Mandarin is the official and most widely spoken language. A variety of dialects are also used.
Locals are known for their warmth and generosity. Chinese religion and the observance of major and local festivals form a significant part of the Beijing culture.
The standard electrical supply in Beijing runs at 220V. Guests are advised to bring their own universal adaptor or request for one from the hotel (subject to availability).
The unit of currency is the Renminbi (RMB) and the basic unit is the yuan. All major credit cards are widely accepted in the hotel.
Beijing's climate features a continental monsoon with four distinct seasons. The spring and autumn months of April, May, September and October are considered the best times to be in the city, with an average temperature of 17°C. The city sees a snowy winter from December to February, with temperatures frequently below zero degrees.
Government agencies work from 9:00am to 5:00pm (excluding one-hour lunch) and are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Banks are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm throughout the week. Shopping centres and stores open from 9:00am to 9:00pm daily. Most major tourist attractions are opened to the public daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
A visa exemption policy applies to travellers of select nationalities under certain conditions. Please check with your local travel authorities for the latest visa policies.