Bigger than the combined size of all Heathrow’s terminals, it's just one of the many contemporary flights of fancy across the capital that sprang up prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.Factor in the imposing monuments of earlier eras and continually sprouting skyscrapers and you’ve got a city built to impress.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.
There's enough time to get oriented as it's rare for flights to get in, or leave, in timely fashion with Beijing's notorious thrill-or-kill weather.
This means you'll have ample time to explore the cavernous airport with its soaring pillars - even if you sensibly arrived early morning for a pink-eye departure that has best chance of a clean getaway.
It is a 30-minute drive into town and around 15-20 minutes by train.
It takes less than four hours between Beijing and Shanghai by high-speed train these days, making this a very popular option for zipping between the two powerhouse cities.
By mid-2017 'app cabs' hired through smartphones were on the prowl with better cars, faster service and GPS coordinates to ensure you arrived at the address of your choice.
Such a cab in reverse from The Ritz Chaoyang to the airport, is about Rmb150, or about 50 percent more expensive.
Airport buses run from Xidan, Beijing Railway Station, Gongzhufen, Fangzhuang, Zhongguancun, Wangjing Beijing West Railway Station and Shangdi to Terminal 3, with shuttles between the terminals.
Personal vehicles and taxis should take the Airport Southern Line exit from the Airport Expressway.
The place dwarfs pretty much everything inside and around.
En route to Beijing you may have marvelled at the burgeoning hotel choice.
From the airport, the quickest (16 minutes) and cheapest (Rmb25) way to reach downtown is via the Airport Express (