Beijing is one of the world's most populous cities, with its inhabitants numbering nearly 20,000,000 (according to the 2010 Population Census), second in China only to Shanghai.
Beijing is a major cultural, economic, and political center for China and thus offers a wealth of historical sites, museums, parks, and palaces for the interested tourist. As a modern city, Beijing also caters to those with a taste for contemporary design, exotic cuisine, and night life, including clubs, karaoke, and bar-hopping.
To help with travel, sight-seeing, maps, and restaurant selections, a number of guides are available on the web, including:
- The New York Times Travel Guide to Beijing
- Fodor's Travel Intelligence Beijing Travel Guide
- TripAdvisor Beijing Vacations
- WikiTravel - Beijing
Interested in finding out more? China is one of the largest newspaper markets in the world. Nearly all carry "official" news. The "People's Daily Online" publishes news, policy, travel advice, commentary, and more, with "authority, popularity and credibility." The U.S. version of "ChinaDaily" gives the Chinese perspective on current events, business, and culture. Regional and city-based newspapers, such as "Beijing Review," are also extremely popular.
Beijing Capital International Airport (airport codes: IATA: PEK, ICAO: ZBAA) is served by a number of international airlines, including Air Canada, Air China International, British Airways, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Eva Air, and many others.
In Beijing, the airport shuttle, the Airport Express train, and taxicabs are available for travel to the city center and surrounding districts. For taxicabs, travelers are urged to have a copy of the hotel name and address written in Chinese to show the driver.