: it will charge by time. You can dial the phone number through 010 每 64598932 (domestic) or 010 每 64598943 (international) to communicate with the staff directly.
Besides, there are Gotone Club of China Mobile and Honorable Guest Room of China Unicom of Airport offer rest rooms for their customers in the airport.

Smoking Room: passengers can find six smoking rooms in this lounge building. They are respectively set up at the two lounge areas for the later flights at the first floor: near the No.7, No.14 International Boarding Gates and the No.28, No.36 International Boarding Gates.

Public Phone: this lounge provides two kinds of public phones which are the common IC phone and web phone of 'mianmaintong'.

Water Fountain: three kinds of water supplies provide in this lounge: forty sets of common pure water dispensers with one-time use paper cups, twelve automatic watering machines offer cold, hot and icy water, eight sets of automatic electronic heater, which will ensure your healthy drinking.

Clinic: located to the opposite of the No. 12 of the Leaving Hall at the second floor, it provides visiting patients in the terminal building, first aid, receiving and sending by ambulance and transmitting patients, etc. from daily 06:30 to 22:00. And also there offers all kinds of first-aid medicines and common use medicines.

Terminal 3
Construction of Terminal 3 started on March 28, 2004 and was opened on February 29, 2008, becoming fully operational on March 26, 2008, when Air China, Shanghai Airlines, other Star Alliance members, and other international airlines moved in. It was designed by a consortium of NACO, Netherlands Airport Consultants B.V., UK Architect Foster and Partners and ARUP. The budget of the expansion is US$3.5 billion.


T3-E from airFar grander in size and scale than the existing terminals, it is the largest airport terminal building complex built in a single phase with 986,000 sq. meters in total floor area. It features a main passenger terminal (Terminal 3C), two satellite concourses (Terminal 3D and Terminal 3E) and five floors above ground and two underground.


 System, Security and Luggage
A 300,000-sq.m transportation centre is located at the front of T3. 7,000 car parking spaces will be available if the two-level underground parking lot is fully employed. The transportation centre will have three lanes for different types of vehicles, airport buses, taxies and private vehicles, which will enable a smooth flow of passengers. People bound for T3 will exit their vehicles here and enter T3 via an aisle within five minutes. The transportation centre will also have a light-rail station on a line that begins at the Dongzhimen stop on the Beijing Subway in Central Beijing. Travel time from Dongzhimen to T3 will be about 18 minutes.

There are electrical outlets on either end of every row of seats in the terminal. There are 243 elevators, escalators or moving walkways; and every restroom is accompanied by a mothers'  room where diapers can be changed. There is also a room for travelers with disabilities.

One of Terminal 3's highlights is the US$240 million luggage-transfer system. The luggage system is equipped with yellow carts, each of which has a code, matching the bar code on every piece of luggage loaded on it, allowing easy and accurate tracking. More than 200 cameras will be used to monitor activities in the luggage area.

The luggage system can handle 19,200 pieces of luggage per hour. After luggage is checked in at any one of the 292 counters at Terminal 3C, they can be transferred at the speed of ten metres per second. Even for international routes, luggage can travel from T3C to T3E in five minutes. Arriving passengers should be able to begin retrieving their luggage within 4.5 minutes after airplanes are unloaded.

Along with X-ray scanners, additional equipment conducts checks such as for explosives. Passengers will be able to check in their luggage at the airport several hours or even a day before their flight. The airport will store them in its luggage system and then load them on the correct airplane.


 The Look
A 98.3-meter monitoring tower stands at the southern end of T3, the highest building at the airport. The roof of T3 is red, the Chinese color for good luck. The terminal*s ceilings use white strips for decoration and to indicate directions. Under the white strips, the basic color of the ceiling is orange with light to dark tones indicating where a passenger is inside the building. It is light orange in the center and deepens as it extends to the sides in T3E and is the other way round in T3C.

The roof of T3 has dozens of windows to let in daylight. Light angles can be adjusted to ensure adequate interior lighting. Many traditional Chinese elements will be employed in the terminal's interior decoration, including a "Menhai," a big copper vat used to store water for fighting fires in the Forbidden City, and the carvings imitating the famous Nine-Dragon Wall (Jiulongbi).

An indoor garden is constructed in the T3E waiting area, in the style of imperial gardens such as the Summer Palace. In T3C, a tunnel landscape of an underground garden has been finished with plants on each side so that passengers can appreciate them inside the mini-train.


Terminal 3 inter-terminal train
 Facilities
The T3 food-service area is called a "global kitchen," where 72 stores will provide food ranging from formal dishes to fast food, from Chinese to western, from bakery goods to ice cream. Airport officials have promised that people who buy products at the airport will see the same prices as in Central Beijing.

In addition to food and drink businesses, there will be a 12,600-sq.m domestic retail area, a 10,600-sq.m duty-free-store area and nearly 7,000-sq.m convenience service area, including banks, business centres, Internet services and more. At 45,200 sq.m, the commercial area will be twice the size of Beijing's Lufthansa Shopping Centres.

Transportation between the three terminals
To get from Terminal 3C to 3D and 3E, both domestic and international travellers will have to get boarding passes at T3C, but international passengers have to board from T3E. The two-kilometer trip between the two buildings is too far for walking, so the airport will have a free mini-train that shuttles between the two in three minutes.

To help passengers that go to the wrong terminal, the airport will provide bus transportation between T3 and the old terminals for free from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The buses set out every ten minutes from 8 a.m. to 8p.m., and every 20 minutes during other times.

When completed, it will provide 66 more aerobridges or jetways - further complemented with remote parking bays which will bring the total of gates to 120 for the terminal alone. An additional runway is also projected to be constructed at that time. It will also have an extra capacity of 50 million people bringing the total to approximately 82 million passengers yearly. Upon completion, it is reported that passengers will be able to travel from the entrance of Terminal 3 to the farthest gate in less than 5 minutes.

Services

No. 1 Terminal Building

Inquiries: should you have any questions about airport services, you should contact the information desk in the center of the second floor.
Airport Service Inquiries Tel.: 010 - 64541100

E-Ticket Service: China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines have E-Ticket Desks in the center of the Leaving Hall at the second floor to offer the service of transacting boarding procedure.
Service Tel. of China Southern Airlines: 010 - 64540505
Service Tel. of Xiamen Airlines: 010 - 64596899

Lost and Found: Please contact police station located in the east of the hall at the first floor.
Tel. of Lost and Found: 010 - 64540110

Stand-by Ticket Counter: if you want to buy a ticket after the normal time or transact other ticket matters, please refer to the central service counter on the second floor of the Departures Hall, there are six stand-by ticket counters.

Left-Luggage Counters: The counters are located on the second floor at the eastern end of the Lianlang Kou. The counters are open 24 hours and charges are by the hour or day.

Size The luggage with its length, width and height less than 65 cm The luggage with its length, width and height less than 200cm and more than 65cm The luggage with its length, width and height more than 200 cm
Cost 20 Yuan per day 30 Yuan per day 50 Yuan per day

Note: Excess time not exceeding 12 hours will charge half the daily rate.

Luggage Carts: These can be found by parking lot in front of the terminal building, in the first floor Luggage Hall, on the second floor of Lianlang Kou, and on each side the security inspection gate in the isolation area on the second floor. There is no charge for the use of luggage carts.

Luggage Packing: a service is available at the Left-Luggage Counters and the Luggage Packing Counters on the second floor. The charge is about 10 Yuan per item.

Luggage Inquiries: The inquiry desk is situated on the first floor of the Luggage Hall.
Inquiries Tel.: 010 - 64540556

Hotels and Tourism Advice: Services for hotel reservations and Beijing tourism advice, etc. is available at the service counter to the side of the Gates 1 and 5 on the first floor. It is open from 07:00 until the last flight of a day.
Inquiring Tel.: 010 - 64540989

No. 2 Terminal Building

Inquiries regarding scheduled flights, boarding and information about departures, should be referred to the information desks located in the center of the first and the second floors.
Beijing Capital International Airport Complaint Service: 010 - 64571666

Banks: offer passengers the deposits and credit card service of RMB and the main foreign currencies, and also the domestic draft, check and remittance and the international remittance, foreign exchange, commission of selling and exchange the traveler' s check, etc. There are several ATMs and automatic currency exchange machines in the building to meet passengers' needs.
Bank of China: one is on the second floor opposite Departure Gate 8 and the other is opposite Departure Gate 12 also on the second floor.
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China: opposite Arrivals Gate 7 on the first floor.
China Construction Bank: on the second floor opposite the Departure Gate 8
Agriculture Bank of China: on the first floor opposite Arrivals Gate. 7.
China Minsheng Bank: on the second floor to the north of Gate 8.

Post Office: located opposite of Gate 6 in the International Departures Hall, the post office offers express delivery, transmitting by post, post of books, magazines, newspapers, parcels, mail services and also sells phone cards. The opening hours are from 07:00 to 20:00.

Lost and Found: if you have lost articles in the building, please check with the police station located on the first floor near Gate 15.
Inquiries Tel.: 010 - 64598333

Luggage Carts: free luggage carts are provided for both domestic and foreign passengers in the Departures and Arrivals Halls.

Targets of Service For both domestic and foreign passengers For the aged, children and those who at their first air trip
Items of Service Moving luggage Through service at the airport
Service Area The international and domestic leaving halls at the second floor Before the ladder of the arrival hall at the first floor and between the No. 2 and No. 8 gates at the second floor
Content of Service Moving luggage with the luggage carts from the leaving hall at the second floor to the checking counter until the passenger finished the boarding procedure The accompanied through service of moving luggage, helping to transact the boarding procedure, guide to safety inspection, helping to fill in the transit forms and sending passengers to boarding gate

Left-Luggage Counters: should you need this service, please go to the counters on the first floor near Arrival Gate 9 and on the second floor beside Departure Gates 8 and 10. You can leave the luggage by the hour using electronic password box or by days on the luggage shelf. For costs, please refer to the table regarding the Left-Luggage Counters in the section on the Terminal 1 Building.

Luggage Packing: A luggage packing service is located at the head of the checking island with counter B, C, F, G, and the left-luggage counters on the second floor of the Departures Hall - the charge is 10 Yuan per article. Free-of-charge cardboard boxes are provided for packing bottles.

Luggage Search: should your luggage fails to arrive or is delayed, damaged or missing, the search counters of Air China and BGS will investigate for you. The hours are from the first flight to the last flight each day.
International Luggage Search Counters are located opposite the No. 8 conveyor belt in the international lounge on the first floor
Telephone: 010-64599523 or 010-64599524

Advice for hotels and tourism: Hotel reservations and Beijing tourism advice, etc. is available from the service counters on the first floor at the eastern end of the hall. There are seven counters in all.
Inquiring Tel.: 010 - 64598145

Airport Transportation: passengers have a choice of airport buses or taxis for their transfer to downtown

Taxi: the flat rate taxi fare in Beijing is about 10 Yuan for the first 3 km (about 1.9 miles) with a charge of about 2 Yuan for each additional km. If the distance exceeds 15 km (about 9.3 miles), you will be charged approximately half the cost of the taxi's return to your pick-up point.

Airport Bus:

Bus Route From
airport
to downtown
From
downtown
to airport
Interval Cost (Yuan) Stops
First Bus Last
Bus
First Bus Last
Bus
Airport -
Fang
zhuang
07:30 22:30 06:00 19:30 30 min 16 Guiyou Dasha, Southern Airlines Building
Airport -
Xidan
07:00

Last

flight

05:40 21:00 30 min 16 Xidan,
Dongzhi Men
Airport - Beijing Railway Station 07:30

Last

flight

06:00 19:30 30 min 16 Beijing
Railway Station, Dongzhi Men
Airport - Gongzhu
Fen
07:00 22:30 05:40 21:00 30 min 16 Beijing Friendship Hotel
Airport - Zhong
guancun
08:30 21:30 07:00 19:30 30 min 16 Zhongg
uancun, Anhui Dasha

There is another bus line from Beijing Capital International Airport to Tianjin. You can take this from the parking lot at Exit 11. The service operates between 09:00 to 22:00.

Related Link: Website of Beijing Capital International Airport(Chinese and English Versions)

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