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Beijing Country: China
Beijing By The Numbers:
Population: 15 million Elevation: 55 metres/ 180 feet Annual Rainfall: 890 millimetres/ 34.7 inches Average Winter Temperature: -3 degrees C/ 27 degrees F Average Summer Temperature: 26 degrees C/ 79 degrees F
Ethnic Mix: Han Chinese (92%), Other (8%). Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; two-pin plugs are standard Time Zone: GMT+ 8 Country Code: +86 Area Code: 010
Did You Know?
From the Great Wall to Tiananmen Square, Beijing has always been a city with a rich and turbulent history. In 1966 Mao Zedong instituted the Cultural Revolution bringing the city under communist rule. Since this time, the city has struggled to preserve its political structure while allowing for modernization. Beijing is hosting the 2008 Olympics and major renovation projects are underway.
Beijing is situated in the northeastern sector of China and comprises an area of over 50 miles/80 kilometres. At the centre of the city is the Forbidden City, which is surrounded by a series of "ringed" districts.