Beijing Facts

Beijing Facts


 
• Beijing is the capital city of the People’s Republic of China
• Beijing Municipality covers nearly 17,000 sq km
• The population of Beijing municipality is 17million (10.6 in the city alone)
• Beijing is China’s second largest city, after Shanghai
• Beijing has had different names at different times: Peking, Beiping, Dadu, Jingcheng, and Yanjing
• Yanjing is still reflected in Beijing’s most popular beer: Yanjing Beer!
• The first people lived in Beijing around 230,000 to 250,000 years ago
• Beijing’s history as a city goes back to 475-221 BC
• The highest temperature ever recorded in Beijing was 42 °C and the lowest recorded was -27 °C
• Beijing is home to 26 Fortune Global 500 companies, the third most in the world behind Tokyo and Paris
• Beijing’s annual GDP in 2008 was US$ 150 billion
• Beijing’s TV station, BTV has 10 channels
• Beijing has 30 tertiary level educational institutions (universities, colleges etc)
• Beijing is twinned with famous cities like London, Moscow, New York and Tokyo
• The world’s biggest palace, the Forbidden City, is located in Beijing
• The main rivers are the Yongding, Chaobai and North Canal
• Beijing was the host for the 2008 Olympic Game
 
 
 
Practicalities
• Currency: Yuan (CNY)
• Telephone Code: 86
• Internet Code: .cn
• Electricity: 220 volts AC (50 Hz)
• Language: Mandarin
• Time Zone: GMT +8