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									                         FOREIGNER GUIDANCE OF BEIJING
1.About Beijing

(A stone lion guards Mao's portrait at the Tiananmen)

Beijing (Běijīng) is the capital of the most populous country in the world, the People's
Republic of China. It was also the seat of the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors until the
formation of a republic in 1911. Beijing is the political, educational and cultural centre of the
country and as such it is rich in historical sites and important government and cultural
The city is well known for its flatness and regular construction. There are only three hills to be
found in the city limits (in Jingshan Park to the north of the famous Forbidden City). Like the
configuration of the Forbidden City, Beijing has concentric "ring roads", which are actually
rectangular, that go around the metropolis.

Beijing has a total area of 16,411 square kilometers. Total population stood at 16.95 million by the end of

Beijing is the capital of China and the country's political, cultural and international exchange center.
Beijing is one of the four autonomous municipalities along with Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing, which
enjoys similar economic and administrative autonomy as a province.

The private sector in Beijing has developed rapidly. By the end of 2008, there were about 384 thousands
of private enterprises, increased by 154% from just 151 thousands in 2002.

Major Economic Indicators

                                                            2008                    Jan - Sep 2009
             Economic Indicators                                   Growth                      Growth
                                                   Value                        Value
                                                                (%, y-o-y)                   (%, y-o-y)

Gross Domestic Product (RMB bn)1                   1048.8           9.01        816.1           9.51
Per Capita GDP                                     63029            5.2

Added Value Output

- Primary industry (RMB bn)                            11.3          1.11          7.7           4.71

- Secondary industry (RMB bn)                         269.3          2.41         207.3          6.51

- Tertiary industry (RMB bn)                          768.2         11.71         610.1         10.71

Value-added Industrial Output2 (RMB bn)               203.8          2.21         172.8          5.71

Fixed-assets Investment (RMB bn)                      384.9          -3.0         350.9         54.4

Retail Sales (RMB bn)                                 458.9          20.8         386.2         15.1

Inflation (Consumer Price Index, %)                                  5.1                         -1.6

Exports (US$ bn)                                       57.5          17.4         34.8          -19.4

 - By FIEs (US$ bn)                                    23.1          6.4          14.3          -18.2

Imports (US$ bn)                                      214.3          48.7         116.5         -32.2

 - By FIEs (US$ bn)                                    33.8          21.3         23.2          -12.6

Utilized Foreign Direct Investment (US$ bn)            6.1           20.1          5.2           2.7

Notes: 1 In real terms
                             For all state-owned enterprises and other forms with annual sales over RMB 5
Sources: Beijing Statistical Yearbook 2009, China’s customs statistics 9.2009

2. Districts
Beijing has a total of 16 districts and 2 counties.
Central districts and inner suburbs
The four central districts are located within or just beyond Ring Road Two. This is the location
of the old walled city of Beijing and is where you will find most of the sights and also a good
deal of sleeping, eating and drinking and entertainment options. The districts are:

 Xicheng District (Xīchéngqū)
covering the north western part of the central city area until just beyond ring two to the west
and until ring three to the north. Including Beihai Park, the Houhai area, Beijing Zoo and
National Concert Hall
 Dongcheng District (Dōngchéngqū)
covering the north eastern part of the central city area until approximately ring three to the
north and ring two to the east. Includding the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Beijing
Central Station
 Xuanwu District (Xuānwǔqū)
covering the south western part of the central city area until just beyond ring two to the west
and until ring two to the south
 Chongwen District (Chóngwénqū)
covering the south eastern part of the central city area until just beyond ring two to the south
and until ring two to the east. Includes the Temple of Heaven
The next four districts are still close to the centre. They are often referred to as the inner
suburbs. This is were you will find parts of the Western Hills, universities, olympic venues,
business and embassy areas, entertainment and bars as well as art. The districts are:

Shijingshan District (Shíjǐngshānqū)
covering the area just west of the central city area. Includes parts of the Western Hills
 Haidian District (Hǎidiànqū)
covering the northwest of the main urban area. About half of Haidian district is made up of the
Zhongguancun high technology industry and business cluster and Beijing's major
concentration of universities. Includes the Summer Palace
 Chaoyang District (Cháoyángqū)
covering a large area just east (and stretching both north and south) of the central city area
stretching from ring two until beyond ring five to the east. Including CBD, the embassy area,
Sanlitun, National Stadium (and other olympic venues), Workers Stadium, Chaoyang Park
and Ritan Park
 Fengtai District (Fēngtáiqū)
covering the area south end west of Beijing. Includes Beijing West Railway Station
Rural Beijing and outer suburbs
The remaining ten districts and counties are quite far from the centre.
 Tongzhou District (Tōngzhōuqū)
 Northern suburbs (Changping, Shunyi)
 Western and souther suburbs (Mentougou, Fangshan, Daxing)
 Rural Beijing (Yanqing, Huairou, Miyun, Pinggu)

Districts of rural and outer suburbs of Beijing.

3. Geography and climate
Beijing is situated at the northern tip of the roughly triangular North China Plain, which opens
to the south and east of the city. Mountains to the north, northwest and west shield the city
and northern China's agricultural heartland from the encroaching desert steppes. The
northwestern part of the municipality, especially Yanqing County and Huairou District, are
dominated by the Jundu Mountains, while the western part of the municipality is framed by
the Xishan Mountains. The Great Wall of China, which stretches across the northern part of
Beijing Municipality, made use of this rugged topography to defend against nomadic
incursions from the steppes. Mount Dongling in the Xishan ranges and on the border with
Hebei is the municipality's highest point, with an altitude of 2303 m. Major rivers flowing
through the municipality include the Yongding River and the Chaobai River, part of the Hai
River system, and flow in a southerly direction. Beijing is also the northern terminus of the
Grand Canal of China which was built across the North China Plain to Hangzhou. Miyun
Reservoir, built on the upper reaches of the Chaobai River, is Beijing's largest reservoir, and
crucial to its water supply.
The urban area of Beijing is situated in the south-central part of the municipality and occupies
a small but expanding part of the municipality's area. It spreads out in bands of concentric
ring roads, of which the fifth and outermost, the Sixth Ring Road (the numbering starts at 2),
passes through several satellite towns. Tian'anmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) and
Tian'anmen Square are at the centre of Beijing, and are directly to the south of the Forbidden
City, former residence of the emperors of China. To the west of Tian'anmen is Zhongnanhai,
residence of the paramount leaders of the People's Republic of China. Running through
central Beijing from east to west is Chang'an Avenue, one of Beijing's main thoroughfares.

The city's climate is a monsoon-influenced humid continental climate (Koppen climate

classification Dwa), characterised by hot, humid summers due to the East Asian monsoon,
and generally cold, windy, dry winters that reflect the influence of the vast Siberian
anticyclone.[49] Average daytime high temperatures in January are at around 1 °C (33°F),
while average temperatures in July are around 30°C (87 °F). The highest temperature ever
recorded was 42 °C and the lowest recorded was -27 °C.[50] In 2005, the total precipitation
was 410.77 mm; the majority of it occurred in the summer.

                                           Weather data for 北京

    Month      Jan    Feb    Mar    Apr    May        Jun    Jul    Aug    Sep    Oct    Nov    Dec    Year
Average high   1.6    4.0    11.3   19.9   26.4       30.3   30.8   29.5   25.8   19.0   10.1   3.3    17.7
  °C (°F)      (35)   (39)   (52)   (68)   (80)       (87)   (87)   (85)   (78)   (66)   (50)   (38)   (64)
Daily mean °C -3.9    -1.5   5.4    13.6   19.8       24.3   26.2   25.0   20.0   13.2   4.9    -1.8   12.1
    (°F)       (25)   (29)   (42)   (56)   (68)       (76)   (79)   (77)   (68)   (56)   (41)   (29)   (54)
Average low    -9.4   -6.9   -0.6   7.2    13.2       18.2   21.6   20.4   14.2   7.3    -0.4   -6.9    6.5
  °C (°F)      (15)   (20)   (31)   (45)   (56)       (65)   (71)   (69)   (58)   (45)   (31)   (20)   (44)
Precipitation 2.6     5.9    9.0    26.4   28.7       70.7   175.6 182.2   48.7   18.8   6.0    2.3    576.9
mm (inches) (0.1) (0.23) (0.35) (1.04) (1.13) (2.78) (6.91) (7.17) (1.92) (0.74) (0.24) (0.09) (22.71)

               204.7 198.5 237.7 251.3 290.6 276.2 230.4 230.3 215.1 229.6 193.0 192.3 2,780.2

 % Humidity     44     44     46     46     53         61     75    77     68      61     57    49      57
                                           Source: 2009-07-09

Beihai Park, an extensive imperial garden in the center of Beijing

The Beijing Botanical Garden

4. Get in

By plane
Beijing Capital International Airport (Běijīng Shǒudū Guójì Jīchǎng, IATA: PEK) [1] is located
to the northeast of the central districts, 26 km from the city centre. The airport, which was
expanded at a furious pace to be ready in time for the 2008 Olympics, now has three
terminals, broadly speaking divided as follows:
Terminal 1: Hainan Airlines.
Terminal 2: China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Skyteam.
Terminal 3: Air China, Shanghai Airlines, Oneworld, Star Alliance.
Travel between Terminals 1 and 2 is via a long corridor with travelators. A fit person can make
the route in about 10 minutes. A free shuttle bus runs between Terminal 2 and the new
Terminal 3. It departs every ten minutes or so and the journey time is about 10 minutes.
Terminal 3 is huge: it alone is bigger than all five of Heathrow (London)'s terminals.
Additional time should be allocated when flying from here. Terminal 3 check-in closes 45
minutes before flights depart.

Facilities on arrival include ATMs and money changers. Be aware that upon departure, porters
may want ¥10 to wheel your bags 50 m to check-in and that most eating options are rather
outrageously priced. Before you cross through security, if you want a bite to eat in the
Terminal 1, there is a KFC which has lowered its prices a little, and in Terminal 2, there are 2
KFCs, and the restaurants in the basement have relatively low prices compared to what's
above. A meal at any of these places should be around ¥20.

Many people use taxicabs to reach town from the airport. Try to get the Chinese name in
characters of your hotel so that you can let your taxi driver read where you want to go. It is
important to do this as most drivers cannot read English and many are recent arrivals from
the countryside who might not know the city well. A taxi from the airport should cost ¥70-120.
You will have to pay the fee shown on the meter (make sure the driver uses it) plus ¥10 toll
for the airport expressway. Traffic jams are common.

The Airport Express train to the airport opened in July 2008. The train runs in a one-way loop
from T3 to T2/T1 then Sanyuanqiao (transfer to subway line 10) and Dongzhimen (lines 2,
13). A one-way fare is ¥25, and the trip takes about 20 minutes from Dongzhimen to T3, 30
min to T2. Don't take the train just to get from T3 and T2, as this will cost you the full ¥25;
use the free shuttle bus instead.

A slightly cheaper way to get to the city centre is to take the airport shuttle (Jīchǎng Bāshì),
☎ +86 10 64594375/64594376, [2]. Buses for each route leave every 10-30 minutes. There
are several lines running to different locations throughout Beijing. The shuttle bus website
also has a map available. ¥16 for a one-way trip. edit

Line 1 (to Fangzhuang): 1. Liangma Bridge (Liàngmǎqiáo); 2. Baijiazhuang (Báijiāzhuāng); 3.

World Trade Centre (Guómào) & Dabeiyao (Dàběiyáo); 4. Panjiayuan (Pānjiāyuán); 5.
KingWing Hot Spring International Hotel (Jīngruì Dàshà) & Shilihe (Shílǐhé); 6. Guiyou
Shopping Mall (Guìyǒu Dàshà) & Fangzhuang (Fāngzhuāng). Runs 7:30AM-10:30PM. Return
stops are 6, 3, and the airport. Convenient for getting to the south east of the city.
Line 2 (to Xidan): 1. Sanyuan Bridge (Sānyuán Qiáo) 2. Dongzhimen (Dōngzhímén); 3.
Dongsishitiao Bridge (Dōngsìshítiáo Qiáo); 4. Civil Aviation Building (Mínháng Yíngyè Dàsh
à) & Xidan (Xīdān). Return stops are 4, 2, and the airport. Runs 7AM till the last flight. Heads
Line 3 (to Beijing Railway Station): 1. Yuyang Hotel (Yúyáng fàndiàn); 2. Dongdaqiao (Dōngd
àqiáo, bypassed after 22:30); 3. Chaoyangmen (Cháoyángmén); 4. Yabaolu (Yǎbǎolù); 5.
Beijing Railway Station (Běijīng zhàn). Runs 7:30AM till the last flight. The Beijing Railway
Station stop is actually at the west gate of the International Hotel (Guójì Fàndiàn), across
Chang'an Avenue. Return stops are 5, Dongzhimen, the Jingxin Building West Gate (Jīngxì
n Dàshà Xīmén), and the airport. Convenient for the city center, the southeast of the city,
and Chaoyang, Chongwen, and Dongcheng districts.
Line 4 (to Gongzhufen): 1. China International Exhibition Centre (Guójì Zhǎnlǎn Zhōngxīn); 2.
Xibahe (Xībàhé); 3. Anzhen Bridge (Ānzhēn Qiáo); 4. Madian Bridge (Mǎdiàn Qiáo); 5.
Beitaipingzhuang (Běitàipíngzhuāng); 6. Jimen Bridge (Jìmén Qiáo); 7. Friendship Hotel (Yǒ
uyì Bīnguǎn); 8. Beijing TV Station (Běijīng Diànshìtái); 9. Zizhu Bridge (ǐzhú Qiáo); 10.
Hangtian Bridge (Hángtiān Qiáo); 11. Gongzhufen (Gōngzhǔfén) & Xinxing Hotel (Xīnxīng B
īnguǎn). Return stops are 11, 7, 5, 3, and the airport. Runs from 7AM to 11PM. Convenient
for the north and north-west of the city, and Haidian district.
Line 5 (to Zhongguancun): 1. Wangjing (Wàngjīng) & Huajiadi (Huājiādì); 2. Xiaoying (Xiǎ
oyíng); 3. Asian Games Village (Yàyùncūn) & Anhui Bridge (Ānhuì Qiáo); 4.Xueyuan Bridge
(Xuéyuàn qiáo); 5. Just west of Bǎofúsì Qiáo (). Return stops are 5, Beijing Aeronautics
University North Gate (Běiháng Běimén), Huixin West Street (Huìxīn XīJiē)/Anhui Building
(Ānhuī Dàshà), Huixin Dongjie (Huìxīn Dōngjiē) & SINOPEC (Zhōngguó Shíhuà Jítuán), and
the airport. From 8:30AM to 9:30PM. Convenient for the north of the city, particularly the
university district within Haidian.
The cheapest way would be to take public bus #359, which runs from the airport to
Dongzhimen, where you can catch subway 2 or 13, but this is not very fast or convenient.

A number of youth hostels and luxury hotels run their own complimentary shuttle buses
services - ask the place where you are staying if they have one.

Nanyuan Airport (Nányuàn Jīchǎng, IATA: NAY) is a former military airfield 17 km to the
south of Beijing, currently used only by army-linked low-cost operator China United (Zhōnggu
ó Liánhé) [3]. China United currently fields daily flights to Harbin, Dalian, Sanya, Chongqing,
Chengdu, and Wuxi. Free shuttle buses run from China United's ticket office to and from the
Xidan Aviation Building (Xīdān Mínháng Dàshà). Times depend on flight schedules.

By train
Beijing has many railway stations. Most trains arrive at the central, West, South or North

Beijing Railway Station (Běijīng Zhàn). In the heart of the city, served by Subway Line 2.
Destinations include: Changchun, Chengde, Dalian, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin,
Hefei, Jilin, Nanjing, Qiqihar, Shanghai, Shenyang, Suzhou, Tianjin, and Yangzhou. The
trains for Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar), Russia, and North Korea also leave from here.
Beijing West Railway Station (Běijīng Xīzhàn). Presently the largest. Train destinations from
Beijing West include: Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Datong, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin,
Guiyang, Hefei, Hohhot, Hong Kong, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Ningbo, Qinhuangdao, Sanya,
Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Urumqi, Wuhan, Xi'an, and Xiamen. This station has no immediate
connection to the metro system. See below for transport options leaving the station.
Public Buses. There is an immense amount of packed public buses that reach most
destinations around downtown Beijing - however this can be difficult to navigate. These leave
from several locations including directly out the front of the train station, east of the train
station (there is a largish bus station here) and on the opposite side of Lianhuachi Donglu. If
you are desperate to get on the public bus, there is a large sign indicating the routes close to
the bus stops on the Beijing West Station side of Lianhuachu Donglu.
Taxi. There is an underground taxi rank, which usually has at least a ten minute queue. Taxis
may however be the most expensive way to leave the station, especially if you have that
tourist stench about you.
Subway. The Military Museum (formally Junshibowuguan) subway station (Line 1) is around
15 minutes walk north from Beijing West Station. To reach it, cross to the north side of
Lianhuachi Donglu (there is a large overpass just near the entrance of the station) after
emerging from the main entrance to the station. Then walk west for about 5 minutes to
Yangfandian Lu (the street is well signposted). Walk north along here for 15 minutes (flat,
easy walk) and turn right at Fuxing Lu (well signposted). The Military Museum subway station
is about 200m from the intersection, and it will cost ¥2 to get into central Beijing.
Beijing South Railway Station (Běijīng Nánzhàn). The current and future destination for
high-speed trains. presently offers 70 high-speed services every day to Tianjin, Tanggu,
Jinan, Qingdao, and Shanghai. Served by Line 4.
Beijing North Railway Station (Běijīng Běizhàn). Small compared to the previous three, but
you might end up here if you are coming in from Inner Mongolia. Destinations include Chifeng
(Chìfēng), Fuxin, Haila'er (Hǎilāěr), Hohhot, Longhua (Lōnghuà), Luanping Luánpíng),
Nankou (Nánkǒu), Shacheng (Shāchéng, via Badaling), Tongliao (Tōngliáo), and Zhangjiakou
(Zhāngjiākǒu). It also offers tour train services to Yanqing and the Badaling Great Wall.
Served by Lines 2, 4 and 13 via the adjacent Xizhimen station.
Beijing East Railway Station (北京东站 Běijīng Dōngzhàn). One daily service to Chengde only

Beijing West Railway Station

By car
Since the Olympics in 2008, foreigners are allowed to rent vehicles while in China.

Beijing is the hub of several expressways heading in all directions. The following is a list of the
expressways and their destinations:

Jichang (Airport) Expressway (Beijing (Sanyuanqiao - Siyuan - Beigao - Xiaotianzu - Beijing
Capital International Airport)).
Jingcheng (Beijing (Taiyanggong - Wanghe Bridge - Gaoliying - Huairou - Miyun - Gubeikou)
- Luanping (Luánpíng, in Hebei) - Chengde).
Jingtong/Jingha (Beijing (Dawang Bridge - Sihui - Gaobeidian - Shuangqiao - Huicun -
Tongzhou District)).
Jingshen (Beijing (Sifang Bridge - Shiyuan Bridge - Huoxian County, Tongzhou - Xiji) -
Xianghe (Hebei) - Jixian County (Tianjin) - Jinwei - Tangshan (Hebei) - Beidaihe -
Qinhuangdao - Shanhaiguan - Jinzhou (Liaoning) - Shenyang).
Jingjintang (Beijing (Fenzhongsi - Shibalidian - Dayangfang - Majuqiao - Caiyu) - Langfang
(Hebei) - Tianjin (Yangcun - Central Tianjin - Tianjin Airport - Tanggu District/TEDA)).
Jingkai (Beijing (Yuquanying - Daxing - Huangcun - Panggezhuang - Yufa) - China National
Highway 106)).
Jingshi (Beijing (Liuliqiao - Wanping - Liulihe) - Shijiazhuang (Hebei)) {Also known as the
'Jingzhu Expressway' (Beijing - Zhuhai)}.
Badaling (Jingzhang) Expressway (Beijing - Badaling Expressway - Donghuayuan - Huailai -
Xiahuayuan - Zhangjiakou).
11 China National Highways (Guódào) also link into Beijing:

G101 - Jingshun Road (Beijing - Shenyang, Liaoning).
G102 - Jingha Road (Beiling - Harbin, Heilongjiang).
G103 - (Beijing - Tanggu, Tianjin).
G104 - Nanyuan Road (Beijing - Fuzhou, Fujian).
G105 - (Beijing - Zhuhai, Guangdong).
G106 - (Beijing - Guangzhou, Guangdong).
G107 - (Beijing - Shenzhen, Guangdong).
G108 - Jingyuan Road (Beijing - Chengdu - Kunming, Yunnan).
G109 - Fushi Road (Beijing - Datong - Yinchuan - Xining - Golmud - Lhasa, Tibet).
G110 - (Beijing - Zhangjiakou - Hohhot - Baotou - Yinchuan, Ningxia).
G111 - (Beijing - Jiagedaqi, Inner Mongolia).

 By bus
Long-distance buses from areas as far as Shanghai and the Mongolian border connect to
Beijing. You can reach areas as far as Harbin or Xi'an on a single bus ride. Beijing has over 20
long distance bus stations, but what you need to do is go to the bus station located on the
edge of the city in the direction you want to travel.

Xizhimen Long Distance Bus station (Xīzhímén Chángtú Qìchēzhàn), ☎ +86 10 62183454.
Handles buses heading north and west. Destinations include Anshan, Baochang (Bǎochāng),
Baotou, Binzhou (Bīnzhōu), Boshan (Bóshān), Changchun, Chengde (4.5 hrs), Chifeng (Chì
fēng, 12 hrs), Daban (Dàbǎn), Dazhangzi (Dàzhàngzǐ), Fengshan (Fèngshān), Harbin, Hohhot,
Huimin (Huìmín), Jinan, Jining (Shandong) (Jíníng, Shandong Province, 7 hrs), Jinzhou,
Kuancheng (Kuānchéng), Lindong (Líndōng), Linhe (Línhé), Luanping (Luánpíng), Ningcheng
(Níngchéng), Pingzhuang (Píngzhuāng), Qinhuangdao (7.5 hrs), Tieling (Tiělǐng), , Leling (L
èlíng), Pingquan (Píngquán), Xilin (Xīlín), Shenyang, Shacheng (Shāchéng, 5 hrs),
Shanhaiguan, Shenmu, Shizuishan, Tangshan (Tángshān, 5 hrs), Weixian (Wèixiàn, 8 hrs),
Wudan (Wūdān), Xuanying (Xuǎnyíng, 7 hrs), Xinglong (Xīnglǒng), Yinchuan, Yingxian (Yī
ngxiàn), Yulin, and Zhangjiakou (Zhāngjiākǒu). edit
Deshengmen Long Distance Bus Station (Déshèngménwài Chángtú Qìchēzhàn), ☎ +86 10
82847096. Also handles buses for the north and northwest. Destinations include: Baochang
(Bǎochāng), Chicheng (Chìchéng), Dongmao (Dōngmǎo), Guyuan, Sandaochuan (Sāndàochu
ān), Yuxian (Yùxiàn), and Zhangjiakou (Zhāngjiākǒu). edit
Dongzhimen Long Distance Bus Station (Dōngzhímén Chángtú Qìchēzhàn), ☎ +86 10
64674995/64671346. Handles buses heading northeast. Destinations include Changyuan
(Chángyuán), Chengde (4.5 hrs), Chifeng (Chìfēng, 12 hrs), Fengning (Fēngníng, 5 hrs),
Fengshan (Fèngshān), Guanshang (Guānshàng), Huairou district, Jiaozhuanghu (Jiāozhuāngh
ù), Mafang (Mǎfāng), Miyun County, Nanzhuangtou (Nánzhuāngtóu), Pinggu district (2.5 hrs),
Sishang (Sìshàng), Shunyi district, Wuxiongsi (Wúxióngsì), and Xinglong Xīnglōng). edit
Sihui Long Distance Bus Station (Sìhuì Chángtú Qìchēzhàn), ☎ +86 10 65574804. Handles
buses mainly heading east. Destinations include: Changchun, Chengde, Dalian, Dandong,
Liaoyang (Liáoyáng), Tangshan (Tángshān), and Tianjin. edit
Zhaogongkou Long Distance Bus Station (Zhàogōngkǒu Chángtú Qìchēzhàn), ☎ +86 10
67237328. Handles buses heading south and southeast. Destinations include Cangzhou
(Cāngzhōu, 3.5hrs., ¥70), Jinan (5.5hrs., ¥114), Tanggu (Tánggū, 2.5hrs., ¥45), Tianjin
(1.5hrs., ¥35). edit
Lianhuachi Long Distance Bus Station, ☎ +86 10 63322354. Handles buses heading south.
Destinations include: Kaifeng, Luoyang, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Wuhan, and Zhengzhou.
Most of the buses from the Long Distance Bus Stations will be regular or express buses, which
take the expressways; cost from ¥200-600 per trip, have comfy seats, and most rides do not
take more than 6-12 hours, but sleeper buses are also available. Sleeper buses, with bunk
beds in rows, average about ¥100 per trip, but many go really slowly up hills, avoid
expressways, stop at every city or town, provide "meals" which you have to pay extra for,
take the potholed National Highways to save money, and a bus ride can take up to 24 hours.
The average speed is only 40 km/hr on the moderately fast sleeper buses, and the range
could be from 25 to 60 km/hr. It may be a good authentic taste of how less wealthy Chinese
people travel.
5.Get around
Though some residents of Beijing know conversational English, especially in the areas
frequented by tourists or Haidian District's university cluster, one should not count on finding
a taxi driver or passer-by who knows English well. Neither should a foreigner with minimal
experience with the Chinese language put undue faith in his or her ability to pronounce

Chinese place names so that a local can understand clearly. Before embarking on a trip
around the city, it is best to print out the names of places you want to visit in Chinese
characters, or get your hotel front desk staff to write them out for you. When going to specific
addresses writing nearby intersections or basic directions can be helpful as well. Show the
text to the taxi driver, or just ask for help on the street. In general, you will have a better
chance of getting help in English if you address younger people, as many schools in China
have expanded their English education in the last few years.

Crossing the road in China is an art and may be difficult for pedestrians unused to Beijing's
particular driving styles. Before crossing, assume that none of the road users will give way to
you, even if a policeman is present. Zebra crossings are redundant. Chinese drivers lean on
the horn heavily and frequently play games of chicken with pedestrians and other vehicles.
Should you hear a loud horn when crossing the road, always look around as there is probably
a car right behind you or heading straight for you. Should you find several cars and bicycles
veering towards you from different directions, do not try to run to safety; instead, stand still.
For drivers and cyclists a stationary obstacle is easier to avoid. Also note that traffic light
crossings have zebra stripes painted on the road, but you should only cross when the walk
light is green. As with pedestrian crossings in many countries, there is strength in numbers.
When a mass of people crosses together cars are more likely to stop or slow down.
By subway
The Beijing Subway is a good way to quickly get around the city and is clearly marked in
English for travelers. Long very limited, the network has expanded at a furious pace in recent
years, with 9 lines now operational and another 9 to open by 2015. However, be warned that
during rush hour trains can be extremely crowded. The subway system shuts down around
midnight, and opens again around 5AM.

The most useful lines are Line 1, which runs east to west and passes under Tianenmen Square
and goes to many tourist sights; Line 2, which is a loop line following the old city wall and
serves the Central and North train stations; and line 5 which runs north-south and also serves
numerous tourist sights. Transfers between all lines are free.
Subway station entrances are identified by a large blue stylized letter G wrapped around a
smaller letter B. Single tickets cost ¥2 and are only valid on the same day from the station
they were purchased, so there's no point in stocking up. Single-journey ticket machines are
very simple to use; just press the numbers along the left side of the screen to choose how
many tickets you want to buy, insert cash into the machine and press the green button then
collect the ticket and change. The machine does not accept ¥1 bills but if you pay with a ¥10
or ¥20 bill you will be given a handful of coins which you can use for future journeys. You must
pass your ticket through the turnstiles upon entering AND exiting the station, so make sure
you don't lose it.

If you plan on traveling a lot, pick up a Yīkātōng pre-paid card, which has a ¥20 refundable
deposit. Swipe the card at the entrance turnstile and again upon exiting. The use of the
pre-paid card does not reduce the subway fare although it does dramatically reduce bus fares.
Make sure to find out in advance where to return the card, as not all stations will be able to

refund you.

If you are carrying luggage you must pass through the X-ray checks at the stations.

Try to avoid travelling in the rush hour as the stations and trains become very crowded -
particularly try to avoid Line 1 & 2 as the old 1970s stations with their narrow passageways
and open-edged platforms are not designed for the large numbers of passengers seen today.

Subway station in Beijing

Beijing subway map (September 2009)

By bicycle
Once known as a nation of bicycles, China today has an ever growing number of private car
owners. It is estimated 1,200 more cars hit the streets in Beijing every day. As a result,
nowadays you are guaranteed to see more bikes in the Netherlands than in Beijing. However,
the infrastructure from its days as capital of the "Bicycle Kingdom" means exploring Beijing
on a bike is excellent. The city is flat as a pancake and all major streets have bike lanes.
Bicycling is often faster than traveling by car, taxi or bus because of the traffic congestion in

the motorized traffic lanes.

Four-wheeled motorized traffic in Beijing usually observes traffic signals with the exception of
making turns at red lights which is often done without slowing or deferring to pedestrians or
bicyclists. Pedestrians, bicycles and all other vehicles (for example, motorized bicycles,
mopeds and tricycles) generally do not observe traffic signals. Also, cars, trucks and buses do
not defer to cyclists on the road so it is common for a vehicle to make a right turn from an
inside lane across a bike lane with no concern for cyclists traveling in the bike lane.
Sometimes a right-turning vehicle crossing a bike lane will sound its horn as a warning, but
not always. Cyclists also need to be on the lookout for wrong-way traffic in the bike lanes,
usually bicycles and tricycles but sometimes motor vehicles, too. Wrong-way traffic usually
stays close to the curb so you move to the left to get by them, but not always. Bicycling
Beijingers tend not to wear helmets, nor do they use lights at night. Few bikes even have rear
reflectors. The moderate pace and sheer numbers of bicyclists in Beijing appears to make
bike travel safer than it would be otherwise.

While you will see cyclists use many creative paths across wide, busy intersections in Beijing,
the safest way for cyclists is to observe the traffic signals (there are often special signals for
cyclists) and to make left turns in two steps as a pedestrian would. But if you spend any
significant amount of time cycling in Beijing, you will probably start adopting more creative
approaches. These can be learned by finding a local cyclist going your way and following him
or her across the intersection.

Several professional bike rental companies, as well as major hotels and some hostels, rent
bikes on an hourly basis. For those who need the security of a guide, a bike touring company
like Bicycle Kingdom Rentals & Tours      would be a great way to go.

If you are staying more than a few days a reasonable bike can be bought for ¥200. Ensure
that you have a good lock included in the price. The cheapest bikes are not worth the
additional savings as you will get what you pay for. The cheapest bikes will start to
deteriorate as soon as you begin to ride, so spend a little more and get a bike in the ¥300-400
range. Bike rentals may have good bikes, but you pay a high price and run the risk of the bike
being stolen.
By bus

Beijing's bus system is cheap, convenient and covers the entire city—perfect for locals but,
alas, difficult to use if you do not understand Chinese or Mandarin. The bus staffs speak little
English, and only a few bus lines in the city center broadcast stop names in English. Bus stop
signs are also entirely in Chinese. But should you speak Mandarin, have a healthy sense of adventure,
and a fair bit of patience, a bus can get you almost anywhere, and often somewhere that you never
intended to go. It is a great way to see parts of the city that tourists normally do not visit.

Most bus fares are relatively cheap, around ¥1, and if you get a public transportation card from
a metro station (a card that acts as a debit card for the metro and buses) you can get a 60% discount
on all fares.

Many shiny new buses arrived on the streets in preparation for the Olympics. Many buses now feature
air-conditioning (heating in winter), TVs, a scrolling screen that displays stops in Chinese,
and a broadcast system that announces stops. If you are having problems navigating the bus system,
call the English-speaking operators at the Beijing Public Transportation Customer Helpline

Warning: Beijing buses can get very crowded so be prepared and keep an eye on your valuables.
Indeed, the overhead speakers on more modern buses will announce a warning to this effect on the
more crowded lines. Many pickpockets frequent buses and subways, so carry backpacks in the front,
and try to put your valuables somewhere hard to access. Be aware of a scam offering bus rides
to the Great Wall masquerading as the real bus service. Instead of directly driving to the Great
Wall, you will instead be led to a series of tours to dilapidated theme parks, shops, museums,
and other tourist traps before finally reaching the Great Wall near the end of the day.

Bus routes
Bus lines are numbered from 1-999. Buses under 300 serve the city center. Buses 300 and up run
between the city center and more distant areas (such as beyond the Third Ring Road). Buses in the 900s
connect Beijing with its "rural" districts (i.e., Changping, Yanqing, Shunyi, etc).

Full maps of the system are available only in Chinese. The Beijing Public Transport Co. website has
limited information in English, but the Chinese version has a very helpful routing service with an
interactive map. You can input your starting point and your ending point and see all the bus routes that
will get you from A to B, look up a bus route by number, or input a place name and see all the routes that
go stop there.

Fares and operating hours
Most buses with a line number under 200 run daily 5AM-11PM. Buses with a line number greater than
300 run 6AM-10PM. All buses with a line number in the 200s are night buses. Many routes get very
crowded during rush hours (6:30AM-9AM and 5PM-9PM). On major holidays, there will be more frequent
service on most city routes.

For passengers paying by cash: Lines 1-199 operate on a flat rate of ¥1 per journey. Lines 300-899
charge ¥1 for the first 12 km of each journey and ¥0.5 for each additional 5 km. Buses with
air-conditioning (800-899) start at ¥2. The night buses (200-299) charge ¥2 per journey. Lines 900-999
charge according to the distance.

For passengers paying by the new pre-paid Smart Card: Lines 1-499 operate on a flat rate of ¥0.40 per
journey. Lines 500-899 get 60% off the cash price. There are also 3-day, 7-day and 15-day passes
available for travellers. There is no return ticket or day ticket.
By minibus

Minibuses are very common in the countryside outside the urban areas. Privately operated, most trips
cost less than ¥10 per short journey and only a little more for longer journeys.

By taxi
Taxis are the preferred choice for getting around, as they are convenient and are fairly inexpensive for
travellers from Western countries. The only downsides are that Beijing's congested traffic often results in
long jams, and taxi drivers are often recent arrivals from the countryside who do not know the city well.
Vehicles used as taxis include the Hyundai Sonata and Elantra, Volkswagen Santana and Jetta (the old
model, designed in the 1980s), and Citroëns manufactured in China. These taxis are dark red, or yellow
top with dark blue bottom, or painted with new colours (see picture). Luxurious black executive cars
(usually Audis) can also be found, usually waiting outside hotels.

In the more remote places of Beijing, you might not be able to find any official taxis. However, in these
places there will most likely be plenty of unofficial taxis. These might be difficult to recognise for travellers,
but the drivers will address you if you look like you are searching for a taxi. Remember to negotiate the
fare before you go. Local people usually pay a bit less for the unofficial taxis than for the official ones, but
the asking price for travellers will often be much higher.

A Citroën taxi with dark red paint, in front of the gate of Summer Palace. Note the small blue label with
white word "TAXI" on the top left of the windshield
Fares and meters
Taxis charge a starting fee of ¥10, and an additional ¥2/km after the first 3 km. Taxi meters keep running
when the speed is slower than 12 km/hr or when waiting for green lights; 5 min of waiting time equals 1
km running. Outside of rush hour, an average trip through the city costs around ¥20-25, and a cross-town
journey about ¥50 (for example, from the city center to the northern side of the Fourth Ring Road). Since
25 November 2009, there is a ¥1 gas surcharge on all trips. Note that this surcharge is not displayed on
the meter, so if the meter says ¥18 the price is ¥19.

If the taxi driver "forgets" to switch the taxi meter on, remind him by politely asking them to run the meter
and gesturing at the meter box. At the end, it is a good idea to ask for a receipt also while gesturing to the
meter and making a writing motion. Having a receipt is handy in case you want to make a complaint later
or for business reimbursement purposes, and since the receipt has the cab number, you stand a greater
chance of getting your possessions back if you forget anything in the taxi.
If you want a tour around Beijing and its vicinities, you can ask your hotel to hire a cab for one day or
several days. It usually costs ¥400-600 per day, depending on where you go. You can also ask just about
any driver to perform this service as most are more than willing to do so. If you have Chinese-speaking
assistance, then bargain down the cost. No matter the cost, the taxi is yours for the day and will wait for
you at various destinations.

Communicating with the drivers can be a problem, as most do not speak English. You can ask that your
hotel write your destination on a card to give to the driver. Make sure to take the hotel's card (and a map)
that lists the hotel's address in Chinese. This can be a 'get out of jail free' card if you get lost and need to
get back via taxi. A regular city map with streets and sights in Chinese will also help.

As elsewhere in the world it is really hard to find a taxi when it rains. Most of them refuse to take
passengers and, besides, many will try to rise their fares. Although it seems unreasonable (triple to five
times the normal fare), sometimes it is better to take their offers than to wait for another cab.

New paint of Beijing taxis, with a dark yellow strip and name of the taxi company in the center, and other
parts are dark reddish brown (also could be white, dark green or dark blue)
Avoiding scams and fakes
All official taxis have license plates beginning with the letter "B", as in "京B". "Black cabs" may look like
taxis but their license plates will start with letters other than B. It's nearly impossible to hail a black cab on
the streets; they generally hang out around tourist sights like the Great Wall and the Summer Palace or
around subway stops. Black cabs will charge you a higher fee for the journey, unless you are a good
bargainer, know where you are going, and know what the right fare should be. Sometimes they drop
foreign tourists in wrong places. In some extreme cases, the driver may even take them to the
countryside and rob them. If you find you hired a fake taxi and are overcharged, don't argue if you are
alone, pay the driver and remember the car's license plate number, then call police later.

To avoid being taken advantage of, it is a good idea to know the rough direction, cost, and distance of
your destination. You can easily find this out from asking locals before calling a cab. Verify these values
with the taxicab driver to show them that you are in the know, and are probably too much trouble to cheat.
Keep track of the direction of travel with a compass and/or the sun. If the cab goes in the wrong direction
for a long distance, verify the location with the taxi driver. For scamming drivers, that is usually enough for
them to go back on the right track (without ever acknowledging that they were trying to cheat you).
Honest drivers will explain why they are going that way. In addition, sometimes a cab driver might tell you
an extravagant price to get somewhere and tell you the meter is broken.

Keep in mind that central Beijing can be off limits at certain times, forcing cabs to reroute. And some
roads forbid left turns (with big road signs) either at certain hours or all the time, so the driver might make
a detour.

A shabby taxi with a "京C" license, outside gate of the Summer Palace
By car
Renting a car normally is not recommended for the ordinary visitor. Besides being extremely expensive,
driving in Beijing can be quite complicated, language difficulties included. Many hotels, however, rent
cars that come with drivers, for those who can afford it, up to ¥1000 per day.

BCNC Car Rental. Toll-free in China 010800/810-9001 . Based at the Capital Airport, this agency is
appointed as an option by several guides. An air ticket is required, as well as an international driving
license. Mind you that deposits can be huge, and there are extra charges for permission to venture
beyond the city limits.
Avis also operates a car-rental service in Beijing.
The centre of the city and most important landmark is Tiananmen Square in Dongcheng
District. This is the world's largest public square and a must see for all visitors from abroad
and from elsewhere in China. The square is surrounded by grand buildings including the
Great Hall of the People, the Museum of Chinese History, the Museum of the Chinese
Revolution, the Qianmen Gate and the Forbidden City. It is also home to the Chairman Mao
Memorial Hall and the Monument to the People's Martyrs.

The National Stadium or Bird's Nest in Chaoyang District is a new major landmark and the
symbol of the 2008 Olympic Games. Two contemporary buildings in Chaoyang District are
remarkable landmarks: the CCTV Building (sometimes called The Underpants or Bird Legs by
locals) and the World Trade Center Tower III. Both are outstanding examples of
contemporary architecture.

There are also a number of remarkable remains from the medieval city including the Ming
Dynasty City Wall Site Park (the only remains of the city wall) in Chongwen District, the Drum
and Bell Towers in Dongcheng District, and Qianmen in Chongwen District.
Palaces, temples and parks
The city's many green oases are a wonderful break from walking along the never ending
boulevards and narrow hutongs. Locals similarly flock to Beijing's palaces, temples and parks
whenever they have time. The green areas are not only used for relaxing but also for sports,
dancing, singing and general recreation.

The most important palace, bar none, is the Forbidden city in Dongcheng District. The
Forbidden City was home to the Imperial Court during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Unlike

many other historical sights, the Forbidden City was relatively untouched during the cultural
revolution due to the timely intervention of premier Zhou Enlai, who sent his troops to guard
the palace from the over-zealous Red Guards. The Temple of Heaven in Chongwen District is
the symbol of Beijing and is surrounded by a lively park typically packed with hordes of local
people drinking tea, practicing calligraphy or tai-chi or just watching the world go by. The
Yonghegong (Lama Temple) in Dongcheng District is one of the most important and beautiful
temples in the country.

Other parks are scattered around Beijing. Some of the best are Zhongshan Park in Xicheng
District, Beihai Park in Xicheng District, Chaoyang Park in Chaoyang District and Ritan Park
in Chaoyang District. The Beijing Zoo in Xicheng District is famous for its traditional
landscaping and giant pandas, however like many zoos, the conditions for the animals have
been questioned.

Haidian District is home to the Summer palace, the ruins of the Old Summer Palace, Fragrant
Hills, and the Beijing Botanical Garden. All are quite close together and worth a visit.
Museums and galleries
The museums in Beijing are generally not yet up to the standard seen in cities such as Paris,
Rome and New York. However the city contains one of the largest and most well known
museums in Asia, the Palace Museum also known as the Forbidden City. It is also a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. China's government is determined to change the backward perception of
its museums and has invested heavily in their development. It has also made most of them
(not the Forbidden City) free to visit. However, for some museums tickets must be reserved
three days in advance.

One of the most well-known museums in Beijing is the National Museumin Dongcheng District,
which has been closed for renovation since 2007 and is expected to reopen in 2010. The
Military Museum in Haidian District has long been a favorite with domestic and foreign
tourists. The Capital Museum    in Xicheng District is a new high profile museum with historical
and art exhibitions. Finally, a number of restored former residences of famous Beijingers,
especially in Xicheng District, give a good insight into daily life in former times.

The contemporary art scene in Beijing is booming and a large number of artists exhibit and
sell their art in galleries around the city. The galleries are concentrated in a number of art
districts, including the oldest and easiest accessible, but also increasingly commercial and
mainstream, Dashanzi Art District in Chaoyang District. Other newer and perhaps more
cutting edge art districts include Caochangdi in Chaoyang District and Songzhuan Artist's
Village in Tongzhou District.
Three Days in Beijing — A fast-paced introduction to the history, culture, food and night-life
of Beijing, designed for a first-time holiday.
The language of Beijing is Mandarin Chinese. Standard Mandarin itself was the administrative
language of the Ming and Qing dynasties and was based mainly on the Beijing dialect. For

language students this makes studying in Beijing an excellent chance to learn the language
in a relatively pure form. That being said, Beijing dialect contains nasal "er" sounds at the end
of many words. Hence the ubiquitous lamb kabobs become "yáng ròu chuànr". In addition,
the Beijing dialect consists of many local slangs which have not been incorporated into
standard Mandarin. Beijing taxi drivers are famously chatty and will gladly engage students
of the language offering excellent chances to practice the language and get a feel for the
changes in the city and country from an "Old Beijinger".

English is spoken by staff at the main tourist attractions, as well as at major hotels. Otherwise,
English speakers are not common, so always 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.

Walks and rides
The Great Wall of China about a 1 hour train trip or 1.5 hour bus ride from the city (be aware
of bus scams). See Great Wall for general information on the Great Wall and see the suburb
article for individual listings. The Badaling section is the most famous, but also over-restored
and crowded. Jinshanling, Huanghuacheng and Simatai are more distant but offer a better
view of the wall away from the crowds. Mutianyu has been restored, but is far less crowded
than Badaling. Crowds are a definite issue with the Great Wall: at popular sections at popular
times, it becomes not the Great Wall of China, but rather the Great Wall of Tourists. It is
possible to rent a taxi for ¥400-800 for the round trip including waiting time. You may want
to bring a jacket against the wind or cold in the chillier season - in the summer you will need
lots of water, and it will be cheaper if you bring your own.
Hutongs. Beijing's ancient alleyways, where you can find traditional Beijing architecture.
They date back to when Beijing was the capitol of the Yuan dynasty (1266-1368). Most
buildings in hutongs are made in the traditional courtyard (四合院 sìhéyuàn) style. Many of
these courtyard homes were originally occupied by aristocrats, though after the Communist
takeover in 1949 the aristocrats were pushed out and replaced with poor families. Hutongs
can still be found throughout the area within the 2nd Ring Road, though many are being
demolished to make way for new buildings and wider roads. Most popular among tourists are
the hutongs near Qianmen and Houhai. The hutongs may at first feel intimidating to travellers
used to the new wide streets of Beijing, but the locals are very friendly and will often try to
help you if you look lost.
Rent a bicycle. Traverse some of the remaining hutongs. There is no better way to see Beijing
firsthand than on a bicycle but just be very aware of cars (Chinese driving styles may differ
from those you are used to). See above for bike rental information

Great Wall of China at Badaling   Tiananmen

                                                Temple of Heaven


                                               The Pagoda of Tianning Temple, at 13 stories and 57.8 m

(189 ft) in height, built in 1120 during the Liao Dynasty

                                                A corner tower of the Forbidden City

Theaters and concert halls
National Centre for the Performing Arts in Xicheng District was finalised in 2007 and finally
gave Beijing a modern theater complex covering opera, music and theater. This is worth a
visit even if you do not go to a performance.

The Beijing Opera is considered the most famous of all the traditional opera performed
around China. This kind of opera is nothing like western opera with costumes, singing style,
music and spectator reactions being distinctly Chinese. The plot is usually quite simple, so
you might be able to understand some of what happens even if you do not understand the
language. Some of the best places to watch Beijing Opera are found in Xuanwu District

including Huguang Huguang Theatre and Lao She Teahouse. There are also a number in
Dongcheng District including Chang'an Grand Theatre.

Acrobatics shows are also worth a visit if you want to see some traditional Chinese
entertainment. Some of the best shows are found in Tianqiao Acrobatics Theatre in Xuanwu
District and in Chaoyang Theatre in Chaoyang District.

Drama plays has had a slow start in Beijing and is still not as widespread as you might expect
for a city like Beijing, and you will most likely not be able to find many Western plays.
However, some good places for contemporary Chinese plays do exist including Capital
Theatre in Dongcheng District and Century Theater in Chaoyang District.

Classical music has got a much stronger foothold in Beijing than drama plays. Some of the
best places to go are the National Centre for the Performing Arts and the Century Theater
both mentioned above as well as Beijing Concert Hall in Xicheng District.
Beijing is the center of higher learning in China. In fact, Beijing University and Tsinghua
University have been consistently ranked among the top universities in the world in recent
times. As such it attracts the top talents from across China and is the destination for
thousands of foreign scholars each year. Most of the universities are clustered in Haidian
District in the northwestern part of the city. Nearly all of the universities in Beijing accept
foreign students. Most foreign students are on Chinese language programs which can last
from a few weeks to a couple of years. If you have a sufficient HSK level [8] you can enroll in
programs to study other subjects.
Tsinghua University Peking UniversityRenmin University of China China University of
Political Science and Law Beijing Language and Culture University University of
International Business and Economics Beijing Normal University China Media University
Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Beijing University of Posts and
Telecommunications Beijing Jiaotong University China Agriculture University Beijing
Institute of Technology Beijing University of Technology Beijing University of Science and
Technology China Youth University for Political Sciences Global Village
 Branches in both Wangjing and Wudaokou. This is an extremely popular place for Chinese
language courses, especially for Korean students. Teaching quality is reportedly high

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Founded in 1911
Most of the international business offices are in Guomao, Dawang, around the Eastern 3rd
Ring Road, Chaoyangmen. The Central Business District (CBD) is centered around Guomao.

Many technology companies have offices in Haidian.

Like all of China, finding a job teaching English in Beijing is relatively easy for native speakers.
In fact, if you are of European descent some employers may assume that you are already
qualified enough to teach English to Chinese students. However, more prestigious employers
(especially universities and high-end language schools) will generally require an English
teaching qualification and a Bachelor's degree (normally in any discipline, although
sometimes specifically in English/linguistics).

Be aware: There has been explosive growth in the English teaching industry in recent years.
This has brought the expected attendant problems with unregulated schools failing to deliver
on their contracts with teaching staff. Before the Olympics it was common for teachers in
Beijing to get by with business visas and working as outside contractors for the schools.
Similarly some teachers worked on tourist visas. However, there was a government
crackdown on this illegal practice in the run-up to the Olympics. To ensure your employer
runs a licit operation, you are strongly advised to check with existing teachers before signing
a teaching contract with an unknown school. All reputable schools will assist in securing a
work visa and a Foreign Expert Permit for their teachers.
Throughout nearly all markets in Beijing, haggling is essential. Especially when browsing
through large, "touristy" shopping areas for common items, do not put it beneath your dignity
to start bargaining at 15% off the vendor's initial asking price. After spending some time
haggling, never hesitate to threaten walking away, as this is often the quickest way to see a
vendor lower his or her prices to a reasonable level. Buying in bulk or in groups may also
lower the price. Beware that if you start your bargaining at too low of a price, such as 50% off
the asking price, the vendor may just immediately give up on trying to sell the item to you.
How high or low the vendor sets the asking price depends on the customer, the vendor, the
product's popularity, and even the time of day. Vendors also tend to target visible minorities
more, such as Caucasians or people of African descent.

The are a number of interesting markets around Beijing where you can find all kind of cheap
(and often fake) stuff. Some of the most popular places are Xizhimen in Xicheng District, Silk
Street or Panjiayuan in Chaoyang District and Hong Qiao Market in Chongwen District.

As an alternative to the markets you can go to some of the shopping areas lined with shops.
This includes Nanluoguoxiang in Dongcheng District and Qianmen Dajie Pedestrian Street,
Dashilan and Liulichang in Xuanwu District.

If you are looking for traditional Chinese food shops try Yinhehua Vegetarian in Dongcheng
District, Daoxiangcun, Liubiju or The Tea Street in Xuanwu District and Chongwenmen Food
Market in Chongwen District.

Visiting hotel shops and department stores is not the most characterful shopping in China,
but worth a look. While generally significantly more expensive, they are less likely to sell truly

low quality goods. The old style of Chinese retailing is gradually being transformed by shops
with a better design sense and souvenir items are getting better each year. Silk clothing,
table settings and so on and other spots around town, are worth a look, as are porcelain,
specialty tea and other traditional items. Some of the most popular areas for this kind of
shopping are Wangfujing and The Malls at Oriental Plaza both in Dongcheng District as well as
Xidan in Xicheng District.


The carpet business is strong in Beijing and you will find all manner of stores selling silk
carpets and other varieties.
The best way to eat well and cheaply in Beijing is to enter one of the ubiquitous restaurants
where the locals are eating and pick a few different dishes from the menu. Truth be told,
anyone familiar with Western currency and prices will find Beijing a very inexpensive city for
food, especially considering that tipping is not practiced in China.

Some of the cheapest and most delicious meals can be had on the streets. Savory pancakes
are one of the most popular street snacks, eaten from morning till night with most carts
operating during the morning commute and then opening again at night for the after-club
crowds and night-owls. This delicious pancake is cooked with an egg on a griddle, a fried
dough crisp is added, and the whole thing is drizzled in scallions and a savory sauce. Hot
sauce is optional. Diehard fans often go on a quest for the best cart in the city. This treat
should only cost ¥2.50, with an extra egg ¥3.

Lamb kebabs and other kebabs are grilled on makeshift stands all around Beijing, from the
late afternoon to late at night. Wangfujing has a "snack street" selling such mundane fare like
lamb, chicken, and beef as well as multiple styles of noodle dishes, such as Sichuan style rice
noodles, but the brave can also sample silkworm, scorpion, and various organs all skewered
on a stick and grilled to order.

A winter specialty, candied haw berries are dipped in molten sugar which is left to harden in
the cold and sold on a stick. You can also find variations with oranges, grapes, strawberries,
and bananas, or dipped in crumbled peanuts as well as sugar. This sweet snack can also
sometimes be found in the spring and the summer, but the haw berries are often from last
season's crop.

The most famous street for food in Beijing is probably Guijie, see Dongcheng District for
further detail.

Beijing Roast Duck is a famous Beijing specialty served at many restaurants, but there are
quite a few restaurants dedicated to the art of roasting the perfect duck. Expect to pay around
¥40 per whole duck at budget-range establishments, and ¥160-200 at high-end restaurants.
Beijing duck is served with thin pancakes, plum sauce,and slivers of scallions and cucumbers.

You dip the duck in the sauce and roll it up in the pancake with a few slivers of scallions and/or
cucumbers. The end result is a mouthwatering combination of the cool crunchiness of the
cucumber, the sharpness of the scallions, and the rich flavors of the duck.

Guolin Home-style Restaurant. This well-kept secret among Chinese people has some of the
tastiest and most inexpensive ducks in all of Beijing. Half a duck is just ¥28. And all its other
delicious, innovative dishes keep customers coming back: be prepared for a bustling, noisy
atmosphere, though the interior is often quite nice. Locations all over Beijing—look for a sign
with two little pigs—including at Fangzhuang, Zhongguancun, Wudaokou, Xuanwu, and more.
Beijing is also known for its mutton hotpot, which originally came from the Manchu people
and emphasizes mutton over other meats. Like variations of hotpot 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 ying-yang pot divided down the middle, with spicy broth on one side and regular
broth on the other. Raw ingredients are purchased by the plate, including other types of meat
and seafood, vegetables, mushrooms, noodles, and tofu, so it's also perfectly possible to
have vegetarian hotpot. A dipping sauce, usually sesame, is served as well; you can add chilis,
garlic, cilantro, etc, to customize your own sauce. While "raw" sounds dangerous, boiling the
meat yourself is the best way to ensure that more risky meats like pork are fully cooked and
free of germs. In the city center, hotpot can run as much as ¥40-50 per person, but on the
outskirts it can be found for as little as ¥10-25. Low-budget types may reuse the spices or
cooking broth from previous guests, although it has been boiling for several hours.

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.
For vegetarians, Beijing's first pure vegetarian buffet restaurant is located a Confucius
Temple, see Dongcheng District for further detail.

Origus has numerous locations throughout Beijing, and offers an all-you-can-eat pizza/pasta
buffet for ¥39, including soft drinks and dessert bar. If you're in the mood for Texan fare,
head for the Tim's Texas BBQ near the Jianguomen subway station. They'll happily provide
you with your favourite American food and drink. Tony Roma's has a location in Wangfujing
(in the Oriental Plaza). Korean restaurants are also very common in Beijing. A frequent meal
is the grill-it-yourself barbeque, including beef, chicken, and seafood items as well as some
vegetables including greens and potatoes.

All luxury hotels have at least one restaurant, which can be of any cuisine they believe their
guests will enjoy. You will find French, Italian, American, and Chinese restaurants in most
hotels. Restaurants that serve abalone and sharkfin are considered the most expensive
restaurants in the city. Expect to pay upwards of ¥800 for a "cheap" meal at one of these

restaurants, much more if splurging.

Ghost Street
Tea, tea, and more tea! Some shops are in malls and others are stand-alone establishments.
Whatever their location, always ask the price before ordering or else brace yourself for the
most expensive egg-sized cup of tea in the world. You can experience different styles of tea
ceremonies and tea tastings at tea houses especially in the Qianmen area south of
Tiananmen Square. These can range widely in quality and price. Some tea houses are really
tourist traps whose main goal is to milk you of your money (See warning box). You can get a
free tea demonstration at most Tenrenfu tea houses which are located throughout the city
and at some malls. A private room or a quiet back table in a tea house with mid-range tea for
two should cost ¥100-200. After an afternoon in such shops the remaining tea is yours to take
home. Once tea is ordered, the table is yours for as long as you like.

As a tea-loving country and grower of much of the world's tea, coffee is not as easy to find but
a the taste for it--along with more expats dotted throughout Beijing--has seen more
emerging middle class and students drinking it. For example, the city alone has 50 Starbucks
locations. Most are situated around shopping malls and in commercial districts of the city.
Other international chains such as Lavazza also have locations around Beijing. Coffee of
varying qualities is also available in the ubiquitous Taiwanese style coffee shops such as
Shangdao Coffee. These are usually located on the second floor of buildings and often times
offer Blue Mountain Coffee, making places like Starbucks seem a real bargain. Most coffee
shops will offer wireless. Baristas in non-chain coffee shops may not be educated on how to
make generally accepted espresso drinks, like lattes and cappuccinos. Espressos, alone,
usually taste better and are more consistent.

Chinese beer can be quite good. The most preferred beer in China is Tsingtao which can cost
¥10-20 in a restaurant, or ¥2-4, depending on size, from a street vendor, but in Beijing, the
city's homebrew is Yanjing beer, and has a dominating presence in the city (Yanjing being the
city's name from its time 2,000 years ago as capital of the state of Yan). Beer mostly comes
in large bottles and has 3.1%-3.6 alcohol content. Both Yanjing and Qingdao come in
standard and purevarieties; the difference mainly seems to be price. Beijing Beer is the
probably the third most popular brand.

Great Wall is the most popular local brand of grape wine. Wine made in China does not have
a great reputation, though this is changing. Giving wine as a gift is not a common custom in
most places in China and most people will not be accustomed to wine etiquette or

appreciation (white wine is often mixed with Sprite). Imported red wines are usually of a
better quality and can be found in big supermarkets, import good stores, and some

The most common hard liquor is baijiu, made from distilled grain (usually sorghum) spirits. It
comes in a variety of brands and generally for very cheap prices (¥8 for a small bottle) and
should be avoided if you want to have a clear mind for your travels on the next day. The most
famous local brand is called Erguotou, which has 54% alcohol content. It should be noted that
the local Erguotou is sold in gallon containers, often on the same shelf as water and with a
similar price-range and indistinguishable colour. Care must be made not to confuse the two.
Maotai, the national liquor, is one of the more expensive brands, and costs about as much as
an imported bottle of whiskey--but likely more. A large selection of imported liquor can be
found at most bars
Places to drink
Most of Beijing's bars are located in one of the bar clusters around the city. A few years back,
the only one was Sanlitun, but almost every year the last few years have seen a new area
emerge. The most important areas are:

Houhai in Xicheng District located around the lake, Houhai
Nanluogu Xiang in Dongcheng District located in the middle of the hutongs
Sanlitun in Chaoyang District was once the centre of nightlife in Beijing and still popular with
expats but increasingly uninteresting for travellers and locals.
Workers Stadium in Chaoyang District has taken over part of the action in nearby Sanlitun.
West Gate of Chaoyang Park in Chaoyang District is one of the newest bar areas in Beijing
Ladies' Street in Chaoyang District. By day it has some fashion shops, as its name suggests,
but it is also home to some interesting new bars, restaurants and clubs.
Yuan Dynasty Wall Bar Street in Chaoyang District is a new ready-made bar area located
nicely along a small river and a park but with quite uninteresting bars.
Wudaokou in Haidian District, where most of the foreign and local university students hang
out. There are a number of bars and restaurants which serve a great variety of wine, beer and
liquor for cheap. This area is also well known for its huge Korean population and a good place
to find Korean food.
Dashanzi in Chaoyang District, Beijing's trendy art zone, this old warehouse and factory
district has been taken over by art galleries, art shops and bars. Well worth the trip to
experience the Beijing art scene. Also known as Factory 798
Foreign visitors were once restricted to staying in high-priced official hotels. Tour groups tend
to use these hotels but do so at rates far below those published. In general, restrictions on
where foreigners can stay have become less and less frequently enforced. Hostels and
western-style travel hotels are almost universally open to foreign guests. The lowest end
Chinese accommodations - Zhaodaisuo - are generally inaccessible to the foreign community.
However, for those determined to get a bargain, you may be able to get a room if you speak
Chinese. Many of the hostels are located in Dongcheng District and Xuanwu District.
Discounted rates start around ¥30 for dorms and just below ¥200 for doubles in the cheapest


There are a large number of three and four star mid-range hotels throughout the city and in
all districts. The listed rates for these kind of hotels are often in the range of ¥500-1,000 but
you can often get a discount of around 50%.

Some 'expensive' hotels are in the city centre, especially in Dongcheng District, and on the
eastern 3rd Ring Road in Chaoyang District, however by Western standards these hotels are
still relatively cheap. In the outlying areas, especially out by the Great Wall, are some country
club type resorts as well as some unique, one-of-a-kind, hotels. For the most expensive
hotels, the listed rates start at around ¥4,000, but are often discounted to a level around

                                          List Hotels in Beijing

          Hotel Name                                               Address

Beijing Xiyuan Hotel              5     No. 1 Sanlihe Road, Beijing, China, 100044

Beijing Hotel                     5     No 33 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing 100004
Crowne Plaza hotel Beijing        5     No. 23 Xi Da Wang Road, Beijing 100022

Prime Hotel Beijing               5     No 2 Wangfujing Avenue, Beijing, China, 100006
Beijing Kunlun Hotel              5     No. 2 Xin Yuan Nan Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100004,

Jade Palace Hotel                 5     No. 76 Zhichun Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100086
Wangfujing Grand Hotel            5     No.57 Wangfujing Avenue, Beijing, China, 100006

Beijing North Garden Hotel        4     No.Wangfujing Avenue 218-1 Beijing 100006
Grand View Garden Hotel           4     No.88 Nan Cai Yuan Street, Xuan Wu District, Beijing
Beijing                                 100054

Novotel Peace Hotel               4     No.3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Beijing, China 100006
Beijing Friendship Hotel          4     No 3 Bai Shi Qiao Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China

Beijing Yanshan Hotel             4     No A138 Haidian Road , Beijing 100086, China
Novotel Xinqiao Hotel             4

Beijing Continental Grand         4     No 8 Bei Chen East Street, North Sihuan Road, Beijing
Hotel                                   100101

beijing Jianguo Hotel-            4     No 5 Jianguo Men Wai Da Jie, Beijing

Dongjiaominxiang Hotel            4

Beijing Tibet Hotel               3     No.118 North Si-Huan Road East Street, Beijing

Bamboo       Garden      Hotel    3     No.24, Xiaoshiqiao, Jiugulou Street, Xicheng District,

Beijing                             Beijing, China, 100009
Beijing Yue Xiu Hotel           3   No. 24 East Xuan Wu Men Street, Beijing 100051, China

Beijing Fuhao Hotel             3   No.45 Wangfujing Street, Dong Cheng District, Beijing

Beijing   Nanjing       Great   3   No. 9 Xi Jie, Wangfujing Avenue, Beijing, China, 100006

Beijing Xin Jiang Hotel         3   No. 7 San Li He Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100044

Beijing Yuanshan Hotel          3   No. 2 Yumin Road, Deshengmen Wai, Beijing 100029
Beijing Shatan hotel            3   No. 28 Shatan back Street, Beijing 100009

Airport Garden Hotel            3   No.Capital International Airport Beijing, China 100621
Beiijing Guo An hotel           3   No. 1 North Guandongdian, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Stay safe
Beijing is a safe city. However, tourists are often preyed upon by cheats and touts. Be
especially cautious in the inner city, around Tiananmen Square, and on the tourist-crowded
routes to the Great Wall.

For tours to the Great Wall, be wary: the driver might just stop and set you off before your
destination. Only pay afterwards if you are absolutely sure you are at the destination. Do not
go for organized tours to the Great Wall in the ¥100-150 range that are advertised by people
handing out flyers around the Forbidden City (or in the latest scam, masquerading as the real
bus service to the Great Wall which only costs ¥20, but is guaranteed to waste your entire
day). Conveniently you are picked up from your hotel (so they know where to get back at you,
in case you will not pay), you end up on a shopping tour and afterwards you have to pay
upfront to get back to the city. Of course, there are exceptions, and people showing letters of
recommendation from their previous travels and pictures are usually ok, as are people
offering trips to the wilder parts of the Great Wall (ie. not Badaling or Juyong). Shopping tours
are also advertised from certain hotels, ask in advance for a tour without shopping to be sure.

Do not be tricked by students or young adults offering to go out for a beer or coffee to practice
their English. Some scam artists will run up a elaborate bill by ordering food or alcohol and
then expect you to pay for it or even half whether or not if you do or do not eat the food they
order. Traditionally when someone asks you to come out with them, they would pay for the
bill. If you are feeling this situation is about to happen shift credit cards out of your wallet by
going to the bathroom or while sitting at the table. The scam artists can be working with the
restaurant and the restaurant will ask you to pay with a credit card. Another sign if it is a scam
is if they ask to follow you to a bank or back to your hotel to get additional money to pay them
back. These people can come on very nice and come off as very nice people. If they want to
follow you back to your hotel or hostel have them wait in the lobby and do not return. These
people will likely avoid confrontation and eventually leave.
Do not follow any "students" or Chinese "tourists" wanting to show you something. They are

most likely scammers or semi-scammers. Examples include "art students" who bring you to
their "school exhibition" and pressure you to buy art at insanely inflated prices. Tea sampling
is another scam. It is free to sample tea for locals, but for should ask. Always
get prices in advance and keep the menu if you are concerned. In one incident, after sampling
5 types of tea with two "students", a group of tourists were confronted with a bill for ¥1260!
They even produced an English menu with the extortionate prices for sampling. Young
attractive female "students" also try to lure male tourists to shops, restaurants or night clubs.
The prices at such places can be extremely high for basically nothing. The rule of thumb here
is that if anyone of East-Asian descent approaches you at a tourist spot speaking any
language other than Chinese, do not go into any building of their choosing."
That all being said, fears of scams have led many foreigners to be overly dismissive of
Chinese people who approach them. Many Chinese are tourists in their capital for the first
time as well. They are genuinely curious about foreigners and may just want to practice their
English and get a picture with you. Be friendly but don't feel pressured to go somewhere you
hadn't planned on going in the first place.

Take care when offered a ride in a rickshaw (pedicab). Make sure you know where you are
going to be taken in advance, and agree a price in writing. If not, you may well end up
dropped off in a deserted alleyway and extorted for a large amount - ¥600 or more. If you do
know your way out, just firmly drop ¥5 or ¥10 on the seat and walk off.
Be wary of fake money. You may observe Chinese people inspecting their money carefully,
and with a reason: there are a lot of counterfeit bills in circulation. The most common are
100's and 50's. A few tips for identifying counterfeit bills:

Be very careful if someone wants to give back the largest currency bill (¥50 and ¥100) by the
excuse of "no change". In an attempt to pass you a counterfeit bill they may tell you that they
have lowered the price in your benefit. Or, they may ask you to contribute an additional sum
in order to pass you the ¥100. If they give you back all the change money plus the coins on
top (though coins are rare in Beijing) take your time to check each bill carefully.
Another version of the above trick is when a vendor refuses to accept your ¥100 bill claiming
that it's fake. The truth is most likely that he took your genuine bill and discretely changed it
for a fake one which he now is trying to give back to you. Hard to prove unless you saw the
To check any ¥50 and ¥100 bill you get, do this: most importantly, check the paper. If its torn,
thin or very slippery, ask for a different bill. Next, check the watermark, it should blur out
softly. If there are hard visible corners in the watermark, reject the bill. Last, check the green
"100" imprint on the lower left corner. It should be clearly painted on the bill so you can both
feel and see a relief. If its missing or not feelable, reject the bill also. Rejecting bills is not
considered impolite. It is perfectly acceptable to hand back a bill and ask for a different one.
If the vendor gets upset, you should consider cancelling the purchase and moving on. If the
colouring of a banknote is faded, it does not necessarily mean it is fake.
Driving is crazy in Beijing, and reckless driving is the norm. Be prepared for drivers to violate
traffic laws even to the extent of going in reverse on highways to back up to a missed exit.
Also expect occasional road debris (a piece of wood or torn out tire) to be laying in the

roadway. Pedestrians should be very careful crossing the street — drivers, especially taxis,
will not stop for you and will anticipate the traffic light before it turns green. Be very careful
when crossing any street. Take an overpass or underpass if possible. Otherwise, keep an eye
on the locals and cross with them — there is strength in numbers. Cars will also often drive on

Free emergency telephone numbers:

Police: 110.
Fire alarm: 119.
Medical care: 120.
Remember these three telephone numbers, and they are valid in almost entire mainland

8. Get out

Routes through Beijing

9.Consulates & Embassies
Islamic State of Afghanistan     8 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Phone 6532 1582
Democratic People's Republic of Algeria 7 Sanlitun Phone 6532 1231
Republic of Angola 1-13-1 Ta Yuan Diplomatic Office Phone 6532 6968
Republic of Argentina 11 Dongwu Jie, Sanlitun        Phone 6532 1406
Republic of Armenia 9-2-62,Ta Yuan Diplomatic Compound Phone 6532 5677
Australia 21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Phone 6532 2331
Austria 5 Xiushui Nanjie Jianguomenwai Dajie        Phone 6532 2061
Republic of Azerbaijan   3-2-31 Sanlitun Diplomatic Compound Phone 6532 4614
Kingdom of Bahrain 10-06 Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Residence Compound, 22 Dong Fang
   Dong Lu, Chaoyang District Phone 6532 6483, 6532 6485,6532 6486
People's Republic of Bangladesh 42 Guanghua Lu Phone 6532 2521
Republic of Belarus 1 Dongyijie Ritan Phone 6532 6426
Belgium 6 Sanlitun Lu Phone 6532 1736
Republic of Benin 38 Guanghua Lu Phone 6532 2741
Republic of Bolivia 2-3-2 Ta Yuan Diplomatic Bldg. Phone 6532-3074/4370
Republic of Bosnia andHerzegovina 1-5-1 Ta Yuan Diplomatic Office Phone 6532-6587/0185
Republic of Botswana 1-8-1, 1-8-2 Ta Yuan Office Bldg. Phone 6532 5751
Federative Republic of Brazil 27 Guanghua Lu Phone 6532 2881
Brunei Darussalam 3 Qijiayuan Diplomatic Compound Phone 6532 4094
Republic of Bulgaria 4 Xiushui Beijie Jianguomenwai Dajie Phone 6532 1946

Republic of Burundi 25 Guanghua Lu Phone 6532-1801/2328
Cambodia 9 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Phone 6532 1889
Republic of Cameroon 7 Dongwu Jie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-1828/1114
Canada 19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Phone 6532 3536
Republic of Cape Verde 6-2-121, Ta Yuan Diplomatic Compound Phone 6532 7547
Republic of Central Africa 1-1-132, Ta Yuan Diplomatic Office Building, 1 Xin Dong Lu,
  District Phone 6532 7353
Republic of Chile 1 Dongsijie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-1591
Republic of Colombia 34 Guanghua Lu Phone 6532-3377/1713
Republic of the Congo 7 Dongsijie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-1658/1417
Republic of Cote d'Ivoire 9 Beixiaojie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-1482/3572
Republic of Croatia 2-1-31 Sanlitun Diplomatic Apartments Phone 6532-6241/6256
Republic of Cuba 1 Xiushui Nanjie Jianguomenwai Phone 6532-6568/1714
Republic of Cyprus 2-13-2 Ta Yuan Office Bldg. Phone 6532-5057
Czech Republic Ritan Lu, Jianguomenwai Dajie Phone 6532 6902
Denmark 1 Dongwujie, Sanlitun Phone 6532 2431
Republic of Djibouti 1-1-122 Ta Yuan Diplomatic Compound, Chaoyang District Phone 6532
  7857, 6532 9309
Republic of Ecuador 11-21 Jianguomenwai Dajie Phone 6532-3158/3849
Arab Republic of Egypt 2 Ritan Donglu Phone 6532 1825
Republic of Equatorial Guinea 2 Dongsijie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-3679
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia 3 Xiushui Nanjie Jianguomenwai Dajie Phone 6532
Republic of Finland Level 26, South Tower Beijing Kerry Centre, Guanghua Lu Phone
Republic of France 3 Dongsanjie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-1331, 6532-4841
Republic of Gabon 36 Guanghua Lu 6532-2810/3580
Federal Republic of Germany 17 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Phone 6532 2161
Republic of Ghana 8 Sanlitun Lu Phone 6532-1319/1544
Hellenic Republic (Greece) 19 Guanghua Lu Phone 6532 1317
Republic of Guinea 2 Xiliujie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-3649
Cooperative Republic of Guyana 1 Xiushui Dongjie Jianguomenwai Dajie Phone 6532 1337
Republic of Hungary 10 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-1431/1432
Republic of Iceland Rm. 802, Landmark Tower 8 North Dongsanhuan Lu Phone
Republic of India 1 Ritan Donglu Phone 6532-1856/1908
Republic of Indonesia Office Building B, Sanlitun Phone 6532-5488
Ireland 3 Ritan Donglu Phone 6532 2691
Islamic Republic of Iran 13 Dongliujie, Sanlitun Phone 6532 2040
Israel China World Trade Centre West Wing Offices1 Jianguomenwai Dajie Phone 6505 2970
Republic of Italy 2 Dong'erjie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-2131 to 34
Japan 7 Ritan Lu, Jianguomenwai Phone 65322361
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 5 Dongliujie, Sanlitun Phone 6532 3906

Republic of Kazakstan 9 Dongliujie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-6182/6183
Republic of Kenya 4 Xiliujie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-3381/2473
Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea Ritan Beilu, Jianguomenwai Dajie Phone 6532 1186
Republic of Korea 4/F, China World Trade Center 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie
Kyrgyz Republic 2-4-1 Ta Yuan Office Bldg. Phone 6532 6458
Lao People's Democratic Republic 11 Dongsijie, Sanlitun Phone 6532 1224
Lebanon 10 Dongliujie, Sanlitun Phone 6532 1560
Kingdom of Lesotho 1-7-1 Ta Yuan Office Bldg.Phone 6532 6842
Great Socialist People's Libyan
Arab Jamahiriya 3 Dongliujie, Sanlitun Phone 6532 3666
Republic of Lithuania 3-1-11 Sanlitun Diplomatic Compound Phone 6532-4421/4451
Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg 21 Neiwubujie Phone 6513 5937
Republic of Madagascar 3 Sanlitun Dongjie Phone 6532-1053/1643
Malaysia 13 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Phone 6532 2531
Republic of Mali 8 Dongsijie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-1704
Republic of Malta 5-2-22 Sanlitun Diplomatic Compound Phone 6532-3114
Mauritania 9 Dongsanjie, Sanlitun Phone 6532 1346
Republic of Mauritius 2-2-11 Dongsanjie Sanlitun Diplomatic Apartments
    Phone 6532-5695/5696
Mongolia 2 Xiushui Beijie Jianguomenwai Dajie Phone 6532 1203
Kingdom of Morocco 16 Sanlitun Lu Phone 6532 1796
Republic of Mozambique 1-7-1 Ta Yuan Office Bldg.Phone 6532-3664/3578
Republic of Namibia 1-13-2 Ta Yuan Diplomatic Office Building Phone 6532-4810/4811
Nepal 1 Xiliujie, Sanlitun Phone 6532 1795
Netherlands 4 Liangmahe Nanlu Phone 6532 1131
Papua New Guinea 2-11-2 Ta Yuan Office Bldg. Phone 6532-4312
New Zealand 1 Dong'erjie, Ritan Lu Phone 6532 2731
Niger 3-2-12 Sanlitun Apartment Phone 6532 4279
Federal Republic of Nigeria 2 Dongwujie, Sanlitun Phone 6532 3631
Norway 1 Dongyijie, Sanlitun Phone 6532 2261
Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Phone 6532 6660
Republic of Peru 2-82 Sanlitun Office Bldg.Phone 6532-3719/2913
Republic of the Philippines 22 Xiushui Beijie Jianguomenwai Dajie Phone 6532-1872/2518
Republic of Poland 1 Ritan Lu Jianguomenwai Dajie Phone 6532-1236/1237, 6532-1745
Republic of Portugal 8 Dongwujie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-3497/3220
Romania 2 Ritan Lu, Dong'erjie Phone 6532-3442
Russian Federation 4 Dongzhimennei Beizhongjie Dongcheng District Phone
Republic of Rwanda 30 Xiushui Beijie Phone 6532-2193/1762
Republic of Sierra Leone 7 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Phone 6532-1222/2174
Republic of Singapore 1 Xiushui Beijie Jianguomenwai Dajie Phone 6532-3926/3143
Republic of Slovenia 3-53 Jianguomenwai DajiePhone 6532-6356/6357
Spain 9 San Li Tun Lun, Chaoyang District Phone 6532 1986

Republic of South Africa 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Phone 6532-0171
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 3 Jianhua Lu Jianguomenwai Dajie Phone 6532
Republic of Sudan 1 Dong'erjie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-3715/2205
Republic of Suriname 1-3-31 Jianguomenwai Diplomatic CompoundPhone 6532-2939/2938
Sweden 3 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Sanlitun, Chaoyang District Phone 6532 9790
Switzerland 3 Dongwujie, SanlitunPhone 8532 8755
Syrian Arab Republic 6 Dong Si Jie, San Li Tun Phone 6532 1372
Republic of Tajikstan 9-1-101 Ta Yuan Diplomatic Compound Phone 6532-2598
United Republic of Tanzania 8 Liang Ma He Nan Lu, San Li Tun Phone 6532 1491, 6532 1408
Kingdom of Thailand 40 Guang Hua Lu Phone 6532 1749
Republic of Togo 11 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Phone 6532-2202/2444
Republic of Tunisia 1 San Li Tun Dong Jie Phone 6532 2435
Republic of Turkey 9 Dongwujie, Sanlitun Phone 6532-2650/2871
Turkmenistan King’s Garden Villa D-1, 18 XiaoyunRoad Phone 6532 6975
Republic of Uganda 5 Sanlitun Dongjie Phone 6532-1708
United Arab Emirates 14 LiangMaHe Nan Road, ChaoYangDistrictPhone 6532 7650
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland11 Guanghua Lu Jianguomenwai
  Phone 5192 4000
Republic of Ukraine 11 Dong Liu Jie, San Li Tun Phone 6532 6783
United States of America 3 Xiu Shui Bei Jie, Jian Guo Men WaiPhone 6532 3831
Oriental Republic of Uruguay 2-7-2 Ta Yuan Office Bldg. Phone 6532 4445
Republic of Uzbekistan 11 Beixiaojie Sanlitun Phone 6532-6305
Republic of Venezuela 14 Sanlitun Lu Phone 6532-1295/2694
Socialist Republic of Viet Nam 32 Guang Hua Lu, Jian Guo Men Wai Phone 6532 1155
Republic of Yemen 5 Dongsanjie, Sanlitun6532-1558/3394
Republic of Zambia 5 Dongsijie, SanlitunPhone 6532-1554/1778
Republic of Zimbabwe7 Dongsanjie, SanlitunPhone 6532-3795/3665

10.Useful Words

     a.   Please take me to the Airport Terminal
     b.   Please take me to Okay Airways office at Airport
     c.   Please take me to Wal-Mart Super Martket
     d.   I want rice. 我要米饭,                I want fried beef 我要炒牛肉
          I want Coco Cola 我要可口可乐            I want beer 我要啤酒
          I want ice 我要加冰                   I want chopsticks 我要筷子
          I want fork 我要叉子                  I want spoon 我要勺子
          I want 7 up 我要七喜                 How much 多少钱
11. Emergency Telephone Number
Fire 119
Police 110

Traffic Accident 122

Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil
Chancery:No.27,Guang Hua Lu, Beijing
Tel::010-65322881      Fax:010-65322751


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