Beijing has become a popular destination to follow a degree abroad, due to its top universities, focusing on world-class research, highly qualified teachers and the international student scholarships available. Besides the benefits of some of the best academic training in the world, international students are fascinated with Beijing, as they get to experience an amazingly unique culture and a city that combines tradition with innovation and high technology. Beijing, formerly Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. The second largest Chinese city after Shanghai, is the nation's political, cultural and educational centre, situated at the northern side of the North China Plain.
Beijing's economy is among the most developed and prosperous in China and in the world. The main industries supporting the city’s economy are: services (wholesale, retail, research, real estate), manufacturing, construction, agriculture, mining and finance.
Names of important companies in Beijing are: Air China, Bank of China, Lenovo, HiSoft, HSBC Holdings, IBM, Lionbridge, Aluminum Corporation of China Limited, PetroChina, Samsung.
Anywhere in China, international students are allowed for internships or jobs usually for only twenty hours a week.
As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing is rich in cultural attractions and any visitor can discover the unique and interesting history by simply exploring this amazing city. Start your journey from the historical heart of Beijing, with visiting the Forbidden City, the enormous palace that was the home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.Some of the major attractions in Beijing are:
You can find so many other temples: the Temple of Earth (Ditan), while the Temple of the Sun (Ritan) and the Temple of the Moon (Yuetan) and museums: the National Art Museum of China, the Capital Museum, the Beijing Art Museum. Have long walks and relax through many gardens, like Beihai, Shichahai, Zhongnanhai, Jingshan, Zhongshan and Beijing Botanical Garden.
Go see a performance at the Beijing or Peking opera. In the evenings, you will have plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from. While in Beijing, you should try the famous Peking Roast Duck and the Fuling Jiabing, a traditional Beijing snack food, much like a pancake.Check out Nanluoguoxiang, Qianmen Dajie Pedestrian Street, Dashilan and Liulichang for quality shopping stores.Something that is not to be missed is the Great Wall of China, about an hour away by train
As anywhere in China, you won’t feel a multicultural environment, except for tourists and expats, the latter attracted by the highly growing foreign business and trade sector. The main ethnic communities living in Beijing are: Korean, Mongols and Tibetans.
In Beijing, you will experience hot and humid summers and cold, dry winters, due to the Siberian anticyclone. Autumn and spring are short seasons, with few rainfalls. The monthly daily average temperature in January is -3 °C (25 °F), while in July it is 26°C (79°F). The city is often surrounded with a widespread smog as a result to the heavy air pollution.
Founded in 1898, Peking University was originally known as the Imperial University of Peking. It was the first national university covering comprehensive disciplines in China, and has been a leading institution of higher education in China since its establishment. It also served as the highest administration for education at the beginning of its founding.