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.
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.
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.Now if only the on-time flight record - currently abysmal - at Beijing's T3 could improve...Beijing is an immense but neatly arranged metropolis.Beijing Capital Airport (com.cn) consists of three terminals and six concourses.Most domestic and international flights arrive and depart from Concourses C-E in Terminal 3, except the majority of Chinese domestic airlines which use Terminal 2 or 1.On inner city hops they are well worth the extra change as it will make all the difference between a successul business foray and an epic traffic-logjam-and-no-cabs disaster.