One of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, and one of the world’s oldest functioning cities, Beijing has been the political centre of China for centuries. A city rich in culture, architecture and art, it is renowned for stunning temples, lavish palaces, and ancient remains. Its art treasures, bustling streets and open spaces make it a fascinating place to visit.
Beijing (also known as Peking) is the capital, political centre and second largest city in China. Beijing is made up of 16 urban districts and 2 rural counties. The total area of the whole city is about 16,807.8 sq km, 62% of which is mountainous region.
Beijing is eight hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Beijing's climate is defined as "continental monsoon." The four seasons are distinctly recognizable. Spring and autumn are the best time to be in Beijing, particularly in the months of April, May, September and October.
Beijing’s population is over 15 million, over 3 million of whom are not native to China. Population density is high at 847/sq km. Informal clothing is accepted almost everywhere. We recommend you dress modestly when visiting religious sites.
The official language is Chinese, whereby English is frequently used in Beijing.
Currency and exchange
Chinese money is called Renminbi (RMB) meaning "The People's Currency". The popular unit of RMB is yuan. The Bank of China issues RMB bills in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 yuan. Counterfeit notes are a problem in China. Most of the time the Chinese check for authenticity before accepting notes. We recommend that you do not accept large denomination notes from street vendors. Coins come in denominations of 1 yuan, 5 mao, 1 mao and 5 fen. Paper versions of the coins remain in circulation. Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be changed at the main branches of the Bank of China, hotels and some department stores. You will need to keep your exchange receipts if you want to change any of your remaining RMB at the end of your trip.
All major credit cards are gaining ground in China, and ATM installations can be found in most public areas. If cards aren't an option then cash will never fail and exchanging currency is relatively easy.
Daoist and Buddhism are the religions of majority. Christians and Muslims have churches and mosques for their respective religions.
It is common for tourists to hire private cars as a mode of transportation. Driving is on the left hand side of the roads and the speed limit is 40 to 60 km/h. A valid international driving license is required for any car rental.
Photography is quite relaxed, but always ask before photographing local people. Pay attention to the regulatory notices and levies which can be applicable on ancient places and buildings. Restrictions may apply on palaces like government institutions and military installations.
The subway (Underground Dragon) is the best way of travelling quickly within the city. Buses tend to be overcrowded and on the whole are best avoided.
Most electrical outlets in the hotel fit three-pin plugs. Adapters for two-pin plugs are available.
A doctor is available by contacting the Concierge or Front Desk. For emergencies the nearest hospitals are Peking Union Medical College Hospital (East), No.1 Shuaifuyuan Wangfujing Dongcheng District, Beijing, China 100730, and Peking Union Medical College Hospital (West), No.41 Damucang Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing, China 100032.
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