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Smoking at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

吸烟室 - Xīyān shì

Airport Rating


Before and After Security Smoking

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals.

Warning from Milos, May 2019:  Just small unpleasant update. At security check they confiscate all lighters they finds. We had just cheap plastics lighters, don't know what they would manage something more expensive like Zippo - better wouldn't try it. Hiding lighters into hand luggage seems to work fine, they found and confiscated only those from pockets. I still cant trust it happens in China where people smokes even when eating dinner :(

Note from Nikolas, 15th Aug 2016: Since the public smoking ban in June 2015 the Beijing airport has closed all indoor smoking areas in all terminals.

Do the following at your own risk, not recommended:

Update from Danny on the 2nd March 2018: Apparently the janitors here are making a bit of an extra buck by letting people light up in the bathrooms, especially around the gates far away from the center (e.g. E36). It feels super sketchy and the rate appears to be something like 5RMB. I didn't even want to smoke here but the janitors just kinda keep hassling you, making smoking motions and asking "Smoke?" so after a couple of beers I felt so intrigued I had to go for it. I thought the guy wanted to bum a fag and light up with me but he just wanted some money.

Since I haven't been arrested by security so far it doesn't appear to be a trap; wouldn't really recommend, though

For connecting flights you must enter China and smoke outside terminal then go through Security again for your flight.

Images of Smoke Areas


Further Information

Official Website