✅ Trip Verified
| My experience at T3E Beijing airport was not bad. Positives: The terminal is big, and with plenty to explore and stretch your legs. Water and food, chilled filtered drinking fountains every other 50 meters or so, and there's plenty of cafes. Easy to navigate, yes the terminal is huge but the maps are fairly frequent and easy to understand, any experienced traveler should have no issue. It's chilly, maybe due to the large size, or the lack of people at the hour we flew in but I certainly felt the chill. Bring a hoodie. Staff language limitation, now this one is partially on me because they might not speak English much but I don't speak Chinese, you can manage ordering with english menus and the old faithful "point and nod" method of ordering. For customs/immigration the staff will give you the rundown for a transit visa, and otherwise it's fairly straight forward and not much talking needed. Wifi is a bit of a pain to rangle, you either have to submit your passport at a machine to get a wifi code, or put your phone number in on a web portal to get a code, and as for VPN's your mileage may vary, I had the best luck routing through Luxembourg. Chinese garden, there's a Chinese Garden area right at the centre of the terminal with a koi pond and everything, very relaxing place to sneak a nap. Phone charging, there are phone charging stations every other row of seats near the gates. Power banks, keep in mind the Chinese Goverments restrictions of power banks on all flights departing China, and make sure your power bank has it's rating and capacity written on the outside or it will be confiscated by security (even if you're transiting). I found a lot of the customs/immigration staff did not have much/any english so expect to do a lot of navigating solo, and do your research in advance on the customs/immigration process, if you do need a hand navigating Airline staff is your best bet as they usually have better english.