About Beijing

Beijing is considered the political, educational and cultural centre of China. It has been the capital of the country for the last eight centuries years, and as such, is home to countless historical treasures, such as The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, parks and gardens, and its art treasures and universities have made it the hub of culture and art in China. 

Visitors can also experience modern Beijing by visiting the business district, with its numerous shopping centres, theatres and bars. China's cuisine is world-renowned, and you can experience one of Beijing's most famous dishes, Peking duck, at many restaurants and night food markets around the city.  

         

         

 

Climate

Beijing has four distinct seasons; short, windy springs; long, hot summers; cool, pleasant autumns and long, chilly winters. In July and August, temperatures can exceed 40°C (104°F), whereas in January, temperatures can dip to -20°C (-4°F). Average temperatures at the time of AIPF 2014 can range from 15°C to 26°C (59°F to 79°F).

Currency

The official currency of China is the Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY, ¥).

1 GBP = ¥10.62
1 USD = ¥6.23
1 EUR = ¥8.47
1 AED = 
¥3.67

N.B. Exchange rates are approximations and subject to change.

Hours of Business

General:
09:00 - 17:00 (Mon - Fri)

Some offices will close for a 1-hour lunch break at around 12:00.
Some shops will be open over the weekend as well, opening at 9am and closing between 7-9pm.

Banks:
09:00 - 16:00/17:00 (Mon - Fri)

Most banks in China have some branches open during weekends (Sat/Sun).

Language

The official language of China is Standard Mandarin (Pŭtōnghuà).

Electricity

The voltage in Beijing is 220 V, and type A plugs (three flat pins in a triangular pattern) are used. If your country of residence uses a different voltage, a power transformer is recommended when plugging in your own devices. A plug adapter must also be used if your device uses a different type of plug.

Health Information

It is recommended that you are up-to-date with routine vaccinations before travelling to Beijing. Certain vaccines, such as those for Hepatitis A and Typhoid, are particularly advised, due to the possibility of consuming contaminated food/water.

Please refer to the relevant vaccines and medicines list and consult with your doctor 4-6 weeks prior to travel regarding how best to prepare health-wise.

Useful Phone Numbers (In Beijing area) 
 
Police: 110
Fire Department: 119
Ambulance: 120
Tourist Hotline: 6513-0828
Local directory assistance: 114 (Chinese); 2689-0114 (English)
International directory assistance: 100

Guide to Beijing

Why not experience Beijing by taking a look at some of the city's top attractions:

1.   Forbidden City

2.   798 Art District

3.   Summer Palace

4.   Mùtiányù

5.   Tiān'ānmén Square

6.   South Cathedral

7.   Jiankou

8.   Military Museum

9.   Great Hall of the People

10. Temple of Heaven Park