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|psp = PekingLoaned earlier via French "Pékin".Peiping (1368–1403;1928–1937; 1945–1949)|w = Pei3-ching1b3j1}}|bpmf = ㄅㄟˇ   ã„ã„§ã„¥|gr = Beeijing|j = Bak1ging1|y= Bākgìng or BākgÄ«ngb1g7}} or {{|1}}|suz = Poh-cin|poj = Pak-kiaⁿ|tl = Pak-kiann|buc = Báe̤k-gÄ­ng|h = Bet5-gin1|showflag = p}}Beijing ({{IPAc-en|,|b|eɪ|ˈ|dÊ’|ɪ|Å‹}} {{Respell|BAY|JING}}, {{IPAc-en|,|b|eɪ|ˈ|Ê’|ɪ|Å‹}} {{Respell|BAY|ZHING}};WEB, Beijing,weblink, Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 29 August 2017,weblink 29 August 2017, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Wells, John, John C. Wells, Longman Pronunciation Dictionary, Pearson Longman, 3rd, 3 April 2008, 978-1-4058-8118-0, {{small|Mandarin pronunciation:}} {{IPAc-cmn|AUD|Beijing pronunciation.ogg|b|ei|3|.|j|ing|1}}), formerly romanized as Peking{{citation |title=China Postal Album: Showing the Postal Establishments and Postal Routes in Each Province, 1st ed. |location=Shanghai |publisher=Directorate General of Posts |date=1907}} ({{IPAc-en|,|p|i:|'|k|I|N}} {{Respell|PEE|KING}}), is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the world's third most populous city proper, and most populous capital city. The city, located in northern China, is governed as a municipality under the direct administration of the central government with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts.Figures based on 2006 statistics published in 2007 National Statistical Yearbook of China and available online at (weblink" title="">archive). Retrieved 21 April 2009. Beijing Municipality is surrounded by Hebei Province with the exception of neighboring Tianjin Municipality to the southeast; together, the three divisions form the Jingjinji metropolitan region and the national capital region of China.WEB, Basic Information,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 13 March 2012, Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics, 9 February 2008, dead, dmy, Beijing is an important world capital and global power city, and one of the world's leading centers for culture, diplomacy and politics, business and economy, education, language, and science and technology. A megacity, Beijing is the second largest Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai and is the nation's cultural, educational, and political center.ENCYCLOPEDIA, Beijing,weblink The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th, 2008, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 12 February 2010, live, dmy-all, It is home to the headquarters of most of China's largest state-owned companies and houses the largest number of Fortune Global 500 companies in the world, as well as the world's four biggest financial institutions.NEWS, Top 100 Banks in the World,weblink, en-gb, 12 September 2018,weblink 29 July 2018, live, dmy-all, WEB, Beijing has most Fortune 500 global HQs,weblink Beijing Municipal Government, 27 November 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 28 November 2016, live, dmy-all, It is also a major hub for the national highway, expressway, railway, and high-speed rail networks. The Beijing Capital International Airport has been the second busiest in the world by passenger traffic since 2010,WEB, Year to date Passenger Traffic,weblink Airports Council International, 26 June 2014, 23 June 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 29 January 2017, live, dmy-all, and, {{As of|2016|lc=y}}, the city's subway network is the busiest and second longest in the world.Combining both modern and traditional architecture, Beijing is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a rich history dating back three millennia. As the last of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Beijing has been the political center of the country for most of the past eight centuries,ENCYCLOPEDIA, Peking (Beijing), Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica#Edition summary, 15th edition, Macropædia, 25, 468, and was the largest city in the world by population for much of the second millennium AD.WEB, Top Ten Cities Through History,weblink things made unthinkable, 28 November 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 4 January 2013, live, dmy-all, Encyclopædia Britannica notes that "few cities in the world have served for so long as the political headquarters and cultural center of an area as immense as China."WEB,weblink Beijing, Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 3 August 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 22 June 2008, live, dmy-all, With mountains surrounding the inland city on three sides, in addition to the old inner and outer city walls, Beijing was strategically poised and developed to be the residence of the emperor and thus was the perfect location for the imperial capital. The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, parks, gardens, tombs, walls and gates.WEB,weblink Beijing, World Book Encyclopedia. 2008, 7 August 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 19 May 2008, live, dmy-all, It has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, Zhoukoudian, and parts of the Great Wall and the Grand Canal— all tourist locations.WEB,weblink zh:走进北京七大世界文化遗产 – 千龙网, 18 August 2014,, zh-hans, Archived copy, 21 November 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 29 November 2014, live, dmy-all, Siheyuans, the city's traditional housing style, and hutongs, the narrow alleys between siheyuans, are major tourist attractions and are common in urban Beijing.Many of Beijing's 91 universitiesWEB, zh:2015年北京市高校名单(共91所),weblink, 22 May 2015, 29 November 2016, Archived copy,weblink" title="">weblink 30 November 2016, live, dmy-all, consistently rank among the best in China, such as the Peking University and Tsinghua University. Beijing CBD is a center for Beijing's economic expansion, with the ongoing or recently completed construction of multiple skyscrapers. Beijing's Zhongguancun area is known as China's Silicon Valley and is a center of scientific and technological innovation as well as entrepreneurship.{{TOC limit|3}}


{{See also|Names of Beijing}}Over the past 3,000 years, the city of Beijing has had numerous other names. The name Beijing, which means "Northern Capital" (from the Chinese characters for north and for capital), was applied to the city in 1403 during the Ming dynasty to distinguish the city from Nanjing (the "Southern Capital").JOURNAL, 2718619, Governmental Organization of the Ming Dynasty, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 21, 1–66, Hucker, Charles O., 1958, 10.2307/2718619, The English spelling is based on the pinyin romanization of the two characters as they are pronounced in Standard Mandarin. An older English spelling, Peking, is the postal romanization of the same two characters as they are pronounced in Chinese dialects spoken in the southern port towns first visited by European traders and missionaries.JOURNAL, Lane Harris, A 'Lasting Boon to All': A Note on the Postal Romanization of Place Names, 1896–1949, Twentieth Century China, 34, 1, 2008, 96–109, 10.1353/tcc.0.0007, dmy-all, Those dialects preserve the Middle Chinese pronunciation of as kjaeng,Baxter, Wm. H. & Sagart, Laurent. WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 27 September 2013, Baxter–Sagart Old Chinese Reconstruction,  {{small|(1.93 MB)}}, p. 63. 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011. prior to a phonetic shift in the northern dialects to the modern pronunciation.Coblin, W. South. "A Brief History of Mandarin". Journal of the American Oriental Society 120, no. 4 (2000): 537–552. Although Peking is no longer the common name for the city, some of the city's older locations and facilities, such as Beijing Capital International Airport, with IATA Code PEK, and Peking University, still use the former romanization.The single Chinese character abbreviation for Beijing is , which appears on automobile license plates in the city. The official Latin alphabet abbreviation for Beijing is "BJ".Standardization Administration of China (SAC). "GB/T-2260: Codes for the administrative divisions of the People's Republic of China {{Webarchive|url= |date=5 March 2004 }}."


Early history

The earliest traces of human habitation in the Beijing municipality were found in the caves of Dragon Bone Hill near the village of Zhoukoudian in Fangshan District, where Peking Man lived. Homo erectus fossils from the caves date to 230,000 to 250,000 years ago. Paleolithic Homo sapiens also lived there more recently, about 27,000 years ago.WEB,weblink The Peking Man World Heritage Site at Zhoukoudian, 7 April 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 9 March 2013, live, dmy-all, Archaeologists have found neolithic settlements throughout the municipality, including in Wangfujing, located in downtown Beijing.The first walled city in Beijing was Jicheng, the capital city of the state of Ji and was built in 1045 BC. Within modern Beijing, Jicheng was located around the present Guang'anmen area in the south of Xicheng District.WEB, Beijing's History,weblink China Internet Information Center, 1 May 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 1 May 2008, live, This settlement was later conquered by the state of Yan and made its capital.Haw, Stephen. Beijing: A Concise History. Routledge, 2007. p. 136.

Early Imperial China

File:Tianning Temple Pagoda.jpg|thumb|left|upright|The Tianning Pagoda, built around 1120 during the Liao dynastyLiao dynastyAfter the First Emperor unified China, Jicheng became a prefectural capital for the region. During the Three Kingdoms period, it was held by Gongsun Zan and Yuan Shao before falling to the Wei Kingdom of Cao Cao. The AD 3rd-century Western Jin demoted the town, placing the prefectural seat in neighboring Zhuozhou.During the Sixteen Kingdoms period when northern China was conquered and divided by the Wu Hu, Jicheng was briefly the capital of the Xianbei Former Yan Kingdom.BOOK, Grousset, Rene, The Empire of the Steppes, Rutgers University Press, 1970, 978-0-8135-1304-1, 58, After China was reunified during the Sui dynasty, Jicheng, also known as Zhuojun, became the northern terminus of the Grand Canal. Under the Tang dynasty, Jicheng as Youzhou, served as a military frontier command center. During the An-Shi Rebellion and again amidst the turmoil of the late Tang, local military commanders founded their own short-lived Yan dynasties and called the city Yanjing, or the "Yan Capital." Also in the Tang dynasty, the city's name Jicheng was replaced by Youzhou or Yanjing. In 938, after the fall of the Tang, the Later Jin ceded the entire northern frontier to the Khitan Liao dynasty, which treated the city as Nanjing, or the "Southern Capital", one of four secondary capitals to complement its "Supreme Capital", Shangjing (modern Baarin Left Banner in Inner Mongolia). Some of the oldest surviving structures in Beijing date to the Liao period, including the Tianning Pagoda.File:Miaoying_Temple_main_palace.jpg|thumb|Miaoying Temple and its White Stupa in Dadu which was built by Kublai KhanKublai KhanThe Liao fell to the Jurchen Jin dynasty in 1122, which gave the city to the Song dynasty and then retook it in 1125 during its conquest of northern China. In 1153, the Jurchen Jin made Beijing their "Central Capital", or Zhongdu. The city was besieged by Genghis Khan's invading Mongolian army in 1213 and razed to the ground two years later.NEWS, Beijing – Historical Background,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 22 May 2007, The Economist, 2007, Two generations later, Kublai Khan ordered the construction of Dadu (or Daidu to the Mongols, commonly known as Khanbaliq), a new capital for his Yuan dynasty to the northeast of the Zhongdu ruins. The construction took from 1264 to 1293,Brian Hook, Beijing and Tianjin: Towards a Millennial Megalopolis, p. 2 but greatly enhanced the status of a city on the northern fringe of China proper. The city was centered on the Drum Tower slightly to the north of modern Beijing and stretched from the present-day Chang'an Avenue to the northern part of Line 10 subway. Remnants of the Yuan rammed earth wall still stand and are known as the Tucheng.WEB, zh:元大都土城遗址公园,weblink, 15 June 2008, zh, Archived copy,weblink" title="">weblink 5 February 2009, live, dmy-all,

Ming dynasty

File:BeijingWatchTower.jpg|thumb|left|One of the corner towers of the Forbidden City, which was built by the Yongle EmperorYongle EmperorIn 1368, soon after declaring the new Hongwu era of the Ming dynasty, the rebel leader Zhu Yuanzhang sent an army to Khanbaliq and conquered it.Ebrey, Patricia Buckley. The Cambridge Illustrated History of China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. {{ISBN|0-521-66991-X}} Since the Yuan continued to occupy Shangdu and Mongolia, however, Dadu was renamed Beiping as used to supply the military garrisons in the area.{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|p=23}} And under the Hongwu Emperor's feudal policies it was given to Zhu Di, one of his sons, who was created "Prince of Yan".(File:Beijings layout genom historien.jpg|thumb|Overlapping layout of Beijing during the Liao, Jin, Yuan and Ming dynasties)The early death of Zhu Yuanzhang's heir led to a succession struggle on his death, one that ended with the victory of Zhu Di and the declaration of the new Yongle era. Since his harsh treatment of the Ming capital Yingtian (modern Nanjing) alienated many there, he established his fief as a new co-capital. The city of Beiping became Beijing (northern capital) or ShuntianWEB, An Illustrated Survey of Dikes and Dams in Jianghan Region,weblink World Digital Library, 9 May 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 10 February 2013, live, dmy-all, in 1403. The construction of the new imperial residence, the Forbidden City, took from 1406 to 1420; this period was also responsible for several other of the modern city's major attractions, such as the Temple of HeavenWEB, The Temple of Heaven,weblink, 13 April 2001, 14 June 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 20 June 2008, live, and Tian'anmen. On 28 October 1420, the city was officially designated the capital of the Ming dynasty in the same year that the Forbidden City was completed.BOOK, Robert Hymes, John Stewart Bowman, Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture, 2000, Columbia University Press, 978-0-231-11004-4, 42, Beijing became the empire's primary capital and Yingtian, also called Nanjing (southern capital), became the co-capital. (A 1425 order by Zhu Di's son, the Hongxi Emperor, to return the primary capital to Nanjing was never carried out: he died, probably of a heart attack, the next month. He was buried, like almost every Ming emperor to follow him, in an elaborate necropolis to Beijing's north.)By the 15th century, Beijing had essentially taken its current shape. The Ming city wall continued to serve until modern times, when it was pulled down and the 2nd Ring Road was built in its place.WEB, Renewal of Ming Dynasty City Wall,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 3 May 2005, Beijing This Month, 1 February 2003, 14 June 2008, It is generally believed that Beijing was the largest city in the world for most of the 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.WEB, Rosenburg, Matt T., Largest Cities Through History,weblink, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 27 May 2005, live, dmy-all,
The first known church was constructed by Catholics in 1652 at the former site of Matteo Ricci's chapel; the modern Nantang Cathedral was later built upon the same site.{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|p=33}}
The capture of Beijing by Li Zicheng's peasant army in 1644 ended the dynasty, but he and his Shun court abandoned the city without a fight when the Manchu army of Prince Dorgon arrived 40 days later.{{Clear}}

Qing dynasty

File:Scenery of Longevity Hill.JPG|thumb|left| Summer PalaceSummer PalaceFile:Hata-men Gate.jpg|thumb|ChongwenmenChongwenmenDorgon established the Qing dynasty as a direct successor of the Ming (delegitimising Li Zicheng and his followers)ENCYCLOPEDIA, Beijing – History – The Ming and Qing Dynasties,weblink Britannica Online Encyclopedia, 2008, 16 June 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 12 May 2008, live, dmy-all, and Beijing became China's sole capital.{{harvnb|Elliott|2001|p=98}} The Qing emperors made some modifications to the Imperial residence but, in large part, the Ming buildings and the general layout remained unchanged. Facilities for Manchu worship were introduced, but the Qing also continued the traditional state rituals. Signage was bilingual or Chinese. This early Qing Beijing later formed the setting for the Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber. Northwest of the city, Qing emperors built several large palatial gardens including the Old Summer Palace and the Summer Palace.During the Second Opium War, Anglo-French forces captured the outskirts of the city, looting and burning the Old Summer Palace in 1860. Under the Convention of Peking ending that war, Western powers for the first time secured the right to establish permanent diplomatic presences within the city. In 1900, the attempt by the "Boxers" to eradicate this presence, as well as Chinese Christian converts, led to Beijing's reoccupation by foreign powers.{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|pp=119–120}} During the fighting, several important structures were destroyed, including the Hanlin Academy and the (new) Summer Palace.{{Clear}}

Republic of China

File:Chiang KaiShek Portrait Tiananmen Beijing.jpg|thumb|A large portrait of Chiang Kai-shek was displayed above Tiananmen after WWIIWWIIThe fomenters of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 sought to replace Qing rule with a republic and leaders like Sun Yat-sen originally intended to return the capital to Nanjing. After the Qing general Yuan Shikai forced the abdication of the last Qing emperor and ensured the success of the revolution, the revolutionaries accepted him as president of the new Republic of China. Yuan maintained his capital at Beijing and quickly consolidated power, declaring himself emperor in 1915. His death less than a year later{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|pp=133–134}} left China under the control of the warlords commanding the regional armies. Following the success of the Kuomintang's Northern Expedition, the capital was formally removed to Nanjing in 1928. On 28 June the same year, Beijing's name was returned to Beiping (written at the time as "Peiping").{{harvnb|MacKerras|Yorke|1991|p=8}}On July 7, 1937, the 29th Army and the Japanese army in China exchanged fire at the Marco Polo Bridge near the Wanping Fortress southwest of the city. The Marco Polo Bridge Incident triggered the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II as it is known in China. During the war, Beijing fell to Japan on 29 July 1937WEB, Incident on 7 July 1937,weblink Xinhua News Agency, 27 June 2005, 20 June 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 16 December 2008, live, dmy-all, and was made the seat of the Provisional Government of the Republic of China, a puppet state that ruled the ethnic-Chinese portions of Japanese-occupied northern China.{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|p=166}} This government was later merged into the larger Wang Jingwei government based in Nanjing.WEB, Cheung, Andrew, Slogans, Symbols, and Legitimacy: The Case of Wang Jingwei's Nanjing Regime,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 23 October 2007, Indiana University, 1995, 20 June 2008, {{Clear}}

People's Republic of China

File:PRCFounding.jpg|thumb|left|Mao ZedongMao ZedongIn the final phases of the Chinese Civil War, the People's Liberation Army seized control of the city peacefully on 31 January 1949 in the course of the Pingjin Campaign. On 1 October that year, Mao Zedong announced the creation of the People's Republic of China from atop Tian'anmen. He restored the name of the city, as the new capital, to Beijing,{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|p=168}} a decision that had been reached by the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference just a few days earlier.In the 1950s, the city began to expand beyond the old walled city and its surrounding neighborhoods, with heavy industries in the west and residential neighborhoods in the north. Many areas of the Beijing city wall were torn down in the 1960s to make way for the construction of the Beijing Subway and the 2nd Ring Road.File:Beijing Olympics 2008.jpg|thumb|right|A scene from the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games2008 Summer Olympic GamesDuring the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976, the Red Guard movement began in Beijing and the city's government fell victim to one of the first purges. By the autumn of 1966, all city schools were shut down and over a million Red Guards from across the country gathered in Beijing for eight rallies in Tian'anmen Square with Mao." "毛主席八次接见红卫兵的组织工作" 中国共产党新闻网 {{Webarchive|url= |date=6 July 2017 }} 7 April 2011 {{zh icon}} In April 1976, a large public gathering of Beijing residents against the Gang of Four and the Cultural Revolution in Tiananmen Square was forcefully suppressed. In October 1976, the Gang was arrested in Zhongnanhai and the Cultural Revolution came to an end. In December 1978, the Third Plenum of the 11th Party Congress in Beijing under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping reversed the verdicts against victims of the Cultural Revolution and instituted the "policy of reform and opening up."Since the early 1980s, the urban area of Beijing has expanded greatly with the completion of the 2nd Ring Road in 1981 and the subsequent addition of the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Ring Roads.{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|p=217}}{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|p=255}} According to one 2005 newspaper report, the size of newly developed Beijing was one-and-a-half times larger than before.{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|p=252}} Wangfujing and Xidan have developed into flourishing shopping districts,{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|p=149}} while Zhongguancun has become a major center of electronics in China.{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|pp=249–250}} In recent years, the expansion of Beijing has also brought to the forefront some problems of urbanization, such as heavy traffic, poor air quality, the loss of historic neighborhoods, and a significant influx of migrant workers from less-developed rural areas of the country.{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|pp=255–256}} Beijing has also been the location of many significant events in recent Chinese history, principally the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.Picture Power:Tiananmen Standoff {{Webarchive|url= |date=17 February 2009 }} BBC News. The city has also hosted major international events, including the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, and was chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, making it the first city to ever host both Winter and Summer Olympics.NEWS,weblink IOC: Beijing To Host 2022 Winter Olympics, Associated Press, 31 July 2015, The Huffington Post, 11 August 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 10 August 2015, live, dmy-all, {{Clear}}


File:Large Beijing Landsat.jpg|thumb|left|Landsat 7Landsat 7File:Jingshan.JPG|thumb|Jingshan, the highest point in the old walled city of Beijing.]]File:The Great Wall of China at Jinshanling-edit.jpg|thumb|right|Remnants of the Great Wall of ChinaGreat Wall of ChinaBeijing 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 is framed by Xishan or the Western Hills. The Great Wall of China across the northern part of Beijing Municipality was built on the rugged topography to defend against nomadic incursions from the steppes. Mount Dongling, in the Western Hills and on the border with Hebei, is the municipality's highest point, with an altitude of {{convert|2303|m}}.Major rivers flowing through the municipality, including the Chaobai, Yongding, Juma, are all tributaries in the Hai River system, and flow in a southeasterly direction. The Miyun Reservoir, on the upper reaches of the Chaobai River, is the largest reservoir within the municipality. Beijing is also the northern terminus of the Grand Canal to Hangzhou, which was built over 1,400 years ago as a transportation route, and the South–North Water Transfer Project, constructed in the past decade to bring water from the Yangtze River basin.The urban area of Beijing, on the plains in the south-central of the municipality with elevation of {{convert|40|to(-)|60|m|ft|abbr=off}}, occupies a relatively small but expanding portion of the municipality's area. The city spreads out in concentric ring roads. The Second Ring Road traces the old city walls and the Sixth Ring Road connects satellite towns in the surrounding suburbs. Tian'anmen and Tian'anmen Square are at the center of Beijing, directly to the south of the Forbidden City, the former residence of the emperors of China. To the west of Tian'anmen is Zhongnanhai, the residence of China's current leaders. Chang'an Avenue, which cuts between Tiananmen and the Square, forms the city's main east-west axis.


{{Wide image|File:Beijing skyline from northeast 4th ring road.jpg|800px|The skyline of eastern Beijing, including Beijing CBD, Chaoyang Park, and East 5th Ring Road at dusk}}


{{See also|List of tallest buildings in Beijing}}Three styles of architecture are predominant in urban Beijing. First, there is the traditional architecture of imperial China, perhaps best exemplified by the massive Tian'anmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace), which remains the People's Republic of China's trademark edifice, the Forbidden City, the Imperial Ancestral Temple and the Temple of Heaven. Next, there is what is sometimes referred to as the "Sino-Sov" style, with structures tending to be boxy and sometimes poorly constructed, which were built between the 1950s and the 1970s.BOOK, Business Buide to Beijing and North-East China, 2006–2007,weblink 108, 978-988-98673-3-1, 2006, China Briefing Media, Hong Kong, 22 July 2009, Finally, there are much more modern architectural forms, most noticeably in the area of the Beijing CBD in east Beijing such as the new CCTV Headquarters, in addition to buildings in other locations around the city such as the Beijing National Stadium and National Center for the Performing Arts.Since 2007, buildings in Beijing have received the CTBUH Skyscraper Award for best overall tall building twice, for the Linked Hybrid building in 2009 and the CCTV Headquarters in 2013. The CTBUH Skyscraper award for best tall overall building is given to only one building around the world every year.In the early 21st century, Beijing has witnessed tremendous growth of new building constructions, exhibiting various modern styles from international designers, most pronounced in the CBD region. A mixture of both 1950s design and neofuturistic style of architecture can be seen at the 798 Art Zone, which mixes the old with the new. Beijing's current completed tallest building is the 330-meter China World Trade Center Tower III, but will be surpassed by the 528-meter China Zun in 2018 when it is completed. Both buildings are in the Beijing CBD.File:Doujiao Hutong.jpg|thumb|The sign of Doujiao HutongHutongBeijing is famous for its siheyuans, a type of residence where a common courtyard is shared by the surrounding buildings. Among the more grand examples are the Prince Gong Mansion and Residence of Soong Ching-ling. These courtyards are usually connected by alleys called hutongs. The hutongs are generally straight and run east to west so that doorways face north and south for good Feng Shui. They vary in width; some are so narrow only a few pedestrians can pass through at a time. Once ubiquitous in Beijing, siheyuans and hutongs are rapidly disappearing,NEWS, Shen, Wei, Chorography to record rise and fall of Beijing's Hutongs,weblink China Daily, 16 February 2004, 27 June 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 8 March 2008, live, dmy-all,
as entire city blocks of hutongs are replaced by high-rise buildings.MAGAZINE,weblink Farewell to the Hutongs: Urban Development in Beijing, Amy Stone, Dissent (American magazine), Dissent magazine, Spring 2008, 14 July 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 19 May 2011, Residents of the hutongs are entitled to live in the new buildings in apartments of at least the same size as their former residences. Many complain, however, that the traditional sense of community and street life of the hutongs cannot be replaced,{{harvnb|Li|Dray-Novey|Kong|2007|p=253}} and these properties are often government owned.WEB, Gallagher, Sean, Beijing's urban makeover: the 'hutong' destruction,weblink Open Democracy, 6 December 2006, 27 June 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 25 May 2008, dead, dmy-all,


Beijing has a monsoon-influenced humid continental climate (Köppen: Dwa), characterized by hot, humid summers due to the East Asian monsoon, and cold, windy, dry winters that reflect the influence of the vast Siberian anticyclone.WEB, Beijing,weblink People's Daily, March 2001, 22 June 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 18 May 2008, live, Spring can bear witness to sandstorms blowing in from the Gobi Desert across the Mongolian steppe, accompanied by rapidly warming, but generally dry, conditions. Autumn, similar to spring, is a season of transition and minimal precipitation. The monthly daily average temperature in January is {{convert|−3.7|°C|1}}, while in July it is {{convert|26.2|°C|1}}. Precipitation averages around {{convert|570|mm|in|0|abbr=on}} annually, with close to three-fourths of that total falling from June to August. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 47% in July to 65% in January and February, the city receives 2,671 hours of bright sunshine annually. Extremes since 1951 have ranged from {{convert|−27.4|°C|1}} on 22 February 1966 to {{convert|41.9|°C|1}} on 24 July 1999 (unofficial record of {{convert|42.6|°C|1}} was set on 15 June 1942).WEB,weblink Archived copy, 18 February 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 18 March 2013, dmy, {{Beijing weatherbox}}

Environmental issues

Beijing has a long history of environmental problems.J.R. McNeill, Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the 20th-Century World. New York: Norton, 2000, {{ISBN|978-0-14-029509-2}}. Between 2000 and 2009 Beijing's urban extent quadrupled, which not only strongly increased the extent of anthropogenic emissions, but also changed the meteorological situation fundamentally, even if emissions of human society are not included. For example, surface albedo, wind speed and humidity near the surface were decreased, whereas ground and near-surface air temperatures, vertical air dilution and ozone levels were increased.Mark Z. Jacobson, Son V. Nghiem, Alessandro Sorichetta, Natasha Whitney, Ring of impact from the mega-urbanization of Beijing between 2000 and 2009. In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 120, Issue 12, (2015), 5740–5756, {{DOI|10.1002/2014JD023008}}. Because of the combined factors of urbanization and pollution caused by burning of fossil fuel, Beijing is often affected by serious environmental problems, which lead to health issues of many inhabitants. In 2013 heavy smog struck Beijing and most parts of northern China, impacting a total of 600 million people. After this "pollution shock" air pollution became an important economic and social concern in China. After that the government of Beijing announced measures to reduce air pollution, for example by lowering the share of coal from 24% in 2012 to 10% in 2017, while the national government ordered heavily polluting vehicles to be removed from 2015 to 2017 and increased its efforts to transition the energy system to clean sources.Peter Sheehan, Enjiang Cheng, Alex English, Fanghong Sun, China's response to the air pollution shock. In: Nature Climate Change 4, (2014), 306–309, {{DOI|10.1038/nclimate2197}}.

Air quality

Joint research between American and Chinese researchers in 2006 concluded that much of the city's pollution comes from surrounding cities and provinces. On average 35–60% of the ozone can be traced to sources outside the city. Shandong Province and Tianjin Municipality have a "significant influence on Beijing's air quality",David G. Streetsa, Joshua S. Fub, Carey J. Jangc, Jiming Haod, Kebin Hed, Xiaoyan Tange, Yuanhang Zhange, Zifa Wangf, Zuopan Lib, Qiang Zhanga, Litao Wangd, Binyu Wangc, Carolyne Yua, Air quality during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games accessed 23 April 2012 partly due to the prevailing south/southeasterly flow during the summer and the mountains to the north and northwest.(File:Beijing smog comparison August 2005.png|thumb|upright=1.6|Heavy air pollution has resulted in widespread smog. These photographs, taken in August 2005, show the variations in Beijing's air quality.)In preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics and to fulfill promises to clean up the city's air, nearly US$17 billion was spent.WEB,weblink Green Olympics Effort Draws UN Environment Chief to Beijing, Sundance Channel (United States), Sundance Channel, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 20 March 2012, dmy-all, Beijing implemented a number of air improvement schemes for the duration of the Games, including halting work at all construction sites, closing many factories in Beijing permanently, temporarily shutting industry in neighboring regions, closing some gas stations,NEWS, Beijing petrol stations to close,weblink BBC News, 15 February 2008, 15 February 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 18 February 2008, live, and cutting motor traffic by half by limiting drivers to odd or even days (based on their license plate numbers),NEWS, Yardley, Jim, Smoggy Beijing Plans to Cut Traffic by Half for Olympics, Paper Says, New York Times, 24 January 2008,weblink 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 17 April 2009, live, dmy-all, reducing bus and subway fares, opening new subway lines, and banning high-emission vehicles.WEB,weblink Post-Olympics Beijing car restrictions to take effect next month,, 28 September 2008, 1 June 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 16 December 2008, live, dmy-all, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 27 May 2009, Only 'green' vehicles permitted to enter Beijing,, 22 May 2009, 1 June 2010, dead, dmy, The city further assembled 3,800 natural gas-powered buses, one of the largest fleets in the world. Beijing became the first city in China to require the Chinese equivalent to the Euro 4 emission standard.WEB,weblink China: Beijing launches Euro 4 standards,, 4 January 2008, 1 June 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 27 April 2010, Coal burning accounts for about 40% of the PM 2.5 in Beijing and is also the chief source of nitrogen and sulphur dioxide.James West, Mother Jones {{Webarchive|url= |date=29 April 2017 }}. 18 January 2013. Since 2012, the city has been converting coal-fired power stations to burn natural gas"Beijing to switch from coal to gas to go green". China Daily {{Webarchive|url= |date=5 December 2013 }}. 8 March 2012. and aims to cap annual coal consumption at 20 million tons. In 2011, the city burned 26.3 million tons of coal, 73% of which for heating and power generation and the remainder for industry. Much of the city's air pollutants are emitted by neighboring regions. Coal consumption in neighboring Tianjin is expected to increase from 48 to 63 million tons from 2011 to 2015.Li Jing, "Beijing's air quality will worsen without coal control, Greenpeace says". South China Morning Post. 5 February 2013 {{Webarchive|url= |date=15 November 2013 }}. Hebei Province burned over 300 million tons of coal in 2011, more than all of Germany, of which only 30% were used for power generation and a considerable portion for steel and cement making."Detecting the Heavy Metal Concentration of PM2.5 in Beijing", 8 June 2013. Power plants in the coal-mining regions of Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi, where coal consumption has tripled since 2000, and Shandong also contribute to air pollution in Beijing. Shandong, Shanxi, Hebei and Inner Mongolia, respectively rank from first to fourth, among Chinese provinces by coal consumption. There were four major coal-fired power plants in the city to provide electricity as well as heating during the winter. The first one (Gaojing Thermal Power Plant) was shut down in 2014.NEWS, Stanway, David, Beijing shuts big coal-fired power plant to ease smog –Xinhua,weblink 31 May 2016, Reuters, 23 July 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 30 June 2016, live, dmy-all, Another two were shut in March 2015. The last one (Huaneng Thermal Power Plant) would be shut in 2016.NEWS, Chang, Lyu, Beijing shuts two more coal-fired power plants,weblink 31 May 2016, The China Daily, 24 March 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 30 June 2016, live, dmy-all, Between 2013 and 2017, the city planned to reduce 13 million tons of coal consumption and cap coal consumption to 15 million tons in 2015.The government sometimes uses cloud-seeding measures to increase the likelihood of rain showers in the region to clear the air prior to large events, such as prior to the 60th anniversary parade in 2009NEWS, Communist China celebrates 60th anniversary with instruments of war and words of peace, Barbara, Demick, Los Angeles Times, 2 October 2009,weblink 11 October 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 14 October 2009, live, dmy-all, as well as to combat drought conditions in the area. More recently, however, the government has increased its usage of such measures as closing factories temporarily and implementing greater restrictions for cars on the road, as in the case of "APEC blue" and "parade blue," short periods during and immediately preceding the APEC China 2014 and the 2015 China Victory Day Parade, respectively.NEWS, "Parade Blue" Joins "APEC Blue" as Distant Memories as Nasty Air Returns to Beijing,weblink The Nanfang, Charles, Liu, 12 May 2016, 28 November 2016,weblink 28 November 2016, dead, dmy-all, During and prior to these events, Beijing's air quality improved dramatically, only to fall back to unhealthy levels shortly after.Beijing air quality is often poor, especially in winter. In mid-January 2013, Beijing's air quality was measured on top of the city's US embassy at a PM2.5 density of 755 micrograms per cubic meter, which went off the US Environmental Protection Agency's air quality index. It was widely reported, originally through a Twitter account, that the category was "crazy bad". This was later changed to "beyond index".NEWS, Beijing Air Pollution Off the Charts,weblink The New York Times, Edward, Wong, 12 January 2013, 21 February 2017,weblink" title="">weblink 3 March 2017, live, dmy-all, On 8 and 9 December 2015 Beijing had its first smog alert which shut down a majority of the industry and other commercial businesses in the city.NEWS, As Beijing Shuts Down Over Smog Alert, Worse-Off Neighbors Carry On,weblink The New York Times, 9 December 2015, 9 December 2015, 0362-4331, Edward, Wong,weblink" title="">weblink 9 December 2015, live, dmy-all, Later in the month another smog "red alert" was issued.NEWS, Beijing issues second red alert for choking smog,weblink 18 December 2015, ABC News, ABC, 18 December 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 18 December 2015, live, dmy-all, According to Beijing's environmental protection bureau's announcement in November 2016, starting from 2017 highly polluting old cars will be banned from being driven whenever Smog "red alerts" are issued in the city or neighboring regions.WEB,weblink Beijing to ban polluting cars during smog alerts, Reuters, 22 November 2016,, 2 December 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 2 December 2016, live, dmy-all, In recent years, there has been measurable reductions in pollutants after the "war on pollution" was declared in 2014, with Beijing seeing a 35% reduction in fine particulates in 2017.NEWS,weblink Four Years After Declaring War on Pollution, China Is Winning, Greenstone, Michael, 2018-03-12, The New York Times, 2019-01-15, en-US, 0362-4331,weblink 11 January 2019, live, dmy-all,


Due to Beijing's high-level of air pollution, there are various readings by different sources on the subject. Daily pollution readings at 27 monitoring stations around the city are reported on the website of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau (BJEPB).WEB,weblink zh:首页, Beijing Municipal Web, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 29 December 2015, The American Embassy of Beijing also reports hourly fine particulate (PM2.5) and ozone levels on Twitter. Since the BJEPB and US Embassy measure different pollutants according to different criteria, the pollution levels and the impact to human health reported by the BJEPB are often lower than that reported by the US Embassy.NEWS, U.S. Embassy air quality data undercut China's own assessment, Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times, 29 October 2011,weblink 7 November 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 7 November 2011, live, dmy-all, (login required)The smog is causing all kinds of harm and putting the public in general danger. The air pollution does directly result in significant impact on the mobility rate of cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease in Beijing.JOURNAL, Zhao, Xiaoli, Yu, Xueying, Wang, Ying, Fan, Chunyang, 2016-06-01, Economic evaluation of health losses from air pollution in Beijing, China, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, en, 23, 12, 11716–11728, 10.1007/s11356-016-6270-8, 26944425, 0944-1344, Exposure to large concentrations of polluted air can cause respiratory and cardiovascular problems, emergency room visits, and even death.JOURNAL, Maji, Kamal Jyoti, Arora, Mohit, Dikshit, Anil Kumar, 2017-04-01, Burden of disease attributed to ambient PM2.5 and PM10 exposure in 190 cities in China, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, en, 24, 12, 11559–11572, 10.1007/s11356-017-8575-7, 28321701, 0944-1344, File:2016 Air pollution in Beijing.svg|upright=4.55|thumb|center|Air pollution in Beijing in 2016, measured by #7e0023| Severely Polluted }}{{legend|#8f3f97| Heavily Polluted }}{{legend|#ff0000| Moderately Polluted }}{{Column}}{{legend|#ff7e00| Lightly Polluted }}{{legend|#ffff00| Good }}{{legend|#00e400| Excellent}}{{Columns-end}}

Dust storms

Dust from the erosion of deserts in northern and northwestern China results in seasonal dust storms that plague the city; the Beijing Weather Modification Office sometimes artificially induces rainfall to fight such storms and mitigate their effects.NEWS, China says it made rain to wash off sand,weblink MSNBC, 5 May 2006, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 23 November 2007, live, dmy-all, In the first four months of 2006 alone, there were no fewer than eight such storms.NEWS, Beijing hit by eighth sandstorm,weblink BBC News, 17 April 2006, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 30 September 2009, live, dmy-all,
In April 2002, one dust storm alone dumped nearly 50,000 tons of dust onto the city before moving on to Japan and Korea.NEWS, Weaver, Lisa Rose, More than a dust storm in a Chinese teacup,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 13 January 2007, CNN, 4 April 2002, 7 February 2008,

Politics and government

Municipal government is regulated by the local Communist Party of China (CPC), led by the Beijing CPC Secretary ({{zh|北京市委书记}}). The local CPC issues administrative orders, collects taxes, manages the economy, and directs a standing committee of the Municipal People's Congress in making policy decisions and overseeing the local government.Government officials include the mayor ({{zh|市长}}) and vice-mayor. Numerous bureaus focus on law, public security, and other affairs. Additionally, as the capital of China, Beijing houses all of the important national governmental and political institutions, including the National People's Congress.ENCYCLOPEDIA, Beijing – Administration and society – Government,weblink Britannica Online Encyclopedia, 2008, 16 June 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 9 June 2008, live, dmy-all,

Administrative divisions

Beijing Municipality currently comprises 16 administrative county-level subdivisions including 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts. On 1 July 2010, Chongwen and Xuanwu were merged into Dongcheng and Xicheng, respectively. On 13 November 2015 Miyun and Yanqing were upgraded to districts.{|class="wikitable" style="margin:1em auto 1em auto; width:90%; text-align:center"! colspan="14" |Administrative divisions of Beijing{{Image label begin|image=Administrative Division Beijing.svg|width=600|link=}} {{Image label|x=294|y=420|scale=600/600|text=1}}{{Image label|x=280|y=420|scale=600/600|text=2}}{{Image label|x=286|y=388|scale=600/600|text=Chaoyang}}{{Image label|x=230|y=440|scale=600/600|text=Fengtai}}{{Image label|x=230|y=410|scale=600/600|text=3}}{{Image label|x=230|y=375|scale=600/600|text=Haidian}}{{Image label|x=100|y=390|scale=600/600|text=Mentougou}}{{Image label|x=120|y=490|scale=600/600|text=Fangshan}}{{Image label|x=350|y=460|scale=600/600|text=Tongzhou}}{{Image label|x=350|y=335|scale=600/600|text=Shunyi}}{{Image label|x=200|y=310|scale=600/600|text=Changping}}{{Image label|x=270|y=500|scale=600/600|text=Daxing}}{{Image label|x=320|y=205|scale=600/600|text=Huairou}}{{Image label|x=470|y=310|scale=600/600|text=Pinggu}}{{Image label|x=430|y=185|scale=600/600|text=Miyun}}{{Image label|x=190|y=210|scale=600/600|text=Yanqing}}{{Image label|x=055|y=045|scale=600/600|text=1. Dongcheng}}{{Image label|x=055|y=060|scale=600/600|text=2. Xicheng}}{{Image label|x=055|y=075|scale=600/600|text=3. Shijingshan}}!! scope="col" rowspan=2 |Division code国家统计局统计用区划代码 {{webarchive |url= |date=5 April 2013 }}!! scope="col" rowspan=2 |Division!! scope="col" rowspan=2 |Area in km2WEB,weblink 2017年度北京市土地利用现状汇总表,, 2019-01-13,weblink" title="">weblink 13 January 2019, dead, dmy-all, !! scope="col" rowspan=2 |Total population 2010BOOK, Census Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Population and Employment Statistics Division of the National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China, zh:中国2010年人口普查分乡、镇、街道资料, 2012, China Statistics Print, Beijing, 978-7-5037-6660-2, 1, !! scope="col" rowspan=2 |Urban areapopulation 2010BOOK, 国务院人口普查办公室、国家统计局人口和社会科技统计司编, 2012, zh:中国2010年人口普查分县资料, Beijing, China Statistics Print, 978-7-5037-6659-6, !! scope="col" rowspan=2 |Seat!! scope="col" rowspan=2 |Postal code!! scope="col" colspan=8 |Subdivisions{{Full citation needed|date=September 2018}}!! scope="col" style="width:45px;"|Subdistricts!! scope="col" style="width:45px;"|Towns!! scope="col" style="width:45px;"|Townships{{#tag:ref|Including Ethnic townships & other township related subdivisions.|name=other|group=n}}!! scope="col" style="width:45px;"|Residential communities!! scope="col" style="width:45px;"|Villages style="font-weight: bold"! 110000 !! BeijingDongcheng District, Beijing>Dongcheng / Tongzhou District, Beijing >|3857! 110101 !! Dongcheng919,253 Jingshan Subdistrict, Beijing > style="background:gray;" ! 110102 !! Xicheng1,243,315 Jinrong Street Subdistrict 100000 15 style="background:gray;" 259 style="background:gray;"| ! 110105 !! ChaoyangChaowai Subdistrict > 19 358 5! 110106 !! FengtaiFengtai Subdistrict >|73! 110107 !! {{nowrap|Shijingshan}}616,083 Lugu Subdistrict, Beijing > style="background:gray;" ! 110108 !! HaidianHaidian Subdistrict > 603 84! 110109 !! MentougouDayu Subdistrict > 124 179! 110111 !! FangshanGongchen Subdistrict >|462! 110112 !! TongzhouBeiyuan Subdistrict, Beijing>Beiyuan Subdistrict 101100 6 10 1 40 480! 110113 !! ShunyiShengli Subdistrict, Beijing>Shengli Subdistrict 101300 6 19 style="background:gray;"|449! 110114 !! ChangpingChengbei Subdistrict, Beijing>Chengbei Subdistrict 102200 8 14 style="background:gray;"|303! 110115 !! DaxingXingfeng Subdistrict > 64 547! 110116 !! HuairouLongshan Subdistrict, Beijing>Longshan Subdistrict 101400 2 12 2 27 286! 110117 !! PingguBinhe Subdistrict, Beijing>Binhe Subdistrict 101200 2 14 2 23 275! 110118 !! MiyunGulou Subdistrict, Beijing>Gulou Subdistrict 101500 2 17 1 57 338! 110119 !! YanqingRulin Subdistrict >|376{|class="wikitable sortable collapsible collapsed" style="margin:1em auto 1em auto; width:90%; text-align:center"! colspan="5" |Divisions in Chinese! English! Chinese! Pinyin! Beijing Municipality! Dongcheng District! Xicheng District! Chaoyang District! Fengtai District! Shijingshan District! Haidian District! Mentougou District! Fangshan District! Tongzhou District! Shunyi District! Changping District! Daxing District! Huairou District! Pinggu District! Miyun District! Yanqing District{{reflist|group=n}}File:Houhai Lake and Drum Tower Beijing 2015 October.jpg|thumb|Houhai Lake and Drum Tower at Shichahai, in the Xicheng DistrictXicheng District


Beijing's 16 county-level divisions (districts) are further subdivided into 273 lower third-level administrative units at the township level: 119 towns, 24 townships, 5 ethnic townships and 125 subdistricts.Towns within Beijing Municipality but outside the urban area include (but are not limited to):{{div col|colwidth=22em}} Several place names in Beijing end with mén (), meaning "gate", as they were the locations of gates in the former Beijing city wall. Other place names end in cūn (), meaning "village", as they were originally villages outside the city wall.

Judiciary and procuracy

The judicial system in Beijing consists of the Supreme People's Court, the highest court in the country, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court, the high people's court of the municipality, three intermediate people's courts, one intermediate railway transport court, 14 basic people's court (one for each of the municipality's districts and counties), and one basic railway transport court. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court in Shijingshan oversees the basic courts of Haidian, Shijingshan, Mentougou, Changping and Yanqing. The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in Fengtai oversees the basic courts of Dongcheng, Xicheng, Fengtai, Fangshan and Daxing. The Beijing No. 3 Intermediate People's Court in Laiguangying, is the newest of the three intermediate people's courts and opened on 21 August 2013. It oversees the district courts of Chaoyang, Tongzhou, Shunyi, Huairou, Pinggu and Miyun.(Chinese) "北京市第三中级人民法院、北京市人民检察院第三分院同日成立" Xinhua {{webarchive|url= |date=29 September 2013 }} 6 August 2013(Chinese) "北京市高级人民法院关于我市中级人民法院管辖调整有关问题的规定(暂行)" {{Webarchive|url= |date=14 August 2013 }} 2 August 2013 Each court in Beijing has a corresponding people's procuratorate.

Diplomatic missions

About 163 countries have embassies in Beijing, which are concentrated in Jianguomenwai, Sanlitun and Liangmaqiao in Chaoyang District.Beijing is home to the headquarters of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), making it an important city for international diplomacy.


File:Xidan.jpg|thumb|XidanXidan{{as of|2018}}, Beijing' Nominal GDP was US$458 billion (CN¥3.0 trilion), about 3.45% of the country's GDP and ranked 12th among province-level administrative units; its Nominal GDP per capita was US$21,261 (CN¥140,748) and ranked the 1st in the country.Due to the concentration of state owned enterprises in the national capital, Beijing in 2013 had more Fortune Global 500 Company headquarters than any other city in the world."Jones Lang LaSalle Research Report – Five years after the Olympics – Growth in Beijing has continued, what to expect next?" {{Webarchive|url= |date=18 May 2014 }} August 2013 Beijing has also been described as the "billionaire capital of the world".NEWS, Shapiro, Ariel R., Beijing is 'Billionaire Capital of the World',weblink 19 July 2018,weblink 9 July 2018, live, dmy-all, NEWS, Beijing is new 'billionaire capital',weblink BBC News, 25 February 2016, 19 July 2018,weblink 19 July 2018, live, dmy-all, {|table class="wikitable sortable" Historical GDP of Beijing for 1978–present (SNA2008)Historical GDP of Beijing published on Beijing Statistical Yearbook 2017, ALSO see Beijing'GDP Revison (Chinese) {{Webarchiveweblink >date=13 December 2017 }} (10 October 2017)(purchasing power parity of Chinese Yuan, as Geary–Khamis dollar based on IMF WEO October 2017Purchasing power parity (PPP) for Chinese yuan is estimate according to International Monetary Fund>IMF ''World Economic Outlook'' (October 2017 {{Webarchive>url= China Statistical Yearbook {{Webarchive>url= |date=20 October 2015 }}.) align=center year GDP GDP per capita (GDPpc) based on mid-year population Reference index align=center GDP in millions realgrowth(%) GDPpc exchange rate1 foreign currency to CNY align=centerCNYUSDPurchasing power parity(Geary–Khamis dollar>Int'l$.)CNYUSDPPP(Int'l$.)USD 1Int'l$. 1(PPP) align=right20162,566,910386,449733,2146.8118,19817,79533,7626.64233.5009 align=right20152,368,570380,285667,2976.9109,60217,59730,8786.22843.5495 align=right20142,194,410357,233618,0747.4102,87016,74628,9746.14283.5504 align=right20132,033,010328,265568,3727.797,17815,69127,1686.19323.5769 align=right20121,835,010290,695516,7888.089,77814,22225,2846.31253.5508 align=right20111,662,790257,446474,3378.183,54712,93523,8336.45883.5055 align=right20101,444,160213,333436,22310.475,57211,16422,8276.76953.3106 align=right20091,241,900181,804393,31710.068,40510,01421,6646.83103.1575 align=right20081,139,200164,029358,6009.066,0989,51720,8076.94513.1768 align=right20071,007,190132,455334,07114.461,4708,08420,3897.60403.0149 align=right2006831,260104,275288,86312.852,9636,64418,4057.97182.8777 align=right2005714,14087,178249,78712.347,1275,75316,4848.19172.8590 align=right2000321,28038,809118,14812.024,5172,9629,0168.27842.7193 align=right1995150,77018,05455,23912.012,6901,5204,6498.35102.7294 align=right199050,08010,47029,4145.24,6359692,7224.78321.7026 align=right198525,7108,75518,3428.72,6439001,8862.93661.4017 align=right198013,9109,2839,30111.81,5441,0301,0321.49841.4955 align=right197810,8806,46210.51,2577471.6836

Sector composition

File:Sanlitun at dusk.jpg|thumb|The Taikoo Li SanlitunTaikoo Li SanlitunThe city has a post-industrial economy that is dominated by the tertiary sector (services), which generated 76.9% of output, followed by the secondary sector (manufacturing, construction) at 22.2% and the primary sector (agriculture, mining) at 0.8%.The services sector is broadly diversified with professional services, wholesale and retail, information technology, commercial real estate, scientific research, and residential real estate each contributing at least 6% to the city's economy in 2013.(Chinese) weblink" title="">国家统计局北京调查总队, "北京市2013年国民经济和社会发展统计公报", 北京市统计局 13 February 2014The single largest sub-sector remains industry, whose share of overall output has shrunk to 18.1% in 2013. The mix of industrial output has changed significantly since 2010 when the city announced that 140 highly-polluting, energy and water resource intensive enterprises would be relocated from the city in five years.(Chinese) 北京五年淘汰140余家"三高"企业 北京商报 {{Webarchive|url= |date=29 November 2014 }} 17 November 2010 The relocation of Capital Steel to neighboring Hebei province had begun in 2005.NEWS, Capital Steel opens new branch to step up eastward relocation, People's Daily Online, 23 October 2005,weblink 24 October 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 16 December 2008, live, dmy-all, NEWS, Beijing abandons Mao's dream of workers' paradise, Richard, Spencer, The Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2008,weblink London, 25 April 2019,weblink" title="">weblink 19 August 2008, live, dmy-all, In 2013, output of automobiles, aerospace products, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, and food processing all increased.In the farmland around Beijing, vegetables and fruits have displaced grain as the primary crops under cultivation. In 2013, the tonnage of vegetable, edible fungus and fruit harvested was over three times that of grain. In 2013, overall acreage under cultivation shrank along with most categories of produce as more land was reforested for environmental reasons.

Economic zones

File:Guomao Skyline.jpg|thumb|The skyline of Beijing CBDBeijing CBDFile:中关村广场.jpg|thumb|right|Zhongguancun is a technology hub in Haidian DistrictHaidian DistrictIn 2006, the city government identified six high-end economic output zones around Beijing as the primary engines for local economic growth. In 2012, the six zones produced 43.3% of the city's GDP, up from 36.5% in 2007.(Chinese) 六大功能区 {{webarchive|url= |date=14 September 2013 }}(Chinese) weblink" title="">涂露芳, 六大功能区创造北京四成多GDP 北京日报 9 October 2013 {{webarchive |url= |date=14 October 2013 }}The six zones are:
  1. Zhongguancun, China's silicon village in Haidian District northwest of the city, is home to both established and start-up tech companies. As of the second quarter of 2014, of the 9,895 companies registered in one of the six zones, 6,150 were based in Zhongguancun.(Chinese) 北京市统计局 六大高端产业功能区主要经济指标 {{Webarchive|url= |date=29 November 2014 }}
  2. Beijing Financial Street, in Xicheng District on the west side of the city between Fuxingmen and Fuchengmen, is lined with headquarters of large state banks and insurance companies. The country's financial regulatory agencies including the central bank, bank regulator, securities regulator, and foreign exchange authority are located in the neighborhood.
  3. Beijing Central Business District (CBD), is actually located to the east of downtown, near the embassies along the eastern Third Ring Road between Jianguomenwai and Chaoyangmenwai. The CBD is home to most of the city's skyscraper office buildings. Most of the city's foreign companies and professional service firms are based in the CBD.
  4. Beijing Economic and Technological Development Area, better known as Yizhuang, is an industrial park the straddles the southern Fifth Ring Road in Daxing District. It has attracted pharmaceutical, information technology, and materials engineering companies.JOURNAL, Statistical Communique on the 2003 National Economic and Social Development of the City of Beijing,weblink Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics, 12 February 2004, 15 March 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 5 March 2008, dead, dmy-all,
  5. Beijing Airport Economic Zone was created in 1993 and surrounds the Beijing Capital International Airport in Shunyi District northwest of the city. In addition to logistics, airline services, and trading firms, this zone is also home to Beijing's automobile assembly plants.
  6. Beijing Olympic Center Zone surrounds the Olympic Green due north of downtown and is developing into an entertainment, sports, tourism and business convention center.
Shijingshan, on the western outskirts of the city, is a traditional heavy industrial base for steel-making.WEB, ShiJingShan,weblink Beijing Economic Information Center, 22 June 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 20 November 2008, Chemical plants are concentrated in the far eastern suburbs.Less legitimate enterprises also exist. Urban Beijing is known for being a center of infringed goods; anything from the latest designer clothing to DVDs can be found in markets all over the city, often marketed to expatriates and international visitors.NEWS, Pirates weave tangled web on 'Spidey',weblinkThe Hollywood Reporter >agency=Reuters accessdate=15 March 2008 weblink" title="">weblink >archivedate=29 April 2007,


{{Historical populations|type=China|percentages = pagr27681497568495923068710819407135691941961236821150000ARCHIVEDATE=1 MARCH 2016, Beijing Economic and Social Development Statistical Bulletin 2014publisher=Beijing Bureau of Statistics date=12 February 2015 url-status=dead 21516000|footnote = Population size may be affected by changes on administrative divisions.}In 2013, Beijing had a total population of 21.148 million within the municipality, of which 18.251 million resided in urban districts or suburban townships and 2.897 million lived in rural villages. The encompassing metropolitan area was estimated by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) to have, {{As of|2010|lc=y}}, a population of 24.9 million.NEWS,, Justina Crabtree; special to, A tale of megacities: China's largest metropolises,weblink CNBC, 20 September 2016, slide 4, 8 December 2017,weblink 9 December 2017, live, dmy-all, BOOK, 10.1787/9789264230040-en, OECD Urban Policy Reviews: China 2015, OECD READ edition,weblink Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, 37, OECD iLibrary, en, 2015, 2306-9341, 978-92-64-23003-3, OECD Urban Policy Reviews, 8 December 2017,weblink" title="">weblink 27 March 2017, live, dmy-all, Linked from the OECD here {{Webarchive|url= |date=9 December 2017 }}Within China, the city ranked second in urban population after Shanghai and the third in municipal population after Shanghai and Chongqing. Beijing also ranks among the most populous cities in the world, a distinction the city has held for much of the past 800 years, especially during the 15th to early 19th centuries when it was the largest city in the world.About 13 million of the city's residents in 2013 had local hukou permits, which entitles them to permanent residence in Beijing. The remaining 8 million residents had hukou permits elsewhere and were not eligible to receive some social benefits provided by the Beijing municipal government.The population increased in 2013 by 455,000 or about 7% from the previous year and continued a decade-long trend of rapid growth. The total population in 2004 was 14.213 million.WEB,weblink Age Composition and Dependency Ratio of Population by Region (2004) in China Statistics 2005, 5 July 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 4 December 2010, live, dmy-all, The population gains are driven largely by migration. The population's rate of natural increase in 2013 was a mere 0.441%, based on a birth rate of 8.93 and a mortality rate of 4.52. The gender balance was 51.6% males and 48.4% females.Working age people account for nearly 80% of the population. Compared to 2004, residents age 0–14 as a proportion of the population dropped from 9.96% to 9.5% in 2013 and residents over the age of 65 declined from 11.12% to 9.2%. From 2000 to 2010, the percentage of city residents with at least some college education nearly doubled from 16.8% to 31.5%. About 22.2% have some high school education and 31% had reached middle school.According to the 2010 census, nearly 96% of Beijing's population are ethnic Han Chinese. Of the 800,000 ethnic minorities living in the capital, Manchu (336,000), Hui (249,000), Korean (77,000), Mongol (37,000) and Tujia (24,000) constitute the five largest groups.(Chinese) weblink" title="">北京市少数民族人口状况 30 May 2011 In addition, there were 8,045 Hong Kong residents, 500 Macau residents, and 7,772 Taiwan residents along with 91,128 registered foreigners living in Beijing.(Chinese) weblink" title="">北京市2010年第六次全国人口普查主要数据情况 A study by the Beijing Academy of Sciences estimates that in 2010 there were on average 200,000 foreigners living in Beijing on any given day including students, business travellers and tourists are not counted as registered residents.(Chinese) 在北京外国人数量或已达20万人 超过市人口总数1% {{webarchive|url= |date=29 November 2014 }} 9 October 2010In 2017 the Chinese government implemented population controls for Beijing and Shanghai. From this policy, Beijing's population declined by 20,000 from 2016 to 2017.WEB,weblink China's radical plan to limit the populations of Beijing and Shanghai, Roxburgh, Helen, 2018-03-19, the Guardian, en, 2018-08-16,weblink 9 April 2018, live, dmy-all,


File:Ancient Beijing observatory 10.jpg|thumb|left|The Beijing Ancient ObservatoryBeijing Ancient ObservatoryFile:BeijingOperaProduction.jpg|thumb|A scene from a Peking operaPeking opera(File:China qing two blue ceramics.JPG|thumb|Royal collection of the Forbidden City)People native to urban Beijing speak the Beijing dialect, which belongs to the Mandarin subdivision of spoken Chinese. This speech is the basis for putonghua, the standard spoken language used in mainland China and Taiwan, and one of the four official languages of Singapore. Rural areas of Beijing Municipality have their own dialects akin to those of Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing Municipality.Beijing or Peking opera is a traditional form of Chinese theater well known throughout the nation. Commonly lauded as one of the highest achievements of Chinese culture, Beijing opera is performed through a combination of song, spoken dialogue, and codified action sequences involving gestures, movement, fighting and acrobatics. Much of Beijing opera is carried out in an archaic stage dialect quite different from Modern Standard Chinese and from the modern Beijing dialect.ENCYCLOPEDIA, Jingxi,weblink Britannica Online Encyclopedia, 2008, 16 June 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 3 May 2008, live, dmy-all, Beijing cuisine is the local style of cooking. Peking Roast Duck is perhaps the best known dish. Fuling Jiabing, a traditional Beijing snack food, is a pancake (bing) resembling a flat disk with a filling made from fu ling, a fungus used in traditional Chinese medicine. Teahouses are common in Beijing.The cloisonné (or Jingtailan, literally "Blue of Jingtai") metalworking technique and tradition is a Beijing art speciality, and is one of the most revered traditional crafts in China. Cloisonné making requires elaborate and complicated processes which include base-hammering, copper-strip inlay, soldering, enamel-filling, enamel-firing, surface polishing and gilding.WEB,weblink Beijing – Chinese Cloisonné Enamelware, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 11 June 2008, Beijing's lacquerware is also well known for its sophisticated and intricate patterns and images carved into its surface, and the various decoration techniques of lacquer include "carved lacquer" and "engraved gold".Younger residents of Beijing have become more attracted to the nightlife, which has flourished in recent decades, breaking prior cultural traditions that had practically restricted it to the upper class.NEWS, Levin, Dan, Beijing Lights Up the Night,weblink The New York Times, 15 June 2008, 15 June 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 17 April 2009, live, dmy-all, Today, Houhai, Sanlitun and Wudaokou are Beijing's nightlife hotspots.In 2012 Beijing was named as City of Design and became part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.WEB,weblink Beijing, Jeonju, and Norwich named UNESCO Creative Cities {{!, ASEF culture360||language=en|access-date=2018-10-03|archive-url=|archive-date=4 October 2018|url-status=live|df=dmy-all}}

Places of interest

{{See also|Major National Historical and Cultural Sites (Beijing)|List of Beijing landmarks}}}}File:Qianmen Street 1.jpg|thumb|left|Qianmen AvenueQianmen AvenueAt the historical heart of Beijing lies the Forbidden City, the enormous palace compound that was the home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties;WEB,weblink The Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, World Heritage Site, UNESCO World Heritage Center, 29 December 1986, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 26 March 2009, live, dmy-all,
the Forbidden City hosts the Palace Museum, which contains imperial collections of Chinese art. Surrounding the Forbidden City are several former imperial gardens, parks and scenic areas, notably Beihai, Shichahai, Zhongnanhai, Jingshan and Zhongshan. These places, particularly Beihai Park, are described as masterpieces of Chinese gardening art,WEB,weblink Beihai Park Behind Behai park locates Hou Hai, which is one of the most popular visited tourist places. Hou hai is the largest of the three lakes, along with Qianhai (lit. the "Front Lake") and Xihai (lit. the "Western Lake"), that comprise Shichahai, the collective name for the three northern-most lakes in central Beijing. Since the early 2000s, the hutong neighborhood around Houhai has become known for its nightlife as many residences along the lake shore have been converted into restaurants, bars, and cafes.,weblink" title="">weblink 2 July 2007, World Heritage Site, UNECO World Heritage, and are tourist destinations of historical importance;BOOK, Gateways to Beijing: a travel guide to Beijing, Littlewood, Misty and Mark Littlewood, Armour Publishing Pte Ltd, 2008, 182, 978-981-4222-12-9, in the modern era, Zhongnanhai has also been the political heart of various Chinese governments and regimes and is now the headquarters of the Communist Party of China and the State Council. From Tiananmen Square, right across from the Forbidden City, there are several notable sites, such as the Tiananmen, Qianmen, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, the Monument to the People's Heroes, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. The Summer Palace and the Old Summer Palace both lie at the western part of the city; the former, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,
WEB,weblink Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing, World Heritage Site, UNESCO World Heritage Center, 4 August 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 24 July 2008, live, dmy-all,
contains a comprehensive collection of imperial gardens and palaces that served as the summer retreats for the Qing imperial family.
File:Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park) (11524112715).jpg|thumb|Beijing's Temple of HeavenTemple of HeavenFile:Hutongs outside Qianmen.jpg|thumb|left|Ancient Hutongs outside QianmenQianmenAmong the best known religious sites in the city is the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan), located in southeastern Beijing, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site,WEB,weblinkpublisher=World Heritage Site >accessdate=4 August 2008weblink" title="">weblink>archivedate= 1 August 2008 Temple of Earth (Ditan), while the Temple of the Sun (Ritan) and the Temple of the Moon (China)>Temple of the Moon (Yuetan) lie in the eastern and western urban areas respectively. Other well-known temple sites include the Beijing Dongyue Temple, Tanzhe Temple, Miaoying Temple, White Cloud Temple, Yonghe Temple, Fayuan Temple, Wanshou Temple and Big Bell Temple. The city also has its own Beijing Temple of Confucius>Confucius Temple, and a Guozijian (Beijing) or Imperial Academy. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing>Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, built in 1605, is the oldest Catholic church in Beijing. The Niujie Mosque is the oldest mosque in Beijing, with a history stretching back over a thousand years.(File:·˙·ChinaUli2010·.· Beijing - Forbidden Town - panoramio (81).jpg|thumb|Inside the Forbidden City)Beijing contains several well-preserved pagodas and stone pagodas, such as the towering Pagoda of Tianning Temple, which was built during the Liao dynasty from 1100 to 1120, and the Pagoda of Cishou Temple, which was built in 1576 during the Ming dynasty. Historically noteworthy stone bridges include the 12th-century Lugou Bridge, the 17th-century Baliqiao bridge, and the 18th-century Jade Belt Bridge. The Beijing Ancient Observatory displays pre-telescopic spheres dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Fragrant Hills (Xiangshan) is a public park that consists of natural landscaped areas as well as traditional and cultural relics. The Beijing Botanical Garden exhibits over 6,000 species of plants, including a variety of trees, bushes and flowers, and an extensive peony garden. The Taoranting, Longtan, Chaoyang, Haidian, Milu Yuan and Zizhu Yuan parks are some of the notable recreational parks in the city. The Beijing Zoo is a center of zoological research that also contains rare animals from various continents, including the Chinese giant panda.There are 144 museums and galleries (as of June 2008) in the city.(Chinese) [北京地区博物馆名录(截止2008年6月)] 6 January 2009WEB,weblink About Beijingarchiveurl=weblink" title="">weblink df= dmy-all, WEB,weblink Beijing's Museums & Galleries, 19 August 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 13 August 2008, live, dmy-all,
In addition to the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City and the National Museum of China, other major museums include the National Art Museum of China, the Capital Museum, the Beijing Art Museum, the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution, the Geological Museum of China, the Beijing Museum of Natural History and the Paleozoological Museum of China.
Located at the outskirts of urban Beijing, but within its municipality are the Thirteen Tombs of the Ming dynasty, the lavish and elaborate burial sites of thirteen Ming emperors, which have been designated as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.WEB,weblink Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, World Heritage Site, UNESCO World Heritage Center, 10 December 2003, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 2 August 2009, live, dmy-all, The archaeological Peking Man site at Zhoukoudian is another World Heritage Site within the municipality,HTTP://WHC.UNESCO.ORG/EN/LIST/449 >TITLE=PEKING MAN SITE AT ZHOUKOUDIAN WORLD HERITAGE SITE>UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CENTER ARCHIVEURL= HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20080723152123/HTTP://WHC.UNESCO.ORG/EN/LIST/449URL-STATUS=LIVE, containing a wealth of discoveries, among them one of the first specimens of Homo erectus and an assemblage of bones of the gigantic hyena Pachycrocuta brevirostris. There are several sections of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Great Wall of China,WEB,weblinkpublisher=World Heritage Site >accessdate=4 August 2008weblink" title="">weblink>archivedate= 31 July 2008, live, most notably Badaling, Jinshanling, Simatai and Mutianyu.


{{Pie chart|thumb = left|caption = Religion in Beijing (2010s)Chinese folk religion>Chinese religion or not religious|value1 = 86.26|color1 = #F5F5F5|label2 = Buddhism|value2 = 11.2|color2 = #FDD835|label3 = Islam|value3 = 1.76|color3 = Black|label4 = Christianity|value4 = 0.78|color4 = #A1887F}}File:Gubeikou Taoist Temple (20150215103242).JPG|thumb|upright=0.7|A Temple of the Goddess in GubeikouGubeikou(File:Wanshoujingming-Baoge Hall of Huode-Zhenjunmiao Temple.jpg|thumb|upright=0.7|Fire God Temple in Di'anmen.)The religious heritage of Beijing is rich and diverse as Chinese folk religion, Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity all have significant historical presence in the city. As the national capital, the city also hosts the State Administration for Religious Affairs and various state-sponsored institutions of the leading religions.(Chinese) 北京的宗教文化 {{Webarchive|url= |date=16 April 2017 }} 11 July 2008 In recent decades, foreign residents have brought other religions to the city. According to Wang Zhiyun of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2010 there were 2.2 million Buddhists in the city, equal to 11.2% of the total population.Lai, Hongyi. China's Governance Model: Flexibility and Durability of Pragmatic Authoritarianism. Routledge, 2016. {{ISBN|1-317-85952-9}}. p. 167 According to the Chinese General Social Survey of 2009, Christians constitute 0.78% of the city's population.China General Social Survey (CGSS) 2009. Report by: Xiuhua Wang (2015, p. 15) {{webarchive |url= |date=25 September 2015 }} According to a 2010 survey, Muslims constitute 1.76% of the population of Beijing.Min Junqing. The Present Situation and Characteristics of Contemporary Islam in China. JISMOR, 8. 2010 Islam by province, p. 29 {{Webarchive|url= |date=27 April 2017 }}. Data from: Yang Zongde, Study on Current Muslim Population in China, Jinan Muslim, 2, 2010.File:The Temple of the Town Deity in Beijing1.JPG|thumb|left|upright=0.7|Rear hall of the Capital City God Temple of Beijing.]]

Chinese folk religion and Taoism

Beijing has many temples dedicated to folk religious and communal deities, many of which are being reconstructed or refurbished in the 2000s and 2010s. Yearly sacrifices to the God of Heaven (祭天 jìtiān) at the Temple of Heaven have been resumed by Confucian groups in the 2010s.There are temples dedicated to the worship of the Goddess (娘娘 Niángniáng) in the city, one of them near the Olympic Village, and they revolve around a major cult center at Mount Miaofeng. There are also many temples consecrated to the Dragon God (龙神 Lóngshén), to the Medicine Master (药王 Yàowáng), to Guan Yu (关帝 Guāndì), to the Fire God (火神 Huǒshén), to the Wealth God (财神 Cáishén), temples of the City God (城隍神 Chénghuángshén), and at least one temple consecrated to the Yellow Deity of the Chariot Shaft (轩辕黄帝 Xuānyuán Huángdì) in Pinggu District. Many of these temples are governed by the Beijing Taoist Association, such as the Fire God Temple of the Shicha Lake, while many others are not and are governed by popular committees and locals. A great Temple of Xuanyuan Huangdi will be built in Pinggu (possibly as an expansion of the already existing shrine) within 2020, and the temple will feature a statue of the deity which will be amongst the tallest in the world.平谷轩辕山国际旅游区概念性规划 {{Webarchive|url= |date=2 February 2017 }}.2020世界休闲大会战略规划 – 北京平谷旅游发展重大项目储备规划 {{webarchive|url= |date=21 January 2017 }}.The national Chinese Taoist Association and Chinese Taoist College have their headquarters at the White Cloud Temple of Quanzhen Taoism, which was founded in 741 and rebuilt numerous times. The Beijing Dongyue Temple outside Chaoyangmen is the largest temple of Zhengyi Taoism in the city. The local Beijing Taoist Association has its headquarters at the Lüzu Temple near Fuxingmen.(Chinese) 北京市道教协会协会简介 {{Webarchive|url= |date=14 August 2015 }}


{{unreferenced section|date=October 2017}}File:十方普同塔(僧人合葬塔) - Pagoda for Ordinary Monks - 2012.04 - panoramio.jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|The tomb pagodas at Tanzhe TempleTanzhe TempleFile:Dongcheng, Beijing, China - panoramio (84).jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|Yonghe Lama Temple of Tibetan BuddhismTibetan Buddhism11% of the population of Beijing practices Buddhism. The Buddhist Association of China, the state's supervisory organ overseeing all Buddhist institutions in mainland China, is headquartered in the Guangji Temple, a temple founded over 800 years ago during the Jin dynasty (1115–1234) in what is now Fuchengmennei. The Beijing Buddhist Association along with the Buddhist Choir and Orchestra are based in the Guanghua Temple, which dates to the Yuan dynasty over 700 years ago. The Buddhist Academy of China and its library are housed in the Fayuan Temple near Caishikou. The Fayuan Temple, which dates to the Tang dynasty 1300 years ago, is the oldest temple in urban Beijing. The Tongjiao Temple inside Dongzhimen is the city's only Buddhist nunnery.The West Yellow Temple originally dates to the Liao dynasty. In 1651, the temple was commissioned by the Qing Emperor Shunzhi to host the visit of the Fifth Dalai Lama to Beijing. Since then, this temple has hosted the 13th Dalai Lama as well as the Sixth, Ninth and Tenth Panchen Lamas. The largest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Beijing is the Yonghe Temple, which was decreed by the Qing Emperor Qianlong in 1744 to serve as the residence and research facility for his Buddhist preceptor of Rölpé Dorjé the third Changkya (or living Buddha of Inner Mongolia). The Yonghe Temple is so-named because it was the childhood residence of the Yongzheng Emperor, and retains the glazed tiles reserved for imperial palaces.The Lingguang Temple of Badachu in the Western Hills also dates to the Tang dynasty. The temple's Zhaoxian Pagoda was first built in 1071 during the Liao dynasty to hold a tooth relic of the Buddha. The pagoda was destroyed during the Boxer Rebellion and the tooth was discovered from its foundation. A new pagoda was built in 1964. The six aforementioned temples: Guangji, Guanghua, Tongjiao, West Yellow, Yonghe and Lingguang have been designated National Key Buddhist Temples in Han Chinese Area.In addition, other notable temples in Beijing include the Tanzhe Temple (founded in the Jin dynasty (265–420) is the oldest in the municipality), Tianning Temple (oldest pagoda in the city), Miaoying Temple (famed for Yuan-era white dagoba), the Wanshou Temple (home to the Beijing Art Museum) and Big Bell Temple.{{Buddhist temples in Beijing}}


File:Niujie Mosques02.jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|Niujie MosqueNiujie MosqueBeijing has about 70 mosques recognized by the Islamic Association of China, whose headquarters are located next to the Niujie Mosque, the oldest mosque in the city.(Chinese) 伊斯兰教简介 {{webarchive|url= |date=30 January 2017 }} Accessed 4 April 2016(Chinese) 北京市清真寺文物等级 {{Webarchive|url= |date=16 April 2016 }} Accessed 4 April 2016 The Niujie Mosque was founded in 996 during the Liao dynasty and is frequently visited by Muslim dignitaries.The largest mosque WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 2015-09-24, 朝阳文化--文化遗产, 2015-09-24, 2019-02-21, in Beijing is ChangYing mosque, located in ChaoYang district, with an area of 8,400 square meters.Other notable mosques in the old city include the Dongsi Mosque, founded in 1346; the Huashi Mosque, founded in 1415; Nan Douya Mosque, near Chaoyangmen; Jinshifang Street Mosque, in Xicheng District; and the Dongzhimen Mosque.(Chinese) 北京市部分清真寺介绍 {{Webarchive|url= |date=16 April 2016 }} Accessed 4 April 2016 There are large mosques in outlying Muslim communities in Haidian, Madian, Tongzhou, Changping, Changying, Shijingshan and Miyun. The China Islamic Institute is located in the Niujie neighborhood in Xicheng District.


File:Xishikupic1.jpg|thumb|left|upright=0.9|Church of the Saviour, also known as the Xishiku Church, founded in 1703.]]
In 1289, John of Montecorvino came to Beijing as a Franciscan missionary with the order from the Pope. After meeting and receiving the support of Kublai Khan in 1293, he built the first Catholic church in Beijing in 1305. The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA), based in Houhai is the government oversight body for Catholics in mainland China. Notable Catholic churches in Beijing include: The National Seminary of Catholic Church in China is located in Daxing District.
The earliest Protestant churches in Beijing were founded by British and American missionaries in the second half of the 19th century. Protestant missionaries also opened schools, universities and hospitals which have become important civic institutions. Most of Beijing's Protestant churches were destroyed during the Boxer Rebellion and afterwards rebuilt. In 1958, the 64 Protestant churches in the city are reorganized into four and overseen by the state through the Three-Self Patriotic Movement.
Eastern Orthodox
There were a significant amount of Orthodox Christians in Beijing. Orthodox has come to Beijing along with Russian prisoners from Albazino conflicts in the 17th century.Eric Widmer, The Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Peking During the Eighteenth Century, p. 23, 1976, {{ISBN|0-674-78129-5}} Google Books {{Webarchive|url= |date=6 September 2015 }} In 1956, Viktor, the bishop of Beijing returned to the Soviet Union, and the Soviet embassy took over the old cathedral and demolished it. In 2007, Russian embassy has rebuilt a new church in its garden to serve the Russian Orthodox Christians in Beijing.


Television and radio

File:CCTV-new-building.jpg|right|thumb|The China Central Television Headquarters buildingChina Central Television Headquarters buildingBeijing Television broadcasts on channels 1 through 10, and China Central Television, China's largest television network, maintains its headquarters in Beijing. Three radio stations feature programmes in English: Hit FM on FM 88.7, Easy FM by China Radio International on FM 91.5, and the newly launched Radio 774 on AM 774. Beijing Radio Stations is the family of radio stations serving the city.


The well-known Beijing Evening News (Beijing Wanbao, 北京晚报), covering news about Beijing in Chinese, is distributed every afternoon. Other newspapers include Beijing Daily, The Beijing News (Xin Jing Bao, 新京报), the Beijing Star Daily, the Beijing Morning News, and the Beijing Youth Daily (Beijing Qingnian Bao), as well as English-language weeklies Beijing Weekend and Beijing Today. The People's Daily, Global Times and the China Daily (English) are published in Beijing as well.Publications primarily aimed at international visitors and the expatriate community include the English-language periodicals Time Out Beijing, City Weekend, Beijing This Month, Beijing Talk, That's Beijing, and The Beijinger.



File:2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony - Fireworks.jpg|right|thumb|Fireworks above Olympic venues during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Games ]]File:Martial arts - Fragrant Hills.JPG|right|thumb|Tai chi (Taijiquan) practitioners at the Fragrant HillsFragrant HillsFile:Beijing Workers' Stadium.jpg|right|thumb|Beijing Workers' Stadium at night as viewed from SanlitunSanlitunBeijing has hosted numerous international and national sporting events, the most notable was the 2008 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Other multi-sport international events held in Beijing include the 2001 Universiade and the 1990 Asian Games. Single-sport international competitions include the Beijing Marathon (annually since 1981), China Open of Tennis (1993–97, annually since 2004), ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Cup of China (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010), WPBSA China Open for Snooker (annually since 2005), Union Cycliste Internationale Tour of Beijing (since 2011), 1961 World Table Tennis Championships, 1987 IBF Badminton World Championships, the 2004 AFC Asian Cup (football), and 2009 Barclays Asia Trophy (football). Beijing hosted the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.Beijing's LeSports Center is one of the main venues for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.The Official website of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup {{Webarchive|url= |date=27 May 2017 }},, Retrieved 9 March 2016.The city hosted the second Chinese National Games in 1914 and the first four National Games of China in 1959, 1965, 1975, 1979, respectively, and co-hosted the 1993 National Games with Sichuan and Qingdao. Beijing also hosted the inaugural National Peasants' Games in 1988 and the sixth National Minority Games in 1999.In November 2013, Beijing made a bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.WEB,weblink Beijing and Zhangjiakou launch joint bid to host 2022 Winter Olympic Games,, 5 November 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 5 November 2013, live, dmy-all, On 31 July 2015, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics to the city becoming the first ever to host both Summer and Winter Olympics also for the 2022 Winter Paralympics becoming the first ever to host both Summer and Winter Paralympics.WEB,weblink IOC awards 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing, 24 August 2017,weblink 15 July 2017, live, dmy-all,


Major sporting venues in the city include the National Stadium, also known as the "Birds' Nest",Some 350,000 residents were expected to be relocated to make room for the constructions of stadiums for the 2008 Summer Games. BOOK, Davis, Mike, Planet of Slums, 2006, Verso, 978-1-84467-022-2, 106,weblink 3 January 2017, NEWS, Beijing Olympics Bird's Nest ready,weblink BBC News, 28 June 2008, 28 June 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 19 July 2008, live, National Aquatics Center, also known as the "Water Cube", National Indoor Stadium, all in the Olympic Green to the north of downtown; the MasterCard Center at Wukesong west of downtown; the Workers' Stadium and Workers' Arena in Sanlitun just east of downtown and the Capital Arena in Baishiqiao, northeast of downtown. In addition, many universities in the city have their own sport facilities.


Professional sports teams based in Beijing include:{{Colbegin}} {{Colend}}The Beijing Olympians of the American Basketball Association, formerly a Chinese Basketball Association team, kept their name and maintained a roster of primarily Chinese players after moving to Maywood, California in 2005.China Bandy Federation is based in Beijing, one of several cities in which the potential for bandy development is explored.WEB,weblink Welcome,, 10 November 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 4 March 2016, live, dmy-all,


File:Mobikes at the south square of Beijing South Railway Station (20170331103900).jpg|thumb|right|MobikeMobikeFile:Beijingrailwaystation night.jpg|thumb|right|Beijing railway stationBeijing railway stationFile:Modern Beijing Traffic.jpg|thumb|Traffic jam in the Beijing CBDBeijing CBDFile:Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3 Interior 20090818.jpg|thumb|right|Terminal 3 of the Beijing Capital International AirportBeijing Capital International AirportFile:Beijing Metro Type SFM04.JPG|thumb|A Line 1 train on the Beijing Subway, which is among the longest and busiest rapid transitrapid transitFile:BK6150K 64669 20120317.jpg|thumb|An articulated Beijing busBeijing bus(File:Changan Avenue (4011960012).jpg|thumb|Bicyclists during rush hour at the Chang'an Avenue.)(File:Beijingtrafficsign.jpg|thumb|Typical Beijing traffic signage found at intersections.)Beijing is an important transport hub in North China with five ring roads, nine expressways, eleven National Highways, nine conventional railways, and two high-speed railways converging on the city.

Rail and high-speed rail

Beijing serves as a large rail hub in China's railway network. Ten conventional rail lines radiate from the city to: Shanghai (Jinghu Line), Guangzhou (Jingguang Line), Kowloon (Jingjiu Line), Harbin (Jingha Line), Baotou (Jingbao Line), Qinhuangdao (Jingqin Line), Chengde (Jingcheng Line), Tongliao, Inner Mongolia (Jingtong Line), Yuanping, Shanxi (Jingyuan Line) and Shacheng, Hebei (Fengsha Line). In addition, the Datong–Qinhuangdao Railway passes through the municipality to the north of the city.Beijing also has three high-speed rail lines: the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway, which opened in 2008; the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway, which opened in 2011; and the Beijing–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway, which opened in 2012.The city's main railway stations are the Beijing railway station, which opened in 1959; the Beijing West railway station, which opened in 1996; and the Beijing South railway station, which was rebuilt into the city's high-speed railway station in 2008. {{as of|2010|July|1}}, Beijing railway station had 173 trains arriving daily, Beijing West had 232 trains and Beijing South had 163. The Beijing North railway station, first built in 1909 and expanded in 2009, had 22 trains.Smaller stations in the city including Beijing East railway station handle mainly commuter passenger traffic. The Fengtai railway station has been closed for renovation. In outlying suburbs and counties of Beijing, there are over 40 railway stations.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 30 March 2006, zh:北京市火车站大全,, 8 August 2011, From Beijing, direct passenger train service is available to most large cities in China. International train service is available to Mongolia, Russia, Vietnam and North Korea. Passenger trains in China are numbered according to their direction in relation to Beijing.

Roads and expressways

{{further|Expressways of Beijing|China National Highways of Beijing}}Beijing is connected by road links to all parts of China as part of the National Trunk Road Network. Nine expressways of China serve Beijing, as do eleven China National Highways. Beijing's urban transport is dependent upon the five "ring roads" that concentrically surround the city, with the Forbidden City area marked as the geographical center for the ring roads. The ring roads appear more rectangular than ring-shaped. There is no official "1st Ring Road". The 2nd Ring Road is located in the inner city. Ring roads tend to resemble expressways progressively as they extend outwards, with the 5th and 6th Ring Roads being full-standard national expressways, linked to other roads only by interchanges. Expressways to other regions of China are generally accessible from the 3rd Ring Road outward. A final outer orbital, the Capital Area Loop Expressway (G95), was fully opened in 2018 and will extend into neighboring Tianjin and Hebei.Within the urban core, city streets generally follow the checkerboard pattern of the ancient capital. Many of Beijing's boulevards and streets with "inner" and "outer" are still named in relation to gates in the city wall, though most gates no longer stand. Traffic jams are a major concern. Even outside of rush hour, several roads still remain clogged with traffic.Beijing's urban design layout further exacerbates transportation problems.NEWS, Beijingers spend lives on road as traffic congestion worsens,weblink China Daily, Xinhua News Agency, 6 October 2003, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 24 July 2009, live, dmy-all,
The authorities have introduced several bus lanes, which only public buses can use during rush hour. In the beginning of 2010, Beijing had 4 million registered automobiles.WEB, Automobile numbers could be capped,weblink China Daily, 13 May 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 9 November 2010, live, dmy-all, By the end of 2010, the government forecast 5 million. In 2010, new car registrations in Beijing averaged 15,500 per week.NEWS, Beijing city to have five mln cars on roads by year end,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 2 January 2013, Gasgoo, 12 May 2010, 13 May 2010,
Towards the end of 2010, the city government announced a series of drastic measures to tackle traffic jams, including limiting the number of new license plates issued to passenger cars to 20,000 a month and barring cars with non-Beijing plates from entering areas within the Fifth Ring Road during rush hour.NEWS,weblink To Tackle Traffic Jam, Beijing Sets New Car Plate Quota, Limits Out-of-Towners,, 13 January 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 28 December 2010, live, dmy-all, More restrictive measures are also reserved during major events or heavily polluted weather.Road signs began to be standardized with both Chinese and English names displayed, with location names using pinyin, in 2008.WEB,weblink Beijing Standardizes Translations of Road Signs, Shanghai Daily at, 2006-03-24, 2018-10-28,weblink" title="">weblink 8 February 2011, live, dmy-all,


Beijing's primary airport is the Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA: PEK) about {{convert|20|km}} northeast of the city center. The airport is the second busiest airport in the world after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. After renovations for the 2008 Olympics, the airport now boasts three terminals, with Terminal 3 being one of the largest in the world. Most domestic and nearly all international flights arrive at and depart from Capital Airport. It is the main hub for Air China and a hub for China Southern and Hainan Airlines. The airport links Beijing with almost every other Chinese city with regular air passenger service.The Airport Expressway links the airport to central Beijing; it is a roughly 40-minute drive from the city center during good traffic conditions. Prior to the 2008 Olympics, the 2nd Airport Expressway was built to the airport, as well as a subway line, Airport Express of Beijing Subway.Other airports in the city include Liangxiang, Nanyuan, Xijiao, Shahe and Badaling. These airports are primarily for military use and are less well known to the public. Nanyuan serves as the hub for only one passenger airline. A second international airport, to be called Beijing Daxing International Airport,WEB,weblink China plans to build world's biggest airport near Beijing,, 10 September 2011, 31 October 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 19 May 2012, live, dmy-all, is currently being built in Daxing District, and is expected to be open by September 2019.WEB,weblink zh:首都新机场跑道呈三纵一横分布 规划7条跑道,, 12 January 2016, Archived copy,weblink" title="">weblink 5 March 2016, live, dmy-all, {{As of|2013|01|01|alt=As of 1 January 2013}}, tourists from 45 countries are permitted a 72-hour visa-free stay in Beijing. The 45 countries include Singapore, Japan, the United States, Canada, all EU and EEA countries (except Norway and Liechtenstein), Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina and Australia. The programme benefits transit and business travellersNEWS, Beijing grants three-day visa-free access,weblink 7 December 2012, TTGmice, 6 December 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 5 June 2013, dmy-all, with the 72 hours calculated starting from the moment visitors receive their transit stay permits rather than the time of their plane's arrival. Foreign visitors are not permitted to leave Beijing for other Chinese cities during the 72 hours. "Beijing 72-hour Visa-free" ChinaTour.Net {{Webarchive|url= |date=18 March 2015 }} Accessed 6 June 2014

Public transit

The Beijing Subway, which began operating in 1969, now has 22 lines, 370 stations, and {{convert|608|km|abbr=on}} of lines. It is the second longest subway system in the world and first in annual ridership with 3.66 billion rides delivered in 2016. In 2013, with a flat fare of ¥2.00 (0.31 USD) per ride with unlimited transfers on all lines except the Airport Express, the subway was also the most affordable rapid transit system in China. The subway is undergoing rapid expansion and is expected to reach 30 lines, 450 stations, {{convert|1050|km}} in length by 2022. When fully implemented, 95% of residents inside the Fourth Ring Road will be able to walk to a station in 15 minutes.NEWS, 30 subway lines to cover Beijing by 2020,weblink China Daily, 28 May 2010, 30 May 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 23 August 2010, live, dmy-all, The Beijing Suburban Railway provides commuter rail service to outlying suburbs of the municipality.On 28 December 2014, the Beijing Subway switched to a distance-based fare system from a fixed fare for all lines except the Airport Express.WEB, Beijing to Increase Public Transportation Fare Prices Next Month,weblink, 24 December 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 22 December 2015, live, dmy-all, Under the new system a trip under 6 km will cost ¥3.00(US$0.49), an additional ¥1.00 will be added for the next {{convert|6|km|mi|abbr=off}} and the next {{convert|10|km|mi|abbr=off}} until the distance for the trip reaches {{convert|32|km|mi|abbr=off}}. For every {{convert|20|km|mi|abbr=off}} after the original {{convert|32|km|mi|abbr=off}} an additional ¥1.00 is added. For example, a {{convert|50|km|mi|abbr=off}} trip would cost ¥ 8.00.There are nearly 1,000 public bus and trolleybus lines in the city, including four bus rapid transit lines. Standard bus fares are as low as ¥1.00 when purchased with the Yikatong metrocard.


Metered taxi in Beijing start at Â¥13 for the first {{convert|3|km}}, Â¥2.3 Renminbi per additional {{convert|1|km}} and Â¥1 per ride fuel surcharge, not counting idling fees which are Â¥2.3 (Â¥4.6 during rush hours of 7–9 am and 5–7 pm) per 5 minutes of standing or running at speeds lower than {{convert|12|kph}} . Most taxis are Hyundai Elantras, Hyundai Sonatas, Peugeots, Citroëns and Volkswagen Jettas. After {{convert|15|km}}, the base fare increases by 50% (but is only applied to the portion over that distance). Different companies have special colours combinations painted on their vehicles. Usually registered taxis have yellowish brown as basic hue, with another color of Prussian blue, hunter green, white, umber, tyrian purple, rufous, or sea green. Between 11 pm and 5 am, there is also a 20% fee increase. Rides over {{convert|15|km|0|abbr=on}} and between 23:00 and 06:00 incur both charges, for a total increase of 80%. Tolls during trip should be covered by customers and the costs of trips beyond Beijing city limits should be negotiated with the driver. The cost of unregistered taxis is also subject to negotiation with the driver.


Beijing has long been well known for the number of bicycles on its streets. Although the rise of motor traffic has created a great deal of congestion and bicycle use has declined, bicycles are still an important form of local transportation. Large numbers of cyclists can be seen on most roads in the city, and most of the main roads have dedicated bicycle lanes. Beijing is relatively flat, which makes cycling convenient. The rise of electric bicycles and electric scooters, which have similar speeds and use the same cycle lanes, may have brought about a revival in bicycle-speed two-wheeled transport. It is possible to cycle to most parts of the city. Because of the growing traffic congestion, the authorities have indicated more than once that they wish to encourage cycling, but it is not clear whether there is sufficient will to translate that into action on a significant scale.NEWS, Campaign to boost cycling in Beijing,weblink The Guardian, UK, 24 January 2010, 10 March 2011, Jonathan, Watts,weblink" title="">weblink 9 September 2013, live, dmy-all, Recently,{{when|date=March 2019}} cycling has seen a resurgence in popularity spurred by the emergence of a large number of dockless app based bikeshares such as Mobike, Bluegogo and Ofo.NEWS,weblink Ofo, Mobike, BlueGogo: China's Messy Bikeshare Market, What's on Weibo, 13 August 2017, en-US,weblink" title="">weblink 6 August 2017, live, dmy-all,

Defense and aerospace

File:Korea President Park China Welcoming Ceremony 20130627 01.jpg|thumb|Chinese President Xi Jinping and a military honor guard welcomes South Korean president Park Geun-hyePark Geun-hyeThe command headquarters of China's military forces are based in Beijing. The Central Military Commission, the political organ in charge of the military, is housed inside the Ministry of National Defense, located next to the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in western Beijing. The Second Artillery Corps, which controls the country's strategic missile and nuclear weapons, has its command in Qinghe, Haidian District. The headquarters of the Central Theater Command, one of five nationally, is based further west in Gaojing. The CTR oversees the Beijing Capital Garrison as well as the 27th, 38th and 65th Armies, which are based in Hebei.Military institutions in Beijing also include academies and thinktanks such as the PLA National Defence University and Academy of Military Science, military hospitals such as the 301, 307 and the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, and army-affiliated cultural entities such as the 1 August Film Studios and the PLA Song and Dance Troupe.The China National Space Administration, which oversees country's space program, and several space-related state owned companies such as CASTC and CASIC are all based in Beijing. The Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center, in Haidian District tracks the country's manned and unmanned flight and other space exploration initiatives.

Nature and wildlife

Beijing Municipality has 20 nature reserves that have a total area of {{convert|1,339.7|km2|abbr=on}}.WEB,weblink zh:北京市自然保护区名录(截至2011年底), Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China, 24 August 2012, Archived copy, 6 April 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 23 October 2012, live, dmy-all, The mountains to the west and north of the city are home to a number of protected wildlife species including leopard, leopard cat, wolf, red fox, wild boar, masked palm civet, raccoon dog, hog badger, Siberian weasel, Amur hedgehog, roe deer, and mandarin rat snake.WEB, zh-hans,weblink zh:北京一级保护野生动物, Beijing Wildlife Conservation Association, 4 April 2013, Archived copy,weblink" title="">weblink 16 April 2013, dead, dmy-all, WEB, zh-hans,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 26 December 2007, zh:北京二级保护野生动物, Beijing Wildlife Conservation Association, 4 April 2013, Michael Rank, Wild leopards of Beijing, {{Webarchive|url= |date=2 May 2013 }} 31 July 2007 The Beijing Aquatic Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center protects the Chinese giant salamander, Amur stickleback and mandarin duck on the Huaijiu and Huaisha Rivers in Huairou District.(Chinese) Beijing Aquatic Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center Accessed 5 April 2013 {{webarchive |url= |date=23 August 2011 }} The Beijing Milu Park south of the city is home to one of the largest herds of Père David's deer, now extinct in the wild. The Beijing barbastelle, a species of vesper bat discovered in caves of Fangshan District in 2001 and identified as a distinct species in 2007, is endemic to Beijing. The mountains of Fangshan are also habitat for the more common Beijing mouse-eared bat, large myotis, greater horseshoe bat and Rickett's big-footed bat.WEB, zh-hans,weblink zh:70年解密大足鼠耳蝠吃鱼,, 14 April 2007, Archived copy, 19 September 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 19 March 2014, dead, dmy-all, Each year, Beijing hosts 200–300 species of migratory birds including the common crane, black-headed gull, swan, mallard, common cuckoo and the endangered yellow-breasted bunting.WEB, zh-hans,weblink zh:北京:候鸟翱翔野鸭湖 Xinhua, 16 November 2016, Archived copy, 27 November 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 28 November 2016, live, dmy-all, WEB, zh-hans,weblink zh:北京开始"清网行动"保护候鸟 森林公安公布举报电话, 北京晚报,, 30 October 2016, Archived copy, 27 November 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 28 November 2016, live, dmy-all, In May 2016, Common cuckoos nesting in the wetlands of Cuihu (Haidian), Hanshiqiao (Shunyi), Yeyahu (Yanqing) were tagged and have been traced to far as India, Kenya and Mozambique.Beijing Cuckoo Project {{Webarchive|url= |date=28 November 2016 }} Accessed 28 November 2016"With a Cuckoo's Journey from China, a Mystery is Solved, and Cheers Go Up" N.Y. Times {{Webarchive|url= |date=28 November 2016 }} 11 November 2016 In the fall of 2016, the Beijing Forest Police undertook a month-long campaign to crack down on illegal hunting and trapping of migratory birds for sale in local bird markets. Over 1,000 rescued birds of protected species including streptopelia, Eurasian siskin, crested myna, coal tit and great tit were handed to the Beijing Wildlife Protection and Rescue Center for repatriation to the wild.WEB,weblink zh:"北京集中一个月打击非法捕售鸟 抓获36名违法者" 新京报, (:zh:新京报, The Beijing News), Xinhua News, 31 October 2016, Archived copy, 27 November 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 9 November 2016, live, dmy-all, The city flowers are the Chinese rose and chrysanthemum.WEB,weblink zh:首都之窗-北京市政务门户网站-市花市树,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 13 April 2013, dmy-all, The city trees are the Chinese arborvitae, an evergreen in the cypress family and the pagoda tree, also called the Chinese scholar tree, a deciduous tree of the family Fabaceae. The oldest scholar tree in the city was planted in what is now Beihai Park during the Tang dynasty,.WEB,weblink zh:北京市市树 – 国槐,, 18 February 2004, Archived copy, 19 November 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 13 April 2008, dead, dmy-all,

See also



Further reading

  • BOOK, Cotterell, Arthur., The Imperial Capitals of China: An Inside View of the Celestial Empire, London, Pimlico, 2007, 978-1-84595-009-5, 304 pages,
  • BOOK, Elliott, Mark C., The Manchu Way: The Eight Banners and Ethnic Identity in Late Imperial China,weblink Palo Alto, CA, Stanford University Press, 2001, 978-0-8047-4684-7, 22 July 2009, harv,
  • BOOK, Li, Lillian, Dray-Novey, Alison, Kong, Haili, 2007, Beijing: From Imperial Capital to Olympic City, harv, New York City, Palgrave Macmillan, 978-1-4039-6473-1,weblink
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