Beijing is an historic and cultural city waiting to be explored.
You can’t say you’ve been to Beijing until you’ve:
- Climbed the Great Wall
- Wandered through Art District 798
- Had a night out in Sanlitun
- Explored the Forbidden City
- Eaten dinner in Houhai
To help you get situated and settled in your temporary home, we’ve got info and advice below…
ARRIVING & GETTING AROUND BEIJING
PDF Map and Address in Chinese (download to your iPad to show drivers)
The main ways to get to Beijing are through Capital Airport or the 5-hour high speed train from Shanghai’s Hongqaio Railway Station to Beijing South Railway Station. The IMBA staff and DHU Grad Assistants can help you make travel arrangements and help you buy tickets as we get ready to depart Shanghai for a mini-break before moving to Beijing for the final course.
THE SUBWAY SYSTEM
The Beijing Metro system, just like Shanghai’s, is quite extensive. For a mere 2RMB, you can travel to almost any spot on the Metro map. That said, Beijing is a huge city, and you may find that you still need to take a taxi from the metro station to your final destination.
- Tian’anmen West on Line 1 for the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, and the Beijing National Theater (“The Egg”)
- Wangfujing on Line 1 for Wangfujing shopping street and street markets
- Guloudajie on Line 2 for the hutongs including Nan Luo Gu Xiang Hutong and Drum and Bell Towers
- Ping’anli on Line 4 for Houhai
- Xidan on Line 10 for Beihai Park
- Wudaokou on Line 13 for the university student / bar area
- Tuanjiehu on Line 10 for Sanlitun ex-pat / international bar area
HOUSING: CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL ZHONGGUANCUN, BEIJING
Summer 2013 will be our fourth year at Crowne Plaza Hotel Zhongguancun in Beijing. It’s in Haidian, which is located inside the NW corner of the 4th Ring Road. Haidian is Beijing’s intellectual and sci tech hub and is home to a number of universities including Peking, Renmin, and Tsinghua.
After a few months in an apartment, it may be an adjustment to a hotel. You will share a double room with one roommate. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are buffet-style at the hotel with the exceptions of Friday dinner and Sunday lunch. As in Shanghai, there will be program dinners, trips and events.
INTERNET / PHONES
There is wireless internet access in the rooms, lobby and meeting rooms. Making long distance calls from your apartment on the phone will be very expensive and will not be covered by the program. If you connect from your room, you will also be charged a connection fee. We strongly recommend Skype. When you arrive, you may be asked to put a credit card deposit down for any fees incurred. Your room and board are covered by the program but you are responsible for all of your phone charges, local as well as long distance, and any other charges made to your room.
The International MBA classroom is located in a corporate conference room at the hotel. There will be wireless access in the classroom as well as a wireless printer so that you can print from your iPad. The classroom is open from 8 AM until 12:00 midnight.
After two months in Shanghai, your 3 weeks in Beijing will go by very quickly.
HISTORICAL & CULTURAL AREAS
- The Great Wall
- The Forbidden City
- The Temple of Heaven
- Yonghe Temple (the Lama Temple)
- Summer Palace
- Hutong – Beijing neighborhoods
SHOPPING & MARKETS
RESTAURANTS & NIGHTLIFE
IMBA BEIJING MAP
To help you get acclimated to Beijing, here’s an IMBA map of important, recommended, and/or favorite places around the city.
View IMBA in China in a larger map
- Lonely Planet Beijing Information
- Lonely Planet’s Can I get a cappuccino with those dumplings? What the Chinese eat for breakfast.
- Lonely Planet’s Rocking Out in Beijing
- Lonely Planet’s Beijing by Night
- Fotopedia’s Beijing, The Celestial City
- Trip Advisor
- Visit Beijing – the official government website for The Beijing Travel Committee
- Fodor’s -
- The Beijinger – a site by and for ex-pats
- The Beijing Page
- National Geographic