I can't believe that no one has mentioned how cold it is. My wife and I had a 9 hour layover on March 21. The temperature in Beijing was about 32 degrees F and the airport did not seem much warmer. Another annoying thing is that they make you go through customs even though you are in transit and only connecting to another flight. The signage for the transit customs seemed a little lacking - customs officials were terse. Other than the coldness and redundant customs the airport is not too bad. The best and cheapest place to get food is the Chinese Fast Food place (the name escapes me). I think that if you want western food you are going to pay more for it than the Chinese food. They have lounge chairs that are good for catching some ZZZs. Just follow the signs. I've never seen these in other airports. Good Idea. They also have hot water spickets in certain locations. If you really want to eat on the cheap they sell those Ramen type noodles in heat able containers - just add the hot water. I am giving an overall Poor rating because of the cold temperature.