Venue

Beijing, China

The conference will take place at the iconic Raffles Beijing Hotel. Perfectly positioned at the crossroads of Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, this iconic landmark sits at the heart of the business and commercial districts, just moments from Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Bei Hai Park as well as the historical Lama Temple and the famous Silk Market.

The hotel celebrates the best of Beijing in beautiful style - Classic French-Orient architecture and old world charm, lovingly restored with wood floors, sparkling chandeliers, marble bathrooms and Oriental rugs. There are two restaurants serving international cuisine. The Writers Bar is decorated with 1920s charm and sophistication and serves a sumptuous afternoon tea as well as being an excellent pre- and post-dinner meeting place. The hotel also boasts a fitness center and free internet wifi access.

Beijing Capital International Airport is located approximately 30km from the hotel and the Railway Station is 1.5km. Express trains are available from the airport to central Beijing – click here for transport information.

Venue address:
Raffles Beijing Hotel
33 East Chang An Avenue Beijing,
100004 PR CHINA
Toll-free: +800 1 7233537
Tel: +8610 6526 3388
Fax: +8610 8500 4380
Website: www.raffles.com/beijing/

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Beijing Capital International Airport

TRAVEL


By Plane Beijing Capital International Airport is situated in the Shunyi District of the city, about 25 km (about 15.5 miles) northeast of Tiananmen Square. 66 airlines operate here and the airport has flight connections to some 88 domestic and 69 foreign cities.

Airport Transfers

The easiest way to reach the conference venue and city centre is by taxi. Make your way to the taxi rank outside of the airport terminal. The ride will cost around RMB120 (120 yuan, approximately $US19) and will take up to one hour, depending on traffic. Tipping is not expected. You will need to show the taxi driver the address to your destination in Chinese. Details for the conference hotel are:

  • 北京饭店莱佛士
  • 中国北京市东长安街三十三号

Raffles Beijing
33 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing 100004
People's Republic of China

Alternatively, the airport express will get you to the Dongzhimen subway station. From there the Beijing subway is very user friendly. The airport express is approximately 25 yuan and the subway to any destination in Beijing is approximately 2 yuan.

Subway
Beijing has an extensive underground train system which is easy to navigate and good value.  Click here for detailed information on maps and timetables.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Geography
Beijing (also known as Peking) is the capital, political centre and second largest city in China. Beijing is made up of 16 urban districts and 2 rural counties. The total area of the whole city is about 16,807.8 sq km, 62% of which is mountainous region.

Time zone
Beijing is eight hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Climate
Beijing's climate is defined as "continental monsoon." The four seasons are distinctly recognizable. Spring and autumn are the best time to be in Beijing.

Culture
Beijing’s population is more than 15 million, over 3 million of whom are not native to China. Population density is high at 847/sq km. Informal clothing is accepted almost everywhere. We recommend you dress modestly when visiting religious sites.

Language
The official language is Chinese, but English is frequently used in Beijing.

Currency and exchange
Chinese money is called Renminbi (RMB) meaning "The People's Currency". The popular unit of RMB is yuan. The Bank of China issues RMB bills in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 yuan. Counterfeit notes are a problem in China and shops, taxis and services will often check for authenticity before accepting notes. We recommend that you do not accept large denomination notes from street vendors. Coins come in denominations of 1 yuan, 5 mao, 1 mao and 5 fen. Paper versions of the coins remain in circulation. Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be changed at the main branches of the Bank of China, hotels and some department stores. You will need to keep your exchange receipts if you want to change any of your remaining RMB at the end of your trip. All major credit cards are gaining ground in China, and ATM installations can be found in most public areas.

TAXI NOTES AND TRANSLATION
Please take me to:                         请带我到
Beijing Raffles Hotel:                      北京饭店莱佛士
Hotel Address:                                中国北京市东长安街三十三号

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Ni hao
你好
Goodbye
zài jiàn
再见
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Do you speak (English/Chinese)
Ni hui shuo (ying yu/ han yu) ma
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Excuse me (to ask for something)
Qing wen
请问
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Ni Neng bang zhu wo ma?
你能帮助我吗?
I am lost
Wo mi lu le
我迷路了
I don’t understand
Wo bu dong
我不懂
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