Beijing, November 26th-28th, 2009

 

 

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Img240705210.gifWelcome to Beijing

 

As the capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is also national culture and political center. It is an ancient and modern city at the same time Situated on the northwestern tip of the North China, the city consists of 18 districts and counties. Beijing is one of the top tourist cities in the world and the first choice of the ever growing number of visitors to the Middle Kingdom. If you are interested in learning about China's history and culture, Beijing is definitely the place to start. There is an unparalleled number of intriguing sites, both ancient and modern, waiting for you to explore. It is filled with spots of historical importance, from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, to old mansions, religious shrines, and traditional hutong alleyways. Classical architecture is gracefully blended with modern structures. The old and new live alongside in peaceful harmony. More importance is placed on greenery and parks, trees, and flowers beautify the city. Whether you enjoy art, history, entertainment, or nightlife, Beijing is a must-see tourist destination.

 

Language

The language of Beijing is Mandarin Chinese, which is the official language of China. English is the most commonly used foreign language. English is spoken by staff at the main tourist attractions, as well as at major hotels. Taxi drivers, however, may not speak English. It may be helpful to get your hotel's business card to show the taxi driver in case you get lost. Likewise, have staff at your hotel write down the names of any tourist attraction you plan to visit in Chinese, so locals can point you out in the right direction.

 

Climate

Beijing has a continental monsoon climate with clear-cut seasons. Spring is dry and windy, due to the Siberian air masses that move southward across the Mongolian Plateau. The summer months, June to August, are hot and humid with about 40% of the annual precipitation. Autumn offers the best weather, with generous sunshine. Winter usually begins towards the end of October. The city is severely affected by freezing winds from Siberia. In November, the average temperature in Beijing is 4.1 degrees Celsius and the mean rainfall is 6.6mm. January is the coldest month.

More weather information, please visit : http://www.weathercity.com/cn/11/beijing/

 

Transportation

Beijing is a transportation hub, with a sophisticated network of roads, railways and two major railway stations (Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station) and a major airport. Four completed ring roads encircle a city with nine expressways heading out in virtually all compass directions, supplemented by eleven China National Highways.

The Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijing municipality. With nine lines, 226.4 km of lines and 147 stations currently in operation and daily ridership averaging 3.565 million, it is the oldest and busiest subway in mainland China, and the second longest after the Shanghai Metro. It is quite simple to use, with signs at each stop posted in pinyin. A flat fare of RMB (¥) 2.00 with unlimited transfers applies to all lines except the Airport Express, which costs ¥25.00. Children less than 1.2m in height ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult. The subway is generally closed after midnight, unless a special occasion prompts extended operating hours. The first trains depart terminals at around 5:00am and the last leaves at around 11:00pm. For precise hours and frequency of service, please check the official schedule.

More traffic information, please visit http://www.kinabaloo.com/bj14.html

 

Time Zone

Geographically, China covers five time zones (Zhongyuan Time Zone, Longshu Time Zone, Tibet Time Zone, Kunlun Time Zone and Changbai Time Zone). However, the standard times used in Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan Province are the same, for they are all in the same time zone (UTC+8), 8 hours ahead of the Universal Time Coordinated.

 

Electricity Power Supply

The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC (Hong Kong is 200V; Taiwan is 110V). If you travel to China and wish to bring electric devices for use during your stay, a transformer, which can be bought in China, is necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.

 

Currency

The China currency is called the “Renminbi” and the popular unit is Yuan. The official rate of exchange between the Yuan and the U.S. Dollar is around 1:7 that is USD 1 = 7 Yuan. For precise exchange rate, please visit this website: http://www.pbc.gov.cn/. Further 1 Yuan is equal to 10 Jiao and 1 Jiao is equal to 10 Fen. Travelers may exchange foreign currency cash or checks at Bank of China offices or exchange counters at the published exchange rates. These bureaus would issue a foreign exchange statement that shall be valid for 6 months. There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency and foreign exchange bills that can be brought into China by tourists, but it must be declared to the customs. RMB should be converted back into foreign currency with the personal valid "foreign exchange certificate" before leaving China.

 

Credit Card

Major credit cards are accepted by hotels, department stores, airlines, most stores and restaurants. Cash can be withdrawn from the ATM which has the same logo on your cards.

 

Helpful Phone Numbers

 

China country code

+86

Beijing city code

010

Emergency Services

 

Police

110

Fire

119

Ambulance

120 or 999

Traffic Accidents

122

Other Commonly Used Phone Numbers

 

Weather Forecast

121

Air Ticket Booking Service

2581

Phone Number for Major Banks

 

Bank of China

95566

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

95588

China Bank of Construction

95533

Beijing Airport

 

Beijing Capital International Airport

64541100

Air China

4008100999

China Southern

95539

 

More travel information, please visit http://www.chinatourguide.com/beijing/

 

 

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