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Whether you are relocating to work in China or just visiting, the flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), can be easy and relaxing. Soon after you land and collect a rental car, you will find yourself on one of the country's well-maintained expressways.
Free parking in Beijing is rare; the prevailing wisdom is to book a hotel that offers you free parking.
From PEK, you are less than half an hour away from the center of Beijing, and just 90 minutes from the tourist hotspot, the Great Wall. In and around Beijing itself, the Forbidden City, once the palace of emperors past, is now one of the world's greatest museums. Also nearby travelers will find the Temple of Earth Park, the Temple of Heaven, and Beihai Park.
The flight from SEA to PEK is around 12 hours long, but once you land, you’ll be getting around town quickly. Navigating around China is generally a piece of cake; there are five, multiple-lane, concentrically arranged beltways around Beijing, with ample branching highways to take you anywhere and everywhere efficiently.
The maximum speed on China's expressways is 75 mph. Most are dotted with gas stations, restaurants, service areas, and have bilingual signs for the benefit of foreign residents and visitors.