Quick Facts

Beijing City at a glance

In 1057 B.C., Beijing was declared the capital of China. The city covers 16,808 square kilometres (6,500 square miles) and includes 18 districts and counties.

In the last two decades, Beijing has developed into a modern metropolis, and grown into the nation’s political, economic, trade, educational and cultural centre.


All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


The Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.21 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.2 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
0.14 Euro (EUR)
0.11 British Pound (GBP)
1.26 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
19.39 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.22 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.16 US Dollar (USD)


A 15% surcharge including government tax is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.


Many mid-range and top-end restaurants generally include their own service charge which varies between establishments.

Tipping is discretionary as it is officially considered inappropriate and is discouraged.

Business Hours

Bank Hours 
9am - 5.30pm, Monday through Friday.
Some banks are open from 10.30am to 4pm.

Office Hours 
8 / 9am - 5 / 6pm, Monday through Friday.

Shopping Hours 
8/ 9am - 9pm or later throughout the week.
Department stores and shopping malls usually open at 10am and close at 9pm.

Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements before you plan your trip.

Traders Upper East Hotel, Beijing, recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every room.


Dress is generally informal in Beijing except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when formal attire (suit and tie) is appropriate.

Winter requires heavy clothing, including coats, hats and gloves as temperatures can drop to well below 0°C with strong winds. Light clothing is sufficient for spring and summer months.


China is a temperate country. Hence, Beijing has a climate ranging from very warm during summer (28°C to 38°C / 82°F to 93°F) to extremely cold during winter (-10°C to 10C / 14°F to 50°F).


Mostly Cloudy

Mainly cloudy; windy in the afternoon

High: 11°C / 51°F
Low: -1°C / 31°F



Windy and chilly with plenty of sunshine

High: 4°C / 39°F
Low: -4°C / 25°F
Sunny High: 5°C / 41°F Low: -5°C / 23°F
Mostly Sunny High: 8°C / 46°F Low: -3°C / 27°F

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Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 2ºC -8ºC
Feb 5ºC -5ºC
Mar 12ºC 1ºC
Apr 20ºC 9ºC
May 26ºC 14ºC
Jun 30ºC 20ºC
Jul 31ºC 22ºC
Aug 30ºC 21ºC
Sep 26ºC 16ºC
Oct 19ºC 8ºC
Nov 10ºC 0ºC
Dec 4ºC -5ºC

17 million

Mandarin (English is widely understood)

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

220 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900/1800