China’s capital city is the third most populous city in the world and with over 3000 years of history it has been a major center of politics, trade, culture, education and industry for a long time. In the recent decades, it has grown into a post-modern megalopolis and a base for over 100 multinational corporations, state-owned companies and financial institutions. China has been tackling issues with low air quality and smog for some time and has put into practice many measures such as relocating highly-polluting heavy industries to other provinces, tightening environmental regulations, reforesting and restricting cars with odd license plates to driving on odd days. Beijing's ambitious leadership has fueled swift development and large projects. In 2022, Beijing will become the first city to host both the Summer and the Winter Olympics.
With business bustling in the city, choosing a venue for your company’s event might be a daunting task because there are so many options. The leading facilities for large-scale events are the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC), the Beijing International Convention Center (BICC) and the China National Convention Center (CNCC). The facilities are state-of-the-art with top-notch technical equipment, excellent catering options and multiple large halls and smaller rooms that can accommodate up to 5000 attendees.
For smaller and medium groups, there is a myriad of hotels that range from business to traditional or ultra-modern. You can choose to organize your company function or staff party at a cultural venue as there are several museums and art centers that offer their spaces for special events. Perfect location in the heart of the business district and prestige make the China World Trade Center a perfect choice for any business meeting.
While in Beijing, take time to enjoy the famous squares and majestic palaces, gardens, tombs, unique post-modern architecture (Bird’s Nest and Water Cube) and at least some of the seven UNESCO-listed gems (e.g. Forbiden City, Ming Tombs, Summer Palace, Great Wall). Also explore hutongs (胡同) by foot - they are narrow old streets, which show a glimpse of old Beijing. It's not just the historic places and skyscrapers that make Beijing charming; it's also the little things such as the different decorative roofs on the high-rise residential towers. So keep your eyes open and enjoy the city.
Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA code: PEK) is approx. 32 km northeast of Beijing and one way taxi ride to downtown (takes 30-90 minutes depending on the traffic and destination) typically cost around CNY 90-120. The airport serves over 90 million passengers annually and is the seat for major Chinese airlines such as Air China, China Southern Airlines or Hainan Airlines.
BEIJING MASS TRANSIT
Beijing disposes of 18 mass transit lines: Airport Express, Batong Line, Changping Line, Daxing Line, Fangshan Line, Line 1, Line 10, Line 13, Line 14, Line 15, Line 2, Line 4, Line 5, Line 6, Line 7, Line 8, Line 9 and the Yizhuang Line