About Beijing

Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. The population as of 2012 was 20,693,000. The metropolis, located in northern China, is governed as a direct-controlled municipality under the national government, with 14 urban and suburban districts and two rural counties.

For tourist information on China, check the web pages of the China National Tourism Administration. For tourist information specifically on Beijing, check the web pages of the Beijing Goverment.

Here are two official websites of the most frequently chosen travel agencies in China:
China International Travel Service (CITS): http://www.cits.net/
China Youth Travel Service (CYTS): http://www.chinatraveldepot.com/

Beijing Subway

The Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijing municipality. The subway is the oldest metro system in mainland China. The first line opened in 1969, and it has grown to 17 lines, 227 stations and 456 km (283 mi) of track in operation, making it the second longest subway system in the world.

A flat fare of RMB(¥) 2.00 with unlimited transfers applies to all lines except the Airport Express, which costs ¥25. Children below 1.2 metres (47 in) in height ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

‘Take a Look at Bejing by Subway’ is an interactive animation made by the official site of Beijing Subway. This animation introduces many famous attractions near subway stations.