STUDY IN BEIJING
BEIJING CAPITAL AIRPORT -Beijing Capital International Airport is about 25 km (about 15.5 miles) northeast of Tiananmen Square, and is China's busiest and most important international airport. It consists of three terminal buildings. Most international flights land at either Terminal 2 or Terminal 3. You can take Airport Express Train or shuttle bus to downtown.
BEIJING SUBWAY-The Beijing Subway now has 16 lines in operation. A flat fare of 2rmb with unlimited transfers applies to all lines, except the express link to the airport, which costs 25rmb.
BEIJING CITY BUS -Currently, there are over 800 bus routes in operation from 05:30 to 23:00 in Beijing. Bus fares are usually 1rmb or 2rmb.
BEIJING TAXI -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.
BEIJING TRANSPORATION SMART CARD -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 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
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 RMB is quite enough
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 Great Wall
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.
Temple of Heaven
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.