Beijing, the capital of People’s Republic of China (PRC), the center of politics, culture, transport, tourism and international communication.
Situated in northeast China, Beijing adjoins the Inner Mongolian Highland to the northwest and the Great Northern Plain to the south. Five rivers run through the city, connecting it to the eastern Bohai Sea. Administratively, the Beijing municipality equals the status of a province , reporting directly to the central government.
Area: 16,800 sq km (6552 sq mi)
Country: People’s Republic of China
People: 95% Han Chinese
Main language: Mandarin (putonghua)
Time zone: GMT/UTC plus 8 hours
Beijing has become one of the most significant cities of the world not only because of its splendid historical heritages such as The Great Wall, The Forbidden City , Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven , but also for its extravagant building projects of Olympic Games 2008, such as the “Nest”, the world eye-catcher stadium and “Water Cube”, the largest natatorium in the world.
With a large group of State-protected Sites of Cultural Relics and the Attractions of the unique Hutong (narrow bystreets) and Siheyuan (quadrangle courtyard), the national treasure of Peking Opera performances and acrobatics troupes, traditional shows and entertainment forms are always in full swing. At the same time, contemporary music clubs and discos thrive in an era of liberalization and prosperity. The exquisite arts and handicrafts of antiques, crafts, and books can be found at Liulichang , an old antique shopping market district remodeled in the 1980’s to reflect the style of the old city, and delicious Peking Duck can be found at the famous Quanjude as well as many other local restaurants.
Beijing is a modern city with high-rise buildings, shopping malls and vast international hotels connected by an intricate freeway system crisscrossing the city. The city has increasingly become not just a hot city targeted by tourists, but also a hub for international educators. In Beijing, there are more than 20 public schools with international departments, almost 50 private international schools, and 8 schools for children of foreign personnel.
A dynamic city where the old and new intermingle, remains a magnet for visitors from inside and outside China. Beijing reasons enough to be a must and worthy destination to go and work!