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Welcome to Beijing

Beijing

Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the most populous country in the world. With a population of 21,500,000 people, it is the nation's second-largest city after Shanghai. Rich in historical sites and important government and cultural institutions, Beijing is China’s political, educational and cultural capital.

Information & Facts

Climate

The best time to visit is in September and October. Summer in Beijing can be very hot and the tourist crowds tend to be the largest as well; prevailing winds from the south trap pollutants making summer a poor season for air quality. During winter, it is cold and dry with infrequent, but beautiful, snow.

Temperatures can easily fall below −10 °C (14°F) in winter, and just as readily rise above 35 °C (95°F) in summer.

Eating Out

Eating Out
Dining out is the main social activity in Beijing and it’s in restaurants that Běijīngers hang out with friends, go on dates, hold family reunions and do business, and the sheer variety of places to eat here is mind-boggling.

With 60, 000-plus restaurants, food is an obsession for the Chinese and the dazzling array of different dishes you’ll encounter in Běijīng reflects the sheer joy locals take in eating.

Getting Around

Public transit
The Beijing Subway has 22 lines, 370 stations, and 608 km (378 mi) of lines. It is the second longest subway system in the world and first in annual ridership with 3.66 billion rides delivered in 2016. In 2013, with a flat fare of ¥2.00 (0.31 USD) per ride with unlimited transfers on all lines except the Airport Express, the subway was also the most affordable rapid transit system in China.
The subway is undergoing rapid expansion and is expected to reach 30 lines, 450 stations, and 1, 050 kilometres (650 mi) in length by 2022. When fully implemented, 95% of residents inside the Fourth Ring Road will be able to walk to a station in 15 minutes. The Beijing Suburban Railway provides commuter rail service to outlying suburbs of the municipality
There are nearly 1, 000 public bus and trolleybus lines in the city, including four bus rapid transit lines. Standard bus fares are as low as ¥1.00 when purchased with the Yikatong metrocard.

Taxis
In Beijing, taxi companies have different special colour combinations for their vehicles. Usually registered taxis have yellowish brown as basic hue, with another color of Prussian blue, hunter green, white, umber, tyrian purple, rufous, or sea green. Metered taxis in Beijing start at ¥13 for the first 3 kilometres (1.9 mi), ¥2.3 per additional 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) and ¥1 per ride fuel surcharge.

Bicycles
Beijing has long been famous for the number of bicycles on its streets and its evident with large numbers of cyclists that can be seen on most roads in the city. Cycling is convenient as Beijing is relatively flat and most of the main roads have dedicated bicycle lanes.

Language

People native to urban Beijing speak the Beijing dialect, which belongs to the Mandarin subdivision of spoken Chinese.

Time

UTC+8

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