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Beijing Travel Guide

Beijing (also formerly known in English as Peking) is the capital of the People's Republic of China. Beijing is China's second largest city, after Shanghai.

Location: Beijing is located in northern China, at 39.9 N latitude and 116.4 E longitude.

Area: 16,410 sq. km. Mountains and hills occupy 10,147.5 sq.km, 62 percent of the city's landmass.

Climate: Temperate semi-humid climate, short spring and autumn, long summer and winter; The hottest month is July and the coldest is January.

Population: 16.33 million.

Administrative Divisions: Beijing is one of the four municipalities directly under the central government. It is divided into 16 districts and 2 counties: Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chongwen, Xuanwu, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai, Shijingshan, Mentougou, Fangshan, Tongzhou, Shunyi, Daxing, Pinggu, Changping and Huairou districts, Miyun and Yanqing counties.

External Relations: There are 158 foreign embassies, 23 offices of international and regional organizations and 251 offices of foreign news media in Beijing. In addition, over 9,000 foreign representative offices are operating and over 23,000 foreign students are studying in the city.

Famous GE Landmarks of Beijing: Badaling Great Wall, Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Railway Station, Forbidden City, Juyongguan Pass, Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, Ming Tombs, National Stadium, Old Summer Palace, Peking University, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Tsinghua University, Zhongnanhai.

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