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Beijing: 40 degrees north latitude
116 degrees of longitudes.
Beijing covers an area of 16,800 square kilometers, 38% of it is flat land and 62% mountains.
Beijing is surrouded on its three sides (north, northwest and west) by mountains with its southeast opening to the south and east extending to Bohai Sea. The Great Wall of China runs across the northern part of Beijing.
Beijing Population & Administration
Beijing has a population of 20 million in the year of 2009, about 5 million live in the city proper and the rest on the outskirts.
Beijing Economic Development
Beijing is one of the most developed cities in China. Beijing is home to 26 Fortune Global 500 companies, the third most in the world behind Tokyo and Paris, and over 100 of the largest companies in China.
In 2010, Beijing’s GDP reached 1.37 trillion RMB. Its per capita GDP was 78,194 RMB. In 2009, Beijing’s GDP was 1.19 trillion RMB (US$174 billion), a growth of 10.1% over the previous year. Its GDP per capita was 68,788 RMB (US$10,070), an increase of 6.2% over 2008
Beijing Education & Health
There are nearly 100 institutions of higher learning such as the famous Beijing University, Qinghua University, over 1000 middle schools and 4500 primary schools in Beijing, with total enrollment of over 2 million.
Much attention is being paid to special schools with total about 600 now. more than 500 scientific research Institutions, over 300 publishing houses, as well as hundreds of newspapers and periodicals. In medical and health care, the city has more than 500 hospitals, about 65600 sick beds, with around
Beijing is located in East Asia, so the climate has obvious regional differences. The climate in Beijing belongs to the warm temperate zone, half moist continental monsoon climate, featuring four distinct seasons:
In spring time, Beijing is a bit dusty and windy. Spring is short here and excursions are a popular form of tourism.
Summer is hot, but the hot weather is short-lived, plus, rainfall is plentiful.
Autumn, lasting about 50 days, is the best season for tourism and the temperature is mild and the sun is out a lot.
Winter is long and cold, but the ice lantern shows an skiing still attract many tourists.
So, autumn is the best season of the year in Beijing. Only the autumn has pleasant weather with clear sky and the best air quality, which thereat is called the ‘golden season’. Also, autumn is the best traveling time of the whole year to Beijing, specifically in September and October. In addition, May is another good choice.
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Government Offices in Beijing generally open from 09:00-17:00,with a lunch break of about an hour. Company offices work days are also from Monday to Friday, usually starting at 9:00 till 17:00.
Most of the scenic spots in Beijing sell entrance tickets from 8:00 till 16:00. Some are open much earlier like Temple of Heaven, beihai Park, Summer Palace. Many early birds in Beijing come to these parks for morning exercises.
Shops generally open at 10;00and close between 19:00 and 22:00 and are open on Sundays.
Offices are usually closed on public holidays including New Year’s Day (3 days off ), Spring Festival( the Chines Lunar New Year -(7 days off ), Swiping Day April 05 (1 day off)Labor Day on May 01 ( 1 day off ) and National Day on October 1 ( 7 days off )
Most hotels have access to a doctor. They can also help guests buy medicine or, if necessary, go to the hospital.
Below is a list of a few local hospitals and clinics catering to foreigners.
– Beijing United Family Hospital
Address: 2 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing,Zip: 100016
– Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital
Tel: 86-10-6422 2965, 86-10-6422 1122
Fax: 86-10-6421 7749
Add: Ying Hua Dong Lu, He Ping Li, Beijing 100029
– Peking Union Medical College Hospital
ADD:1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the foreigners’ wing is located behind and to the left of the main hospital entrance), Dongcheng District Mon-Fri 8am5pm
Tel: 6529 5284, 24hr em: 6529 5269
– Hong Kong International Medical Clinic Beijing
The Clinic is located inside the 5-star hotel Swissotel, which is situated at No. 2 Chaoyangmenwai, Dongcheng District, Beijing.
– Beijing Hospital
Call the Foreign Affairs Office: 010-85138505
– Express mail services
DHL,UPS,EMS,TNT and FedExprovide express mail services for urgent documents, parcels and other items to more than 10,000 cities in 170 countries and regions.
EMS is the only official one in China that can handle private letters and has particular advantage handling mail within China. The Beijing Shuang Chen Express Co. handles fast delivery of gifts and flwoers within the city on request.
Many express delivery services have offices in major hotels and office buildings. Check the building directory in the lobby for their locations.
Some 45 post offices and express mail counters at hotel business centers can also hotel business centers can also handle urgent letters.
– International Post & Teleommuniations Office
Besides regular postal services, this office handles remittances, money orders, telegraphic money transfers, international and domestic telephone and telegraph services. In the same building there is a Customs office for those who need customs clearance for postal items.
– Wiring money
You can wire money , or have it wired to you , using a service called Money Transfer, which is a joint project between the China Courier Service Corporation and Western Union, this service allows instant money wiring to and from 100 countries. The place that has this service are:
Post Office, Jianguomendaijie Post Office