Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and is the political and cultural center of the country. A fast-growing and modern city that combines the old and the new, Beijing offers a fascinating glimpse into one of the world's most dynamic countries.
BASIC FACTS and FIGURES:
Population: 15 million
Currency: One U.S. dollar is roughly equal to seven yuan. Click here for currency converter.
Telephone code: China's country code is 86; Beijing's city code is 010 (the first 0 is dropped when calling from outside China).
Time Zone: GMT +8 hours
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs and sockets are used.
Climate: The temperature in Beijing in late March is very pleasant; highs are around 12*C, with lows of around 0*C. It can get quite windy in the spring, but there's not much rain. So if you pack an umbrella you probably won't use it!
For bilingual weather information in Beijing, dial 121 + 6.
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From the Forbidden City to the Great Wall, Beijing has lots to see for visitors. Charming courtyard neighborhoods, historic temples, shopping and great restaurants and bars are just a few of the things Beijing has to offer.
THE GREAT WALL
Built from the 5th to the 16th centuries, the Great Wall is one of the wonders of the world. It stretches from the Yellow Sea to the deserts of Western China. Walking on the Great Wall is an amazing experience that can't be missed. Visitors to Beijing can visit three different sections of the Great Wall: Badaling, Mutianyu and Simatai.
The Forbidden City is the former home of China's emperors and their family and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the center of Beijing next to Tian'anmen Square, this ancient city is filled with grand courtyards, enormous halls with thousands of rooms, palaces, museums and a beautiful garden. No visit to Beijing would be complete without seeing the Forbidden City.
Tian'anmen Square is the center of Beijing. It is considered the heart of China and was the location for the official announcement of the founding of the People's Republic of China by Chairman Mao Zedong. Tian'anmen Square is where some of China's most important buildings can be found: the Great Hall of the People, the Forbidden City, the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Memorial Hall of Chairman.
For a list of embassies in Beijing, please click here.