Roast duck and wok potatoes steam and sizzle in the air. There's a smell of soy and five spice wafting through the narrow hutong lanes of Guozijian Street and Nanluoguxiang. Weavers, pancake makers, rickshaw drivers, and crowds aplenty pack into the wide boulevards and vast spaces of Tiananmen Square. And, all the while, the grand gates of the Forbidden City stand proud and tall, hiding Qing-era wonders and Chinese treasures. Is the wanderlust sufficiently stoked? Get searching for cheap flights to Beijing from New Zealand and you could bag bargain tickets that whisk you away to this amazing capital in as little as 13 hours. Bring on the jiaozi dumplings!
Centuries and centuries of Chinese dynastic history, art, and culture is on offer to those that delve into the Forbidden City.
The Great Wall of China surely needs no introduction! It wiggles through the mountains north of Beijing, where you'll find its stone towers and bulwarks looking simply astounding.
Nanluoguxiang is where you get to feel the traditional side of Beijing, in old hutong blocks where traders and workshops coexist.
Air New Zealand and Air China have direct flights from New Zealand to Beijing.
Air New Zealand is the best airline to fly to Beijing from New Zealand and it has non-stop flights.