The Tiananmen Square is worth seeing since it is the world's largest public square. It houses such famous buildings as the Great Hall of the People, the Museum of the Chinese Revolution, the Qianmen Gate and the Forbidden City, the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and the Monument to the People's Martyrs. Some remains from the medieval city include the Ming Dynasty City Wall Site Park and Qianmen. The Temple of Heaven is the symbol of Beijing. The Lama Temple is also worth a visit. Some beautiful parks include the Zhongshan park, Beihai park, Chaoyang park and Ritan park. The Beijing zoo is home to giant pandas.
The Beijing Capital International Airport is located northeast of downtown. The airport has three terminals. Free shuttle bus runs between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Outside the airport there are taxicabs. Drivers rarely speak English. The Airport express runs from T3 to T2/T1 and Dongzhimen via Sanyuanqiao. The airport shuttle connects the airport to different locations throughout Beijing. It leaves every 10-30 minutes. Beijing has numerous railway stations. Trains from Beijing West Railway Station depart to Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Datong, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong, Xi'an, and Xiamen and many other destinations.
The Beijing subway is a very efficient way to get around since its nine lines connects the entire city. The subway system opens at 5am and closes at 10.30pm. For tourist purposes, it advisable to take line 1 which runs east to west and passes the Tianenmen Square. Line 2 serves Central and North train stations. Line 5 has stops at many tourist sights. Beijing's bus system is cheap and provides access to distant parts of the city. However, it is difficult to use it unless one understands Chinese or Mandarin. Minibuses are very common in the countryside. Driving in Beijing is not advisable since the city is very congested in addition to the lack of English signs.