About Beijing

Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the country's center for politics, culture, international exchanges and technological innovation. Situated in the north of the North China Plain, Beijing (39°„56'N 116°„20'E) is surrounded by mountains on three sides and enjoys four distinct seasons. The Municipality covers an area of 16,410.54 km2, with 16 districts and counties. By the end of 2013, its permanent population reached 21,148,000, representing all the 56 ethnic groups in China.

As a world-famous historical and cultural city, Beijing boasts a history of over 3,000 years as an established city and 860 years as the capital of China. It is home to numerous historical sites and cultural landmarks, including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Ming Tombs and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, all of which have been listed as UNESCO World Heritages. Traditional local art performances and crafts, such as Peking Opera and Cloisonn®¶, are also renowned throughout the world.

The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and Paralympics, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Beijing Summit,The APEC 2014 Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM) and other international events have enhanced the city's cultural and ethical progress, and improved the city's overall service management. By the end of 2013, there are 591 star-rated hotels and around 60 Grade-A travel agencies in Beijing, ensuring sufficient capacity for conferences, accommodation and hospitality. In line with the requirements of the APEC meetings, we will provide tailored service programs covering room arrangement, menu, and language services. We will also provide high-quality tourism routes and multi-lingual services, and arrange activities such as sightseeing and shopping.

Beijing has established a modern, sophisticated and multi-dimensional transport network. In 2013, the passenger throughput of Beijing Capital International Airport hit 83.7 million, ranking the second in the world. Beijing is connected with most of the large and medium-sized cities in the country via express trains. In addressing the issue of transport, priority is given to public transport, and a series of traffic management policies have been implemented. As of the end of 2013, there were 813 bus routes with a total length of 20,575 kilometers, and the total operation mileage of intra-city rail system exceeded 465 kilometers. 46% citizens have chosen public transportation for their daily trips. During the APEC meetings, we will formulate traffic management and guarantee plans based on Beijing's traffic features and air quality, so as to strike a balance between conference and urban traffic.

1 International Conference on Information Science and Control Engineering