Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and is the second largest city in China. Previously known in English as Peking, the name was changed when the system for spelling Chinese words in English changed; the name in English means "northern capital". Beijing is one of the Great Ancient Capitals of China and has hosted the seat of government for much of China's history.
Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) is the primary international airport serving Beijing and is the central hub for China's civil aviation network. Numerous international airlines serve Beijing's airport, providing flights from cities around the world. The airport is located northeast of the city center and is about 30 km from Tsinghua University where UbiComp 2011 has been held.
There are many world-renowned tourist sites in Beijing, including, for example, the Forbidden City, the Tian'anmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace), the Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Ming Dynasty Tombs, and The Olympic Park.
Both Mandarin (Putonghua) and English are used in business. English is understood in most areas that cater to foreign tourists. Because of the 2008 Olympics, right now most signs are bi-lingual and most service providers (such as taxi drivers) understand English instructions. Attendees are advised to join English-speaking tour groups if they wish to explore the city or elsewhere in China.
The month of September will be autume in Beijing. The weather should be pleasant with temperature ranging from 15˚C to 26˚C (59˚F to 79˚F).
Subdivisions of the yuan are known as the jiao (1 yuan equals 10 jiao) and the fen (1 jiao equals 10 fen). Chinese currency is issued in the following denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 yuan; 1, 2, and 5 jiao; and 1, 2, and 5 fen. At the current exchange rate (July 2013), USD $1 is equal to about 6.13 CNY; EUR €1 is equal to about 7.96 CNY.
Beijing is currently undergoing major construction and modernization. We can see a totally modern city with world-class facilities. For those who have traveled to China before, they would be impressed by the advances made in technology, economy, and society since their last visits. For those who have never visited China before, they would be impressed by its rich culture heritage. Delegates would not be able to resist the temptation to stay longer and learn more about the people and their aspirations since China may become a major factor in the development of their own countries for the future.
Additional Beijing information about the city is available from:
Beijing Official Website, http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/.
Travel China Guide,
The China Guide, http://www.thebeijingguide.com/index.html.