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Beijing
The capital of China, where amazing things happen!
Beijing Transportation

Located in Dashanzi Art District (original 798 Factory), the heart of a growing art and culture community in Beijing, 798 Space is the center and the biggest space providing cultural, artistic and commercial activities in the area. It was designed by East German architects in the Bauhaus style in the early 1950's. Through reconstruction and redesigning with contemporary aesthetics, the space combines the past, present, and future of the "New China".

The Beijing Subway now has 16 lines in operation, namely Line 1, Line 2, Line 4, Line 5, Line 6, Line 8, Line 9, Line 10, Line 13, Line 15, Batong Line, Changping Line, Daxing Line, Fangshan Line, Yizhuang Line and airport express.

A flat fare of ¥2 with unlimited transfers applies to all lines, except the express link to the airport, which costs ¥25. 

Currently, there are over 800 bus routes in operation from 05:30 to 23:00 in Beijing. Bus fares are usually ¥1 or ¥2. They are mainly divided into the following categories:

  • Numbered 1~100-Bus routes are within the 3rd Ring Road.
  • 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 114, 115, 118 and 124—Trolleys, most of them run within the 2nd Ring Road.
  • Numbered 201~215—Night routes are only in operation after 23:00.
  • Numbered 300~810—Bus routes are from downtown area to suburban Beijing.
  • Numbered 900~998— Bus routes are long distances such as from downtown area to the Great Wall.
  • See more on Beijing Bus.

There are over 70,000 taxis running in every corner of the city. Most of the taxi drivers in Beijing can speak some simple English, which offers western visitors a great convenience of being able to communicate with them.
The flag fall will start at RMB10
The fuel charge will be a flat rate of RMB 2, regardless of distance
The rate per kilometer will be RMB2.3
The flag fall from 11pm-5am will be 20% higher, which (if our math is correct) would put it at RMB15.6. Since all amounts are rounded, this actually means RMB16.
During peak times (7-9am and 5-7pm), you will be charged the equivalent of 2km (RMB4.6) for every 5 minutes of waiting. When it's not a peak time, this charge will be the equivalent of 1km (RMB2.3).

Beijing Transportation Smart Card is available for paying for the services of subway, city buses, some taxis (taxis with the sign of ‘Welcome to Use IC Card’) and the airport express train. Passengers can get 80% discounts when paying for the city-bus fare by the card. What’s more, the Transportation Smart Card can be used at some designated supermarkets, restaurants, department stores, book stores and so on.

Beijing has more than 170 sites, which are located at the ticket offices of every Beijing metro stations, some bus stations and some supermarkets.You can apply this card easily.

Beijing Weather

Beijing has four discernible seasons - short windy spring, long hot summer, cool pleasant autumn but long chilly winter. July and August temperatures can exceed 40 °C (104 °F). January can dip to -20 °C(-4 °F).

Throughout the spring months (April to May) temperatures in Bejiing rise quickly day to day. They also vary greatly (around 12°C-14°C) between day and night. Spring is a windy, dry season, frequented by heavy sandstorm. Cold winds are also frequent throughout spring months. In early spring, the temperature may drop abruptly. Sandstorm hits Beijing frequently in spring and may delay trips.

Summer months in Beijing (June to August) are long and hot with plenty of rainfall. With the exception of the hilly areas, the monthly average temperature is above 24°C (75.2°F). The highest temperature on record is 43.5°C (110.3°F) which was in June, 1961.

Summer is also a rainy season. About 70% of the city's rainfall happens in summer. Heavy rainstorms are common throughout the summer, and may occur on sunny afternoons without warning. Heavy rain may block traffic. Summer resorts are a great way to escape the summer heat.

Autumn (September to October) is perhaps the most attractive season in Beijing, when there is plenty of sunshine and cooler temperatures. Autumn is a harvest season, when fruits and vegetables are ripe. One great activity in autumn months is picking fresh fruits and vegetables in local orchards. This is regarded as a great way to relax and get fresh air. 

Autumn is short and days become cooler and cooler as rainfall increases. As in spring, visitors should bring lightweight clothing such as long-sleeved shirts or T-shirts, plus one or two jackets or sweaters. 

Winter in Beijing (November to March) is cold. A trip during these months may be a shock to visitors from tropical countries. The monthly average temperature is below 0°C (32°F) from December to February. In January, the monthly average temperature is below -4°C (28°F) in Beijing's plains. It seldom rains in the winter but there is plenty of sunshine. 

Enjoying the snow scene on West Hill, skating in Beihai Park, followed by a steaming hotpot with mutton slices will drive out the chills. Skiing and hot springs are the most popular activities in chilly winter. Be sure to bring winter clothes, including woollen sweaters and down coats.

Beijing Cuisine

There is simply quite nothing like a perfectly roasted duck with bronzed crispy skin and tender, succulent meat. It is said that there are two things that you must do when visiting Beijing: One is to enjoy the roast duck and the other is to take a stroll on the Great Wall. There are literally dozens of restaurants that serve this famous dish, but perhaps the best known one is Quanjude (全聚德). 

Quanjude (全聚德) is the most famous restaurant for Peking Duck and is a national chain. Unlike McDonald’s, the quality, as well as price, among different Quanjude restaurants differs greatly. For quality and authentic Peking Duck, only two Quanjude restaurants should be patronized: one in Qianmen (前门) and one in Hepingmen(和平门).

As the capital of China, Beijing is a city where the traditional meets the modern, east meets west. In fact, you can find that featured cuisine from different regions in China coexist in Beijing well enough, let alone the increasing number of western-style restaurants. Beijing provides an ideal opportunity to sample food from all over the country. Some of Beijing's best restaurants serve food from Sichuan, Hunan, Guangzhou, Tibet, Yunnan, Xinjiang, and more. Beijing is a city that can compromise differences not only in terms of food. You can have whatever you like with various flavors, and of course, prices vary differently as well due to lots of factors. But if you just go for a normal lunch meal of dinner, ¥10-¥25 is quite enough.

Palace Chicken Cubes (宫保鸡丁),it is a spicy chicken dish with peanuts and other vegetables. For some reason this dish is never the same from one restaurant to another. Perhaps this adds to its appeal, as it is very popular among foreigners.

Normal price is between ¥10 to ¥40.

Noodles with Soybean Paste(炸酱面), also called Zha Jiang Mian, is very popular when it comes to traditional Beijing cuisine. As an added bonus, it is not expensive at all. Zha Jiang Mian consists of three main materials. They are wide hand-tossed noodles, vegetable pieces as well as pork. Local Beijing people, especially elder ones like to eat hot noodles in the cold days and to eat cold noodles in hot weather. According to different seasons, vegetable pieces are served in various types but always no less than seven kinds. 

Normal price is between ¥10 to ¥40.

Beijing is also known for its mutton hotpot (涮羊肉 shuàn yáng ròu), which originally came from the Manchu people and emphasizes mutton over other meats. Like variations of hotpot (general name 火锅 huŏ guō) from elsewhere in China and Japan, hotpot is a cook-it-yourself affair in a steaming pot in the center of the table. Unlike Sichuan hotpot, mutton hotpot features a savory, non-spicy broth. If that's not exciting enough for you, you can also request a spicy broth (be aware that this is flaming red, filled with peppers, and not for the weak!). To play it safe and satisfy everyone, you can request a yuan-yang (鸳鸯 yuānyáng) pot divided down in the middle, with spicy broth on one side and regular broth on the other.

In the city center, hotpot can run as much as ¥100-150 per person, but in the outskirts it can be found for as little as ¥50-80.

Rolling Donkey(驴打滚) refers to a kind of traditional Beijing snack, also known in south area of China as Rolling Horse (Ma Da Gun), with soft skin made of glutinous rice flour and the stuffing made of red pea.

Actually speaking, it refers to a kind of cake made with steamed glutinous millet or steamed sticky rice, filled with red pea, and then drizzled over with fried bean flour. Having been cut into blocks, the cakes will be rolled in soybean flour before being served, hence the name. The cake taste sweet and sticky with a strong fragrance of fried bean-flour.

Normal price is between ¥10 to ¥40 per 500g.

Tuckahoe pie(茯苓饼) is a traditional nourishing snack with good reputation in Beijing. In the shape of a full moon, it is paper-thin, snow-white, delicious and unique in flavor. According to legends, Tuckahoe pie originated from the South Song Dynasty (A.D.1127-1279). Both the preparation method and the required equipment are well kept to nowadays. The herb Tuckahoe has many medical effects, for example, it could invigorate the spleen, calm the nerves, enhance fluid circulation and increase the discharge of urine. Due to those good medical effects, it is popular with Chinese people, especially for women and the elder. 

Normal price is between ¥15 to ¥30 per 500g.

Beijing Attractions

Located in the center of urban Beijing, the Forbidden City served as the residence of the Ming and Qing Emperors. It is the largest and best preserved extant group of ancient architecture in the world. Built in 1420 in the Ming Dynasty, it was the center of feudal rule in China until the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911. The complex has been designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

At the very heart of Beijing, sits Tian'anmen Square, the largest urban square in the world. This vast space, measuring 40 hectares, has a historical significance to rival its size. Enlarged in the 1960s, Tian'anmen Square now measures 880 meters from north to south, 500 meters from east to west and can accommodate up to one million people. Classical Beijing planning however, didn't permit public squares.

The construction of the Great Wall started during the Warring States Period in the 7th century B.C, it has a history of more than 2,500 years. Many dukedoms built walls in Central China to protect themselves and their northern territories.

Located in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing, this is China's best preserved imperial garden, famous for its scenery and cultural relics. It consists mainly of Wanshou (Longevity) Hill and Kunming Lake. The garden was burned by the allied British-French troops in 1860. From 1885 to 1895, Empress Dowager Ci'xi (1835-1908) of the Qing Dynasty had it restored with funds intended for naval development.

Located in the southern part of urban Beijing, this was where the Ming and Qing emperors went to worship Heaven and pray for a better harvest. With an area of 270 hectares, the Temple of Heaven counts as the world's largest extant group of temple buildings. Its distinct architectural design and pattern represents the ancient Chinese belief in a round heaven, square earth, and the supreme imperial power.

Situated at the foot of Tianshou Mountain in Changping County, to the northwest of urban Beijing, this is the best preserved group of imperial tombs buried with the most emperors. Occupying an area of 40 sq km, it is home to a beautiful stone archway leading to a path flanked by 18 pairs of vivid stone human and animals statues.

A hutong is an ancient city alley or lane typical of old Beijing, where there were once several thousand of them. Surrounding the Forbidden City, many were built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming (1368-1628) and Qing (1644-1908) dynasties. In the prime of these dynasties the emperors, in order to establish supreme power for themselves, planned the city and arranged the residential areas according to the etiquette systems of the Zhou Dynasty. Hutongs are still inhabited by long-time Beijing residents, and taking a stroll through the peaceful narrow streets is one of the city's most charming attractions. 

Lama Temple is located in the northeastern part of the old city of Beijing, the Lama Temple was a palatial residence constructed in 1694 by the Qing Emperor Kangxi for his fourth son, Prince Yongzheng, who later succeeded to the throne. The magnificent temple consists of five main buildings lying on the north-south axis,with annex halls standing on both sides. Lama Temple is Beijing's most visited religious site, which is home to the Yellow Sect of Buddhism. It is very active, with many faithfuls burning armloads of incense. The temple has an important relic: the largest Buddha statue carved from a single tree. The statue is huge: 3 stories up and about 9 feet across. 

Located in Dashanzi Art District (original 798 Factory), the heart of a growing art and culture community in Beijing, 798 Space is the center and the biggest space providing cultural, artistic and commercial activities in the area. It was designed by East German architects in the Bauhaus style in the early 1950's. Through reconstruction and redesigning with contemporary aesthetics, the space combines the past, present, and future of the "New China".

The National Centre for the Performing Arts is a dynamic new icon to the arts in the heart of old Beijing. The Centre's ultra-modern architecture is in sharp contrast to its neighbours, the Great Hall of the People, Tian'anmen Square and the ancient Forbidden City. The National Centre for the Performing Arts is far more than a spectacular and futuristic building; it hosts world-class events and performances throughout the year.

Useful Tools in Beijing

Royal Thai Embassy, Beijing
Add: 15th Fl. West, LG Twin Towers, Jianguomenwai Road, Chaoyang District
Consular District: Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei Province, Hubei Province, Henan Province, Shandong Province, Shanxi Province, Hei Longjiang Province, Jilin Province, Liaoning Province, Nei Monggol Autonomous Region, Qinghai Province, Xinjiang Autonomous Region , Xizang Autonomous Region
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00
Tel: 86-10-6532-1749

All the local hospitals in Beijing are open to international students. Students with minor illness can go to schools' clinic for help. If you are badly ill, you can see a doctor in any of the local hospitals.

Tips for seeing a doctor in the local hospitals.
Process:

  1. Bring your passport, then fill in a form in the hospital which contains your name (English name or Chinese name), date of birth and contact person in China (name and contact)
  2. Register with a doctor
  3. Waiting at the corresponding section
  4. Seeing the doctor