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Now if only the on-time flight record - currently abysmal - at Beijing's T3 could improve...Beijing is an immense but neatly arranged metropolis.
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.
There is an extra Rmb10 charge for the Airport Expressway toll and an Rmb1 fuel surcharge on every trip.
A regular taxi from the airport's Terminal 3 to The Ritz-Carlton in Chaoyang will cost around Rmb100.
The ancient city was built on two axes, with concentric ring roads emanating from the Forbidden City.
The modern city is largely following suit: the 760-hectare Olympic Green lies directly to the north of the Forbidden City, and a sixth ring road has been completed a while back.